faces a massive bill for repairs to the Enterprise transporter room, according
to Chief Engineer Miles O'Brien. The transporters, used on a regular basis
to "beam" visitors up from and down to the ship, sustained heavy
damage in a Romulan attack calculated to leave the 265-strong crew stranded
in the Beta Quadrant. The repairs will not only be costly but will also
take a considerable amount of time to complete.
A shocked Picard was told that the total cost would be £5,000 "on the books", although O'Brien hinted that speedier and more competent work could be carried out for £3,000 if the usual tax and invoicing regulations were disregarded.
He also stressed that the general state of the engines was "something shocking" and that, in his professional opinion, persons unknown had previously made "a complete bags" of repairing them. Said O'Brien: "Just take a look at what some chancer's done here to the transmodulator coils. That's all gonna have to come out of course, you know that."
expressed some concern at the delay in the repairs but seemed satisfied
that Dubliner O'Brien was up to the task. "I am fully confident that
it will be ready for me Tuesday week, just like Chief O'Brien says."