We met Hoshi Sato teaching linguistics when Captain Archer singled her out as the only translator he wanted aboard his ship. In this episode she’s projecting all of her issues on a little worm from another planet.
She isn’t meant to live locked up like this. She isn’t meant to be so far from home.
Yoshi feels bad about the worm in a box and claustrophobic about having to put on a space suit. Yoshi is concerned there’s nothing aboard the ship to sustain the worm and feels like she has no real business being away from her students and off on an adventure (no matter how dull/cabin fever-esque it’s been to the crew of late).
She’s terrified that some linguistic slip on her part – due to her lack of experience in the field – will get her and the captain and the crew killed (and possibly drained for the lymphatic fluid). She’s terrified and it all comes to a head reminiscent of this hand little quote:
A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.Eleanor Roosevelt
That’s all I got for you on this one, mostly because I’m annoyed there was exactly one scene of Captain Archer trying to figure out what was squeaking in his quarters, the issue was never resolved, and it was probably just his stupid little spinny desk-chair.