Captain Archer and Ensign Mayweather are guests – not by their own choice – of the Tandarans, a race whose military zone they unwittingly violated while exploring in a shuttlepod. They quickly discover that they’re the only human prisoners in a Tandaran detention center otherwise populated by the Tandaran guards and a host of genetically unaltered Suliban captives, including women and children. Colonel Grat, the commandant of the detention center, seems cordial enough at first, promising that Archer and Mayweather will be freed soon, it seems that no such amnesty is in store for the Suliban. When Archer questions Grat’s treatment of the Suliban – who turn out to be innocent civilians and not members of the Suliban Cabal – Grat extends the Enterprise crewmen’s stay and begins to interrogate the captain about his own Suliban encounters all the way back to Broken Bow and Silik’s infiltration of the Enterprise during a later mission. Despite Archer’s claims of being an innocent bystander, nothing will quell Grat’s suspicions – or his willingness to hold the prisoners indefinitely.
teleplay by Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Dean Stockwell (Colonel Grat), Christopher Shea (Sajen), Jessica D. Stone (Narra), Dennis Christopher (Danik), David Kagen (Major Klev), Wilda Taylor (Woman)
Notes: Dean Stockwell was Scott Bakula’s co-star in every episode of Bakula’s previous hit series, Quantum Leap.
LogBook entry by Earl Green