Enterprise gets closer. The time-release on Phlox's meds ticks away. There's a lot of maintaining courses and standing bys, and in all of this, Trip notices the skin on his hand getting crackly. It's because he didn't use Palmolive.
Degra's ship drops out of the vortex. Quantum orders Reed to get his team ready. Mr. Man notices that Dolum's changing course and heading for a space station. Mr. Man calls up the space station onscreen, and Quantum notes, "Yosemite III." "A military installation?" Three-Toed asks. "A research post," Quantum informs him, "usually thirty to forty civilians aboard." He thinks of something and punches up stuff before ordering Mr. Man to hail the station on that frequency. They can't, because Mega Maid is emitting disruption waves. Even if they could be hailed, to what end? The civilians can't beam off the station to Earth, can they? I don't know, maybe they can. I just don't see what these people on Yosemite III could do to protect themselves.
Enterprise nears Sphere 41. T'Pol -- whose facial skin is now also cracking -- gives directions. "Doc?" Trip says. "There's something weird happening to my skin." "Me TOO!" May-Rainy-Day-Woman-#35 announces. Hee -- his delivery just tickled me -- it was so...exuberant. Phlox tells them it's expected, and orders them not to scratch at it. Dammit, Phlox, I'm supposed to say that! They have eleven minutes left.
Dolum's ship. Dolum says that the Golden Girls want them to destroy all human colonies in addition to Earth -- that harkens back to why they were pursuing everyone in "Twilight" -- so he thinks they should begin with Yosemite III. Dolum's ship fires at, and destroys, the outpost.
On Degra's ship, Quantum rushes to the viewscreen...as though he could stop it? See better? But then he stops suddenly, stricken, as the outpost explodes. He looks down and around at the floor, flexing almost every muscle in his face EXCEPT his brow! With the comparatively small amount of furrowing he does in this episode, I'm convinced Bakula had Novocaine injected into his brow prior to shooting. Three-Toed announces that Dolum's ship is going back to Mega Maid.
Enterprise. More directions, more adjustments. Trip finally begins firing at the target point on Sphere 41. The ship shakes. "Fish inna burrel," Trip says. Phlox says they have less than ten minutes left in their prescription. T'Pol sits down nervously. Because she's a CRACK WHORE.