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mother. T'Pol is angry. Her mother
notes now emotional she is. T'Les blames Trip for T'Pol's emotional
outbursts and for her refusal to marry Koss. She warns T'Pol that having
children with Trip, if it is possible at all, will result in them being
stigmatized. T'Pol tells her coldly: "That wouldn't be your concern."
Back at the mountain, Archer and Hernandez are sleeping. Archer wakes up as
he hears a noise. He gets his phaser and goes to investigate. Two
Xindi-Reptilians appear. One hits Archer. They fight. They throw Archer
off the mountain. Archer wakes up for real this time. He was having a
nightmare. Hernandez asks if he's alright. He tells her he decided to go
mountain climbing to get some privacy from the people who admire him. He
adds: "If they only knew what I'd done." He mentions how he tortured a
prisoner (see season three's "Anomaly") and marooned "innocent people" (see
season three's "Damage"). He starts getting ready to go climbing. It's the
middle of the night and Hernandez objects. He tells her he wants to get
away from her: "I look at you and I see the person I was three years ago,
the explorer that my father wanted me to be. I lost something out there. I
don't know how to get it back." She kisses him and tells him: "Whatever
you lost, maybe I can help you find it."
On Vulcan, T'Pol and Trip are sightseeing and he wants to "return the favor"
when they get back to Earth. She tells him that she's "decided to marry
Koss". She tells him that her mother will "regain her position at the
academy" if she "joins his family". Trip tells her: "I don't get it. Are
they forcing you to do this?" She replies: "The decision was mine." He
asks if she's going to leave the Enterprise. She replies that she's "been
negotiating with Koss' family." She'll remain on the Enterprise "for the
time being". Trip is visibly upset that she's marrying Koss and leaves.
At the mountain, the two captains will reach the summit by nightfall.
Archer decides to stop and camp where they are. Hernandez asks why they
stopped dating. Archer replies: "I was your superior officer. It wasn't
appropriate." She tells him: "You're not my superior anymore." They kiss.
She wonders if "Starfleet would approve". He replies: You're forgetting
the climbers' code" (that what happens on the mountain, stays there).
Meanwhile, the ship is being repaired. In Sickbay, Hoshi asks Phlox if
she's ok. Phlox tells her: "Your parasite count is almost negligible" (see
season three's "Countdown") and gives her a hypo to get rid of the rest.
She asks if he's coming to "Madame Chang's" that night as he's talked about
it so much. He tells her he can't go. One of his pets is sick. She
insists and then realizes it has to do with the bar fight of the other day.
He tells her he doesn't want to risk anyone getting hurt. She tells him he
shouldn't let "bigots" prevent him from visiting Earth. He tells her he can
see why they reacted the way they did and tells her it will take time for
"the trauma to heal". She understands and he asks her to bring him back
At Starfleet, the debriefing has ended. Archer stops Ambassador Soval as he
is about to leave. He tells him: "I want to apologize for what I said to
you the other day. I was out of line." Soval replies: "Yes, you were."
Archer smiles and adds: "I'm glad we can finally agree