Nijil and Valdore continue to control the mysterious Romulan ship that has trapped Lt. Reed and Commander Tucker, masking it to look like Enterprise and then destroy a Rigellian vessel. After a Romulan Senator named Vrax chastises the project operators, Nijil and Valdore, for losing control of their ship, the two vow to kill the humans onboard (Tucker and Reed) in order to cover their tracks. Nijil and Valdore trap Tucker inside a service junction and leak radiation coolant inside. Over a speaker, Valdore orders Reed to re-establish the damaged warp matrix on the ship or he will die. Reed works frantically to free Tucker, but the situation is made worse when the ship engages Enterprise in an intense firefight.
Meanwhile, aboard the real Enterprise, Commander T'Pol devises a plan that will require the cooperative use of 128 space ships in order to expose the real culprit behind the recent attacks. Captain Archer realizes that to amass enough ships to carry out the plan he will need to unite the Andorians and Tellarites. Archer's attempt hits a snag when Talas dies from her wound[clarification needed] and a devastated Shran, vowing to avenge her death, challenges Graal to a duel to the death to be fought with an Ushaan-Tor, an Andorian ice-miner's tool.
Knowing that either a Tellarite or an Andorian death will forever halt peace talks in the region and that Graal, not being a warrior at all, would surely be the loser, Archer announces to Shran that he will fight him as Graal's replacement. Archer and Shran both fight valiantly, but Archer gets the upper hand and wins, sparing Shran's life.
Aboard the Romulan ship, which is under fire by Enterprise, Reed and Tucker narrowly escape death by ejecting themselves from the spacecraft into open space, and are transported back home. Archer is pleased when the Andorians and the Tellarites agree to stay aboard the ship to hold their peace talks.