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The crew posing for a picture on their first M-class planet. Geez, quit blocking the poor crewman, Archer.
An away team to a new planet starts seeing mysterious "rock people."

Tropes in this episode include:

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  • Alien Lunch: Played With. Cutler seems to like Vulcan plomeek broth, but Novakovich doesn't share her tastes.
  • Alien Sky: The planet has two moons, but otherwise isn't too different from Earth.
  • Body Horror: Novakovich is beamed up during a storm—and materialized with debris in his skin.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • T'Pol, after they land on the planet.
      T'Pol: We'll rendezvous here at 1900 hours, unless the Captain wants us to pose for more pictures.
    • Malcolm, after catching a water polo ball that Archer tosses at him.
      Archer: Nice catch. You'd make a good two-meter man. Too bad we don't have a pool on board.
      Malcolm: ("yeah, whatever" look) A shame.
  • Dutch Angle: Trip gets a few of these shots as he gets increasingly trippy.
  • Ghost Story: Travis tells one to Trip, Cutler, and Novakovich while camping. T'Pol naturally pokes holes in their story.
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  • Hate Plague: Turns out that an undetected pollen is making everyone paranoid.
  • Idiot Ball: Archer either had absolutely no one in place to monitor the weather conditions or just outright disregarded the warning signs despite the fact that storms powerful enough to potentially crash a shuttle pod don't just appear out of nowhere. If there wasn't a cave nearby for the landing party to seek shelter in once their tents blew away then they would have been exposed to it all night.
  • If It Tastes Bad, It Must Be Good for You: Implied when Cutler and Novakovich debate the merits of their respective breakfasts.
    Novakovich: (re her plomeek broth) How can you eat that stuff?
    Cutler: (re his bacon and eggs) It's healthier than that.
    Novakovich: At least this tastes like something.
  • Impairment Shot: From Travis' POV when Trip tells him to stay awake and alert.
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  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Connor Trinneer briefly loses the Southern accent while Trip is checking on Travis.
  • Pardon My Klingon: A sign that T'Pol is being affected by the pollen.
  • Precision F-Strike: From someone who's clearly out of his mind.
    Archer: (on Shuttlepod 1) Archer to Novakovich. Ethan, respond.
    Novakovich: WHO'S THERE? WHO IS THAT?
    Archer: This is Captain Archer. We're attempting to land. I want you to get back to the cavern.
    Novakovich: GO TO HELL!!
    Archer: ("WTF?" look)
  • Red Shirt: Subverted—Novakovich pulls through in the end.
  • Remember That You Trust Me: Archer trying to get through to an increasingly paranoid Trip. It works for a while, but then Trip goes crazy again.
  • Rock Monster: What everyone (sans T'Pol) keeps seeing. Turns out to be a hallucination.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Trip as he becomes increasingly unstable.
    "You think we're gonna wait around here for you to slaughter us? I'll blow this whole cave apart if I have to! I KNOW YOU HEAR ME!!!"
  • That's an Order!: Archer orders Trip to stop pointing his phaser at T'Pol. It doesn't take for very long as Trip starts getting paranoid again.
  • Throw It In!: In-Universe—to make it look like they're making peace with the "rock people," T'Pol improvizes a speech in Vulcan.
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