Enterprise. A line of orange Suliban pods are lined up at a docking bay. On the bridge, a Suliban picks up one of the clear blue data disks the Enterprise crew snatched last season and scans them. "They haven't been duplicated," the Suliban tells Silik. "Is he correct?" Silik demands, pointing a pistol at Hoshi's chest. "Don't you believe your scanners?" T'Pol asks. "Is he correct?" Silik asks again, this time aiming the pistol at her head. I've noticed that they really go out of their way to make every aspect of the Suliban repulsive. Not only are the orange Suliban hand weapons as mottled as the Suliban faces, but the orange rubber-trimmed fuchsia jumpsuits clash nauseatingly with their split-pea-soup faces. They'd actually be more ominous-looking if they wore all black to bring out the green of their putrid skins, but I guess they'll stay fashion accidents for the rest of the series. This analysis brought to you by the Flash Gordon House of the Sartorially Insane; and now, back to your regularly scheduled snarking. "We didn't have time to make a copy," Hoshi grits out. Trip yells at them to leave Hoshi alone. Silik tells the Suliban to lower their weapons, and threatens them all with spankings if Quantum is found to be on the ship. Two Suliban step out of the turbo-lift and report that Quantum isn't there, but they found a temporal signature in the turbo-lift. The Suliban hands over a futuristic Maybelline pressed powder compact, and Silik examines it. Trip looks like he wants to use it to check his pores. Silik walks around and tries to figure out if the crew knows anything about the Temporal Cold War Quantum was heard to babble about. No one responds. Silik flashes the glowing compact in front of T'Pol's face and asks her what she knows about a temporal signature being left in that lift. "The last time we saw Captain Archer, he was entering that turbo-lift," T'Pol tells him. "Perhaps you haven't been lying to me," Silik says, and orders a complete lockdown on all Enterprise's systems and a confinement of all personnel to their quarters. Enterprise warps off under guard of the Suliban pods.
San Francisco. Ambassador Soval blathers about Enterprise being three days late to meet the Vulcan ship that was to carry T'Pol and Phlox off. Admiral Forrest defends his can-do-no-wrong crew by reminding him and us that Quantum had information proving he didn't decimate that civilization of Pirogies. Soval continues to be annoyed until Random Jock in Uniform gets in his face about the D'kyr having long-range sensors to detect Enterprise. Soval ignores him and expositions that Quantum's klutziness caused the deaths of three thousand colonists. Wasn't it quite a bit over three thousand last season? Soval goes on that Quantum's mission is way over; they should have been on their way home, according to the orders from Starfleet. The Admiral takes Random Jock in Uniform's place in Soval's face and tells him he didn't answer "the Commander's" question about the D'kyr being able to detect Enterprise. Soval admits the Vulcan ship reported that Enterprise was joined by a bunch of other vessels, but now they are all out of sensor range. Commander Jock pipes up, wanting to know "what kind of vessels." Soval says the Vulcan ship was too far away to tell. "Enterprise has ignored our hails and defied Starfleet's orders, I have no choice but to send the D'kyr in pursuit," Soval announces. Admiral shouts that Quantum doesn't report to him. "No, he doesn't," Soval agrees, "but Sub-Commander T'Pol does, and since she would never comply with his present actions I have to conclude that she's being held against her will." Commander Jock does some really bad acting here as he spits out that Quantum doesn't usually kidnap Vulcans. Forrest steps in and tells Soval to send his ship, but he's certain Quantum will have a very good explanation because he knows what he's doing. Isn't about time you took out those rose-colored contacts, buddy?