Quantum says he can arrange to have something sent down, and Alien Von Stalker, bart. says he will need a couple of days to study it. Reed comments that they didn't pick up any other bio-signs on the planet, and Alien Von Stalker, bart. admits that he lives there alone. "It's a very big planet for one person," Reed says pointedly. "I've lived here for a very long time, Mr. Reed, my only contact with the outside world has been through telepathy," Alien Von Stalker, bart. says. How long you've lived there and what long distance plan you use doesn't really address why no one else lives there. Unless you are implying that you ate them all. Alien Von Stalker, bart. asks them to bring him the artifact, and Quantum says they'll be back posthaste. As they all start to leave, Alien Von Stalker, bart. tells Quantum he has "one small request." Yes, very small -- about the size of Hoshi, right? Right. Reed frowns; Quantum furrows and says it's not appropriate, which for some reason makes me think they're in Victorian times and the rake of the town just asked to take the vicar's daughter for a ride in his open carriage without a chaperone. Alien Von Stalker, bart. says he won't save the church unless he has access to the vicar's daughter.
Enterprise. Hoshi insists that she's comfortable with the request and doesn't think that Alien Von Stalker, bart. would harm her. Quantum thinks otherwise, because he can sense that the alien baronet is hiding something. Reed says there's no reason they can't put off looking for Bad Breath Star II to orbit the planet for awhile. Hoshi doesn't think they have the luxury of dealing with only one problem at a time. I have a question: If the condition is that Hoshi stay with the alien baronet, why not send her down with Reed, or May-Without-Or-Without-You, or an Uh-Oh, as a bodyguard? Hoshi insists to Quantum that she can take care of herself in order to get information about the Xindi weapon.
The Cliffs of Insanity. Quantum presents a piece of the Psycho Bocce Ball, which Alien Von Stalker, bart. touches and identifies that he knows exactly what it was used for. Considering that he can read Hoshi's mind, that's not much of a guess. He puts out his hand for Hoshi's bag and says, "May I?" He makes sure their hands touch as she hands it over. Ew. It's not that I'm grossed out because he's not my kind of alien -- it's more that he's so damn creepy with his whole ESPeeping Tom persona, and now this gratuitous touching. Reminds me of the time I was riding the escalator down to the Porter Square T and some random forty-year-old guy riding up just reached out and purposely touched my hand. Far worse things have happened on the T, but that was just...icky. I think it was that it was so bland and unexpected. Quantum notices all this, and Hoshi asks for a moment with him. Alien Von Stalker, bart. leaves them alone. Quantum tells Hoshi to stay on her toes, and Hoshi says, "I think that falls under the 'goes without saying' category, sir." Saucy! Quantum asks if she has a phase pistol. "I'll keep it under my pillow," Hoshi says. Quantum stares at her for a moment, as if realizing that might be where she'd need it most, and says, "You know how to reach me," very brusquely before leaving. Hoshi stands in the hallway and looks around.