Hoshi puts the finishing touches on her uniform as Quantum walks in. I knew right then and there that it wasn't the real Quantum. How did I know? Not enough furrowing. He asks if she enjoyed her stay, and Hoshi tells him she's anxious to get back to the ship. Quantum says her time was well spent; they've learned a lot about the Xindi, and they could continue to learn more if she stayed with Alien Von Stalker, bart. Hoshi is taken aback when Quantum says he won't order her to do it, but that it really means a great deal to the entire crew, their mission, Earth, and God. In that order. Quantum assures her that it will only take a week or a month, and promises to come back for her as soon as the mission is over. He basically asks her to give the last full measure of devotion. Hoshi's eyes fill with tears, and she says she'll go back to her quarters and pick up a few things. Quantum tells her that won't be necessary; he can have her stuff sent down. "I should brief my replacement on the U.T. upgrades," Hoshi protests. Well, at least they acknowledge that their U.T. still exists and is being upgraded. Quantum waves this off. Hoshi says she wants to say goodbye to the friends she might not ever see again. "I'm sure Travis will understand," Quantum says. Hoshi looks wise to the situation as she says, "I was just thinking about Travis." Aw, that's so nice, since no one else does. Quantum smiles at her. "You're a regular mind-reader," Hoshi says, narrowing her eyes. Quantum tries to say that they've known each other a long time, but Hoshi demands to see the real Quantum. She screams, "Where is Captain Archer?!"
Bridge. Quantum orders a channel to Castle Stalker opened. They can't get through. The lights flicker and go off, and T'Pol reports that everything is offline, including life support.
Castle Stalker. Hoshi bursts into Alien Von Stalker, bart.'s study and says, "Nice try! What were you planning on telling my captain when he got back? Were you going to appear as me and beg him to let you stay? No, you can't do that, can you? I'm the only one on board that you can play your tricks with!" Alien Von Stalker, bart. turns off the Egg of Erised and says that Enterprise has returned, and their fate is in her hands. Hoshi demands to know what he's talking about. Instead of answering her, Alien Von Stalker, bart. tells her that he can't let her leave, since he's waited so long to find her. He says that if she agrees to stay, he won't harm her crew. Alien Von Stalker, bart. promises that she'll be happy with him. Not if she resents him for the rest of her life for bringing her in on a dirty stalker's blackmail! And she will. And she'll die hating him and cursing his existence. But hey, whatever parts your dreads. Alien Von Stalker, bart. tells her that all the power is off on her ship, and will continue to be off until she agrees to stay with him. "You would kill over eighty people to keep me here?" Hoshi trembles. "I don't want to kill anyone -- that's why it's essential that you agree to stay," Alien Von Stalker, bart. tells her. That's another one of those lines I hate: "I don't want to do blah, but you're making me do it." Whatever. If you truly didn't want to do it and had control over yourself, you wouldn't do it. Period. End of story. Speaking of which, is it the end of this story yet?