T'Pol announces that all one-hundred-twenty-eight ships are in position, just as Phlox comms that Quantum better get down to Sickbay pronto. A short time later, Shran comes storming down and stops short when he sees the mourning furrow on Quantum's face. Not to be confused with the "morning furrow" Quantum wears to order his soft scrambled eggs and bacon. "No," Shran breathes. Phlox did all he could. "You said she'd recover!" Shran says, advancing on the doctor. Quantum smoothly steps protectively in front of his doctor and gently says, "Shran." Shran quavers, steps around him, and yanks back the curtains surrounding his dead Indigo Girl. A tube of blue blood hangs next to her. Shran cries. Quantum got his look on his face like, "Shit -- there goes my chance to go down in history! Years from now, no one will utter the name Archer or even connect me with the very first Enterprise ever to sail the skies! DAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!"
Drone. Trip works fast and furiously, complaining that he didn't think to bring his helmet as the radiation climbs. Reed wants to give the Romulan Thingies what they want. "Malcolm," Trip says weakly, "no. That's an order." He collapses. "Do your duty, Malcolm -- save your commander's life," says Val-dor-EE. I don't know about you, but I really don't think he should be threatening their life in one breath and first-naming them in the next. Reed fiddles with stuff.
As Quantum goes over the ship grid he's set up, Wilbur harshes on the Andorian comm codes. Shran tries to storm in, assuring the Uh-Oh blocking his path that he only wants to talk. Quantum allows him in, but gives him a warning look and motions the Uh-Ohs in for complete furrow protection. Shran circles the two sitting Tellarites and insists they sit and listen to him tell the tale of much woe. Of Indigo Girl and her Bluemeo. She was a blueblood, born to a prestigious family, and could've lived in the lap of luxury, but she felt the call of duty and decided to serve her race. She could've had anything or anyone but she chose him. "I just wanted you to know," Shran finishes. Shran puts his hand on his hip, and Quantum furrows into action, grabbing a bottle from Shran. As Quantum uncorks the bottle and sniffs, Shran says, "It's her blood." Okay, Billy Bob. Shran goes on that when a Guardsman dies far from home, her companions bring "a part" of her back to the ice of Andoria. Just so we're clear, "a part" doesn't necessarily mean blood, right? I mean, technically they could bring back a foot, an arm, or an antenna? As Quantum turns his back on Shran, presumably to think his Deep Furrowing Thoughts, Shran says, "I wanted you to know that, too," to the Tellarite who killed his Indigo Girl. He grabs the piggy hand and dumps the blood on it. "Before you die!" Quantum throws Shran off of the Tellarite and tells him, "That's enough!" Shran tells him it's not nearly enough until the Tellarite blood pays for Indigo Girl's. "That's not gonna happen on my ship!" Quantum bellows. Shran tells him that if he doesn't get Andorian justice, the Imperial Guard are going to pick up their Andorian ships and go home. From a purely metaphorical standpoint, since the Tellarite already had Indigo Girl's blood on his hands, wasn't it overkill to then dump the actual blood on his hands? Does he want the Tellarite to have a "out damn spot" moment, or does he just not care about wasting the blood he's supposed to bring back to Andoria?