Picard is beginning to jump backwards and forwards through time. He moves to three different time periods. The 'present', a time just before the pilot and a time 25 years in the future. He tries to persuade the crew in the 'present' that he was not dreaming, but there is no evidence of a temporal shift so they did not quite believe him. In the past, the spacial anomaly is in the Neutral zone and Crusher scans Picard and realises that he has accumulated more memories than he should have. They then realise that each time period is operating independantly from each other. In the future, Q then appears and informs Picard that he is responsible for Picard's time shifting and that the Q have decided to terminate humanity and that Picard will be responsible for the destruction of humanity.