Enterprise. Trip tells Soval that their casualties are a few injuries, some of them serious. Soval says he shares his concern for Quantum and T'Pol. Trip responds, "They've been in tough jams before." Raspberry or grape? Soval reveals that the reason why the High Command is going all out against the Syrrannites is that they are peace-loving hippies who would get in the way of their grand plans to make serious war with the Andorians. "Wait, wait, Vulcan and Andoria signed a peace treaty two years ago. Cpt. Quantum helped negotiate it," Trip reminds us. "Vulcan intelligence claims that the Andorians are developing a weapon -- possibly based on Xindi technology," Soval says. Trip thinks Soval doesn't believe the claim. "I suspect Dub'ya is using the claim to advance an agenda. He's persuaded the High Command to launch a preemptive strike." "He's gonna start an interstellar war!" Trip realizes. Not only that, but a year from now he's going to be at a Vulcan correspondents' dinner where he will joke about looking for the nonexistent Andorian-Xindi weapon under his desk. And oh how we will laugh. Especially when we think of the thousands who have died for that nonexistent Andorian-Xindi weapon. Yes, we will laugh. Soval says the war could devastate Andoria and Vulcan and a bunch of other planets, including Earth. Of course. And again. Trip makes a decision.
Bridge. Trip strides on and orders May-Blond-On-Blond to set a course for Andoria. "Andoria?" Reed Britishes. Trip sits down in the captain's chair: "Maximum warp." Wait, is he leaving without his captain? Awesome. Trip's just so natural as the captain. He can take opinions and give orders without letting his ego and furrows get in the way of either. He's grown more than any other character, and no, I really don't consider being a CRACK WHORE "growth." I like him. There. I've said it. It's taken four years, but: I like Trip.
Next week: Shran McCain chases all the blues away.