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Recap / Star Trek Enterprise S 03 E 19 Damage

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A last-second ceasefire saves Enterprise from total destruction. As they try to repair the heavy damage, the rift amongst the Xindi begins to widen as some start to question their motives.


  • Addled Addict: T'Pol's addiction to Trellium-D takes its toll as she is cut off from her supply and begins going through withdrawal.
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  • Cliffhanger Cop Out: Played with. The friendlier members of the Xindi Council (last seen being led away) are able to call off the attack on Enterprise—saving the ship from destruction and putting Dolim in his place. On the other hand, the crew has to struggle with the damage from the attack—forcing Archer to consider crossing a line.
  • Damage Control: From here through the rest of the season, a lot of repair work is going on in the background. Much of it shows that Building Is Welding.
  • Deadpan Snarker: During their heated argument, T'Pol smashes a data pad on Archer's desk.
    Archer: We've had our share of disagreements, but you've never take it out on my desk before.
  • Explosive Instrumentation: A rare instance of our heroes on The Bridge being warned that it's coming, giving them just enough time to duck.
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  • Fantastic Drug: The reason for T'Pol's increasing emotional actions is revealed: she's been injecting herself with small doses of liquified Trellium-D.
  • Foreshadowing: Archer was returned to Enterprise in an Aquatic pod. He gets Hoshi to work on studying the craft to learn their language—setting up her role in later episodes.
  • Hope Spot: The Xindi stop firing and retreat to the system! Yay! Travis says the thrusters are down; they're completely immobile. Oh, Crap!
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Archer willingly acknowledges that he's crossing the line to piracy and potentially dooming an alien crew. Why? Because he has no other choice.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: T'Pol warns Archer that he's dangerously close to doing so by rationalizing the attack on the alien ship.
  • Mythology Gag: Scotty never actually said "She cannae take much more, Cap'n!" But here, Malcolm, a Brit, finally does get to say "We can't take much more of this!" Sure enough, that's the Xindi's cue to stop firing.
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  • Not So Different: T'Pol says Archer's plan is no different than what the pirates who attacked them did.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Over a dozen of the crew are dead, many more injured, and the ship is in shambles. While sitting in his wrecked quarters with Phlox, Archer contemplates this trope.
    Archer: Hard to believe we'll ever get this ship back the way it was.
    Phlox: It's a simple matter of repairs. [Archer looks at him, surprised] Perhaps not that simple.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Archer realizes that something is seriously wrong with T'Pol when she voices her objection to piracy...by smashing a padd on his desk while Suddenly SHOUTING!.
    T'Pol: I WON'T LET YOU DO IT!
  • Reality Ensues: Since this show takes place before Starfleet Engineering invented the magic Reset Button (liberally used aboard Voyager), our heroes are not going to have Enterprise ship-shape anytime soon.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Degra is slowly being convinced by Archer, and arranges a secret rendezvous so he can hear more of what he has to say.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Both T'Pol and the alien captain call Archer out for his act of piracy.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Travis is the only one on the ship who's absolutely certain they'll get home.
  • You Did the Right Thing: Trip tries to tell Archer this in the end.
    Archer: It seems the longer we're out here, the more I have to keep saying that to myself.
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