After the Romulan mine incident, the Enterprise is limited to warp 2, the crew has lost use of a major portion of the ship, and long-range communications are down. Archer reluctantly sends out a call to any nearby ships for aid, a message is received pointing the Enterprise toward a space station. The station is completely unmanned, and Archer has to barter with a computer for repairs. The repairs begin immediately once a price is agreed upon – in this case, warp plasma – and the work is not only performed with tremendous speed, but it’s up to or beyond Starfleet specifications. A remote probe even repairs Malcolm’s leg from the injury he sustained while trying to defuse a Romulan mine. But though it seems like a bargain, the station’s computer decides to increase its price – and it’ll cost a member of the bridge crew his life.
written by Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
directed by Roxann Dawson
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: none
LogBook entry by Earl Green