"This morning, Tinker thought he had the biggest broadcasting coup of all time when we appeared, now we're under guard and kept out of the way. We're not exactly making the ratings whilst out of view"
"That would seem to be true..." Maddox pondered.
"How about this...we're already a ratings hit and we suspect Tinker of ordering the murder of the star of a top rated show. That would make us a prime target for another network...we need to get a message to one of them. Or maybe, the other networks are on their way to get us?"
"Surely you're not suggesting we just sit around down here and hope another company will see fit to break us out?" DeCoursey asked the doctor.
"I don't know..." the captain was thinking back a bit, "but remember what Tinker said just before the guards brought us down here? He said his audience wanted to see more of us. I wonder what that means?"
Maddox went to the bars of the cell and looked down the corridor toward the main entrance where the guard was stationed.
"I have an idea that might just get us out of here now gentlemen." Maddox smiled, "Follow my lead doctor."
The captain went over to the bunk and laid down, then, curling up into the fetal position, he began to moan loudly as he clutched at his stomach...
"Ugh, my stomach hurts, something's wrong..." he said with a wink to DeCoursey and Chadwick.
"Do you really think I could be a star?" Leah said smiling. "I mean, what girl doesn't dream of being a big famous star? Can you make that happen for me?"
"Oh very good sweetheart." Tinker laughed and gave a little clap, "That's quite a performance..."
The network president moved over to the table where the landing party's gear had been laid out after it had been confiscated. He looked the communicator over with interest, turning it over and over in his hand.
"I don't believe for one instant that you would turn on your own people so quickly." he thumbed a switch on his desktop console and the screens behind him changed to a series of various views of the cells. She could plainly see Maddox and the others in their cell.
He finally looked back up at Ashby, "I'm going to make you a star my dear, even if it kills you."