Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2 Episode 21

The Breach

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 23, 2003 on UPN

Episode Recap

At the request of the Denobulans, Enterprise goes to rescue a group of geologists from a planet now being run by xenophobic militants. All off-worlders must go. Being an experienced spelunker, Travis leads Tucker and Reed on the rescue mission underground. They have three days before the government comes after them. While in orbit, Enterprise comes to the aid of a transport suffering from a dangerous radiation leak. The most seriously injured of the various aliens is Hudak -- whose species has long been in conflict with the Denobulans. Though suffering from a fatal case of radiation poisoning (if left untreated), he refuses help from Phlox. Underground, Travis gets injured while saving Reed and Trip from sliding down an abyss. Leaving Travis behind, Reed and Trip find the Denobulan geologists. Time is running out, but the scientists don't want to leave. Trip uses cunning diplomacy (i.e. he threatens to use his phase pistol) to get the geologists to safety. With diplomacy of his own, Phlox follows Archer's orders to try and help Hudak. They talk about prejudice and children and stuff. Eventually, Hudak agrees to Phlox's lifesaving procedure. Though the transport will now have three Denobulans aboard, a détente is reached -- both sides are willing to share the ship. It's a start.