ARCHER: Previously on Enterprise
REED [Bridge]: The Insectoid ship's been damaged.
TUCKER: Target the second one.
HAYES [Cargo bay]: Is that what this is all about? You think that I want to replace
REED: You just can't stand taking orders from me, can you.
HAYES: Tell me something.
HAYES: Why won't you let me do my job?
ARCHER [Brig]: I want to know where you're building the weapon.
DEGRA: I don't know what you're talking about.
ARCHER: The hell you don't.
HOSHI [Degra's ship]: There is a reference to a planet he visited recently. Azati
T'POL [Command centre]: The coordinates match the location of one of the red giants.
ARCHER [Bridge]: Set a course to Azati Prime, maximum warp.
(In orbit of a brown and white planet.)
(There's a crashed ship on the surface.)
REED: It's definitely Xindi, sir. The hull composition matches the
other ships we've seen.
ARCHER: It doesn't look like a reptilian or a primate design. Biosigns?
T'POL: None that I can detect. There's no atmosphere aboard.
ARCHER: Anyone else in the system?
TRAVIS: No, sir.
ARCHER: Put a team together.
REED: Aye, sir.
(The EV-suited team finds a couple of insectoid
ARCHER: We'll take them back to Enterprise. Tell Phlox I want a
complete autopsy. (to T'Pol) The Major and I will search the port side.
See if you can access their ship's database.
(Archer and Hayes find a closed door, and pries it up to reveal a huge
chamber. They investigate, while elsewhere -)
T'POL: It's a computer interface.
TUCKER: See what you can download.
REED: My father'd love to get a look at this place. He's fascinated by
insects, always filling the house up with bugs he's collected. Drives
my mother crazy.
TUCKER: Maybe we can bring home something new for his collection.
(Tucker and Reed are at a bulkhead that Tucker's scanner has lead him to.)
REED: It's heavily
(They open the hexagonal hatch and step through.)
(The hatch shuts automatically behind them.)
REED: It's pressurising. Oxygen nitrogen atmosphere.
TUCKER: After you. (Reed opens his helmet a little.)
REED: A little stale, but breathable.
Biosigns, very faint. Coming from in here.
(investigating a craft inside the huge chamber)
HAYES: Some kind of shuttlecraft?
ARCHER: More like an assault vehicle. I'm reading a half dozen particle
cannons, torpedo launchers. Archer.
TUCKER [OC]: You'd better get over here, sir.
(Archer and Hayes enter the hatchery to find their
colleagues gazing in wonder at the things hanging from the ceiling, and
the fact that the power is on. They remove their helmets.)
T'POL: The DNA is identical to the bodies we found. They would appear
to be the crew's offspring.
ARCHER: A hatchery?
TUCKER: They built this place to take quite a beating. Reinforced
bulkheads, back-up power systems.
T'POL: Thirty one eggs are still viable.
TUCKER: They won't survive for long. The bio-support's losing power.
ARCHER: Do you think you can repair it?
TUCKER: I wouldn't even know where to start.
ARCHER: There's a shuttlecraft in their port bay. Get it back to the
ship. I want an analysis of their tactical systems as soon as possible.
REED: Aye sir.
(He leaves with Tucker. Archer looks at a cluster of dangling eggs.)
ARCHER: Did you find their
T'POL: I'm not certain there is one. Their command functions appear to
be distributed through various
(Archer gets splattered by a dangling
ARCHER: I'm all right.
T'POL: We should get you to Sickbay.
(Archer has a bright rash where the egg squirted
PHLOX: A mild neurotoxin. Likely part of an autonomic defence system.
The egg probably considered you a threat.
ARCHER: Humans seem to have that effect on the Xindi.
PHLOX: An analgesic should take care of the irritation.
ARCHER: Malcolm's bringing you two dead insectoids. I want you to learn
as much as you can about them.
T'POL: We've located their Armoury. We found several particle weapons
and torpedo casings.
ARCHER: What about the data you recovered?
T'POL: Ensign Sato's translating it. We'll be ready to leave orbit as
soon as the Xindi shuttle's aboard.
(Towing the Xindi shuttle, which is about the same
REED: We've cleared the thermosphere.
(The pod shakes, and a corpse
REED: You might want to do a better job securing our guests.
(Hayes kicks the bodybag.)
REED: I think it's safe to assume it's dead.
HAYES: Just being cautious.
(He puts it back on the bench and straps it
HAYES: Certain insects on Earth are known to hibernate.
(Hayes sits down and
draws his weapon.)
REED: Do you intent do shoot me, Major?
HAYES: It's not you I'm worried about. I've been going over the results
from the last training session. Your senior officers have shown a lot
of improvement, but I think they can do better. With your permission
I'd like to schedule some more target practice for Monday evening.
REED: That won't go over well with Commander Tucker. Monday night is
HAYES: Maybe he can sacrifice some leisure time for the sake of this
REED: The senior officers do have other duties. We can't all spend our
time playing holographic games in the Armoury.
HAYES: I'm not sure that's how the Captain would see it.
HOSHI [OC]: Enterprise to Shuttlepod two. You're clear to approach.
REED: Acknowledged. Deploy the docking arm.
ARCHER: Come in.
(T'Pol and Tucker enter.)
TUCKER: I think we figured out what happened to them. One of the
nacelles fractured when they were coming out of a subspace vortex. They
probably tried to make an emergency landing on this planet.
ARCHER: According to Phlox, the insectoids we found weren't killed in
the crash, they suffocated?
T'POL: Most of the crew appear to have died when they transferred their
life-support to the hatchery.
ARCHER: They sacrificed themselves to save their children. You said the
hatchery's losing biosupport. How long will it last?
TUCKER: Another day, at most.
ARCHER: I want you to assign a team to repair it.
T'POL: What about Azati Prime?
ARCHER: It's not going anywhere. This is a sentient species. We can't
TUCKER: Captain, with all due respect, why the hell not? I've got half
a mind to take a plasma torch to that place.
ARCHER: What if we found a nursery filled with thirty one infant
primates. Would you want to torch them? The Xindi are trying to destroy
Earth because they heard that humans are ruthless. This is a chance to
prove them wrong.
T'POL: We can bring the eggs aboard, reconfigure one of the cargo bays.
ARCHER: I already talked to Phlox. He says they're integrated into the
hatchery walls. If we remove them, they'll die.
TUCKER: Sir, this is crazy. These people are trying to kill us.
ARCHER: This isn't open for discussion. I'll lead the engineering team.
I need you up here to help Travis figure out how to operate that Xindi
ARCHER: I've made my decision. Get to work.
Captain's Starlog, January 8th 2154. We've been in
orbit for more than a day. The crew is restless, eager to resume our
mission, but I'm certain my decision to stay was the right one.
TUCKER: They may know how to make a weapon, but
these people could learn a thing or two about designing a comfortable
TRAVIS: For an Insectoid, maybe they are comfortable.
TUCKER: And the power grid doesn't make much sense. Almost half of it's
routed to structural integrity.
TRAVIS: You could probably fly this thing inside a gas giant.
TUCKER: Assuming you could figure out how to fly it.
TRAVIS: This icon looks like it might represent the impulse manifolds.
TUCKER: Give it a shot.
(There's an Insectoid warning then the lights
TRAVIS: I don't think this ship likes us very much.
REED: (using PADD) You're going to have to remove
the relays here and here. That should disable the security protocols.
TUCKER: We can't initialise the engines without them.
TRAVIS: What about the ship on the surface? We might be able to salvage
what we need.
REED: Any word on how much longer he's planning to stay in orbit?
TUCKER: The repairs are moving slow.
REED: I'd be the last to question the Captain's orders, but doesn't it
seem a little odd that we're staying here to save a nest of Xindi?
TUCKER: The Captain thinks it's the right thing to do. We may be at
war, but these creatures need our help.
REED: Meanwhile, their big brothers are trying to destroy Earth.
TRAVIS: Every day we stay here gives them more time to finish their
TUCKER: Look, there's a chance we'll run into more insectoids when we
reach that red giant. Spending an extra day or two studying their
tactical systems might be useful.
(Phlox is in autopsy rubbers standing over an Insectoid with it's chest cavity open, when Archer comes in.)
PHLOX: Ah, Captain. I've learnt quite a bit about this fascinating
fellow. Perhaps fellow is the wrong word. Their species is genderless.
ARCHER: Then who made all those eggs?
PHLOX: They reproduce asexually. Each adult appears capable of
producing multiple egg sacs. I wouldn't be surprised if every insectoid
vessel had it's own hatchery. I'd estimate their lifespan is no more
than twelve Earth years. This individual may be one of the elder
members of the crew. It was nearly ten years old.
ARCHER: What about the hatchery? When will the eggs mature?
PHLOX: Without knowing more about their incubation cycle it's
impossible to say, but probably no more than a week at most. Captain,
if you don't mind my saying, you look as if you could use some rest.
ARCHER: We've got to get the repairs finished.
PHLOX: Surely a few hours sleep wouldn't
ARCHER: Contact me if you find anything else.
(T'Pol has walked through the Xindi ship without
an EV suit.)
T'POL: Is there a problem, Corporal?
CHANG: No, ma'am.
T'POL: Why are you guarding this chamber?
CHANG: Captain's orders.
(Archer is working on the main life support
control unit in the middle of the chamber.)
T'POL: Lieutenant Reed's report.
T'POL: You requested a tactical analysis of the Insectoid ship.
ARCHER: Later. Are we ready?
TUCKER: Just a few seconds, Captain.
T'POL: There are two MACOs posted outside.
ARCHER: I asked Major Hayes to assign them. These eggs are vulnerable.
There are breaches in the outer hull. There could be predators around.
T'POL: Aside from microbes, we found no evidence of life on this
TUCKER: We're ready. Start at forty megajoules, but keep an eye on that
matrix converter. Take it up to fifty.
(Systems start to light up, then
something goes bang.)
(An egg sac explodes and an engineer goes flying.)
ARCHER: Shut it
down. What happened.
TUCKER: It must have been a surge in the power grid. I'll need a few
(The burst sac contained two babies, one of which is moving slightly.)
ARCHER: Archer to Enterprise. Medical emergency.
(Phlox holda the tiny stiff corpse in one hand.)
PHLOX: There was nothing I could do. I'm sorry.
ARCHER: How's Hoshi coming with that translation.
T'POL: Their iconography is different from the other Xindi species.
It's taking some time.
ARCHER: When she's done, ask her to search their database. See if she
can locate anything about their burial rituals.
T'POL: Do you plan to hold a funeral?
TUCKER [OC]: Tucker to Captain Archer.
ARCHER: Go ahead.
TUCKER [OC]: I think I've figured out the problem. Their power grid
can't handle our converters.
TUCKER: It's going to take at least three days to
make them compatible.
ARCHER: What about the reactor? Any way to bring
TUCKER [OC]: It's possible
TUCKER: But they lost most of their antimatter in
ARCHER: Stand by. Work with Trip. Help him get
their reactor up and running.
ARCHER: We're going to transfer our antimatter to their ship. Use as
much as you have to.
T'POL: Our reserves are at less than sixty percent.
ARCHER: I'm not going to let any more of them die.
TUCKER: To get that reactor running again, we'll
have to use a third of our antimatter reserves.
REED: Why so much?
TUCKER: Every system on that ship is integrated. The only way to bring
biosupport back online is to power up the whole thing.
REED: That's not going to leave much antimatter for our torpedoes,
never mind our engines.
T'POL: Did you inform the Captain?
TUCKER: I wanted to run it by both of you first.
REED: I never imagined Captain Archer would put the welfare of a few
Xindi before his own people. Do you know, he spent nearly two days in
that hatchery. From what I'm told, he hasn't stopped working long
enough to even sleep!
T'POL: Delay the transfer for now.
TUCKER: The Captain gave us an order.
T'POL: I'll speak with him.
(Archer's still trying to repair a console, and
Hayes is standing guard)
ARCHER: Where's Trip? Did you bring the antimatter?
ARCHER: What's the problem?
T'POL: Initialising their reactor will deplete our reserves by over one
ARCHER: We can spare it. We're only a few light years from the red
giant. We'll still have more than enough fuel get there.
T'POL: We don't know for certain if the weapon is in that system.
ARCHER: There are lives at risk here.
T'POL: Billions of lives are at risk on Earth if our mission fails.
ARCHER: I'm well aware of that. These Xindi are innocent. If we let
them die, we'll be proving to the others that they're right about us. I
don't know much about Vulcan ethics, but humans don't throw morality
out the window when things start getting a little rough.
T'POL: Commander Tucker and Lieutenant Reed also believe that this
would compromise our mission.
ARCHER: Your opinions have been noted. Now get back to Enterprise and
start the antimatter transfer.
T'POL: I'm sorry, Captain. I can't obey that order.
ARCHER: You may not be wearing a uniform, but you can still be charged
T'POL: Perhaps we should contact Starfleet, and discuss this with
ARCHER: You're relieved as First Officer. Major, escort T'Pol back to
the ship and confine her to her quarters.
ARCHER: I gave you an order.
(A glance from the Captain sends the gobsmacked engineers scurrying
back to work.)
(Archer comes out of the bathroom, showered and
shaved, when the doorbell chimes.)
ARCHER: Come in.
TUCKER: The first shuttlepod's on it's way.
ARCHER: How long will it take to transfer the antimatter?
TUCKER: Using both shuttlepods, about four or five hours.
ARCHER: I didn't realise how badly I needed a shower. I've spent too
much time in that hatchery.
TUCKER: If you're looking for a new first officer, you should consider
Malcolm. You're going to want someone on the Bridge full time, and I'm
a little busy at the moment.
ARCHER: I'm happy with the command structure the way it is. This is
only temporary. T'Pol just needed a slap on the wrist.
TUCKER: She's questioned your orders lots of times, but you've never
locked her up before. You have to admit its a little out of the
ARCHER: These aren't ordinary circumstances. T'Pol refused a direct
order in front of the crew. I can't have senior officers behaving like
that, especially on a mission this important.
TUCKER: Maybe you ought to confine me to quarters too, sir, because I'm
still not sure we're doing the right thing here. If the roles were
reversed I can't imagine these Xindi would do the same for us.
ARCHER: My great grandfather was in North Africa during the Eugenics
Wars. His battalion was evacuating civilians from a war zone when they
came under attack. There was a school full of children directly between
them and the enemy. If his men had returned fire, they might have hit
it. So he called the commander on the other side, and got him to agree
to hold his fire long enough to evacuate the school. There are rules,
Trip, even in war. We have to help these children.
(On the screen, an image of Enterprise chases an
image of an Insectoid ship.)
REED: This is what you wanted to show me, a battle simulation?
HAYES: Scenarios like this can tell us a lot about the enemy's tactical
capabilities. Much more that we'd learn from a standard analysis.
REED: I asked you to look for weaknesses in their shields, not to play
HAYES: This isn't exactly a game, Lieutenant. The simulation found that
they're vulnerable here. They've got minimal shielding around their
impulse manifolds. A pair of torpedoes should be enough to take out the
REED: Those manifolds are pretty narrow, but our targeting scanners
should be able to get a lock. Nice work.
HAYES: Thank you, sir.
REED: I apologise. I over-reacted. A lot of the crew's on edge lately.
HAYES: They certainly are.
REED: I heard things got pretty ugly down there.
HAYES: It's not every day I'm asked to confine a senior officer. I
can't say I disagree with the Captain's decision. If one of my men
disobeyed orders I'd throw him in the stockade.
REED: I've got to get back to the Bridge. Let me know if your
simulation finds anything else.
[Outside T'Pol's quarters]
TUCKER: I need to see T'Pol.
CHANG: She's not suppose to have any visitors, sir.
TUCKER: This isn't a social call. I'm here for my neuropressure
treatment. Doctor's orders. You don't want me to bring Phlox down here,
(Chang steps aside.)
T'POL: What's our status?
TUCKER: The antimatter's on it's way. I had a talk with him.
Everything's going to be all right. This whole thing'll blow over in a
day or two.
T'POL: Our antimatter supply will be depleted by then. The Captain's
behaviour is becoming increasingly illogical, even for a human. He's
preoccupied with the hatchery, he's displaying signs of paranoia.
TUCKER: I think you're overstating things just a little.
T'POL: You can't allow him to use our antimatter.
TUCKER: What do you suggest I do, start a mutiny?
T'POL: You have to speak with Phlox. Ask him to run a full exam on the
TUCKER: What good would that do?
T'POL: If the Doctor can find something wrong, we may have medical
grounds to relieve him of command.
TUCKER: Relieve him? Look, I know you're upset about what happened, but
I think you're taking this personally.
T'POL: How long before the reactor's brought online?
TUCKER: Assuming Hoshi can translate the interface, about twelve hours.
T'POL: You have to delay it until we can verify the Captain's mental
TUCKER: If he finds out what we're doing, we'll both end up in the
Brig. You're asking me to betray him.
T'POL: You can't allow your personal feelings for the Captain to affect
your decision. We both know he's endangering this ship and our mission.
REED: What is it?
TRAVIS: A subspace vortex is opening off the port bow.
REED: Tactical alert. Captain Archer, report to the Bridge.
HOSHI: It's an insectoid, three biosigns aboard.
TRAVIS: They're firing.
(Enterprise rocks to the impact.)
TRAVIS: They're moving
away at full impulse.
REED: Pursuit course. Arm phase cannons. Disable their engines.
phase shots are fired.)
TRAVIS: No effect.
HOSHI: Their main deflector's charging. They could be trying to open a
REED: Torpedoes. Maximum yield. Target their impulse manifolds.
(One torpedo misses, the other blows it to pieces just as Archer comes
ARCHER: What the hell's going on?
REED: An insectoid ship, sir.
ARCHER: You destroyed them?
REED: They were opening a vortex. They would have escaped.
ARCHER: The crew might have been able to take care of the hatchery.
ARCHER: We could have kept our antimatter and continued the mission.
REED: They would have told their superiors, sir. Given away our
ARCHER: If you'd explained to them why we were here, you might have
avoided a fire fight.
REED: With all due respect sir, they didn't seem particularly
interested in talking.
ARCHER: Archer to Major Hayes.
HAYES [OC]: Go ahead, Captain.
ARCHER: Report to my Ready room, on the double.
HAYES [OC]: Aye, sir.
ARCHER: I'm relieving you as Tactical officer. From now on, you'll
report to Major Hayes.
REED: I did what was necessary to protect this ship and its mission.
ARCHER: You'll be confined to quarters until further notice.
REED: Yes, sir.
ARCHER: Are you done with that translation?
ARCHER: I want you to put together a distress call in the Insectoid
language. Transmit it on all frequencies as soon as you're ready.
ARCHER: There's nothing more important than the
success of this mission. Do you agree, Major?
HAYES: Of course, sir.
ARCHER: My senior officers don't seem to understand what I'm trying to
do here. I guess I have myself to blame. In the past, I've encouraged
them to ask questions, but we don't have time for that now. I need
officers who respect the chain of command and can follow orders.
HAYES: It won't be a problem, sir.
ARCHER: I thought what happened with T'Pol might have been an isolated
incident, but I'm not so sure now. Lieutenant Reed destroyed a ship
that could have helped us. I'm starting to wonder if he deliberately
tried to sabotage this mission. You're in command while I'm on the
surface. You answer to me, and me alone. Is that understood, Major?
HAYES: Perfectly, sir.
ARCHER: That'll be all.
TUCKER: Can we talk to you for a minute, sir?
(Archer is loading canisters into Shuttlepod One.)
ARCHER: What is it?
TUCKER: I'd like you to go to Sickbay with Phlox.
ARCHER: Do I look sick to you?
TUCKER: Hoshi says you ordered her to transmit a distress call.
ARCHER: That's right.
TUCKER: Don't you think that's a little dangerous?
ARCHER: We'll be light years from here before the Xindi respond to it.
TUCKER: We don't know how far away their ships are. If we send that
message we'll be taking a hell of a risk.
ARCHER: We can't afford to play it safe anymore. This mission's too
TUCKER: This mission is to save Earth, not an alien hatchery.
PHLOX: Captain, you haven't eaten or slept in almost two days. You've
shown signs of obsessional behaviour and paranoia.
ARCHER: If it'll make the two of you feel better, I'll go to Sickbay
for a complete physical as soon as that reactor's online.
TUCKER: That's not good enough, sir. Phlox has the authority to order
you to Sickbay.
ARCHER: T'Pol's manipulating you, isn't she. If I'm declared unfit for
duty, then she takes over.
PHLOX: Captain, if you won't come with me then I'll be required under
Starfleet order 104 section C to relieve you of command.
ARCHER: I expected something like this from her, but not from the two
of you. Corporal.
(A MACO comes from around the corner.)
ARCHER: I've already
confined two senior officers today.
(As they leave, Phlox checks the medical scanner he had hidden in his
(Looking at the results of the scan on the
PHLOX: His neurochemistry appears normal.
TUCKER: There's nothing wrong with him?
PHLOX: This scan is hardly conclusive. I'll need to get him into the
imaging chamber and run a complete neurological series.
TUCKER: When Hoshi sends that distress call, every Xindi ship that
picks it up will start heading this way. He's got Hayes on the Bridge,
MACOs posted all over the ship. Whatever we do, we're going to have to
do it fast.
PHLOX: What are you proposing, Commander?
TUCKER: I think it's time we throw the rule book out the window.
(Some eggs are starting to
[Outside T'Pol's quarters]
(Tucker is clutching his shoulder and looking
CHANG: I'm sorry sir, no visitors.
TUCKER: You let me in before.
CHANG: I have new orders from Major Hayes.
TUCKER: Look, T'Pol was a little rough with me during the last session.
I think she caused some nerve damage.
CHANG: You'll have to speak with the Major, sir.
(We see Reed and Phlox sneaking down the corridor while Chang is
TUCKER: This is a Starfleet ship. I don't have to ask Major Hayes for
CHANG: Step away, sir.
(Reed is holding a phase pistol.)
REED: Stand down, Corporal.
TUCKER: The Captain gave Hayes control of the
Bridge, posted MACOs on every deck.
T'POL: Is he still on the surface?
T'POL: Retrieving him and the antimatter should be the priority.
REED: I'd advise securing the Bridge first. If Hayes gets wind of this
we could have a fire-fight on our hands.
PHLOX: Perhaps we should approach the Major and explain the situation.
He seems like a reasonable man.
REED: That would be risky. If Hayes sides with the Captain, this mutiny
will be over before it begins.
T'POL: We'll need more people. Who's on duty in the Armoury?
REED: Ensign Walsh and two of my men. They'll side with us, but Hayes
posted two MACO there.
(Lots of the eggs are starting to jiggle.)
ARCHER: Take the shuttlepod back to Enterprise.
CREWMAN: What about you, sir?
ARCHER: You heard me.
(The two crewmen pick up the boxes and go.)
(T'Pol comes down the steps in a Starfleet uniform
and baseball cap, then neck pinches one MACO.)
REED: Hold it. Sorry.
(He stuns at other MACO.)
TUCKER: That's going to leave a bruise.
(They all arm themselves.)
right? You're with me.
WALSH: Yes, sir.
(Walsh and Tucker transport themselves into the crashed ship.)
(Seeing two MACO by the turbolift.)
REED: Well, we won't get to the Bridge this way.
(The four head to an access ladder instead.)
(The hatch opens and Tucker throws in a stun
grenade to knock out the MACOs in the airlock before heading into the
(There are young Insectoids
running around the floor.)
TUCKER: Captain, it's Trip!
ARCHER: You shouldn't have weapons in here.
HAYES: Go ahead.
HAWKINGS [OC]: Major, Corporal Chang's been found unconscious in
HAYES: Where's T'Pol?
HAWKINGS [OC]: Not here, sir.
HAYES: Hayes to the Armoury. Armoury, respond.
(He nods to the MACO at
Tactical who leaves his post, then the Bridge doors open at the side
and in the Situation room. There's a standoff between the mutineers and
the MACOs, particularly Reed and Hayes with pistols aimed at each
REED: Stand down!
HAYES: You intend to shoot me, Lieutenant?
REED: Tell them to stand down.
HAYES: The Captain relieved you of duty. Both of you.
T'POL: We don't want anyone injured. Put down your weapons.
HAYES: Until the Captain says otherwise, I give the orders on this
ARCHER: Go back to the ship.
TUCKER: You have to come with us.
(An Insectoid leaves it's egg and
crawls over Archer.)
ARCHER: Shush. It's all right.
(A second baby climbs onto him, and a
third. Tucker stuns him.)
HAYES: Contact the Captain.
T'POL: Belay that.
HAYES: I gave you a direct order, Ensign.
HOSHI: I'm sorry, Major.
(Hayes starts to back up to open a comm. channel himself, and Travis
jumps him. One Starfleet and two MACOs get stunned. Reed holds a pistol to Hayes' head.)
REED: It's over, Major. Take him to his
TRAVIS: Aye, sir.
HOSHI: It's Commander Tucker.
T'POL: Put him through. Go ahead.
TUCKER [OC]: We've got the Captain. What's going on up there?
T'POL: The Bridge is secure.
TUCKER: Tell Phlox to get the imaging chamber
ready. We've got a patient for him.
T'POL [OC]: Acting Captain's starlog,
supplemental. We've resumed our course for Azati Prime. Major Hayes and
his men have been temporarily relieved of duty. Doctor Phlox believes
he has found an explanation for the Captain's behaviour.
HAYES: Where is he?
PHLOX: In his quarters, resting. Do you recall when the Captain was
attacked by one of the eggs?
HAYES: It sprayed something in his face.
PHLOX: I thought it was a defence reflex, but it was actually something
far more sophisticated. The substance contained a unique neurochemical.
It infiltrated the Captain's synaptic pathways, causing him to reverse
imprint on the baby insectoids. It's the opposite of what happens when
a young animal bonds with its mother.
HAYES: Are you saying he thought he was the mother of those things?
PHLOX: Well, more likely a caretaker. Of course, the Captain didn't
realise this on a conscious level. Eventually he became obsessed with
protecting the eggs to the exclusion of everything else.
T'POL: Including our mission.
HAYES: I'd like to speak with him, if you don't mind.
PHLOX: He'll be awake in a few hours. He should be fully recovered by
T'POL: I want you and your men to return to duty.
HAYES: Yes, ma'am.
(T'Pol and Trip leave.)
HAYES: Not the sort of thing they
trained us for at West Point.
REED: I imagine not.
HAYES: You could have come to me, explained the situation.
REED: We couldn't take the chance that you'd side with the Captain.
HAYES: I probably would have.
(The room is darkened, Archer is dozing with
Porthos by his side when the doorbell chimes.)
ARCHER: Come in.
TUCKER: I didn't mean to wake you, sir.
ARCHER: It's all right, I was getting up anyway.
TUCKER: How are you feeling?
ARCHER: Oh, I've been better. Are you sure you had that pistol set to
TUCKER: Captain. I hope you understand, if there'd been any other way
ARCHER: You were protecting our mission, Trip. I would have done the
TUCKER: Still, I never thought I'd find myself pointing a weapon at
you, no matter what the circumstances.
ARCHER: Let's put this behind us, okay?
TUCKER: Yes, sir.
ARCHER: What's our status?
TUCKER: We just recovered the last of our antimatter reserves.
ARCHER: The hatchlings?
TUCKER: Phlox says there's nineteen of them running around down there.
Chances are they'll survive until the next Xindi ship comes along.
ARCHER: It's time we got back on the road. I want you at your post.
We're going to be pushing the engines pretty hard. I'll be on the
TUCKER: Aren't you supposed to get some rest?
ARCHER: I've had plenty.
TUCKER: I'm sorry, sir, but the Doctor was insistent.
ARCHER: Okay. I guess I don't want another mutiny on my hands. Tell
Travis to set a course for Azati Prime, maximum warp.
TUCKER: Right away, sir.