Sick Bay. Phlox looks at some data and tells T'Pol that what they have is not a cure, but it will slow down the disease's progression. They'd better follow up this story arc with a lot more than just commenting on finding a cure in an episode down the line. Phlox muses that he figured on her species being a lot further along with a cure, but George W. Bush reminds everyone how unmotivated they are to spend the taxpayers' anvils on it. You understand that I don't literally mean George W. Bush took the place of T'Pol right there and said her lines, don't you? It was a clever device to make a point about our society today. I feel the need to explain myself because the writers seem to think we viewers are on the Village Idiot career path. Phlox sniffs that with this new information, he should be able to make more progress than the Vulcans have. Now, that would be an interesting conclusion in a few months or years. Of course, if they do that, they're inching closer and closer to The Giant Reset Button In The Sky. I mean, how could some random alien serving on the first warp spaceship find a cure to a controversial Vulcan disease and not ever be mentioned by anyone in future series?
Quantum comes in to check up on things and ask T'Pol if she figured out why Dr. Yurinate gave it to her. "No, I haven't," T'Pol answers, proving that she can lie and not just omit or evade when she feels the need to respect another's privacy. Quantum shifts his weight back and forth for a bit until T'Pol realizes that he has spoken to "them." "Them" must be the High Council, because Quantum tells T'Pol that she's been recalled. Phlox wonders if they have the authority to do that. "Dr. Oratt does, he's a ranking member of the Council of Physicians," Quantum answers. Okay, so "them" isn't the High Command; "them" is the three doctors in Sim City. Quantum says that the doctors plan on taking T'Pol back with them once the conference is over, and the High Command will not be notified of her situation until they reach Vulcan. "You've...got...to...tellthem...T'Pol," Quantum thunders, "tell...them...what HAPPENED. They won't do a thing to you once they know it wasn't voluntary -- that he did it against your will!" "I won't do that," T'Pol whispers. "Why the hell not?" Quantum demands. "I have Pa'nar Syndrome -- it doesn't matter how I contracted it," T'Pol argues. Quantum thinks it makes a lot of difference, since B'Stiller "forced himself" on her and that makes her different from the minority they stigmatize. Phlox agrees with Quantum and urges her to unburden herself to the Vulcans. Here T'Pol makes her big speech: "He is not right. If I use that as a defense, as a way to keep from being taken off Enterprise, I'd be condoning their prejudice, and in the process indicting every member of the minority. I won't do that." She leaves. Phlox sighs. Quantum furrows.