Suddenly, three robed Sulibans attack the duo and grab Hoshi, who struggles and squeals. There's a bit of a tussle, and the two Starfleet officers are hauled through the geothermic mist. Hoshi is thrust into a force-field-protected cavern with T'Pol and Trip. I thought Vulcans were supposed to possess super-strength -- how did they drag T'Pol down there? The Sulibans keep Cpt. Quantum on their side of the force-field and then drag him off down a corridor. They leave him in some mysterious area, and a feminine voice says, "You're looking for Klaang. Why?" Cpt. Quantum spins around and asks, "Who the hell are you?" A bald, robed woman comes out of the shadows and says, "My name is Sarin. Tell me about the people who took Klaang off your ship." The Captain tells her he was hoping she could help him out, since they looked a lot like his captors who brought him to her. Well, that's pretty species-ist -- all Sulibans look alike? "Where were they taking him?" Sarin asks. "Why don't you look like your friends?" Cpt. Quantum asks. "Would you prefer that I did?" Sarin asks, continuing the tiresome game of cat and mouse. Cpt. Quantum tells her he'd prefer it if she turned Klaang over to him. "So you can take him where?" Sarin asks, circling him like a shark. "Home," Cpt. Quantum tells her. "We were just taking him home. You better be careful, I'm a lot bigger than you." Somehow I don't think that's going to work with her. Sarin tells him she'd advise against him harming her, and strokes his face. "What are you doin'?" Cpt. Quantum asks, nonplussed. "Why were you taking Klaang home?" Sarin asks, continuing to stroke his face. "You know, under different circumstances I might be flattered by this, but --" and his sentence is cut off by Sarin's tongue in his mouth. She backs away and mottle-morphs into a Suliban. "That's never happened before," Cpt. Quantum says nervously. Oh, all right: heh. There, you happy?
Sarin the Suliban lowers her hood and says, "I've been given the ability to measure trust and it requires close contact." Yeah, right -- that's how I tricked Mathra into kissing me. I wanted to measure his "trust." "You're Suliban," Cpt Quantum says, stating the rather obvious. Sarin tells him she was a member of the "Cabal," but she isn't any longer, because her people have lost their perspective (and their skin tone, evidently) in their quest to evolve quickly. Cpt. Quantum asks her what's next, since she now knows he's telling her the truth. "Klaang was carrying a message to his people," Sarin tells him. Cpt. Quantum asks how she knows that. "Because I gave it to him," she says. Sarin explains that some of the Sulibans have been posing as Klingons and attacking other Klingons to make it look like there's in-fighting among the race. Apparently, Klaang was carrying proof of this Suliban interference to his people on Kronos. "Without that proof, the Empire could be thrown into chaos," Sarin tells him. Cpt. Quantum asks why the Suliban are involved at all. She tells him the Cabal is taking orders "from the distant future" because they are fighting "a temporal cold war." How convenient is that for visitors from any and all of the previous series? Cpt. Quantum is flummoxed by all this "temporal" and "distant future" talk. Sarin tells him she can help him find Klaang, but she and her cohorts need a starship. "You'll have to take us with you," she finishes, just as a phaser is fired near them. They run. There's a lot of crossfire, and it's confusing as to who's doing what, but Sarin kills a Suliban and then runs over and releases T'Pol, Hoshi, and Trip. The five of them run in the direction of the shuttlepod, but Sarin takes a few hits. Cpt. Quantum rushes to her side, and her last words are "Find Klaang." Not that this is very helpful, since she was the one taking them to Klaang in the first place.