On the bridge, T'Pol reports the existence of another storm front. This new storm means they can't use the sh'pod to return to the ship -- it has something to do with being "saturated with polaric energy." It IS the Crystalline Entity! Outside the ruins, some plants blow in the storm. "'No bio-signs,' huh? So, those must be the plastic plants the civilization left behind when they tired of living on the 'Way to Eden' set," Mathra snaps. Hoshi wimps a bunch about not transporting back to the ship, but Quantum and Trip tell her to suck it up. After arguing about who should be the first to get their molecules reorganized, Trip finally agrees to beam out first and comms Hoshi that he made it to the ship all in one piece. Hoshi goes next, and arrives on the bridge. Also in one piece. Or -- is she? Linda Park does an excellent job of contorting her face into pure terror before beaming out. It's really too bad they couldn't have given her better material to work with in this episode. Although I feel even worse about the fact that the Crystalline Entity never showed up.
And that's the last real part of this episode until fifty-five minutes later. Including the theme song.
Hoshi washes her face and looks intently at her pores. Some Bioré strips will fix those right up. Although she doesn't really have to worry about blackheads, since none of this is actually happening. Quantum comes in and tells his Dreamweaving Linguist to take her time resting up and not bother reporting for duty until the morning. And when she does, she should show up in her underwear so everyone can stand around and laugh. Quantum goes on about her and Trip returning to the scene of the plastic plants to retrieve the sh'pod and finish their survey. Hoshi wimps, but Quantum tells her they can take the other sh'pod and not worry about transporting down. "I'll only get lost," Hoshi comments. "Lost?" Quantum repeats. I'm not even going to worry about making sense of her dialogue, because imagined dialogue never makes sense. Hoshi reiterates how tired out she is, and Quantum leaves. Hoshi goes back to debating the usefulness of Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque.