Enterprise. A sh'pod launches. On the bridge, Soval tells Trip that the scanning satellite has been disabled and they have six minutes to get through. Trip communicates this to May-Obviously-5-Believers, who fights to keep control of the ship. Reed gets nauseous in the rocking vessel. They make it through, and Hoshi announces that they're losing contact with them. Vulcan ships fire on the sh'pod. May-4th-Time-Around does some fancy Top Gun flying to flip them behind the Vulcan ships so Reed can fire back manually. It doesn't really work. They lose too much on the sh'pod and have to abort their mission. Hoshi reports that they are returning to the mother ship. "I guess six minutes wunnit enough," Trip complains. Soval realizes the Vulcans were monitoring them. Like, duh! A few ships close in on Enterprise, and Dub'ya gets on the horn to bitch them out. Trip reveals that Quantum is in The Geordi, searching for the Syrrannite responsible for the embassy bombing. "You were ordered to leave orbit," Dub'ya gripes. Soval decides to step into view and proclaims, "I advised them to stay." Dub'ya realizes that he assisted Enterprise in breaking through security. "I gave them the code," Soval says flatly. But even with the good Vulcan flatness, he seems almost proud of it. Okay, are the Vulcans so stupid that when they fire someone as high up as Soval, they don't redo their security stuff? Sheesh, even at Time-Warner when someone left the office, their access badge was disabled immediately. Sometimes even before the person had actually left. Dub'ya tells Trip he better get on outta there if it's the last thing he ever does. Trip's all, "Not without my Captain!" but Dub'ya threatens to blow them out of the sky.
The Geordi. T'Pol tenderly mops Quantum's furrowed brow. T'Ma enters and inquires after the captain's health. T'Pol reports that Quantum's breathing has stabilized but his fever is still high. T'Ma and T'Pol argue over T'Ma's new religion. T'Pol is doing that childish thing of pretending to be intensely interested in what she's doing so she can pointedly not look at her mother. She tells T'Ma that she shouldn't have come looking for her, and she doesn't want anything more to do with her. "If that's your wish," T'Ma bites out, just as Quantum comes around and asks how long he's been out. T'Pol tells him he's been snoring for about three hours. Quantum rolls over onto his feet and groans, "I feel like I just pulled my head out of a --" Naw, too easy. "-- plasma relay," Quantum finishes. T'Pol encourages him to rest, but SURAK'S FUCKING KATRA makes him see much import in some random arch. Quantum staggers toward it as T'Pau walks in. "The Kir'Shara," he mutters. "What do you know about it?" T'Ma demands. "That it was important to Surak and it's in there," Quantum says, staggering a bit more. T'Pol doesn't even know what the Kir'Shara is. "An artifact, Syrran led us in here to find it," T'Pau says excitedly. But before they do that, they have to eat chilled monkey brains, am I right? "If he knows where it is --" T'Ma begins, but T'Pau says they have to evacuate because they've sighted Vulcan cruisers over The Geordi. T'Ma goes to give the evacuation order. Quantum sits on the ground and says, "I can find it." T'Pau stares at him.