Star Trek (1966–1969): Season 3, Episode 20 - The Way to Eden - full transcript

The Enterprise is ordered to pursue a group of anti-establishment idealists who have stolen a space cruiser and made off for the mythical planet Eden. When the group pushes their stolen ship beyond its limits, the Enterprise is forced to rescue them by transporting them aboard. This merry band of space-hippies includes an insane leader (Dr. Sevrin), an academy drop-out and former love interest of Chekov (Irina), and the son of a Catullan ambassador (Tongo Rad). With the Federation undergoing fragile treaty negotiations with the Catullans, Kirk is ordered by Starfleet to treat the dissidents with "extreme tolerance." Kirk finds the group and its leader too difficult to deal with while Spock maintains a deep curiosity about their ideals. Kirk appoints Spock as liaison for the group during their stay on the Enterprise. Dr. Sevrin demands to be taken to Eden, but Kirk refuses on the grounds that his orders from Starfleet dictate that the group be taken to the nearest star base. While investigating this strange group of free spirits, Dr. McCoy and Mr. Spock discover that not only is Dr. Sevrin insane, he is also the carrier for a potentially lethal disease. His desire to abandon technology and join the "primitive" inhabitants of planet Eden could well result in their destruction. As a precaution, Dr. Sevrin is quarantined, but Spock agrees to plot a course to the mythical planet of Eden in exchange for his cooperation. Meanwhile, Chekov inadvertently gives away some vital information about auxiliary control to his former classmate, Irina, and she and the rest of the followers soon free Sevrin and hijack the Enterprise. The group takes the Enterprise to Eden (which, to complicate matters, happens to be in Romulan space), establishes orbit and steals a shuttle craft to land on the surface while the Enterprise crew is incapacitated and left to die. But the planet, while as beautiful as any of them imagined, also has a deadly side.

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It is definitely
the stolen space cruiser, captain.

The Aurora. I read six aboard.

Hailing frequencies.

Aurora, this is the USS Enterprise,
Captain James T. Kirk commanding.


Aurora, this is the Enterprise.

Do you read me?

- They are receiving us, captain.
- I read no evidence of malfunction.

Repeat, Federation orders
to detain you for...

They're veering off, sir.

Change course.
Pursue and overtake.

Aye, aye, sir.

- Stand by tractor beams.
- Standing by, sir.

If it continues on course,
it will enter Romulan space.

- Engage.
- Tractor beam engaged.

- Bring them in.
- They've not cut power, sir. They're struggling to escape.

Their engines
are seriously overheating, captain.

Aurora, cut power.
You are overtaxing your ship.

Power approaching critical.
They cannot continue.

Emergency power to tractor beams.

Bridge to Transporter Room.
Scotty, are you ready to transport?

Aye, captain.

Power beyond critical.
Explosion is imminent.

- Are we within transportation range?
- Not yet, sir.

Aurora personnel,
stand by to be transported aboard.


Are they aboard?

Scotty, are they aboard?

Aye, captain.

They are. And a nice lot too.

Space, the final frontier.

These are the voyages
of the starship Enterprise.

Its five-year mission:
To explore strange new worlds,

to seek out new life
and new civilszations,

to boldly go where no man
has gone before.

Captain's log, stardate 5832.3.

The son of the Catuallan ambassador
is one of six we have beamed aboard

from the stolen cruiser Aurora.

We have been ordered
to handle him with extreme delicacy

because the treaty negotiations
now in progress

between the Federation
and Catualla

are in a crucial phase.

Scotty, take them
to the briefing room.

We are not in the mood, Herbert.


Thank you.

Tell Herbert it's no go.

- What's going on?
- They refuse, sir.

- Why?
- Well, I don't know.

They're just sitting on the floor,
the lot of them.

You can hear them yourself.
Shall I send for security?

No. I'll be right down. Mr. Spock.

No go, no go, no go.

Which one of you is Tongo Rad?

You can thank
your father's influence

for the fact
that you're not under arrest.

In addition to piracy,

you've left yourself open to charges
of violating flight regulations,

entering hostile space

and endangering the lives
of others as well as your own.

I'm bleeding.

In addition,
you've caused an interstellar incident

which may have destroyed
everything that's been negotiated

between your planet
and the Federation.

You've got a hard lip, Herbert.

If you have an explanation,
I am prepared to hear it.

Well, Mr. Spock, take them
to Sickbay for a medical check.

There may have been radiation
from the explosion.

Captain, with your permission...

By all means.


- We are One.
- One is the beginning.

Are you One, Herbert?

- I am not Herbert.
- He's not Herbert. We reach.

If you will state your purpose
and your objectives,

perhaps we can arrive
at a mutual understanding.

If you understand One,

you know our purpose.

I would prefer that you state it.

We turn our backs on confusion
and seek the beginning.

- What is your destination?
- The planet Eden.

That planet is a myth.

And we protest
against being harassed,

pursued, attacked, seized and
transported here against our wishes.

- Right, brother.
- We do not recognise

Federation regulations.

Nor the existence of hostilities.

We recognise no authority,
save that within ourselves.

Well whether you recognise authority
or not, I am it on this ship.

I am under orders to transport you
back to starbase, peaceably.

From there you'll be ferried
to your various planets.

Because of my orders,
you are not prisoners, but my guests.

I expect you to behave as such.

Oh, Herbert, you are stiff.

Mr. Spock, you seem to understand
these people. You will deal with them.

We respectfully request
that you take us to Eden.

And after they're finished in Sickbay,

see to it that they're escorted
back to their proper quarters.

- And give them whatever care they need.
- Yes, captain.

We respectfully request
that you take us to Eden.

I have orders to the contrary.
This is not a passenger ship.

Herbert! Herbert! Herbert!

Lieutenant Palmer, notify starbase
we have the six aboard

who stole the space cruiser Aurora.
Regrettably, the space cruiser itself

- was destroyed.
- Aye, sir.

Personal note
to the Catuallan ambassador:

- His son is safe.
- Captain.

- Yes, what is it?
- Sir, I believe I know one of them.

At least, I think I recognise her voice.

Her name is Irina Galliulin.

We were in
Starfleet Academy together.

One of those was in the Academy?

Yes, sir.

She dropped out.


Do you wish to see her?

- Permission to leave your post.
- Thank you, sir.

- Are they in the Sickbay?
- Yes, captain.

Mr. Spock.

Do they really believe
that Eden exists?

Many myths
are based on truth, captain.

And they are not unintelligent.

- Their leader Dr. Sevrin, is a man...
- Dr. Sevrin is their leader?

Yes. A brilliant research engineer
in the fields of acoustics,

and electronics on Tiburon.

He was dismissed from his post
when he started this movement.

Tong Rad inherits his father's
extraordinary abilities

in the field of space studies.

But they've rejected all that

and all that this technology provides.

And they seek the primitive.

There are many who are

with what we have created.

It is almost a biological rebellion.

A profound revulsion against
the planned communities,

the programming,

the sterilized,
artfully-balanced atmospheres.

They hunger for an Eden
where spring comes.

We all do.
The cave is deep in our memory.

Yes, that is true, captain.

But we don't steal space cruisers
and act like irresponsible children.

What makes you so sympathetic
toward them?

It is not sympathy,
so much as curiosity, captain.

A wish to understand.

They regard themselves
as aliens in their own worlds,

a condition with which
I am somewhat familiar.


What does Herbert mean?

It is...

...somewhat uncomplimentary,

Herbert was a minor official

notorious for his rigid

and limited patterns of thought.

Well, I shall try to be
less rigid in my thinking.

Lookin' for the good land

Goin' astray

Don't cry, don't cry

Oh, I can't have honey

And I can't have cream

Gonna live, not die

Gonna live, not die

Stand in the middle of it all one day

Look at it shinin' all around me
And say

I'm here!

I'm here

In the good land
In the new land

I'm here

Excuse me. Is Irina Galliulin with you?

She's getting her physical.

Gonna crack my knuckles
and jump for joy,

I got a clean bill of health
from Dr. McCoy.

- You know Irina?
- Say, tell me.

Why do you wear all those clothes?

How do you breathe?

You're next.

- Irina.
- Pavel Andreievich.

I had thought
we might encounter each other.

- You knew I was on the Enterprise?
- I had heard.

Irina, why..?


How could you do this to yourself?

You were a scientist.
And now look at you.

Look at yourself, Pavel.

- Why did you do it?
- Why did you?

I am proud of what I am.
I believe in what I do.

- Can you say that?
- Yes.

Oh, we should not tear
at each other so, Pavel.

We should meet again in joy.

Today when I first knew
it was your ship that followed us,

I thought of you
and wondered what I would find.

And I remembered so much.

In spite of that uniform, I still see
the same Pavel I used to know.

Are you happy in what you do?


Then I accept what you do.

You even talk like them.

- Why did you go away?
- It was you who went.

I came back to look for you.

I looked.

Where did you go?

I stayed in the city.

With friends.

- You never felt as I did. Never.
- I did.

You don't have it in you
to feel so much.

Even when we were close,
you weren't with me.

You were off,
thinking of something else.

And why did you stay away?

Because you disapproved of me.

Just as you do now.

Oh, Pavel, you have always
been like this.

So correct. And inside,
the struggle not to be.

Give in to yourself.
You will be happier.

You'll see.

Go to your friends.

We want to see him right now.
We want to see him now!

Herbert! Herbert! Herbert!

I thought all the animals
were kept in cages.

What's going on, Bones?

Trouble. Friend here
didn't want a checkup.

Turns out there's a reason.

- I refuse to accept your findings.
- You don't have the choice.

They're the product of prejudice,
not science.

I don't know what this man was
planning on doing on a primitive planet,

but assuming one did exist, I can
tell you what would have happened

- had he settled there.
- Untrue.

Would have been enough of those
primitives left to bury their dead.

- Fantasy, fantasy.
- I wish it were.

There's a nasty little bug evolved
in the last few years, Jim.

Our septic-sterilized
civilisations produced it.

Synthococcus novae. It's deadly.

We can immunize against it,

but we haven't learned
to lick all the problems yet.

Does he have it?
What about the others?

All the others are clear.
He doesn't have it. He's a carrier.

Remember your ancient history?
Typhoid Mary?

He's immune to it, as she was,

but he carries the disease
and spreads it to others.

- Is the crew in danger?
- I don't know.

They all had full-spectrum
immunizations before boarding.

Now, my guess is that his friends
have had their shots too.

But a regular programme
of booster shots is necessary.

I'll have to check everyone on the ship,
there could be some skips.

In the meantime,
he should be placed in total isolation.

This is outrageous.

You're not isolating me.
You're imprisoning me.

You invent the crime, find me guilty,
and sentence me.

Would you like to run
the test yourself, doctor?

You knew you were a carrier
before you came aboard, didn't you?

- No!
- Then why did you fight the examination?

- It was an infringement on my rights.
- Put him in isolation.

Be ready for the objections, Jim.
They are a vocal lot.

Yes, I'm ready. Kirk to security.

I want a guard maintained
on Dr. Sevrin until further notice.

Bones, how long before we know

whether the crew has been
endangered by this infection?

It'll show in 24 hours.
It's a virulent strain.

You don't belong with them.
You know what we want.

You want it too. Come, join us.

- How do you know what I want?
- You're young.

Think young, brother.

You make it tempting.

Mr. Sulu.

Mr. Sulu, explain.

No explanation, sir.

Dr. Sevrin will be released
when we think he is medically safe.

Stiff man puttin' my mind in jail

And the judge bang the gavel
and say, "No bail"

Gonna lick his hand
And wag my tail

Herbert! Herbert! Herbert!

Engineering to Bridge.

- Yes, Scotty, what is it?
- Captain.

I just had to give one of those
bare-footed what-do-you-call-thems

the boot out of here. He came in,
bold as brass

tried to incite my crew to disaffect.

Thank you, Scotty.

Mr. Spock, I don't seem to be able
to communicate with these people.

Do you think you can
persuade them to behave?

- I shall make an attempt, captain.
- Thank you, Mr. Spock.

If it weren't
for that ambassador's son,

- they'd all be in the brig.
- Yes, sir.

Captain's log, stardate 5832.5.

The arrogance of Dr. Sevrin
and his followers

is creating an intolerable situation
aboard the Enterprise.

If it continues,
I'll be forced to use controls

which might not agree
with Starfleet's suggestion

that they be handled
with extreme tolerance.

I have no influence
over what they do.

They respect you.
They will listen to your reasoning.

For their sake, you must stop them.

Dr. Sevrin, I am in a position
to help you and your group.

I can use the resources
of the Enterprise

to determine whether or not
Eden actually exists

and to plot its exact location.

I can present a case to Federation

to allow you and your group
to colonise that planet.

Neither you nor your people
are at present charged with a crime.

However, incitement
to disaffection is criminal.

Federation will never allow the
colonization of a planet by criminals.

If they persist, they will be so charged
and forever barred from Eden.

- As I have been barred?
- Then you knew you were a carrier.

Of course I knew.

You've researched my life.

You've read the orders
restricting me to travel

only in areas of advanced technology
because of what my body carries.

What I fail to understand
is why you disobey those orders.

Because this is poison to me!

This stuff you breath,

this stuff you live in.

Shields of artificial atmosphere that
we have layered about every planet.

The programmes in those computers
that run your ship and your lives for you,

they bred what my body carries.

That's what your science
have done to me.

You've infected me.

Only the primitives can cleanse me.

I cannot purge myself
until I am among them.

Only their way of living is right.
I must go to them.

Your very presence will destroy
the people you seek.

Surely you know that.

I shall go to them
and be one with them.

And together we shall build a world
such as this galaxy has never seen.

A world. A life.

A life.

So now you're gonna try
to persuade me

that your technologies
will find a cure for me

and then I'll be free to go.

Yes, doctor.

And for that reason I should persuade
my friends to behave

so that they too will be allowed.

Yes, doctor.

All right. You send them in.
I'll talk to them.

Dr. Sevrin is insane.

I have not consulted Dr. McCoy,
but I have no doubt of it.

I'll have Bones check him out.

Spock, I'm sorry.
You had great respect for him.

But it does explain some
of what they've done.

His condition does not affect
my interest in the movement.

There is no insanity
in what they seek.

I made a promise
which I should like to keep.

With your permission,
I must locate Eden.

I shall work in my quarters.

May I have the assistance
of Mr. Chekov in auxiliary control?


Mr. Chekov, assist Mr. Spock.

- Bridge to Sickbay.
- McCoy here.

- Bones.
- Yes, captain.

I'd like to talk to you.

Captain's log, stardate 5832.6.

I have asked Dr. McCoy to check
Starfleet medical records

to verify Mr. Spock's suspicion
that Dr. Sevrin is insane.

In spite of Dr. Sevrin's antipathy
to us, he has promised Mr. Spock

that he will order his disciples to
conform to our rules and regulations.

Come in.

Am I crossing you?


I was just thinking...
Hey, brother, do you play?

Is it Vulcan?

Can I try it?

That's now.

That's real now.

I reach that, brother. I really do.


Hey, how about a session?

You and us. It would sound.

That's what I came for.
I wanted to ask,

you know, great white captain upstairs,
but he don't reach us.

But would he shake on a session?

I mean, we want to cooperate,
like you ask, so I'm asking.

If I understand you correctly,
I believe the answer might be yes.

I'll spread the word.

Am I allowed in?


I have been looking for you, Pavel.

What room is this?

Auxiliary control.

What's it for?

Should the main control room
break down or suffer damage,

we can navigate the ship from here.

What do you want?

To apologise. I should not
have teased you. It was cruel.

- It does not matter.
- Oh, but it does.

It is against everything I believe in.

Let us not discuss your beliefs.

And I do not like
having you angry with me.

Or disapproving.

Then why do you do such things?

What are you working on?

I am assisting Mr. Spock
in locating your Eden.

Oh, now you are teasing me.

I am not.

These tapes contain star charts

and we project the orbits
of the various planets here.

By a mathematical process,
we determine whether or not

they are affected by other bodies
not yet charted.

Do you know all these things?

What I do not know I find out
from the computer banks.

If I knew nothing at all,

I could navigate the ship simply
by studying what is stored in there.

They contain the sum
of all human knowledge.

They solve our problems
on navigation.

Of control.

Of life-support.

They tell you what to do
and you do what they tell you.

No. We use our own judgement also.

I could never obey a computer.

You could never listen to anyone.

You always had to be different.

Not different. What I wanted to be.

There is nothing wrong
in doing what you want.

I am not receiving, Mr. Chekov.

Spock to Chekov.
Repeat. I am not receiving.

I am sorry, Mr. Spock.

I was momentarily delayed.

His name is Sulu,
specialist in weapons and navigation.

His hobby is botany.

- Can?
- Can. I reach Botany.

- It's my favourite of studies.
- What's yours?

Spock is practically One now.

Everything can be handled
from auxiliary control.

The computers contain
all the information we need.

- We can do it.
- It starts to chime.

- When will it?
- Soon.

It's like he said now,
we should all go out

and try to swing
as many as possible over.

You suggest any special ways
to swing them?

Just be friendly.

You know how to be friendly.

Then they'll be friendly.

I'm talkin' about you

I'm talkin' about me

Long time back when the

Galaxy was new

Man found out what he had to do

Found he had to eat
And he found he had to drink

And a long time later
He found he had to think

Yes, think

- I'm standing here wondering.
- What?

If a man tells another man:

Out of my way

He piles up trouble

For himself all day

But all kinds of trouble
Come to an end

When a man tells another man
"Be my friend"

My friend

Well, what's it going to be?

There's a mile-wide emptiness

Between you and me

Can't reach across it

Hardly even see

Someone ought to take a step

One way or other

Let's say goodbye

Or let's say "Brother"



Hey, out there

Hey, out there

Hey, out there

Hey, out there

- I see you
- I see you

- I see you
- I see you

Let's get together and have some fun

I don't know how to do it
But it's got to be done

At least we know where they are
and what they're doing.

I don't know why a young mind

has to be an undisciplined one.

I used to get into a little trouble when
I was that age, Scotty. Didn't you?

I get no response from controls.

We're going off course.

It's shorted. No,
it's channelled over somewhere.

To auxiliary control.

Bridge to auxiliary control.
Bridge to auxiliary control.

Captain, it seems as though
someone else is running the ship.

That's right.
Someone else is running this ship.

I am.

All functions. Life-support as well.

You cannot interfere, as I have
frozen the doors to the control room.

I do not intend to hand over
the helm to you

until and unless we reach Eden.

And if I am in any way prevented
from reaching that destination,

I shall destroy this ship
and all aboard.

- Can he do it?
- He has the capability, captain.

He's got everything
channelled over.

Start a trace-back on all circuits.

- See if you can bypass him.
- Do that and I shall retaliate.

I shall not warn you again.

Captain, we're now
leaving the Neutral Zone.

Bearing into Romulan space.

Any patrols?

- Negative.
- There will be soon.

Dr. Sevrin,

you are violating Romulan space and
endangering the peace of the galaxy.

The Romulans will view this
as a military intrusion and attack.

Bring the ship about now.

If you bring her about

and return to starbase,
no charges will be levelled.

Like you said, Brother Sevrin.

If you do not,

you will never reach Eden.

You and this ship will be destroyed.

He's got jelly in the belly.
Real scared.


Rad, you are being led
by a man who is insane.

You are being used by him.

Spock, you tell them.


there is a file on Dr. Sevrin
in our computer banks.

In it you'll find a report
attesting to the fact

that he is a carrier
of a bacillus strain

known as Synthococcus novae.

Ain't that just awful?

You'll also find a report
from the same hospital

giving a full psychological profile
on him

and projecting these actions of his.

- Yea, brother.
- Adam,

you know I reach you.

I believe in what you seek.

But there is a tragic difference
between what you want

and what he wants.

You're making me cry.

There it is. They've established Eden,
Brother Sevrin.

Pavel said they would.

Our original course
must have been somewhat in error.

- When will we get there?
- At this speed, three hours.

They'll try to persuade us
to change course presently

and then they'll attack.

How do you plan to stop them?
By cutting off their life-support?

I have another weapon.
Take control, Brother Rad.

What are you doing?

Making an adjustment
on their circuits.

Head now to Eden

Yea, brother

Head now to Eden

No more trouble

In my body or my mind

Wanna live like a king
On whatever I find

Eat all the fruit and

throw away the rind

Yea, brother


We are within sensor range of Eden
and continuing to approach.

Whatever they're going to do, they're
going to do now. We have no choice.

Mr. Spock, Mr. Scott.

- When will you use that?
- At the proper time.

- Let me know when we're in orbit.
- Approaching right on the dot

just as they plotted it, Brother Sevrin.

What will that do to them?
What is it?

Well, I'm using sound against them.
Beyond the ultrasonic.

It will stun them
and allow us time to leave.

We'll go in one of their shuttlecraft.

Sound pitched that high
doesn't stun.

It destroys. I remember
when we read in the text that it...

I've gone beyond those texts, Irina.

It's correct for you to be concerned,
but be assured also.

We are in orbit over Eden,
Brother Sevrin.

It does destroy.

We cannot allow them
to come after us.

It will not reach us in here.
I can control it all.

I have adjusted it so that it will suspend
its effects after a few moments

and allow us time to escape.

Then after we've gone,
it will automatically reactivate.

Rejoice, brethren.

Soon we shall step together
into Eden.


- It's all right, Spock. It's stopped.
- No captain, it hasn't stopped.

It's gone beyond...

Captain, they're using...

Steppin' in to Eden

Yea, brother

Steppin' in to Eden

Yea, brother

No more trouble
In my body or my mind

Gonna live like a king
On whatever I find

Eat all the fruit
And throw away the rind

Yea, brother

Now we may leave.

Captain, go. You must destroy the...

- What is it?
- Ultrasonics. The panel.

Kirk to Engineering.


Hangar deck?

Kirk to Transporter Room.

Kirk to Bridge.
Do you read me? Come in.

Sulu here, captain.
What happened to us?

- I heard a whistle and then...
- Never mind.

Do we have control of the ship?

No, sir. Control is in auxiliary.

Can we break out of orbit
if we have to?

I think so, sir.

- Hangar Deck to Captain.
- Kirk here.

Sir, one of the shuttlecrafts
has been taken.

- We were all knocked out.
- Stand by.

- You read any Romulans?
- Negative, captain.

However, I am picking up
the shuttlecraft.

- Where?
- It has landed.

Except for those aboard the craft,

I read no life at all,
either humanoid nor animal.

Auxiliary control for Dr. McCoy.
Bones, are you all right?

- Yes, Jim.
- Stand by, Transporter Room.

- Full medical gear.
- Bridge to Captain Kirk.

Do you wish
to open communications, sir?


No, they tried to destroy us.
Let them think they succeeded.

I want the coordinates zeroed in

so that when we beam down
we won't be visible to them.

Scotty, you have the conn.

If any Romulans appear,
try to make them understand.

I do not want to provoke combat.

Mr. Spock. Mr. Chekov,
join us in the Transporter Room.

Legends were true, captain.
A fantastically beautiful planet.


Is this what they believed they'd find?

Then I can understand.

Spread out. Approach with caution.

Dr. Sevrin...

- What is it?
- The flower, sir.

I touched it. It's like fire.

It's burned.

All this plant life is full of acid.

Even the grass, Jim.

- Will our clothing protect us?
- It should for a while.



Poison. The fruit is deadly.

His name was Adam.

There's the shuttlecraft.

Here. We'll help you.

Dr. Sevrin. Bones.

He should be beamed aboard, Jim.

He needs more
than I can do for him here.

- Spock to Enterprise.
- Enterprise here.

Stand by to beam aboard
injured party.

Medical team
to the Transporter Room.

No. No, we're not leaving.

We can help you aboard the ship.

We're not leaving Eden, none of us.

Be sensible, doctor.

We're not leaving.

Come back here, you fool.

- Sevrin, don't! You'll kill yourself!
- Don't bite into that.

It was so beautiful.

- I have starbase now, captain.
- Alert them that we have the four.

And we're ready to beam them down

- and mark the incident closed.
- Aye, sir.

Bridge to Transporter.
Scotty, are they there?

Three of them, sir.
Expecting a fourth any minute.

Stand by.

Mr. Chekov, do you wish to attend?

Captain, I wish first to apologise
for my conduct during this time.

I did not maintain myself
under proper discipline.

I endangered the ship
and its personnel by my conduct.

I respectfully submit myself
for disciplinary action.

Thank you, Mr. Chekov.

You did what you had to do.

As did we all.

Even your friends.

You may go.

Thank you, sir.

I was coming to say goodbye.

And I was coming
to say goodbye to you.

Be incorrect.


And you be correct.


Miss Galliulin.

It is my sincere wish that you
do not give up your search for Eden.

I have no doubt
but that you will find it.

Or make it yourselves.

Thank you.

We reach, Mr. Spock.

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