A ship with a cloaking device is discovered trailing the Enterprise, siphoning the ship’s waste warp plasma to power itself but also interfering with the Enterprise’s systems. Archer politely but firmly asks the aliens to stop following so close, to which they reply that they seek help repairing their own engines. Archer sends Trip over to assist, and after some initial difficulty adjusting to his new environment, Trip manages to help out with the repairs and befriend the alien engineer, a female. But when he returns to the Enterprise, he notices some strange physiological changes. Dr. Phlox informs Trip that he’s the first human male ever to become impregnated – and the first human to have mated with an alien, even though Trip doesn’t recall anything even remotely resembling sex. Archer decides to track the aliens down to get some answers – but unfortunately for Trip, by the time the Enterprise catches up with them, the aliens are now “borrowing” energy from a Klingon ship…and the Klingons show little intention of forgetting and forgiving, let alone allowing either the aliens or a shipful of human interlopers to live.
written by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Julianne Christie (Ah’Len), Randy Oglesby (Trena’L), Christopher Darga (Klingon Captain), Regi Davis (Klingon First Officer), TL Kolman (Alien Man), John Cragen (Crewman), Drew Howerton (Steward), Mike Baldridge (Dillard), and Porthos
LogBook entry by Earl Green