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Official 'Doctor's Orders' Plot Details

By Kristine
December 15, 2003 - 2:58 PM

See Also: 'Doctor's Orders' Episode Guide

John Billingsly headlines the sixteenth Enterprise episode of the season when a spacial disturbance forces him to induce comas in the human crew.

StarTrek.com revealed that the Enterprise will be en route to a red star when it encounters a transdimensional phenomena that is deadly to humans. Rather than waste precious time going around it, Archer allows Phlox to put every human into a coma for the four days that the ship will be passing through the anomaly.

T'Pol and Porthos are the only other two that do not have to be put into a coma to survive the disturbance. However, T'Pol is not wholly unaffected by the anomaly, and therefore the care of the ship and crew rests almost entirely on Phlox's shoulders.

"Doctor's Orders" was written by co-executive producer Chris Black, who also penned "Proving Ground", and co-wrote "The Shipment" and "Rajiin". Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres) directed the episode, her third of the season, after "Exile" and "Chosen Realm".

The lone guest star is a Xindi Insectoid that will not be added to the episode until post production.

The shoot lasted seven days, with Billingsly and Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) being the only actors to work all seven days. Scott Bakula (Archer) had an unusually light shoot, only had one day of shooting.

Breezy, known to fans as Porthos, was on set for five days, accompanied by trainers Scott Rowe and Greg Pittman. Breezy even had a double for longer shoots, named Windy.

"Doctor's Orders" is scheduled to air February 18th, 2004. The original report can be found here at StarTrek.com.

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