Trip and Reed find their way to the bridge of the unidentified ship, where find no one else aboard. The ship changes course violently, and they realize it’s being remotely controlled to engage in another attack. This time, the target is a Rigellian scout ship – and the attacker takes on the guise of the Enterprise, creating another potential incident. On the real Enterprise, Archer tries to force a compromise between the Andorians and Tellarites, but the death of Shran’s mate at the hands of the Tellarite ambassador complicates matters. While the Tellarites and Andorians agree in principle to let Archer lead a coordinated, multi-species effort to find the alien ship, Shran vows to coordinate with no one until he can fight a duel with his wife’s killer. Archer finds a loophole in the rules of an Andorian blood fued and replaces the Tellarite as Shran’s opponent – but even that won’t stop Shran from carrying out his vendetta and endangering the already fragile alliance. And aboard the alien ship, Trip and Reed become the first humans to communicate with an enigmatic species known as the Romulans.
teleplay by Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
story by Manny Coto
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Jeffrey Combs (Shran), Brian Thompson (Valdore), Lee Arenberg (Gral), Molly Brink (Talas), J. Michael Flynn (Nijil), Kevin Brief (Naarg), Geno Silva (Vrax), Scott Allen Rinker (Pilot)
LogBook entry by Earl Green