In Zion the council and all crews are gathered. Besides Councillor Hamaan, two other Councillors are present, Dillard (Robyn Nevin) and West (Cornel West). Lock explains their current situation and tactics.
LOCK: The machines are tunnelling to avoid our defense system. But I believe that they're going to intersect certain pipelines in order to control them. These points of intersection are crucial because I believe they're vulnerable to counterattack. Although it has been suggested that this is the same kind of attack we have defended for years, I urge the Council to realize the truth: this is the single greatest threat we have ever faced. And if we do not act accordingly, we will not survive.
DILLARD: Commander Lock, the Council is well aware of the seriousness of this attack. You have our leave to prepare our defense by any and all means necessary.
LOCK: Thank you, Councillor.
DILLARD: However, we ask if there's been word from the Nebuchadnezzar.
LOCK: No, Councillor, no word - nothing.
WEST: Then we request a ship be dispatched to ascertain the fate of The One.
LOCK: I wish that were possible, Councillor, but I do not believe our defense can suffer the loss of another ship.
WEST: It will, Commander, if it must.
LOCK: It could take a single ship days to find the Nebuchadnezzar.
DILLARD: Then send two.
LOCK: This is insane.
HAMANN: Careful, Commander.
LOCK: Forgive my frustration, Councillors. I wish I were able to comprehend the Council's choice in this matter.
WEST: Comprehension is not a requisite of cooperation.
LOCK: You're asking me to order two of my captains...
DILLARD: There's no need for such an order, the Captains are present - they can answer for themselves. The Council is calling for two volunteers to aid the Nebuchadnezzar. Are there two among you that would answer such a call?
SOREN: Captain Soren of the Vigilant will answer the Council's call.
DILLARD: You understand the situation, Captain Soren?
SOREN: Yes, ma'am.
DILLARD: Thank you, Captain. Is there another?
BANE/SMITH: Captain, I think we should volunteer.
MALACHI: What? You have gone crazy?
BALLARD: Shut your hole, Bane, before I put you in one.
DILLARD: Is there no other?
LOCK: Be hard for any man to risk his life. Especially if he doesn't understand the reason.
After moments of silence, Niobe rises . . .
NIOBE: Captain Niobe of the Logos will answer the Councillor's call.
DILLARD: Thank you, Captain Niobe. Commander Lock, you have your orders. This Council is hereby adjourned.
The council participants disperse, Lock immediately confronts Niobe . . .
LOCK: Niobe, what are you doing?
NIOBE: What I can.
NIOBE: Because some things never change, Jason, and some things do.
In the Matrix, Neo, Trinity and Morpheus arrive at a building and take the elevator to French restaurant.
MORPHEUS: What can you see, Neo?
NEO: It's strange, the code is somehow different.
TRINITY: Is that good for us or bad for us?
NEO: Well, it looks like every floor is wired with explosives.
TRINITY: Bad for us.
MORPHEUS: Here we go.
They arrive at the restaurant entrance . . .
MAITRE D': Puis-je vous aider?
MORPHEUS: Yes, we are here to speak with the Merovingian.
MAITRE D': Of course, he has been expecting you. Follow me.
They find the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson) and his wife, Persephone (Monica Bellucci), at the head table as if they were king and queen.
MEROVINGIAN: Aha, here he is at last. Neo, the One himself, right? And the legendary Morpheus. And Trinity of course, si belle qu'elle me fait souffrir. I have heard so much, you honor me. Please, sit, join us. This is my wife, Persephone. Something to eat? Drink? Hmm... of course, such things are contrivances like so much here. For the sake of appearances.
NEO: No, thank you.
MEROVINGIAN: Yes, of course, who has time? Who has time? But then if we do not ever take time, how can we ever have time? . . . (he sniffs his glass of wine) Château Haut-Brion 1959, magnificent wine, I love French wine, like I love the French language. I have sampled every language, French is my favorite. Fantastic language. Especially to curse with. Nom de Dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperies de connards d'enculés de ta mère.. It's like wiping your arse with silk. I love it.
MORPHEUS: You know why we are here.
MEROVINGIAN: I am a trafficker of information, I know everything I can. The question is, do you know why you are here?
MORPHEUS: We are looking for the Keymaker.
MEROVINGIAN: Oh, yes. It is true. The Keymaker. Of course. But this is not a reason. This is not a "why". The Keymaker himself - his very nature is a means. It is not an end. And so to look for him is to be looking for a means to do... what?
NEO: You know the answer to that question.
MEROVINGIAN: But do you? You think you do but you do not. You are here because you were sent here, you were told to come here and you obeyed. (laughs) It is, of course, the way of all things. You see, there is only one constant, one universal, it is the only real truth: causality. Action. Reaction. Cause and effect.
MORPHEUS: Everything begins with choice.
MEROVINGIAN: No. Wrong. Choice is an illusion, created between those with power, and those without.
He shows an example by pointing out a young woman who he wrote a program to affect her sexual arousement. A waiter delivers a dessert to her which we seen in code.
MEROVINGIAN: Look there, at that woman. My God, just look at her. Affecting everyone around her, so obvious, so bourgeois, so boring. But wait... Watch - you see, I have sent her dessert, a very special dessert. I wrote it myself. It starts so simply, each line of the program creating a new effect, just like poetry.
MEROVINGIAN: First, a rush... heat... her heart flutters. You can see it, Neo, yes? She does not understand why - is it the wine? No. What is it then, what is the reason?
MEROVINGIAN: And soon it does not matter, soon the why and the reason are gone, and all that matters is the feeling itself. This is the nature of the universe.
MEROVINGIAN: We struggle against it, we fight to deny it, but it is of course pretense, it is a lie.
MEROVINGIAN: Beneath our poised appearance, the truth is we are completely out of control.
MEROVINGIAN: Causality. There is no escape from it, we are forever slaves to it. Our only hope, our only peace is to understand it, to understand the 'why.' 'Why' is what separates us from them, you from me. 'Why' is the only real social power, without it you are powerless.
And this is how you come to me, without 'why,' without power. Another link in the chain. But fear not, since I have seen how good you are at following orders, I will tell you what to do next. Run back, and give the fortune teller this message: Her time is almost up. Now I have some real business to do, I will say adieu and goodbye.
NEO: This isn't over.
MEROVINGIAN: Oh, yes it is. The Keymaker is mine and I see no reason to give him up. No reason at all.
PERSEPHONE: Where are you going?
MEROVINGIAN: Please, ma chérie. I've told you, we are all victims of causality. I drink too much wine, I must take a piss. Cause and effect. Au revoir.
A henchmen reaches to touch Trinity's shoulder to escort them out.
TRINITY: Touch me and that hand will never touch anything again.