Enterprise is docked with the neato Vulcan ship with the big ring. Quantum has some Log Cabin syrup and reports that they are docked with D'kyr, and that Starfleet and the Vulcan High Council are on pins and needles to discuss the future of their mission.
Bridge. All stand at attention as Soval preaches at them through the view screen, saying he thinks their explanation for how they obtained the data disks is "implausible," but he is willing to concede that Enterprise wasn't responsible for the destruction of the colony. Quantum smugs to himself. "It may seem 'implausible' to you -- "Quantum begins to condescend, but Soval interrupts him and requests that he be allowed to finish. "In less than a single Earth year, you've engaged in armed conflicts with over a dozen species. You've escalated the conflict between my people and the Andorians, which included the destruction of one of our most sacred monasteries. You helped eighty-nine Suliban escape from detention. You may claim to be on a mission of exploration; I, however, consider you reckless and irresponsible. A danger to the quadrant. Regardless of the evidence presented here, I plan to advise the Vulcan High Command not to change its recommendation to Starfleet. Enterprise should be recalled," Soval finishes, while Commander Jock gives Forrest an indignant look. Trip chooses this moment to have a bout of diarrhea of the mouth, telling the Vulcans that they've been wanting to "scrub" their mission from the git-go. "We proved to you that we dinnit kill those thirty-six hunnerd people but you doan wanna heer it! I meen, yer pathetic!" Trip shouts. Forrest tells him that's quite enough out of him. Quantum gives Trip A Look. It took the Admiral to shut Trip's yap; what does that say for the kind of control Quantum has over his crew? Forrest goes on to say that while he's pleased that Enterprise wasn't responsible for extinguishing a colony, he thinks the Vulcans have a valid argument. "Starfleet Command has a difficult decision to make here," Forrest finishes, while Commander Jock looks aghast. That's the last thing I remember before everything went black. When I came to, Mathra was wiping off my face. He told me a modified multi-phased emission of EZ Cheese shot out of the TV and got me square in the face, enveloping my head. I passed out from lack of oxygen. He explained that what I missed was Quantum going on about gazelles giving birth and walking, which somehow related back to how humans make mistakes. Don't recollect a bit of it. Don't plan on recollecting a bit of it, either.