The Captain's personal log dispassionately hints at May-Bisbee's father's death. Quantum climbs into the G-Spot and asks the squatter if he minds his presence. Upside-down, May-Bisbee tells him that of course he doesn't mind. Quantum pushes himself off into partial gravity, commenting that he hasn't been up there since they left Earth, and settles down next to his helmsman. May-Bisbee's face is wet as he bitterly tells Quantum that his mother sent "a message" to Starfleet six weeks ago but he never got it. Whether it was the news of his father's death or just the news of his father's worsening condition, I don't really know. Quantum tries to make excuses for the armed forces of red tape, while May-Bisbee wears a hair shirt for not being ready to talk to his father sooner. You see, Pop-Weather wasn't all fired up when his son decided to join Starfleet. "He'd been grooming me for his job since I was a kid," May-Bisbee tells Quantum. Quantum makes understanding noises, but assures May-Bisbee that his father really was proud of him. But wait, these aren't his usual empty platitudes; Quantum can actually back up his claim. Apparently, when Quantum was trying to eeny-meeny-miney-moe his helm officers, he got all the COs to write up some letters of recs. Pop-Weather wrote the shortest letter of all, saying that he'd never met a more natural "stick and rudder" man in his life (I'm sure there's a large stack of Corned Beef Slash in that term, but I'm just not hungry tonight) and Quantum would be a fool not to take him on. Well, I agree with half of that. More pratitutes from Quantum and more regrets from May-Bisbee.
Sick Bay. Phlox diagnoses T'Pol with a headache. Poor T'Pol was hoping for something more fatal to get out of Trip's Dinner and a Movie. Although Phlox can't help her out with any sort of medical excuse, he offers that he will also be attending the screening. He hyposprays some analgesic into the Vulcan and says, "I agree this form of entertainment is rather crude but it can often provide an enlightening glimpse into human behavior." "Don't be surprised if you see me here afterwards, I have little doubt that my headache will return," T'Pol sighs as she leaves. Heh -- T'Grumpy can be funny stuff.