After completing a test simulation on the Holodeck, the other Engineers vanish from the room, leaving DEANNA alone. RIKER enters the scene and approaches her.

RIKER: Something told me you wouldn’t let this go. (a beat) Congratulations. You passed.
DEANNA: (quiet) That’s what this was all about, wasn’t it? To see if I’d order someone to their death.
RIKER: That’s right.
TROI: (somber for a moment) I knew that was part of being in command and I thought I’d prepared for it, but when the moment came I hesitated. Maybe you were right. Maybe I’m not cut out for this.
RIKER: You did exactly what you had to do. You considered all your options, you tried every alternative, and then you made the hard choice. (a beat, then smiles) Come on, let’s get out of here… Commander.

DEANNA looks up at RIKER and then seems to accept his words, though the test has given her a lot to think about. They exit together, the holodeck fading back to only a grid.

7.16 - Thine Own Self

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