"A Night in Sickbay"
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Story by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Teleplay by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: David Straiton
Archer and crew visit the Kreetassans' homeworld to acquire a much needed plasma injector for the ship. While there, Archer's dog Porthos urinates on one of the aliens' sacred trees. The Kreetassans are deeply offended by this and demand an apology from Archer and consequently withhold the injector till he gives it. Meanwhile, Porthos has picked up a dangerous pathogen from his excursion on the planet that puts his life in danger. Archer spends an eventful night in sickbay to be close to him while Dr. Phlox tries to save the pooch.
I can't believe I'm going to say this but enough with the decon chamber scenes already. This is getting to be as bad as the cave settings from season one. Don't get me wrong. I "love" to see Archer in his undies and I'm sure the guys and gay ladies out there enjoy seeing Hoshi and T'Pol in their cut off tops and shorts but this is getting to be too much of a good thing. The first scene can be forgiven but the second is way too much. We've seen Seven's bare back in Voyager twice and now T'Pol's. It's old.
There are basically four stories going on here: Archer and his sick dog; Archer and his sexual tension and attraction to T'Pol, Archer and his experiences in sickbay and interaction with Phlox and finally Archer and the perpetually offended Kreetassans. None of them come off as well as they could have as there are too many things going on and everything is spread out too thinly and is as such out of focus.
Of the four the attraction to T'Pol is the least effective and is decidedly overdone. It does give us some good laughs though, namely the "Pillarian" slips of the tongue lines. I love the deadpan look on T'Pol's face as Archer says to her: "I haven't slept very much but I'm doing the 'breast'... best I can!" and "When you get back to the Bridge why don't you send me your 'lips'... lisp...list!" These were genuinely funny and well delivered by Bakula and would have been enough to convey the message that Archer is attracted to T'Pol and is sexually frustrated. Simply having Phlox say the Captain needs a little hanky-panky would have done the trick. I did like the fact that T'Pol's highly sexualized persona and Archer's noticing it was brought out in the open (hey he's human!) but showing his "wet dream" about T'Pol was totally gratuitous. Double-entendres and subtlety make for more mature sexy titillation.
The Archer, Phlox and sickbay storyline was a bit better and again humerous. Dr. Phlox is certainly alien as we see him cleaning his exceptionally long tongue, clipping those slightly nauseating toenails and flashing that weird smile of his again. I love how Archer always has a perplexed look on his face when he sees the doctor smile like that. The operation on Porthos was a bit gruesome but it was interesting to see as were the visual f/x of the doctor's bat