T'Pol's in heat, and she needs relief...or so the trailer says. Oh, and Captain Archer gets kidnapped or whatever.
Tropes in this episode include:
- Above the Influence: Phlox isn't at all tempted by T'Pol's attempts at seduction. Possibly because his species' equivalent was the previous year.
- Anti-Villain: Skalaar is a bounty hunter because he lost his cargo ship to the Klingons and is trying to pay off the impound fees. It's hard not to feel sorry for him when his brother tells him that this is all for nothing: the Klingons have already stripped their old ship of anything of value.
- Call-Back: The A-plot, and the reason this episode's called "Bounty," is a direct result of Archer's escape from Rura Penthe.
- Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: Archer during his escape from the Klingons.
- Disproportionate Retribution: As expected, the Klingons take trespassing in their territory very seriously, especially if it's an "insignificant corner."
- Enemy Mine: Archer and Skalaar have to work together to fight off a rival bounty hunter.
- First-Name Basis: T'Pol calls Malcolm by name when she starts getting frisky with him. Fortunately, he's Not Distracted by the Sexy.
- Gunship Rescue: Enterprise shows up to rescue Archer from the Klingons.
- I Lied: The Klingons pay Skalaar a third less of their agreed payment.
- It's a Long Story: Malcolm, when Archer asks if T'Pol's all right.
- I Want Them Alive: When Archer escapes, the Klingons are insistent on recapturing him alive.
- Jabba Table Manners: T'Pol wolfs down the salad that Trip brings her in Decon, forcing Phlox to cover for her.
- Mate or Die: Pon farr is back. Turns out to have been induced by an alien pathogen.
- Ms. Fanservice: Good Lord.
- Never Trust a Trailer: In this case, it focuses solely on T'Pol's B-plot. Why, you may ask?
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: One of the first signs that something is seriously wrong with T'Pol.
- That's an Order!: While becoming increasingly delirious from her pon farr, T'Pol orders Phlox to release her from decon. It fails, however, as his authority overrides hers in medical situations.
- We Need a Distraction: Skalaar uses a subspace beacon to distract Enterprise. He and Archer then use two more to confuse a rival bounty hunter.