...right into Daniels' world. Ugh -- I hate this Michelin Man freak! There's a gauzily curtained window on one side and a big metal auditorium on the other. It's clear that Quantum and Daniels are standing on a balcony above some red-carpeted proceedings. "This is a very important day, Jonathan," Daniels says. Does anyone else get creeped out when Daniels uses Quantum's first name so familiarly? It's got that "Claaariiiice" ring to it. Quantum tells him he doesn't have time for this. Of course you do -- since you are out of your own time, you have all the time in the world. Presumably. Daniels promises that it will only take a minute; he points out someone on the platform below and asks if he can see the guy in the blue jacket. Since they're about a gadzillion miles away and the people are the size of midget ants, I'd give that one a big "no." Daniels says the guy in blue is Quantum "a little more than seven years from now." Now, would that "little more" be three seasons? He tells Quantum they're about to make history. I swear, Daniels is a freakin' broken record and he needs to SHUT UP! Quantum wanders over to the railing, and Bakula flexes Quantum's butt in his uniform before we go to commercial break.
"Do you remember I told you about a Federation?" Daniels asks. Shut up, Daniels. "What about it?" Quantum asks, tearing his gaze away from Ant Quantum. "I work with some people who are going to be pretty angry at me for telling you this, but you are going to be an integral part in forming that Federation," Daniels natters on. Shut up, Daniels. He goes on that Quantum is down there right now with Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites as they sign the charter for the Federation. Well, they pretty much had to get all the Founding Aliens right if they didn't want a mighty cry to rise up from the hills and valleys of Fandom. Although, considering the ratings, it would have been more like a whimper. Daniels, who is wearing more eyeliner than is appropriate for his over-plucked eyebrows, says that the membership will grow to include hundreds of species. "A United Federation of Planets," Daniels finishes. Shut up, Daniels. Quantum says he's got other things on his mind. Daniels encourages Quantum to sacrifice Reed on the control platform because history can't afford to lose him. Shut up, Daniels. Quantum blusters. "It's essential that you be a part of this," Daniels insists. Shut up, Daniels. "Where. Are. We?" Quantum asks sort of pointlessly. "In. A. Painting," the Evil Dr. Mathra mimics. Daniels says, "Earth." Shut up, Daniels. "Seems to me it's just as essential that Earth be around for this too," Quantum points out. Daniels says that Reed and Hoshi can work together in dying for the cause, since they aren't crucial to the future of mankind: "You are." And that's where my hate for Daniels divided and then asexually reproduced itself until it reached exponential proportions. "My mission is to save Earth, not your [he tosses his head rather foppishly] Federation," Quantum counters. "You can't ignore your place in history," Daniels insists. First of all, shut up, Daniels. Secondly, you've already told him that in oh so MANY episodes that you've now become the time-traveler who cried, "Destiny!" Thirdly, most of us DO ignore our "place in history" because we're NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW ABOUT IT! Fourthly, where have you been up to now when all the other crap with the Mega Maid was happening? And finally, SHUT UP, DANIELS! Quantum pretty much covers all that when he says his place is on Mega Maid's control platform: "Now getmethehellbacktoDegra'sship!" Daniels glares. Shut up, Daniels.