O'Connor: Sir, the officer of the deck sends her respects and reports the approaching hour of 12:00. All chronometers have been wound and compared, and she requests permission to strike eight bells on time.
CO CDR Tom Chandler: Permission granted.
O'Connor: Thank you, O'Connor.
Dr. Rachel Scott: Your crew needs your permission to tell what time it is?
CO CDR Tom Chandler: It's a tradition, one of the many that keep a ship running safely and maintaining good order and discipline.
Dr. Rachel Scott: You summoned me.
CO CDR Tom Chandler: I was hoping to get an update on your progress.
Dr. Rachel Scott: Well, I have a new plan. I was able to isolate the mutation in Niels' lungs that make him so contagious. And I introduced it to my vaccine. I injected myself with it about an hour ago, and then I breathed on an infected mouse, the same way that Niels used to breath on people as a way to kill them. If this works, if the mouse survives, in effect I'll be able to breathe the cure onto people.
CO CDR Tom Chandler: And so will anyone else that I give this new shot to, which means that we won't need any more labs, any more infrastructure, or planes. All our problems will be solved. Except one. Did you do it?
Dr. Rachel Scott: Oh, God. Are you really asking me this?
CO CDR Tom Chandler: That's exactly what I'm asking you.
Dr. Rachel Scott: The man who killed 5 billion people, including your wife and most of your crew's family, is dead. And now his lungs are gonna be used to save the rest of the people on this planet.
CO CDR Tom Chandler: Goddamn it, Rachel!
Dr. Rachel Scott: Yes, I did it! And I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
CO CDR Tom Chandler: I saw you a half-hour before I left the ship. You told me you were on the verge of a breakthrough.
Dr. Rachel Scott: I was!
CO CDR Tom Chandler: But you didn't tell me you had to kill Niels to do it.
Dr. Rachel Scott: I was hoping to avoid getting blood on your hands.
CO CDR Tom Chandler: I already have blood on my hands. You put it there.
CO CDR Tom Chandler: Do you know how I do it, Rachel? How I keep this crew together after they've risked and lost so much? You know how I'm able to ask them to travel further with me, not knowing if they'll survive? Every task we perform, every ritual we adhere to, reminds us that we haven't lost who we are. It reminds us that everything we do matters. Every decision, every action.
Dr. Rachel Scott: So your code is more important than doing what's right?
CO CDR Tom Chandler: You don't get to decide what's right! That's why we have codes.
Dr. Rachel Scott: I looked into the eyes of the monster who stole everything that I held dear to me.
Dr. Rachel Scott: I looked into the eyes of the monster who stole everything that I held dear to me. And I thought, I'm gonna take the lungs of the man who nearly destroyed the human race, and I'm gonna use those lungs to save it. I didn't have to kill him to make the breakthrough. I could have got exactly what I needed and spared his life. But as I witnessed that virus do to him what it did to so many, as I watched his last, noxious breath leave his body, all I could think of was that he died too quickly - It's noon
CO CDR Tom Chandler: We have her confession. And she's been confined to quarters. I've informed the officers. Master Chief has briefed the crew.
Michener: What's the feeling on the ship?
CO CDR Tom Chandler: Well, she is the one who discovered the cure. And if what she's saying now is true, that the cure is airborne and contagious, it would be a miracle.
Michener: So the crew wants leniency.
CO CDR Tom Chandler: Not all, but most. Emotions are running high.
Michener: I don't have to tell you it's no fun making an unpopular decision, even if it's the right one. So, what are you gonna do with her?
CO CDR Tom Chandler: I haven't decided yet.