Seven and the Human Condition

Scene: Starship Voyager, Sick Bay, in the Delta Quadrant. The lights are on but it is unoccupied. Suddenly the door opens and Seven of Nine walks in.

Seven: Doctor, I require your assistance.
Doctor: (Materializes next to the console) Please state the nature of the medical emergency.
Seven: Doctor I am experiencing some discomfort.
Doctor: (Scans her with the probe in his hand while examining the medical tricorder) Can you be more specific?
Seven: It is a dull pain, a discomfort radiating from the lower abdomen and the pelvis.
Doctor: Mmmm hmmm. Let’s see. blood pressure is normal, respiration slightly elevated, serotonin and other endocrine levels normal. So far every thing seems normal. (He continues to scan). Oh, what’s this? Hmmm.
Seven: What is it, Doctor?
Doctor: Tell me Seven, are you managing to fit in with the rest of the crew?
Seven: Yes, your socialization classes have been very helpful. But I don’t see what…
Doctor: Have you been taking meals with the crew?
Seven: Yes, I still get most of my sustenance from regeneration, but I’ve started eating some solid food. To broaden my socialization experiences.
Doctor: I see. And have you gone to the bathroom?
Seven: (Unsure what the Doctor means) Go…to the bathroom?
Doctor: Yes, it’s another biological function that you’ll have to get used to.
Seven: I see. Thank you for your assistance.
(Seven exits Sick Bay. Fade to black.)

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(Fade in. Starship Voyager, Sick Bay, in the Delta Quadrant. The lights are on but it is unoccupied. Suddenly the door opens and Seven of Nine walks in.)
Seven: Doctor I require your assistance.
Doctor: (Materializes next to the console) Please state the nature of the medical emergency.
Seven: Your advice did not help. I still have the pain. Indeed it is getting worse.
Doctor: (Scans her with the probe in his hand while examining the medical tricorder) Strange. I don’t know why that didn’t take care of it.
Seven: In any case I fail to see why bathing would have helped.
Doctor: Bathing? You took a bath?
Seven: A sonic shower actually and while I do feel cleaner it did nothing for the discomfort.
Doctor: Why would you take a bath?
Seven: What else would one do in the bathroom?
Doctor: (Sarcastically) OK, OK, I see. Remind me to teach you about commonly used vernacular.
Seven: (Looks at the Doctor with curiosity)
Doctor: Let me ask you, did you eat when you were with the collective?
Seven: Our alcoves provided everything we needed for normal functions.
Doctor: (Surprised) You never ate or drank anything? (To Himself, sarcastically) And they say I lead a boring life.
Seven: Occasionally when a drone was damaged it was necessary to provide them with additional raw materials in chemical form so they could be repaired.
Doctor: Ah, now we’re getting somewhere. And what was done with the, um, waste portion?
Seven: Waste portion?
Doctor: Yes, once the chemical energy was used, once the essential nutrients removed there’s always a bit of undigestible material, plus natural discarded material from your body, dead cells, spent enzymes, other material flushed out with water.
Seven: Borg nano probes made sure of 100% utilization.
Doctor: I see. Well, your human systems are not nearly as efficient. You have to eliminate the waste portion.
Seven: And how do I do that?
Doctor: You don’t have any memories of, uh, dealing with this as a child?
Seven: I have few memories from before I was assimilated.
Doctor: (Taps on a medical PADD, then hands it to Seven) I see. Go back to the your quarters. This will tell you what to do from there.
Seven: (Pause while she reads the PADD, she turns to the Doctor) You are joking.
Doctor: No, that’s how it’s done.
Seven: There must be another way.
Doctor: Homo Sapiens have been doing this for 500,000 years. Earlier Hominids for six million years before that. It’s an old tradition. Only the technology has changed.
Seven: Perhaps with the transporter…
Doctor: No. All humans, and most humanoids, do this. It’s part of the human condition.
Seven: I believe I was better off as a drone.
Doctor: Now don’t say that. It’s perfectly natural. You’ll get used to it.
Seven: (Starts to leave. As she reaches the door she turns) Doctor, for the first time I truly envy you.
(Seven leaves. Door closes. Fade to black.)

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