Columbia in hairclip. The steward places pieces of pie (and I dew b'leeve it's pe-can pah!) in front of Trip and Cpt. Happy Pants. "I don't know who's in charge of your Mess Hall, but he could give the chef on Enterprise a run for his money," Trip says. That's nice -- taking pot shots at a man that only has legs and no upper body to speak of. I call that really disloyal. Cpt. Happy Pants smugs, "I stole him from the Republic -- Captain Jennings said I could have anything I wanted when I left, so I took his cook." No, you misunderstood -- he said you could have anything you wanted if you left. Cpt. Happy Pants tells Trip she's gotten two transfer requests from members of his department, but she doesn't think it's professional to tell him who they are since she denied them. "Quite an impression you've made, Commander," Cpt. Happy Pants goes on. "You've been aboard less than two days and already some of your team want to jump ship." Trip shrugs that he's had to "knock a few heads together" but they're getting stuff done and will be ready for warp trials soon. Cpt. Happy Pants tries to get inside his head by saying she's surprised he accepted the transfer: "I saw an interview with you after the Xindi Mission -- you said you couldn't see yourself serving on any other starship." Yeah, but you know that Katie Couric Stasis Unit -- she can really twist your words. Trip says, "I was getting a little too comfortable on Enterprise. Got a lot of friends over there but..." But you were getting a little too comfortable with your friends over there, isn't that right, Trip? "...Sometimes it's easier to just to work with people who are just colleagues." Cpt. Happy Pants takes all this in and wonders if it's a good time to order him to tell her if Quantum ever talked about her after their rock climbing sexpedition, and if that means Quantum likes her likes her or just likes her.
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