This is television, that's all it is. It's nothing to do with people, it's to do with the ratings. For 50 years we've told them what to eat, what to drink, what to wear. For Christ's sake, Ben, don't you understand? Americans love television! They wean their kids on it! Listen, they love game shows, they love wrestling, they love sports and violence. So what do we do? We give 'em what they want! We're number one, Ben, that's all that counts.
You see, Picard, after we dissect your Enterprise for every precious bit of information, I intend to display its broken hull in the center of the Romulan capitol as a symbol of our victory. It will inspire our armies for generations to come, and serve as a warning to any other traitor who would create ripples of disloyalty.
I have been responsible only for myself. When I risked, I risked alone... to avoid making others pay the price for my mistakes. They want me to show them another way. What if I showed them the wrong way? What if they come to me not because of the lesson, but because of the teacher? I worry, Ta'Lon, that my shadow may become greater than the message! –If that happens, I give you my word that I will personally kill you. –And this is supposed to put my mind at ease?
You see... I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere in this station, when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we've exchanged. Long after we are gone, our voices will linger in these walls... for as long as this place remains. But I will admit that the part of me that is going will very much miss the part of you that is staying.
You know, we're going to have a special episode next Thursday. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Linus Torvalds will join us for an Operating System Smackdown. We're going to give them all rifles and a small, enclosed room. Whoever [sic] emerges first is going to own the Operating System in the 21st century. Tune in next Thursday on DL.TV for a special Operating System Smackdown.
In 1969, the Guild of Calamitous Intent enacted an addendum to Article 47 of the Unusual Torture Act. So let's cut the monkey business. –Go, Dad! –Yes, 'Go, Dad.' And what's more, you arrogant little troublemaker, you have to let us all go. –How the hell do you know that? –Heh. Check it out for yourself. –Maybe I will. –Oh, you don't know when to stop with all this, do you? You just keep pushing my buttons. –You're my Arch Enemy! That's what I do. That's my thing. –Aah! –All right. Fine. I have a Guild of Calamitous Intent handbook in my glove compartment. I'll be right back. Don't go anywhere.