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As the Xindi weapon approaches Earth, Archer leads a team to destroy it while T'Pol must save the future by disabling the spheres.


  • Admiring the Abomination: From the villain's POV. Dolim briefly admires Earth's beauty, noting that the Aquatics would love the oceans.
  • The Apple Falls Far: While Hoshi and Archer are on a catwalk inside the Xindi superweapon, a PADD goes flying over the edge. Shocking not because of the depth revealed (three people have fallen in already) but because it had their instructions on how to destroy the superweapon.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Naturally, Shran shows up to be Archer's backup.
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    • Notably averted by Starfleet and the Vulcans. That fairly large armada we see welcome Enterprise back in two episodes sure would have been useful against the Xindi weapon and the one ship escorting it.
    • Of course, the effects budget was probably used up for the battle in the previous episode.
  • Cliffhanger: After fourteen years of season-ending cliffhangers, ENT has perhaps the most bizarre one to date for the franchise. The NX-01 returns to Earth, and is met with nothing but silence. Trip and Travis take a shuttle to San Francisco, only to be fired on by P-51 Mustangs. Elsewhere, Archer is badly wounded, but alive in a German field hospital, where he is observed by a group of Nazi officers...one of whom is an alien...
    • Remember: despite the reduced decline in viewers, thanks to the Xindi arc, ENT was under serious risk of cancellation. This was quite nearly what we ended on.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Archer defeats Dolim, who's twice his size, by strapping a bomb to his back and pushing the remote button. Dolim has a brief "Oh, Crap!" moment before he's all over the walls.
  • Continuity Nod: Back in "Doctor's Orders," Phlox was the only one who could remain awake in the anomaly. Now he's the only one whose skin doesn't degrade during the attack on Sphere 41.
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  • Danger Deadpan: Trip works amazingly under pressure.
    Phlox: In about five minutes, everyone on board is going to start dying!
    Trip: No pressure.
  • Disney Villain Death: Several Reptilians on the weapon suffer this.
  • Exact Time to Failure: And Trip works his magic Just in Time.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Even from high altitude, Travis thinks that 1944 San Francisco looks "pretty normal." This is what they see. The fact that none of San Francisco's current or future skyline exists doesn't tip them off.
  • Final Battle: For the Xindi Arc. It actually takes place on two fronts, with Archer, Malcolm, and Hoshi boarding the Xindi weapon and T'Pol leading Enterprise to disable a control sphere.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Of a sort—while mourning the (supposed) death of Archer, T'Pol takes a moment to console Porthos, whose existence she's disapproved of since Enterprise launched.
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  • Fragile Speedster: Degra's ship is fast enough to catch up to the Reptilians and the Weapon, but it's no match for them.
  • Gainax Ending: One of the most random, left-field endings in all of Star Trek.
  • Gallows Humor: Before undertaking the mission to destroy the sphere, which could prove fatal, Phlox cheerfully bequeaths his belongings to his extended family.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: No hitting involved, but Archer does have to shake Hoshi a bit to bring her back to her (addled) senses.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Though unusually gory for Star Trek; Dolim's blood gets splattered all over a column next to Archer.
  • He Didn't Make It: Malcolm telling Trip about Archer's (supposed) death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Everyone on Enterprise thinks that Archer pulled one. Technically, he did, but was unknowingly pulled out at the last second.
  • It's All My Fault: Hoshi blames herself for giving the Reptilians the third code, even though she was drugged.
  • Last Stand: The Sphere Builders come aboard Enterprise and try to sabotage the ship in order to preserve their future.
  • New Era Speech: Dolim gives one to his minions, right before they chow down on some mice.
    "Once Earth is destroyed, the Reptilians will take their rightful place at the head of a new Xindi Empire."
  • Outrun the Fireball: Archer races to get away from the core of the weapon seconds before it explodes.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: As Phlox's countdown expires, he says "That's it, time's up!" To which Trip replies "It sure is!" Cue Trip initiating the final pulse that destroys the sphere.
  • Red Shirt: The Sphere Builders take out some guy in Engineering, though it's not said if he's killed or just KO'd. On the other hand, a MACO is most definitely killed on the weapon.
  • The Reveal: After two seasons of Trip trying to get T'Pol to reveal her age, she finally says she's 65, after Trip makes an offhanded remark that her cracked skin makes her look like an old oil painting.
  • Scotty Time: Not just for Trip—everyone's on a deadline this time.
  • Shoot the Dog: Dolim takes a moment to destroy an unarmed research station in Earth orbit. No reason. He just wanted to get a head start on killing all humans.
  • Sticky Bomb: But not as sticky as Dolim became.
  • This Cannot Be!: The Sphere Builder woman is perplexed as to why the favorable timelines continue to fade, even as the weapon closes in on Earth.
  • Video Will: Phlox records one to be sent to Doctor Lucas, should he not survive.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Dolim goes through this as Archer activates the weapon's Self-Destruct Mechanism.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: A Reptilian reports that there are seven humans aboard Degra's ship, even though there are only six (Archer, Malcolm, Hoshi, and the three MACOs).
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Travis' reaction when Trip tells him that, to keep the ship from blowing up, he'll need to shut down the impulse engines, meaning Travis must get them to the sphere on thrusters only.
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