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Malcolm and Trip slowly freeze to death. And argue.
Trip and Malcolm are trapped in the titular shuttlepod when they think Enterprise has been destroyed.

Tropes in this episode include:

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  • Artistic License – Biology: Trip was likely not paying attention in his honors biology class, as your hair and nails do not keep growing after death. What happens is the skin contracts, making it appear that they're still growing.
  • Artistic License – Chemistry: The aliens breathe boron gas? Isn't that at least 7000 degrees Fahrenheit?
  • Beard of Sorrow: Trip and Malcolm get noticeably scruffy on the shuttle.
  • Bottle Episode: Provides the trope's page image! Features only the standard sets and the main characters, with Trip and Malcolm carrying most of the episode. It's the only episode of Star Trek to not even have background extras. Oh, and there's also a bottle of Kentucky bourbon, making this a literal "bottle episode".
  • Brick Joke: While trapped on Shuttlepod 1, Malcolm has a dream in which he and Trip were rescued and T'Pol starts coming on to him while commending his heroics. When they're finally rescued for real, a slightly out-of-it Malcolm asks T'Pol if she has something to say to him regarding heroics. T'Pol wisely chooses to leave.
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  • Captain's Log: Malcolm uses his log to record a Video Will.
  • Distress Call: With their communications down, Malcolm and Trip jettison their impulse engine and rig it to self-destruct. This results in Enterprise increasing speed and rescuing them with time to spare.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Malcolm finds a bottle of Kentucky bourbon that Archer hid. A few scenes later, he and Trip are completely bombed.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Trip and Malcolm go a few rounds, courtesy of their extended confinement on Shuttlepod 1.
  • Have I Mentioned That I Am Heterosexual Today: As usual when two male characters are stuck in a confined space together, they talk of their sexual conquests.
  • Hope Spot: Trip and Malcolm have one when they suddenly get a message from Hoshi. Enterprise is okay and is coming back. But, they're expected long after their oxygen will have run out.
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  • Hypocritical Humor
    Malcolm: You know, I'm not a doctor, but I'm pretty sure you use up a lot more oxygen WHEN YOU SHOUT LIKE THAT!
  • Idiot Ball: T'Pol discovers that micro-singularities impacted and destroyed the alien ship they met. Yet, at no point does Archer think to increase speed to pick up Malcolm and Trip sooner, even though their shuttlepod has far less protection than Enterprise.
  • In Vino Veritas: A very drunk Malcolm talks about how pretty T'Pol is, especially her bum.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Poor Malcolm. Just as he's about to snog T'Pol, the transceiver wakes him.
  • More Expendable Than You: With seemingly only enough air for one man, Trip and Malcolm argue over who gets to sacrifice himself to save the other.
  • The Radio Dies First: The shuttlepod's radio and sensors were knocked out prior to the episode.
  • Scifi Writers Have No Sense Of Scale: Subverted. Malcolm is fully aware of how big space is, meaning that their impulse drive will get them halfway to nowhere and their chances of being rescued by passing aliens are nonexistent.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Malcolm does this during an Erotic Dream involving T'Pol. According to Trip, he kept calling for someone named "Stinky."
  • To Absent Friends: Trip and Malcolm toast the crew of Enterprise.
  • Train Problem: Trip admits that he was never good at these. Our Chief Engineer, ladies and gentlemen.
  • Wham Shot: The Teaser ends with a debris field on an asteroid, and a piece of it has markings from Enterprise. Fortunately, the next scene reveals that the ship is (mostly) fine.
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