Enterprise “A Night in Sickbay” (part 6 of 8)
Archer tells Phlox he had a dream, but only mentions the part where Porthos died. Yeah, you probably don’t want to tell Phlox you made freaky monkey love to the sound of his voice.
But Phlox is grim. It seems the outlook for Porthos isn’t good. Archer stares at Porthos, motionless in the premie chamber, and tells a not too interesting story about where he originally got the dog. Something involving his ex-girlfriend’s mom owning a pregnant beagle, blah blah blah. The only part that barely registers interest is that he was part of a litter of four males, “the Four Musketeers”, and hence, that’s how he got the name Porthos. And all this does is make me wonder if this episode would have turned out better or worse if Dick Lester had directed it.
Archer continues on, making a supposedly poignant speech about his love of dogs, all the while showing off the worst case of bed-head ever. Phlox lets it slip that people don’t keep pets on Denobula. Archer is confused, and asks why that dog-like lemur was so sought after and… wait for it.. wait for it… It turns out “their kidneys are considered a great delicacy!” Cue rimshot! That was no ladel, that was my knife!