The Away Team returns to Enterprise. Quantum wants Shran to fly a bit with them because he's more comfortable if Shran is going warp four. Shran admits that his shuttle is slow, but the shranappers can barely go warp two. Quantum convinces Shran to stick with them, and tells him to take his daughter to Phlox for a look-see. "Whatever you say," Shran says, lifting Shranette into his arms. "Thanks, pink-skin," the child prates. She really is greenish. Trip walks with Quantum and makes some comment about Quantum getting sick of saving his life. Yes, and that will be the last time, Trip. Sniff. Quantum's glad he didn't take Trip's advice about staying on the ship. Trip's glad too, but notes that Quantum almost got himself killed down there: "That wouldn't have gone over too big at the ceremony." Quantum responds, "Signing documents are easy, training a new engineer? That can be a real pain in the ass." As can you, my man. As can you. I don't like this new mother hen of a Trip they're trying to force on us. It's unnatural and sketchy and just not right. No wonder Trinneer was pissed. Riker observes.
TNG flies. Troi sits in an unfamiliar room. "Data to Counselor Troi," Data comms. Troi responds. "I was wondering if this might be an appropriate time to continue our discussion on the long-term effects of space travel on my positronic net," Data asks. Troi responds, "Can I give you a rain check?" "You may...check me for rain if you wish, Counselor," comes Data's confused reply, "but I assure you I have no water in my --" Data is interrupted by someone at Troi's door. She tells him she'll get back to him. That there -- that thing with Data not knowing what a rain check is? Stupid. Seventh-season Data was no longer the Big Bird crewmember, who always needed a Very Special Episode to explain things to him. He had long since dropped his literal interpretations of things and had even stopped taking a word, running it through his positronic doohickey, and spitting out the definition and etymology. They didn't need to showcase Data in that particular way and it should have been avoided. Not knowing that about seventh-season Data just proves how out of touch Bermaga are with the whole of Star Trek. And makes this quote: "'A lot of fans have stressed the fact that Brannon and I have ignored the continuity of STAR TREK and ignored the canon, and that could not be farther from the truth,' Berman responded. 'We live and breathe this continuity...'" patently ridiculous. Dream on, Bermaga, you lazy, paranoid, thirty-five percent asses.