Epee: Watched a bout last night in which the fencer on my left, lost a couple of touches that I thought he should have made. Without checking the weapon he asked the referee for a change of weapons. Standing at the half way mark, handed the referee his weapon and was handed a new weapon. Connected up preparatory to having the weapon checked, weight and shims. It didn't fire. Disconnected checked the body cord. Didn't fire. Checked the reel by plugging into the connecter and shorting A-B lines. No fire. Checked the reel, it was disconnected. It had apparently moved forward during the bout and the reel wire which was under the flooring was thus fixed in place and so had disconnected. At this point what should the referee's call be? 1. reconnect the reel and continue? 2. reconnect the reel and disallow the last touch by the fencer on the right and then continue? 3. Any other possibilities?