Enterprise continues to fire at Sphere 41. "It's comin' back -- tell them to keep doin' what they're doin'!" Trip shrieks, referring to the power. Uh-Ohs fire at the Golden Girls, who pass through bulkheads after grinning at them. Yes, yes, we all know you use Polident, no need to brag. Phlox tells Trip it's time to "work [his] magic or everyone on the ship is going to start dying." "No pressure," Trip and I say together. Trip does stuff.
Mega Maid. Directed by Hoshi, Quantum starts twisting fluorescent light cylinders in a certain order. They turn red. Snakelings shoot. Hoshi whimpers, crawls, and shouts out, "I'm all right!" Way to tip your hand to the Snake Eyes, Hoshi! If they thought you were dead, they'd probably stop firing. Hoshi continues to advise Quantum in tremulous tones.
When a snakeling reports that the humans are no longer on Degra's ship, Dolum suddenly realizes that the Good Xindi and the Andorians are intentionally drawing them away from the weapon and orders his snakelings to get them back to Mega Maid. Wouldn't the snakelings on Mega Maid have commed to tell them they were being ambushed?
Enterprise. The Golden Girls walk through walls and fist vital ship functions. The ship shakes. Trip is frazzled. Phlox tells him to ignore it, since he only has two more minutes. Trip uses the Vulcan Viewer. I hope he's going to wipe it down when he's done, because that skin thing is just...eech.
Mega Maid. Quantum says, "Got it! Two to go!" Hoshi looks apprehensively over at some snakelings shooting and walking right for them. The two snakelings are taken down by an Uh-Oh from an upper catwalk. One snakeling falls into Mega Maid's bellybutton with a very human "Ahhhh!" A gun is put to the Uh-Oh's head. Wow -- that Uh-Oh is so very young! And cute! The Young and Cute Uh-Oh makes a "Dammit!" face and lays down his weapon. He puts his hands up and rises to his feet. But then! He turns and grabs the snakeling's gun! They punch each other a bit and fall off the walkway to a walkway below. There's a familiar slap-pop, and we see that the snakeling has plunged his kwalta blade into the Dead and Cute Uh-Oh's stomach. Yes, I know a kwalta blade is a HUGE sword, just don't email me, okay? The Dead and Cute Uh-Oh looks up at the snakeling, who pushes him over the side for good measure. Aw -- bye, Dead and Cute. The snakeling grabs a gun and whips around to fire at Hoshi. Hoshi gulps and drops her copy of The Magic of Numbers as she ducks for cover. The e-pad falls into Mega Maid's bellybutton. If you have really good eyes, you can see that the book falls open to the page where the two Harvard professor authors thank the Evil Dr. Mathra for being brilliant. There's another shot fired, and it's not until now that Quantum thinks to call, "Hoshi?" She doesn't answer. Quantum pulls himself out of the fluorescent light area and dodges phaser fire. He crab-walks to Hoshi's side. The snakeling approaches them until two legs swing down from above and knock the snakeling square in his chest. Reed drops down to strike a pose before kicking the snakeling off the walkway and down into Mega Maid's bellybutton. This is about where I pulled a muscle pumping my arm in the air and screaming, "YES!" Especially because Keating's got SUCH an AWESOME facial expression here. I think Reed just might be my boyfriend again. Reed comms Quantum that he's pretty sure that was the last of the snakelings. "Good work," Quantum props. "Now get back here!" Can I take it as a shout-out that the sheer depletion of furrows in this episode is automatically going to make me give it a higher grade?