Trip decides he needs to get in on the judgment-passing instead of letting Quantum have all the fun: "She deserves more." Would you be included in that "more," Trip? Odo tells him angrily that he's given her everything she needs. "And when you're gone?" Trip asks. Bug-Eyed tries to get Trip to shut up, but he's not listening to anyone. "Are you going to let her bury you out in the hills? And live the rest of her life with these people you created? What if the relays burn out again? Then she'll really be alone," Trip says. Odo tells him, "She's my daughter, it's not your concern." Trip keeps picking at the wound and asks what will happen if ol' Bug-Eyed gets hurt. "What'll you do then? Program a holographic doctor?" Trip asks. Will no one rid me of this troublesome anvil? Actually, considering how advanced Odo's holographic technology appears to be, I don't think it would be such a stretch for him to program up Robert Picardo to do the honors. Odo tells Trip that they've gotten on pretty well for a long time now. "Maybe you have. Ask Liana how she feels. Ask her if just surviving is enough," Trip says. Odo looks at his daughter, who bug-eyes at Trip. T'Pol and Mayweather walk in, and Quantum asks the Vulcan if she's all right. T'Pol nods and looks at Odo. Quantum tells Odo they'll finish working on their holographic systems. "If that's what you want. But you should be sure that's all the help you need from us. It may be a long time before anyone comes by here again," Quantum says -- more severely than necessary, in my estimation.
Quantum's Ready Room. Odo pays the captain a visit and tells him that Trip is "a very plain-spoken man." Quantum snarks, "That's one way of putting it." Odo muses a bit and tells Quantum that he never kept any secrets from his daughter, she was well aware that there were worlds beyond their "little oasis." And we have episode title. Odo goes on that Bug-Eyed never expressed any desire to leave their home. "Now your engineer thinks we should just pack up and go. Twenty-two years, Captain. I've lived here for twenty-two years. And that ship down there may seem like nothing more than spare parts to you, but to me, it's home. I don't want to leave. I'm happy here. Comfortable," Odo says, showing how well Rene Auberjonois can act. Quantum nods. "But Mr. Tucker wants me to believe that I'm being selfish. He says now that I have the opportunity to leave, I should, that Liana deserves more," Odo says, walking around the room. Still Quantum manages to hold his tongue. Masterful self-control. I wouldn't have thought he had it in him. Odo concedes that he thinks it's time he stopped being afraid of change, and asks Quantum to help him take his daughter home. "We'll stay as long as it takes to get your ship flying," Quantum promises. "Thank you, Captain, but all we need are these components," Odo says, handing over an e-pad. "I've got my own crew to do the work. Some of them are pretty fair engineers. I saw to that." Odo smiles sadly.