Romargo. The two drones are launched.
Aenartica. The Aenar Who Must Not Be Named guides Shran and Quantum out of the dampening field. She senses an upcoming ice spores swarm and holds out a hand to stop Shran and Quantum. I was really hoping the whole point of her gauzy, immensely toasty warm, veil was that it was a sensory net. Like the one Diana Muldaur had in "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" Alas, there seems to be no point to it other than to ward off frostbite. The spores fall -- they are gross, maggoty little things that make icky plopping noises. Quite effective. Voldenar reminisces about the time she and her brother chased spores almost to the surface of the compound. Her parents were worried about her then, and they're going to be worried about her now because she's running off to help Shran and Quantum. Voldenar asks Quantum what his ship is like. "Warm," is all Quantum can say.
Sickbay. Trip frets over T'Pol getting back into the unit. As T'Pol is well aware of what she can handle, Phlox advises Trip to back off. "I kin't b'leeve I'm getting' this from you," Trip whispers furiously, "Has everywun on this ship gone crazy?" "Not everyone," Phlox says pointedly. "Oh, I'm crazy," Trip says, unconvinced. Phlox tells him not to blame himself, since not one species in the galaxy has mastered the art of workplace romances. Trip announces that Phlox is the last person who should be discouraging him, since Phlox acted as the Neural Node Nudging pimp in the first place. Trip doesn't know what he's going to do. Phlox tells him to tough it out.
Aenarage. Quantum comes to the conclusion that they are going in circles when he sees the ice spores holes in the ceiling of the igloo. Voldenar agrees and says the rest of the Aenar are trying to stop them by not letting them see the path to the surface. The Leadnar projects herself in front of them and intones that it's time for Voldenar to return to her people. Does anyone else find it singularly idiotic that a blind, telepathic race is using holographic projections as a means of communication? Voldenar gives a "not without my brother!" speech, which Quantum backs up and says Voldenar is following her own conscience. Leadnar disagrees with that. "How do you know -- did you read her thoughts? I thought that wasn't the custom with your people," Quantum zings, totally chuffed at getting her on a technicality. Leadnar asks permission to read Voldenar's thoughts and even addresses her by name, but in my opinion, they waited so long to give her a name that they lost the opportunity for me to it. So there! Voldenar consents; Leadnar realizes that Quantum is right and shows them the way out.