Quantum, Trip, and the Nine-Fingered Xindi wade chest-deep through nasty waters. "Sewage takes on a whole new meaning when it comes from a dozen different species," Quantum comments. "Thirty-one to be exact," the Nine-Fingered Xindi says. Still keeping with the pewp jokes, are they? They fiddle around and finally get Trip to kneel chin-deep in the spooge to pull some lever to open a door. The three of them crawl through a plasma duct that, according to the Nine-Fingered Xindi, hasn't been used since he's been there.
T'Pol checks on Reed and Major Hayes. They're all set to launch the rescue, except for one bone of contention. Reed's words, not mine. "The Major here thinks my security team is far too...'valuable' to bring down and put in the line of fire. He wants to take his men," Reed snips. Major Hayes explains, "It's a simple matter of priorities. If those warships get here before we return from the surface, you could find yourselves dealing with a boarding party. You'd be in far better hands with a security force that knows Enterprise inside and out." You know, he's got a point, with one possible exception: if his Uh-Ohs have had nothing to do for the past six weeks, shouldn't they know Enterprise inside and out too by now? Reed argues that his escape plans have his team getting Quantum and Trip back to the ship loooong before the attack cruisers arrive. With all due respect and such, Major Hayes says that they can't be certain of that. Again, the painter's got a point. Still playing her Gershwin, T'Pol steps in to say that the decision is Reed's (aw, that's nice of her!), but she agrees with Hayes that his team might not be back in time. Reed pauses and says, "Select six of your men and meet me in Launch Bay One -- I'll be commanding the mission." Major Hayes nods and leaves. T'Pol watches Reed, who bitterly spouts off that, since he comes from a military family, he's seen "men like Hayes" his whole life. T'Pol questions this. "That had nothing to do with who knows Enteprise inside and out. It had to do with who the Major thinks is more capable of carrying out this rescue!" Reed snarls. Okay, self-confidence issues, party of Reed!