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With some help from Daniels, Archer and T'Pol go to 2004 Detroit to stop a group of Xindi-Reptilians.


  • Absentee Actor: Archer, T'Pol, and Trip are the only cast members to appear. Malcolm can be heard over the communicator at the end.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Even with their virus being modified for six blood types, the Reptilians wouldn't infect just 3/4ths of Earth's population as T'Pol says. This assumes that all eight blood types are evenly divided. B- and AB+, the last two blood types that the Reptilians hadn't modified for yet, amount for 5% of Earth's population.
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  • Artistic License – Geography: There is no Carpenter Street in Detroit, though there is a Carpenter Avenue.
  • Bank Robbery: A downplayed example. When they realize that they need to get gas for their stolen pickup truck, Archer says that first they need money. He then uses his scanner to hack an ATM and get some cash for the night. T'Pol says they'll return what they don't use, but we don't see them do it.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: How the Reptilians pay Loomis. Played with as the briefcase only has five wads in it, totaling five grand.
  • Burger Fool: The imaginatively named "Burger Land," where the drive-thru keeps offering to make meals doubles and combos. T'Pol is disgusted when they offer bacon on a salad.
  • Call-Back: Rajiin was right—the Reptilians are making a bio-weapon.
  • Changed My Jumper: Averted. Since civilian fashions haven't changed that much by the 22nd Century, Archer and T'Pol have no problem finding period-appropriate clothing before heading to Detroit.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Downplayed. Archer and T'Pol adjust pretty well for the early 21st Century. It definitely helps that they had some prep time, including getting period-appropriate clothes and a map of downtown Detroit.
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    • Archer's justification for driving an early-21st Century petroleum-fueled pickup truck is that he can pilot a starship. One would think that he would have owned a hovercar, which would be closer to a vehicle of this era.
  • Fridge Logic: In-Universe—T'Pol asks Loomis why a doctor making vaccines would work in an abandoned warehouse and rely on kidnapped patients.
  • Implausible Deniability: Loomis denies being at the warehouse on Carpenter Street, even though Archer and T'Pol saw him there an hour earlier.
  • Instant Sedation: Loomis uses the soaked-rag trick, followed by an injection to keep the victim unconscious. The Reptilian points out that he nearly killed one of them.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Archer deals some of this out for a change, rather than being on the receiving end.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Before heading back to the future, Archer is sure to call the police and get Loomis arrested while the kidnapped victims are rescued.
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  • The Mountains of Illinois: SF Debris lovingly namedropped this trope as the episode ends "with the sun rising over Detroit's beautiful mountain range."
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Another case where the involvement of the Enterprise crew almost makes the problem they're trying to solve exponentially worse. The Xindi initially intend to develop their bioweapon out of sight in the 21st century, then bring it to the 22nd century (presumably as a backup plan in case their planet-killing weapon doesn't work), but thanks to Archer's and T'Pol's interference, the weapon comes within moments of being deployed in the 21st century and wiping out 95% of the human race.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently something happened in 2061 that solved our dependency on fossil fuels.
  • Police are Useless: Averted. Loomis says that the cops have gotten reports of missing people and that it "won't take a rocket scientist" to convict him once they realize that the victims have all been to the blood bank.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Loomis, who's doing what he's doing because the Reptilians are paying him and is concerned that he may be helping terrorists.
  • Ray Gun: What Loomis calls the phase pistols.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: T'Pol has one re Loomis.
    "In one individual, we've managed to find the worst qualities of this era - greed, violence, moral corruption."
  • Ridiculously Loud Commercial: When Archer turns on the truck, it also turns on the radio which blares out one of these. Archer frantically looks for the off button as the radio announces "This Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!!!"
  • Shout-Out: There are many references to Halloween (1978). The title, and street name, is a reference to director John Carpenter. The name Loomis is a reference to Dr. Sam Loomis, Lawrence Strode is a reference to Laurie Strode, Loomis talks about a "Mr. Myers," a reference to Michael Myers, and Loomis drives an old station wagon much like one Myers drives in the 1978 film.
  • Straw Vegetarian: T'Pol is disgusted at the mere offer of bacon on her salad, to which she resolves to not eat anything.
  • Trojan Prisoner: Archer pretends to be one of Loomis' victims so he can infiltrate the Reptilians' compound.
  • Voodoo Shark:
    • Daniels can't tell Archer where the weapon is because it takes a while for changes to ripple through the timeline...even though the last time history was changed, change was immediate.
    • T'Pol also points out the plot hole of why Daniels doesn't just go back himself. Archer says that it would take too much time to get clearance, even though he had to get clearance to speak to him. T'Pol replies "I would think he would have all the time in the world."
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Archer and T'Pol spend at least a few hours in 2004, and return before Trip has finished reading the day's duty roster.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Loomis telling the cops arresting him that there are Lizard Folk with Ray Guns. The fact that he's still groggy from being phaser-stunned make him sound even more like an insane hobo.
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