Quantum throws a Captain's log on the campfire and reports that Hoshi is being brought back to the ship and exchanged for some camping gear. Strangely enough, the voice-over says that Trip and Malcolm are bringing Hoshi back to Enterprise. Didn't Trip stay on the ship? He wasn't in the sh'pod when they went down to the surface, and he definitely wasn't one of the four exploring and stumbling upon the Eskas. I think that's a continuity mistake on their part. Quantum offers no explanation as to why Hoshi is going back to the ship. Isn't she curious to learn the Eskan language, or are the writers trying to force the Hoshi Ick Factor on us because she's a squeamish little lady wearing dainty white gloves? Puh-lease. "If the bugs glow in the dark, at least you can tell if they've crawled into your sleeping bag," Trip says, throwing Quantum's copy of Songs You Can Sing Around The Campfire With Alien Hunters into his knapsack. Hoshi bleats that she's very happy to be sleeping in her own bed that night. "Anyway, it's the things you can't see that I'd be worried about," she adds. "Like those bore worms," Reed says in a strangely husky voice. "Bore worms?" Trip asks, a bit concerned. "Apparently they crawl into your ear to lay their eggs," Hoshi-Khan tells him. Trip looks very upset. "Have a nice night," Hoshi says, patting him on the knee and taking off. Reed chuckles at Trip's discomfiture.
Campfire. T'Pol goes over the roster of E-crew they should bring down to study the stuff crawling on the planet. Holtz-Damrus comes over and asks if they're enjoying themselves. Quantum assures him that they most definitely are, and thanks him for sharing his campsite with them. Where are the troglodyte s'mores? Holtz-Damrus tells them they'll be heading out on the blood trail in six hours, and suggests to Reed that he get a little shut-eye. "If you're still planning on coming along," Holtz-Damrus says. Reed tells him he wouldn't miss it. Reed, Trip, and T'Pol decide to hit the hay, while Quantum opts to stay up awhile. To be alone with his big captainly thoughts, presumably. Time passes, and Quantum has fallen asleep in front of a curiously still-raging campfire. I gotta get me some of that alien planet wood -- looks like you don't really need to stoke it. A figure approaches the campsite and calls out seductively, "Jonathan." Quantum wipes a trail of drool away and stirs awake. He doesn't see anything, so he snuggles back into the nice, soft pile of logs. The voice calls his name again. Quantum sits up and says, "Hello?" Nothing. He gets up and walks toward the forest. Yeah, that's intelligent. I really hope Jason's waiting for him with a rusty Exacto knife. The voice keeps calling Quantum's name, so he grabs his flashlight and waves it about as he walks deeper into the palm fronds. "Who's there?" he calls out. Finally, he sees a crimped-haired blond in a diaphanous blue gown. Did you know diaphanous blue gowns come in very handy when traipsing around jungles? They do. Particularly the ultra-sheer ones. As Quantum's flashlight shines through her draperies to expose the full outline of her legs, she darts off. He starts to follow, but then seems to give up rather easily. Not able to see her anymore, he hangs his head in disappointment.