Sickbay. Quantum stands over the wheezing Trip and gazes around at Hoshi's shrouded corpse. He looks up at Trip's vitals and then rubs Trip's chest. Okaaaay. Trip struggles to breathe. Quantum keeps his hand on Trip's chest. It's an oddly tender moment. I say "oddly" because I couldn't help shouting, "Dude, are you trying to kill him? He's already having problems breathing and you're, like, pushing down on his chest!" Trip gasps his last and dies. I heard his friend Frankie say: "He's not dead, he's just asleep." Trip's vitals flatline.
"I have such respect for you, Captain Archer," Corpsa-Trip says as Quantum jerks away. Trip's vitals gear up again. Corpsa-Trip sits up and reveals that he's an Organian and that Trip is his host. He also says that he didn't do anything to Trip -- that he and his pals only observe but never interfere with the natural order of things. Until now. Quantum gets irritated when Corpsa-Trip says they knew about the silicon virus and didn't warn them. Corpsa-Trip says he wanted to but it wasn't up to him. Corpsa-Hoshi sits up and chastises Corpsa-Trip for breaking the rules. Quantum jumps far away from both Corpsaganians. Heh.
Corpsa-Trip and Corpsa-Hoshi argue whether or not it's their decision to interfere with the humans. "I don't care about your rules," Quantum interjects raspily. Does that surprise anyone? Nope? Moving on, then. "Tell me what happens to Trip and Hoshi when you're finished with their bodies," Quantum insists. Corpsa-Hoshi says they have to leave them as they found them. "Dead?' Quantum asks. No, alive and kicking -- what do you think, you big lunk? "I understand why you won't get involved with a species' natural development. I've had to make that decision myself -- it's not an easy one to make," Quantum chokes. Is he talking about his own natural development? "Then we agree," Corpsa-Hoshi states. "No, we don't. Our encounter with the virus was an accident -- one that you could have prevented," Quantum contradicts. Corpsa-Hoshi asks how, in that case, would they ever learn about humans. "Ask us," Quantum pleads, "talk to us! Just like you're doing now." Corpsa-Hoshi snits that talking is a limited form of communication for them because they're so much more advanced than humans. God, SHUT UP! You've been TALKING to each other this ENTIRE EPISODE! If it was truly such a "limited form of communication," Corpsa-Reed and Corpsa-Mayweather would have been ESPing each other! Or sending great globs of light up each other's noses! Or SOMETHING! Regardless, stop with the higher-being CRAP unless you can PUT UP!