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Phlox is challenged to find a cure for a disease which is affecting millions on the Valakian homeworld. He soon realises that a cure will impact on the planet's future dramatically and Phlox faces a moral dilemma...
Moral dilemma this week on Enterprise. Two humanoid species have evolved on a planet, the Valakians and the Mink. For the past few years the Valakians have been dying from a disease they can't cure.

Enterprise responds to a call for help from a Valakian astronaut they rescued... Phlox soon discovers that the disease is not viral, but rather natural selection. Phlox's scene with Archer in the mess hall sums up this episode and my feeling very well - seems the Prime Directive is a very well founded principle that may have it's roots here.

Archer also finally sees the Vulcan's reluctance to share technology as one that is well founded.
Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathon Archer
Jolene Blalock as Subcommander T'Pol
Connor Trinneer as Cmdr Charles Tucker III
Dominic Keating as Lt Malcolm Reed
John Billingsley as Doctor Phlox
Anthony Montgomery as Ens Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ens Hoshi Sato
Guest Cast:
Kellie Waymire
David A. Kimball
Written By:
Maria Jacquemetton and
Andre Jacquemetton
Directed By:
James A. Contner
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