Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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A Night in Sickbay 

Struck down by a pathogen contracted while accompanying Archer on a diplomatic mission, Porthos the beagle is confined to sickbay. While consoling his pet, Archer finds himself increasingly distracted by intimate thoughts involving T'Pol.


David Straiton


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Capt. Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Cmdr. T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lt. Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
Vaughn Armstrong ... Kreetassan Captain


After previously offending the Kreetassans, Enterprise attempts to make a better second impression, only to upset the alien race once again. A frustrated Captain Archer returns from the planet only to be further upset to find that his dog Porthos, has been affected by a pathogen native to the world. While Phlox works around the clock treating Porthos, Archer stands vigil in sickbay, experiencing first-hand the quirky everyday life of his Denobulan Doctor. Written by Meribor

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The origami Pyrithian moon hawk used by Phlox was created by Production Accountant Suzie Shimizu. See more »


Pathogens typically evolve to target certain species and will only affect those species and others that are closely related. It is implied that Kreetassa does not have anything similar to dogs so it is unlikely that there would be a pathogen that could affect Porthos. See more »


Sub-Commander T'Pol: [of the Kreetassans] They're not interested in punishing you. They only want an appropriate apology.
Captain Jonathan Archer: I'm sorry!
Sub-Commander T'Pol: For what?
Captain Jonathan Archer: Just practicing.
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Referenced in Eureka: A Night in Global Dynamics (2007) See more »


Archer's Theme
Written by Dennis McCarthy
[Closing credits music]
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Friendship, Sexual Tension and Humbleness
7 January 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Trip advises that the Enterprise needs one additional plasma injector for safety reasons, and Captain Archer contacts the Kreetassans, who produce a high quality device. However, the aliens end their conversation feeling offended again with some unknown attitude of the diplomatic group and Archer returns upset to Enterprise. While in the contamination chamber, Dr. Phlox finds that the immunologic system of Porthos is affected by a pathogen from the planet, and puts the dog in quarantine in the sickbay. Archer spends the night in the sickbay with Pathos and Dr. Phlox, and learns about the life of the Deobulans, sexual tension and humbleness to say I am sorry.

"A Night in the Sickbay" is a different episode based on the friendship of Captain Archer with his pet and the revelations of Dr. Phlox. The unbalanced attitude of Archer, prioritizing his dog over the needs of the Enterprise, is weird and unexplainable, disclosing a total level of lack of professionalism and childish behavior. The low paced story has funny moments but also silly ones, and I liked the dream of Archer with the gorgeous and sexy T'Pol. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Noite na Enfermaria" ("A Night in the Sickbay")

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