In the corridor, Trip tells Quantum he doesn't know when or if they will get underway again. Kelpy really screwed things up. They walk into Sickbay, where Kelpy is strapped to a bed, screaming that he didn't do anything wrong. Kelpy raves that Trip is lying about everything. Quantum throttles Kelpy, demanding answers. Phlox tells him that Kelpy has abnormally elevated adrenaline levels and he needs a sedative. Quantum still wants answers, but Phlox tells him Kelpy isn't going to be coherent for a long time. "All right!" Quantum finally barks, twisting away from Kelpy's neck. "I JUST WANT TO GO BACK TO ENGINEERING!" Kelpy screams. "BE QUIET!" Phlox bellows, hypospraying him severely. Hee. I wonder how many times he's wanted to do that to Quantum. Phlox finally has answers for all the weird behavior on the ship. A highly potent pheromone is elevating the metabolism in all the men, which is making them aggressive and delusional. Quantum glares at Phlox's findings. "The Orions?" Trip wonders. Phlox nods and says that the human women have also been affected with headaches and listlessness: "I suspect the pheromone acts as a defensive mechanism against competition." WHAT? Oh, I can't belieeeve -- are they serious with this crap? Do they want me to throw a massive party when this show says goodnight, Gracie? Because, as of this episode, I'm ordering crates of the canned wine, which is the exact caliber of drink this sexist show deserves! Yes, let's afflict the women with the same tired "excuse" they supposedly give when they don't want to be importuned by sex. Wouldn't that be funny? Wouldn't that be CLEVER? Aren't all the men just soooooo edgy for thinking of it? If I jammed this corkscrew in my eye would this all go away? When Phlox shakes himself abruptly, Trip asks if he's okay. "It's affecting my sleep cycle," Phlox explains, "I'm having to rely on [he jabs himself in the neck with a hypospray] stimulants to stay awake." Heh -- Billingsley's delivery was AWESOME! He can come to my Canned Enterprise party. Quantum notes that Trip seems unaffected. He walks over and starts looking at him closely, walking around him. Trip sort of frowns and moves back like Quantum's a mouth-breather. Hee. Okay, so maybe Trinneer can come with Billingsley -- especially because he's the one character I've changed my mind the most about since the series started. Phlox notes that Trip and T'Pol are the only ones resistant to the Three Green Sisters' B.O. However, he can't determine why without running more tests. Phlox adds that the effects are cumulative and the longer they are exposed, the more pronounced the symptoms.
Episode Report CardKeckler: C | 433 USERS: C+
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