Alright I'm back and the board is fast now. No problem Jane..I aim to please
On we go..
Ahh the first rather meaningful episode for the 2 of them. T'Pol receives an encrypted transmission from a nearby Vulcan ship and Trip finds it. Bearing in mind no one really trusts anyone yet Trip has to tell the Captain about it..Archer tells Trip to have Hoshi decrypt them message. Hoshi does and says it's a letter, in Vulcan but she didn't read it. Neither her nor Trip feel good about this but it's his job so Trip takes it an runs it thru translation. He discovers it's a personal letter and feels like a heel now for reading it. He tells the Captain it's personal and he won't tell the Captain what was in it unless ordered to do so. Archer's fine with not knowing..and Trip says he has to fess up to her it's the right thing to do. Archer's all..why would you do that?
moral fortitude eluding him
So here we are at the start..Trip hasn't found the letter yet and is happily in the mess hall.
Trip gets some pecan pie and asks T'Pol to join him.
Trip offers her a bite of his pie
She says no thanks it's mostly sugar (It's not like she would have EVER taken it from his fork in a million years anyway) Trip comments "It may not be good for the body but it sure is good for the soul." T'Pol is reading something and looking distracted..Trip asks if she's ok and she says she's fine and leaves for her quarters.
He's now found the letter..read it and is telling her about it. T'Pol is not happy..well as not happy as she gets at this point
She gets a little snippy, with reason.."I have more letters in my quarters. Would you like to read those as well?" Trip feels like a bigger heel lol. He's not so good at apologizing well
T'Pol asks if anyone else read it, he says no just him. She says keep it that way..he promises.
We find out T'Pol hasn't been able to sleep..she's been up for 3 days straight and has a tension headache. Obviously this letter is troubling her. Doc suggests she talk about it..she says no and leaves.
However she ends up seeing the wisdom of this and really needs advice. She calls Trip to her quarters to ask his advice, since he already knows what's going on. So on to the letter itself..It was an ultimatum from Koss' parents saying come home now and get married or the wedding is off. She explains to Trip that she already postponed her marriage and Koss' parents were "insulted that I would put off our plans to serve on a human vessel." Ohh they sound like lovely folk
Trip asks why she can't just go home and get married then come back to Enterprise. T'Pol informs him that "It's customary for a husband and wife to reside together for at least one Vulcan year." Koss can't come to Enterprise either cause he's an architect..he would have nothing to do.
She then asks for his advice..he asks what she wants to do? She says that is irrelevant. He says no it isn't..does she want to go back and live with this guy or stay on Enterprise? She tells him she has an obligation. He champions personal choice. They go back and forth for a bit and he says it sounds like she's already made up her mind..she says it was a mistake to ask him for advice. He parts with these words.."Did it ever occur to you that you might've postponed the wedding because subconsciously you wanted to get out of it?" She says that would imply her subconscious controls her decisions and it doesn't. Trip says happens to humans all the time perhaps she's picking up some bad habits
The Vulcan ship is just about ready to leave and Trip quitely says to T'Pol he assumes she's all packed. She looks at him then to the Captain and says "With your permission I'd like to transmit a message to the Ti'Mur, to send to Vulcan." Archer says sure..T'Pol looks back at Trip who gives her a cute little half smile..awww
She then leaves and Archer's all..what was that about? Trip tells him.."It's personal."
The episode closes with T'Pol in her quarters meditating and we see her looking down at...a piece of pecan pie
Yay they now share a secret! How cute.
Oh and officially now the saddest part of the episode..during their convo in her quarters T'Pol tells Trip "Marriages on Vulcan are arranged during childhood. I've only met Koss four times." Trip says.."How can you be in love with a guy you've only met four times?" T'Pol's all..what's love got to do with it?
she says "It's assumed that we'd eventually develop an affection for one another."
Oh Polly..if you only knew