In the mess, Orga-Mayweather whispers to Orga-Reed that Phlox ID'd the pathogen. Orga-Reed muses, "That happens thirty-seven percent of the time." Orga-Mayweather points out that no one's suggested they abandon the infected crewmembers. "Then this will likely be one of the times when everyone dies," Orga-Reed says, and dips into his orange soup. He takes a mouthful and seems quite pleased with it. That cracked me up for some reason. Maybe because I spent waaaaay too much time editing the master recipe for carrot-ginger soup today and I wondered if Orga-Reed opted for the chipotle garnish. Orga-Mayweather looks either angry, or concerned, or slightly like a plotting psychotic here.
Quantum visits Decon and beeps them. "Travis," comes Trip's exhausted voice, "if that's you again..." Heh -- even he thinks Mayweather's had more than enough lines this episode. Quantum identifies himself, and Trip slides back the window. Quantum's taken aback by how sweaty and grey Trip looks. Quantum tells Trip that Phlox has identified the silicon-based virus and is working on a cure with T'Pol. Quantum blows more furrowed sunshine up Trip's Southern ass, but Trip says he remembers his Exobiology 101: "Our immune system can't fight silicon." "Don't you give up on me," Quantum nearly sobs, and tells him to get some rest. Trip nods and staggers back to bed. Quantum needs a tissue, because he aches just like a woman but he breaks just like a little girl.
"We're looking for signs of elevated intelligence in the species we observe," Orga-Mayweather says. "Rational intelligence, yes," Orga-Reed corrects him, "which Archer has not demonstrated." You've noticed that too? Can I take that as a shout-out? PLEASE?! The two superior beings argue about whether Quantum understands the gravity of the situation or whether he's just a stand-by-his-crew kind of guy. "There's a way to be sure," Orga-Mayweather suggests. Orga-Reed says, "We chose the Helmsman and the Armory Officer for good reason -- they both are stationed on the Bridge, yet neither plays a critical role in a medical emergency." Drop "in a medical emergency" and you've got Mayweather's CV. Orga-Mayweather suggests they squat in Phlox and T'Pol so they can observe Quantum's decision making up close. Man, are they going to be bored! Orga-Reed is reluctant, because he thinks they could end up interfering, but is finally convinced. I've got a question -- where are Mayweather and Reed's consciousnesses when all this is going on? I know we learn later that the Organians clean up with a memory wipe, but what about all the lost hours? Do they invent memories for them to have? And what if they had duties to perform during all this time and they didn't get done -- how would they explain that?