Episode Title: "DEAR DOCTOR"
Production Number: 013
Original Air Date: 01-23-02
Dr. Phlox is corresponding with his colleague in the Interspecies Medical Exchange, Dr. Jeremy Lucas, the first human to serve on Denobula.
The Enterprise encounters a pre-warp planet whose dominant humanoid species, the Valakians, is suffering from a deadly epidemic, but a less-advanced humanoid race on the planet, the Menk, is not suffering from the illness.
The Valakians have sent space ships out to find more-advanced races that might be able to cure their disease.
Dr. Phlox discovers that the Valakians' illness is at the genetic level -- the race is becoming extinct, and the Menk may be evolving to replace them. Captain Archer must decide whether to interfere with the planet's natural evolution by giving the Valakians a cure to their genetic disorder, and whether to give them advanced warp technology that would allow them to seek a cure elsewhere in the Galaxy.
Meanwhile, Dr. Phlox is teaching Ensign Sato to speak Denobulan, and he thinks Crewman Cutler is interested in a romantic relationship with him.
Factoid: The M'klexa and Ferengi are two warp-capable species that have visited Valakis. T'Pol has never heard of these races.
Factoid: It's mating season on Denobula.
Factoid: The pheromones of human females aren't as potent as Denobulans'.
Factoid: Dr. Phlox has three wives, and they each have two other husbands. This is considered quite normal for Denobulans.
Guest Characters: Porthos, Crewman Cutler, *[Dr. Jeremy Lucas]
Alien Races: Pyrithian bat, *Valakians, *Menk
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