Air Date: May 14, 2003
Written by: Hans Tobeason and Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
Directed by: Roxann Dawson
Archer misses out on T'Pol going through induced pon farr because he's captured by a bounty hunter.
This episode has two completely unrelated and non-converging plot lines running through the story. The only thing that makes one plot the A plot is the fact that it's part of an arc: Archer's trial by the Klingons. That's what gives the episode its title, but if you ask me, the "B plot" is much more interesting.
After coming back from a little R&R with Trip, Archer receives word that an alien has contacted them. At first the alien seems a bit rude, but he quickly changes his tone. He offers to act as a tour guide of the uninhabited planet Archer and Trip were just exploring. So Trip and Archer happily jaunt off to the air lock to welcome their new friend and... the new friend stuns Trip and kidnaps Archer in an attempt to collect a Klingon bounty.
|He also appears to be interested in saving you money on car insurance.|
|Let me just sit here and think for a second...|
This alien that kidnapped Archer; his name is Skalaar and he used to be the captain of a mining ship. His ship, however, was impounded when he was caught in Klingon territory hauling some fire salt. Ever since then he had been working as a bounty hunter in order to pay them off and get his ship back. He's a very experienced captain and is clever in throwing the Enterprise off his scent, but as much as he befriends the captain he has in custody, there is no way he can go back on the deal he made with the Klingons. If he let Archer go, the Klingons will kill them.
|Meanwhile, this is happening...|
|Oh, to be Phlox in this episode.|
Meanwhile, Skalaar is attacked by another bounty hunter who's looking to steal Archer for his own gain. The conflict leaves his ship in need of a part that his brother can supply, so, before meeting the Klingons, he goes to see is brother, Gaavrin. Gaavrin, who is reluctant to give up the part to a man who never repays his debts, tells him that the ship he once had was cannibalized for the glory of the Empire. Now that Skalaar's dreams are shot, there's only one thing keeping him from letting Archer go: He values his life.
|Meanwhile, this is happening...|
Back on Skalaar's ship, Skalaar finally meets up with the Klingons and hands over Archer. It was the only way he could get out of the situation with his life. But there's a catch. He gave Archer the keys to his own handcuffs. As soon as Archer is nicely put away in the Klingon ship, he escapes and kicks some Klingon butt on his way to an escape pod. Skalaar sent the Klingons' coordinates to the Enterprise who promptly came to retrieve the escape pod and run away with their intrepid captain.
Meanwhile, T'Pol has been cured by Phlox's serum. The microbe is gone and the pon farr has subsided. No more fun there.
Before Archer leaves the area, Skalaar comes back to thank him and say a proper good-bye. The bounty on Archer, he says, will surely have doubled, now that he's escaped twice.
It may not be the very best episode in the bucket, but it's got a cracky awesomeness value to it. If you want to see T'Pol undergo pon farr, this is the episode for you. And if you wanna see a bounty hunter make good, here's your episode. It's entertaining and Skalaar has a pretty great character arc going on. Thumbs up on this one.