Air Date: October 16, 2002
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: David Straiton
After Porthos picks up a deadly virus, Phlox determines that Captain Archer is sexually frustrated. The two are not related.
This episode starts out where all the best Enterprise episodes start out: The Sexy, Sexy Decon Chamber! T'Pol, Hoshi, Archer and Porthos are cleaning up after a failed diplomatic mission to acquire some plasma injectors. It's never really clear why Porthos came along. Let's just say... Archer thought dog diplomacy (that is, sniffing butts) may be appropriate. In any case, Phlox calls out all the humanoids, but says that Porthos may still be infected with something. Well, after sniffing so many alien butts, I'm really not surprised.
The aliens to whom they had gone were the same ones who were previously offended by them having eaten in front of them. This is clearly an easily offended race, so it's no surprise, though it is quite frustrating, that they were offended once more. But, just like before, the reason for their offence is a mystery. Archer has had it with these guys, but Trip explains to him that the plasma injectors that they make are awesome and Enterprise really needs two or three more. So Archer is going to have to apologize.
Meanwhile, Phlox has discovered that the virus Porthos picked up is behaving oddly and might just be life-threatening. Wait, WHAT?! NO! Porthos is the best crewman! He can't die!
|Should never have accepted that red collar.|
Let's go over what we know happened on this mission. Enterprise was low on plasma injectors, so Archer probably consulted Trip who told him that these aliens had awesome plasma injectors and we should get some from them. Archer probably wasn't thrilled about the idea, but he went ahead and took orbit around their planet anyway. When they're finally invited down, Archer thinks something along the lines of "WELL, AT LEAST I HAVE PORTHOS." So, without thinking any better of it, he brings a beagle to a sensitive diplomatic mission. T'Pol apparently doesn't bother to protest, citing logical fallacies. Porthos proceeds to pee on a sacred tree. And they are sent away without any plasma injectors. When they get back, Trip says "I'm really not comfortable running on just three plasma injectors." We can't slog it back to Jupiter station to get our own plasma injectors or help treat Porthos, so Archer sucks it up and has to apologize for Porthos. In this one mission we have demonstrated that T'Pol is no Spock, Trip is no Scotty, and Archer is neither Kirk nor Picard. I am so glad that Q didn't decide to test the NX-01 to decide if humanity was worthy.
One more reason Archer is no Kirk: not being able to sleep, he goes into sickbay to keep an eye on Porthos. He tries to settle in to a medical bed, but keeps getting interrupted by Phlox who doesn't sleep until hibernation time. He then goes to work out along with T'Pol who is there because Vulcan sleep cycles are different. Archer finds that for some reason he values T'Pol's opinion and when he goes back to sickbay to talk to Phlox, Phlox asks him when the last time was that he was intimate with a woman. Kirk would have said "why, just last night. Unless you count this afternoon in the Jefferies tube." Archer, on the other hand, resents the accusation that he's sexually frustrated, and leaves in an inhibited huff.
Unfortunately, there's a more pressing issue at hand in that scene. Porthos went into anaphylactic shock. I don't know what that means, but it always seems to happen in medical shows when the patient gets worse. The treatment that Phlox is giving this poor pooch is failing. Fortunately, Phlox is able to stabilize him and work on another treatment.
After a delightful little incident with an escaped bat, Archer finally gets to sleep, but when he awakens he wishes he hadn't. He had dreamed about Porthos dying and about being intimate with T'Pol in the Sexy, Sexy Decon Chamber. Seriously, the only reason the decon chamber was invented was for sex. That's all. Say all you want about not using the transporter and, therefore, not being able to wipe out contaminants at a molecular level thereby necessitating an area specifically designed for decontamination. The decon chamber is for porn.
|I can't imagine why a Vulcan never previously stayed on|
a Starfleet ship for more than 2 weeks.
|WHICH LEADS TO THIS!|
And then loose knots are tied up with T'Pol and he brings Porthos back from sickbay and Phlox breaks out his fancy, schmancy CGI smile, yadda yadda yadda the end.
This episode is the most cracky episode I have yet seen. I don't even know what the writers were on when they made it. I don't even know if there was ever a real plot. They just mashed together a bunch of Archer-being-sexually-frustrated imagery and called it an episode. Congratulations, Night in Sickbay, for being eligible for an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000!