w: Terry Nation d: Douglas Camfield February 20, '78 (52 min.)
In an unexplored star system, the Liberator is surrounded by three of Travis's pursuit ships. Blake notices that one hasn't fired and decides that it "must be Travis. We are going straight for it," he tells Avon and Cally, "not over, under, or around, but right through it."
"Ram it?" Avon obviously disapproves.
"The Liberator should be able to take the impact."
Vila by Robin L. Belyea
"I admire your confidence," Avon responds. "If any of our control systems are damaged by the impact, we will be helpless."
"We aren't exactly in a commanding position now! Have you got any better ideas?"
"As a matter of fact, no, I haven't."
But the battle is stopped by two powerful beings who arrange a duel between Travis and Blake. Jenna and Travis's mutoid pilot are included in the combat.
On the Liberator the others can watch the duel on the screen. As night falls both teams find refuge in the trees and after watching them for some time, Avon stands up.
"Have you thought of another plan?" asks Vila.
"Yes, I'm going to get some sleep."
"You're never involved, are you, Avon?" Gan says. "Have you ever cared for anyone?"
"...except yourself?" Vila finishes.
"I have never understood why it should be necessary to become irrational in order to prove that you care, or, indeed, why it should be necessary to prove it at all."
Avon does return in time to see the duel's conclusion.