Columbia. Trip gives orders to his new crew. When one of them queries his specs, Trip immediately puts the Doubting Thomas in his place by saying he's been there, he's done that, and he ate the pie, so they all better not question anything he does. Ever. They all hate him already, don't they? As Trip unsmilingly tells his team that come Bermaga or high water, they are going to be warping out of drydock by the end of the week, Cpt. Happy Pants lurks in the background and listens. After the Engineering team is dismissed, Cpt. Happy Pants approaches Trip and tuts him for flouting the custom of presenting himself to the captain before assuming duties. Trip apologizes and says he wanted to see what the situation was like before they met. He's gotten a little big for his britches, hasn't he? Cpt. Happy Pants relates that there's no news about Phlox and then comments that Trip "certainly knows how to motivate the troops." Trip says they'll have to work triple shifts if they want to make the launch date. "You still need to eat -- Captain's Mess? Tomorrow? Eighteen-hundred hours?" Cpt. Happy Pants request-orders. Trip bows his head in acceptance. "We can trade stories about your former CO," Cpt. Happy Pants adds. Um, what? I don't think Trip's going to want to hear her stories about Quantum. "And then he did the CUTEST thing right at the end -- I swear, it was as if the earth moved!" Yuck. We finally get a female captain on this show and it has to be one who slept with Quantum. Cpt. Happy Pants turns on her way out and orders Trip to drop by the quartermaster's after his shift. At Trip's slack-jawed look, Cpt. Happy Pants taps the round Columbia patch on her upper arm and says, "You might want to update your uniform." Trip looks down at his Enterprise patch and ayes her. Yes, yes -- Trip is holding onto his former life because he wasn't really ready to leave it, but as he would never admit that to himself or anyone, his Enterprise patch speaks volumes -- it's all very deep-seated and psychological in that way that's really not.
Quantum paces in his Ready Room as T'Pol walks in. "We've heard nothing from the kidnappers -- not EVEN A RANSOM DEMAND!" Quantum blusters. We just lost it over how incensed Quantum sounds at not getting a ransom demand. "Those damned kidnappers! First they abduct Phlox and then, to add insult to injury, they don't even ask for money! I mean, what are they, CRIMINALS?!" T'Pol says the Denobulan ambassador has notified Phlox's wives. Quantum rants on, "Hoshi thought she overheard something one of the kidnappers say in another language but she was SEMI-CONSCIOUS at the TIME." Seriously, he delivers those five syllables with so much more anger than anything else in the entire line that it's absolutely ridiculous. Why is he SUCH an ASSHOLE? Yeah, that goddamned Hoshi! Imagine, being semi-conscious after being concussed into the pavement -- what in the HOLY HELL was she thinking?! Please, any of you that taped this episode, go back and watch his delivery -- it's absolutely insane! It's like he's all, "Whatever THAT means!" Bakula, WHY? WHY do you take the road that is more HATED by? It's really made all the difference. Quantum suggests that T'Pol could help Hoshi remember. "A mind-meld?" T'Pol trembles. "I've never initiated a mind-meld before -- I do not have the proper training." "I know it's dangerous," Quantum says eagerly, "but I can walk you through it." You can WHAT? YOU CAN "WALK HER THROUGH IT"? Oh no -- because see, now the shit is ON! Quantum, QUANTUM is going to FUCKING WALK a VULCAN through a MIND-MELD?! hef/ojgfgea9r h4u5y9 jhe5rog[# *@)$(@# $* aw94 uj93Y 9rehj 3t457q6 qu w3hoi[IAHq wrup fri asjk]t[w [peiqioyw oqus hakjsfh ws dth erli tuyetomyi ueow.