"Not from where I'm standing," Quantum argues, referring to the higher-being stuff. Corpsa-Hoshi stares at him. "Maybe you've evolved into beings with abilities I can't comprehend but you've paid a helluva price," Quantum goes on. It's Bakula's delivery of the next line that particularly impressed me. "You've lost compassion and empathy -- things that give life meaning." He totally chokes up on "compassion and empathy" and it was the most emotion I've seen from him in a long time. Maybe ever. He goes on, "If that what it takes to be advanced, I don't want any part of it." Aw, don't worry, Quantum, you won't be. What? Look, I may be impressed with Bakula but I'm not yet impressed with Quantum. Corpsa-Hoshi is unmoved as she says they are leaving and he won't remember a thing about their little chat. Quantum chooses this moment to cough like Camille. "And in three hours, you'll die as well," Corpsa-Hoshi continues. Corpsa-Trip announces that they have the power to save them all, and says he's decided to defy the all the Organian protocol because of Quantum's act of compassion, which has never been observed by Organians before. "In time we'll study other humans," Corpsa-Hoshi insists. Quantum tells them to experience compassion for themselves by doing this one big and major thing for them. "If you want to know what it means to be human, you need to do more than observe," Quantum finishes.
Bridge. Phlox and T'Pol work to find a cure. Quantum comms T'Pol, saying, "You wanted to know when Trip was awake? Well, you better get down here, Trip is talking up a storm and so is Hoshi." "Captain," Phlox says gently, "Hoshi is --" "You too, Phlox -- maybe one of you can tell me what the hell just happened," Quantum interrupts. So, all that time, neither T'Pol nor Phlox happened to glance at the monitor and see any part of Quantum's Compassionate Humans speech with the two Corpsaganians? What about the recordings? I assume that everything on this ship can be played back because it's stored in the databanks, so won't they just watch those and see what happened? ARGH -- the sky's not yellow, it's chicken!
Sickbay. Phlox announces that Quantum, Hoshi, and Blond Trippie McWell are all completely free of the virus, and the only explanation he can offer is that Trip's radiation treatment had a delayed effectiveness, which then spilled over onto the other two. "I'm sure someone at Starfleet medical will figure it out," Quantum says, beaming at Trip. You know that he really only loves you for your leopard-skin pillbox hat. Quantum then announces that they are going to leave a warning beacon to make sure that what happened to them won't happen to anyone else. What exactly does Quantum remember? I mean, at what time was his memory reset? Does he remember Trip dying? It's so unclear, and I wish it weren't, because all these unknowns really weakens the episode!