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As he has proved time and time again, Trip is an ace engineer, and claims that he can't sleep without the warp engines online. Attacks from an unknown race prompted Trip and Lieutenant Reed to lead the crew in building a complement of phase cannons from scratch while in mid-space, effectively upgrading Enterprise's weapons. They accomplished in two days what would have taken the armory team at Jupiter Station at least a week. He was key in saving the ship from some strange, large-lobed alien thieves, and has been left in command of Enterprise on several occasions - one time, he even successfully impersonated Captain Archer.
Though he appears to be the charmer when it comes to the ladies, Trip claims that he has been involved in only three relationships, all of which ended badly. A long distance romance with Natalie from Pensacola didn't work out, and he regrets that he was unable to say good-bye in person. As a Starfleet trainee, he was infatuated with a waitress named Ruby at Mill Valley's 602 Club - the same Ruby that Lieutenant Reed once had a relationship with. Ruby had names all picked out for her children, and claimed that she would marry the first man who could guess them - Trip did his best, but was unsuccessful. Trip's first dance was at Bayshore Elementary in Panama City, Florida, and he still expresses regret that he was unable to approach the girl he had a crush on, Melissa Lyles. Despite practicing the two-step for weeks with his brother, Trip ended up spending the whole dance in the corner with his friends. Recently, Trip experienced a flirtation with Kantare beauty Liana - he gave her a tour of the ship and a protein resequencer programmed for five flavors of ice cream. He also had a romantic encounter with Kaitaama, the first monarch of Krios Prime. The two fled their alien captors together and ended up spending some time on a humid, swamp-like planet. Trip experienced a flirtation of a significantly more uncomfortable kind when one of Dr. Phlox's wives, Feezal, attempted to romance him. Although Phlox was very encouraging, Trip ultimately rejected Feezal's advances.
When he first joined Starfleet, Trip lived a few blocks from the Vulcan compound, and in 10th grade he had a Vulcan biology teacher, Mr. Velik. None of this has tempered his distrust of the Vulcans, who he sees as cold and rigid in their ways. Sub-Commander T'Pol is challenging his preconceived notions a bit. Though she and Trip have clashed many times regarding protocol - prompting T'Pol to remind Trip that she outranks him - the two share a grudging respect and an unusual bond. When Trip inadvertently learned that T'Pol's pre-arranged marriage might force her to leave Enterprise, he managed to convince her to follow her gut and stay onboard. Trip also found a Vulcan friend in Kov, an engineer and member of the unconventional "V'tosh ka'tur." The chief engineer's friendship and guidance eventually convinced Kov to contact his long estranged father. Another interesting alien encounter came in the form of Zho'Kaan, an Arkonian. When Trip and Zho'Kaan both crashed on an inhospitable moon, they started out as combatants, but ultimately developed something of an understanding.
Trip has also forged an unlikely bond with Reed, whose buttoned-up nature seems diametrically opposed to the chief engineer's friendly manner. When the duo was stranded in a damaged shuttlepod for several days, they initially clashed, as Trip is given to what Reed calls "treacly optimism." In the end, they discovered they have more in common than they thought, and at one point, Trip even tried to sacrifice himself so that Reed would have a better chance of survival. Luckily, they were both rescued by Enterprise, and lived to spend