Air Date: May 13, 2005
Written by: Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and André Bormanis
Directed by: Marvin Rush
The Enterprise goes after the very last human-based terrorist cell and its on-board spy operative.
Previously on Enterprise: Paxton, the ruler of the Terra Prime terrorist cell went to Mars and took control of a weapon of mass destruction. To be fair, it's meant to redirect meteorites to Mars' polar regions, but you know terrorist: always finding a way to make terror. So, he shot a hole in the moon and then threatened to hit Starfleet unless all of the non-humans left the Sol system.
But that's not all he said while taking over all the subspace frequencies. In the middle of Starfleet representatives working to form a coalition of planets, he showed everyone the result of inter-species breeding by putting T'Pol and Trip's daughter on screen and warning that Human DNA would eventually become diluted if we try to get along with humans. So, that's... pretty much all that baby had to do with his plan.
|Ok, thanks, can I have my baby back baby back baby back?|
|ABSOLUTELY NOTHING COULD GO WRONG WITH THIS PLAN.|
Hoshi is back on the Enterprise playing empress again and standing by to destroy the facility if Archer fails. What's worse, though, is that Samuels is standing over her shoulder doing what diplomats do and misreading the situation in favor of works best for them. He's pressuring her to fire, but she's determined to wait for Archer to check in. Luckily he does. Right as he bursts through the door, he attempts to shut down the array, but a firefight ensues. And this is the biggest reason you don't want to fire weapons inside a space facility: You will inevitably hit a window.
Trip is knocked out during the fight, but Archer puts an oxygen mask on him. Meanwhile, while the room depressurizes, it's Archer against Paxton in an all-out fist fight. Archer struggles to make it to the controls before they fire, but Paxton is sure that he won't be able to decrypt the sequence in time. Turns out his right. At the last moment, the weapon fires. And misses. And there stands Trip triumphantly over the aiming controls.
Archer and the Enterprise take Paxton back to Earth in custody, but the Terra Prime drama isn't over. There's apparently still a spy on board and Tri'Pol's baby, which they've named Elizabeth after Trip's sister, is dying because the Human and Vulcan DNA aren't compatible. While Travis examines the shuttle they used to ride behind a comet, he discovers that it was sabotaged. And he discovers the only person who had access was a redshirt by the name of Masaro. Well, when Masaro finds out he's been found out, he phases himself in the head. So... that's that. No more spy.
|Ensign Masaro: the only redshirt to kill himself on purpose.|
And then Travis makes peace with his hot reporter friend who is a spy, but she's a spy for Starfleet.
Meanwhile, T'Pol and Trip mourn the death of their clone daughter. Turns out, there was a flaw in Terra Prime's cloning process. Phlox says there should be no problem for a Human and a Vulcan to have a baby together, but Elizabeth was just a victim of faulty cloning. And then Trip cries about the baby he never actually had.
Don't get me wrong. The death of any innocent baby is tragic and upsetting. But Trip is not the kind to cry that deeply about a baby that isn't his. He might cry about it if it was actually his baby-making process that gave rise to the baby and if he had raised it since it came out of T'Pol's womb, but I don't buy him having connected to it so quickly under such stressful circumstances. Other than that, this episode was pretty good. Wiping out the very last bad in humanity while forming a coalition alliance that eventually leads to The United Federation of Planets. All in a day's work for the Enterprise.