Sick Bay. Phlox examines the neurological scans Trip must've taken surreptitiously of the Vissian three, and determines that there is no difference in brain power between any of them.
Stratopod Of Male Bondage. Quantum begs to take the joystick. Capt. Vissian objects at first, not thinking Quantum can handle it, but Quantum persuades him. There could be so much Corned Beef Slash stuck in the teeth of the Quantum/Vissian scenes, but I just don't have a big enough toothpick to poke it out.
Vissian Engineering. Trip pretends to be paying attention to what Massa is telling him, but then asks where the Mess Hall is, saying he hasn't eaten since that morning. Massa offers to show him if he can wait a few minutes, but Trip wants to find it alone. Walking through what I'm convinced are the hallway sets of "Dead Stop", Trip finds a circular door and rings the doorbell several times. Finally, It answers. Without looking at him, It says, "They're not here." Trip tells It he came to see It in order to bring It something that will teach It to read. Man, that is one weird sentence. Trip hands over an e-pad. So, if I wanted to make "It" possessive, would it be "Its" or, because it's actually being used as a proper name, "It's"? Heh -- every time I write "It," I think of the huge throbby brain in A Wrinkle in Time that controlled everything on the planet. Wouldn't it be cool if It was really It? Unbelievably, I haven't even started drinking yet.
A "Passion Pink" razor for women? What's next -- razors decorated with rainbow heart-chasing unicorns?
It's Room. Trip tries to explain why he wants to teach It to read, and It tells Trip he shouldn't be in It's quarters. Trip gets up to leave, but pauses to tell It that It is as smart and capable as Massa and Mrs. Massa. It doesn't believe him, and says It is only needed by Massa and Mrs. Massa so they can have children. "It's not a question of what they need," Trip pontificates, "You have the same rights -- to learn, to choose how you're going to live, to have a name." It tells Trip things don't work that way on Vissia. Trip asks who's going to raise the baby when it's born. "They will," It responds. "Why? You're just as crucial in creating the child as they are," Trip insists. Except that it doesn't sound like It contributes any significant DNA. It again tells Trip that he doesn't understand. Trip sits down again and tells It that his doctor looked at It's brain scans and determined that It has just as much potential as any other Vissian, and the only thing that sets It apart is It's gender. "Haven't you ever wished you could read?" Trip asks. "It won't hurt you, you know. There's nothing to be afraid of." Well, looky there -- the anvil of Oh Yes It Will! and his twin Oh Yes There Is! just made it to the next round on American Idol. Shack's going to have his hands full with those two -- I hear they have a large internet following even more annoying than Clay's. It smiles slightly and stops with the arguments, so Trip pushes the e-pad over to It. It pushes a button, and the non-Majel Barretted e-pad says, "Today we're going to read." I think Trip is making a mistake in not starting It off with the classic Frog and Toad Are Aliens or Targ and Gagh for Frances.