Episode Title: "DESERT CROSSING"
Production Number: 024
Original Air Date: 05-08-02
Stardates: February 12, 2152
The Enterprise is back on course for Risa when the crew picks up a distress signal. After the crew helps repair his alien ship, Zobral insists that Captain Archer and Commander Tucker visit his home for a feast in their honor. In Zobral's desert home in the Cygniai Expanse, Archer and Tucker dine on roast Teracaq and participate in a Geskana match, an alien game similar to lacrosse.
The Enterprise is contacted by Chancellor Trellit of the Torothans in a nearby city, who informs Subcommander T'Pol that Zobral and his people are terrorists. Zobral tells Archer that his planet recently abolished a caste system, but the Torothan Clan still controls the government and resources, so Zobral's clan must fight for equal treatment. He brought Archer to his planet because of Archer's reputation as a fair man and great warrior after he liberated the Suliban from the Tandaran detention center.
The Torothans attack Zobral's desert camp, and Archer and Tucker flee into the desert to escape the assault. Zobral agrees to help the Enterprise crew locate their officers.
Factoid: The Enterprise liberated 89 Suliban from the Tandaran detention center.
Guest Characters: Porthos, *Zobral, *Chancellor Trellit
Alien Races: *Torothans, *Teracaq
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