"Program Picard Rio Delta One." I say into the computer outside the holodeck as Bev stands next to me.
"I'm looking forward to this, Jean-Luc" she says keenly, "I haven't walked on the sands of the Copacabans beach in Rio for a long time."
"Neither have I." I tell her, "I hope you have got your bikini with you."
"Sure, Jean-Luc." she answers, "It's under this red dress. Have you bought your Speedos swimming outfit?"
"Err..shall we see, Bev?"
As we enter, we see the famed Copacabana pavement
"It looks gorgeous, Jean-Luc." she says, "You programmed it well."
"I did ask the computer to make it as authentic as possible, Bev." I say.
"I see what you mean." comments Bev, "Well you can't have the beach without them, can you? Let's find a place on the beach."
Bev is lying in the sun wearing her bikini, while I return to her after walking along the beach, wearing my Speedo trunks.
"This is the life, Jean-Luc." she comments, "To think we are actually in a starship travelling faster than the speed of light."
"Yes." I reply, "Do you want some more sunblock?"
Suddenly everything flashes, and the two of us are lying in a large black room. It looks like the holodeck program has failed somehow. We both look pretty ridiculous lying on the floor of the Enterprise in swimming outfits.
"Number One." I ask when contacting Riker, using the Arch, "What has happened?"
"I'm not sure, Captain." he answers, "The Enterprise passed through an unknown cloud, which shorted out certain circuits. The holodeck is one of them, including the entrance. We'll try and get it all fixed as soon as possible."
Why does the Enterprise always go THROUGH these unknown clouds? Can't we ever go ROUND them?"
To be continued after TWQ...