SPACE STATTION 5 - LOUNGE: Floyd exits the Vision Phone Booth and sees Elena, Smyslov, and two other Russians sitting in the lounge area.
FLOYD: Elena, how nice to see you again.
ELENA: Heywood, what a wonderful surprise to meet you here.
FLOYD: You're looking wonderful.
ELENA: Thank you, you're looking well too. This is my good friend, Dr. Heywood Floyd. I'd like you to meet Dr. Kalinan
FLOYD: How do you do.
KALINAN: How do you do.
ELENA: Dr. Stretyneva.
KALINAN: How do you do.
STRETYNEVA: How do you do.
ELENA: And this is Dr. Smyslov.
FLOYD: Oh, how do you do. I've heard a lot about you.
SMYSLOV: Hello, please sit down, huh?
There is a bit of confusion as all realize there is not enough room for another person at the table.
Smyslov gestures with his hand an invite for Floyd to take his chair.
SMYSLOV: No, no, please
Smyslov grabs a chair from a nearby table.
FLOYD: Well, thank you.
SMYSLOV: Would you like a drink, Doctor?
FLOYD: Oh no thanks. As a matter of fact, I haven't had breakfast yet and someone's meeting me at the restaurant. No, if you don't mind, I'll just sit with you a few minutes, then I must be off.
SYMYSLOV: Are you quite sure?
FLOYD: I'm quite sure, thank you. (turns to Elena) Well, how is Gregor?
ELENA: Oh he's fine, but he's been doing some underwater research in the Baltics. So I'm afraid we don't get a chance to see very much of each other these days.
FLOYD (chuckles): Well when you do see him, be sure to give him my regards.
ELENA: Yes of course.
FLOYD: Well, where are you all off to? Up or down?
ELENA: We're going home. We've just spent three months calibrating the new antenna at Tchalinko. . . . What about you?
FLOYD: I'm just on the way up to Clavius.
SMYSLOV (pleasantly): Ohhh, are you? . . . Well, Dr. Floyd, I hope that you don't think I'm too inquisitive, but perhaps you can clear up the great big mystery about what's been going on up there.
FLOYD: I'm afraid I don't know what you mean.
SMYSLOV: Well, it's just for the past two weeks extremely odd things have been happening at Clavius.
FLOYD: Oh really?
SMYSLOV: Yes, really. Well for one thing, whenever you phone the base all you can get is a recording which repeats that the phone lines are temporarily out of order.
FLOYD: Well, probably having some trouble with their equipment, or something like that.
SMYSLOV: Yes. . . Yes, that's what we thought was the explanation at first, but it's been going on now for the past ten days.
FLOYD: You mean you haven't been able to contact anyone for the past ten days?
SMYSLOV: That's right.
FLOYD: Oh, I see.
ELENA: There's another thing, Heywood, two days ago, one of our rocket buses was denied permission for an emergency landing at Clavius.
FLOYD: Well, that does sound odd.
SMYSLOV: Yes, yes and I'm afraid we're not going to be able to allow that. Denying the men permission to land is a direct violation of the I.A.S. convention.
FLOYD: Yes, of course, of course. . . . Well, did the crew get back allright?
SMYSLOV: Yes-yes. Fortunately, they did.
FLOYD: Well, I'm glad about that.
SMYSLOV (awkward laughter): Dr. Floyd, at the risk of pressing you on a point you seem reticent to discuss, may I ask you a straightforward question?
FLOYD: Well, certainly.
SMYSLOV: Quite frankly, we have had some very reliable intelligence reports that quite a serious epidemic has broken out at Clavius. Something, apparently, of an unknown origin. Is this, in fact, what has happened?
A long, awkward pause. Floyd becomes solemn and subdued.
FLOYD: I'm sorry, Dr. Smyslov, but uh, I'm really not at liberty to discuss this.
SMYSLOV: I understand, but this epidemic could quite easily spread to our base. We should be given all the facts, Dr. Floyd.
FLOYD: Yes I know. . . As I said, I'm not at liberty to discuss it.
Elena breaks the uneasy tension between Floyd and Smyslov with a lighter change of subject.
ELENA: Now, are you sure you won't change your mind about that drink?
FLOYD: No, I'm positive. . . I really must be going.
ELENA: Well, I hope that you and your wife can come to the I.A.C. conference in June.
FLOYD: Well we're going to try, I hope we can make it.
ELENA: If you do, you remember to bring that darling little daughter with you.
FLOYD (laughs): Well that all depends on school vacations and all that sort of thing, but if we can we will. And don't forget, you got a standing invitation when you get to the States.
ELENA: Of course not. Gregor and I look foward to seeing you.
FLOYD: Well good bye Elena. It's been a pleasure meeting you all. (turns to shake Smyslov's hand) . . . Dr. Smyslov.
SMYSLOV: Whatever the reasons for your visit to Clavius, Dr. Floyd, the very best of luck to you.
FLOYD: Well thank you . . . ladies.
After Floyds walks away, the Russians exchange a few serious comments in Russian.