It's six years on, and the Enterprise NX-01 is headed home to be decommissioned. Capt. Archer (Bakula) struggles with a speech he will deliver to the multitudes gathered for the signing of the Federation charter. The other crew members idly wonder where they'll end up.
"Computer, freeze program." All action ceases, and it becomes clear that this is a holographic re-enactment. We're actually on the holodeck of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D, in the company of Cmdr. William Riker (Frakes).
Riker, with the help of Counselor Troi (Sirtis), is researching the last days of the NX-01 to help him with a crucial dilemma: Should he tell Capt. Picard about an illegal cloaking device experiment aboard the ill-fated Pegasus, against the orders of Adm. Pressman?
Riker boots up the holographic program again. The NX-01 crew receives a surprising distress call from an old friend thought long dead: Shran (Jeffrey Combs), the Andorian warrior. Shran calls on Archer to help him. Sinister "associates" have kidnapped Shran's young daughter, and Shran needs the Enterprise crew to take a short detour to help him recover her.
Meanwhile, Riker decides to impersonate the NX-01's never-before-seen chef as a chance to talk with each of the crew members. One after the other, they pop into the galley to offer their insights. Riker takes a particular interest in T'Pol (Blalock) and her long-dormant romance with Cmdr. Tucker (Trinneer).
Meanwhile, Troi and Riker decide to tour the old NX-01 to get a feel for the way things used to be. It's all too sad, Troi comments, especially since one of the Enterprise crew doesn't realize how little time is left.
Those were the voyages ... sadly