A visit to the homeworld of the protocol-obsessed, easily offended Kreetassans goes badly – very badly. Trip is mildly annoyed when this means he won’t be able to barter with the Kreetassans for a replacement warp plasma injector, but Archer insists on looking elsewhere for the vital part. But just when Archer thinks his day can’t get any worse, it does – Porthos, who went to the Kreetassans’ planet with the landing party, has suddenly fallen ill due to something in the planet’s atmosphere. Dr. Phlox isolates the dog and begins treatment, but reluctantly admits to the captain that Porthos could die. Archer is enraged by the thought that the protocol-bound Kreetassans didn’t bother to cross-check their planet’s atmosphere against the genetic samples provided in advance for all visiting crew members (including the captain’s dog). When the Kreetassans then demand an apology for an act of sacrelige (namely, the fact that Porthos relieved himself on one of their most sacred trees), his concern for man’s best friend becomes Archer’s worst enemy.
Guest Cast: Vaughn Armstrong (Kreetassan) and Porthos
LogBook entry by Earl Green