I've found this photo on web which reminds me the scene from Star Trek: Enterprise:

[NSFW] Naked T'Pol from the back

As I've remembered.. After Trip became jealous of his own clone, she kissed him & then undressed herself.
Showing boobies & her naked body has to do with emotions. Vulcans don't have emotions, so she was unable to think that way to trigger her mate's emotions. But, still she undressed herself in front of Trip to excite him. Why?

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    Your premise is flawed. Her mate is human, she knows humans. She's acting completely logical. By the way, sexual attraction doesn't necessarily go hand-in-hand with emotions.
    – bitmask
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 10:49
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    Vulcans do have emotions; they just suppress them. Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 11:35
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    Clearly she was auditioning for Vulcans Gone Wild.
    – Xantec
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 12:22
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    See this meta question on it. I think it's fine for families but I don't think people want the image on their monitor at work.
    – Kevin
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 15:27
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    And unless one is stuck in 8th grade, the appropriate term is "breasts," not "b00bies" I'm just sayin' ;) Commented Mar 3, 2012 at 4:48

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I don't find it coincidental that this incident occurred in the same year (2154) that T'Pol became addicted to trellium-D after her exposure to it aboard the Seleya in the Expanse. According to the Memory Alpha wiki on T'Pol, her prolonged exposure to the substance permanently damaged her ability to fully control her emotions.

However, in a very Vulcan move, T'Pol commented to Trip that their sexual experience together was merely her "exploration of human sexuality" and had nothing to do with emotions. I find this, personally, unlikely since this incident occurred right in the middle of T'Pol's trellium-D addiction.

There are many references throughout Enterprise of T'Pol experiencing emotional situations--in fact, it seems to me that throughout the series, T'Pol struggles with her emotions more than any Vulcan we've seen prior to this (not helped, of course, by the trellium-D).

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    T'Pol also had an emotional experience at a Jazz nightclub years before the Enterprise, and her mother commented that T'Pol has aways been bad a controlling her emotions. An episode from season 5 was intended to reveal that T'Pol's father was an undercover Romulan, which would've also explained her long interest in emotions
    – Izkata
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 15:58
  • @Izkata Season 5? I think, Star Trek: Enterprise was 4 seasons long..
    – user931
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 20:51
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    @SachinShekhar Exactly, the series was canceled before anything planned for Season 5 came about
    – Izkata
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 21:02
  • @Izkata Then, how do you know about mystery of T'Pol's father?
    – user931
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 21:07
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    @SachinShekhar Take a look at the link in my comment... It would have been a -very- controversial season, including showing the origin of the Borg Queen, and numerous Mirror Universe episodes.
    – Izkata
    Commented Mar 2, 2012 at 22:10

Ok, there are multiple explanations (many of which have been noted) for this.

  1. She is aware of human customs, and if she has an interest in Trip she would, logically, be accommodating. Had Trip been another species, she most likely would have acted in accordance with that species.

  2. The Trellium-D affected her abilities to control her emotions as well as most Vulcans do.

  3. Her emotions were always "closer to the surface" than most other Vulcans. This is referenced multiple times: Being drawn to the "chaotic" jazz music, Her ability to tolerate the company of humans (it was stated in an episode that the previous Vulcan stationed aboard a human starship lasted mere days), and also her mother even directly mentions that her feelings were always closer to the surface.

I'd like to take some exception to "emotions being dangerous" to Vulcans. This is where Trek is rather obscure, and seems to indicate it is not the emotions themselves, but rather the actions that are taken BECAUSE of those emotions that are dangerous. Canon also seems to hint that, though they are definitely suppressing their emotions, Vulcans also use the very notion that they are without emotion to explain away their emotional responses with logic. A prime example of clear emotions in a Vulcan can be seen in the Deep Space Nine episode "Take Me Out to the Holosuite". Solok's emotions can be clearly seen, from the smugness at the beginning of the episode to the frustration at the end when, despite losing, the "Niners" celebrate as though they have won. These can all be explained away with logic, but the emotion is clearly there.

One last note: Though it was stated in Enterprise that Vulcans do not have a predilection for exploration, numerous actions by both Vulcans themselves as well as later Vulcans in starfleet show that CURIOSITY is one of the emotions that appears to be tolerated more than any other.

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    Believe curiosity is more of an intellectual trait than an emotional one. +1 anyway.
    – Stan
    Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 20:45
  • Curiosity is merely a way to make the world complete. Without curiosity why would you be interested in the result of reason? Being without emotion is not to be without drive or motivation. /vulcanLogic
    – Lodewijk
    Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 23:22

Quite frankly she didn't do her self-control routines properly. That and her addiction to emotion-inducing trellium-D made it impossible to resist Trip's sexy accent. Something about that man heats her plasma, if you know what I mean.

It should be noted that emotions are dangerous for Vulcans, which is why they follow ancient and highly effective routines to suppress them. Vulcans do however, although some would like to deny it, have emotions. In fact they have a knack for passive-aggression and an unusual sense of humor involving showing inferiority.

Note that Star Trek Enterprise wasn't very tidy with canon, I thought the amount of emotions she expressed prior to trillium-D were unacceptable.

Edit: Trillium-D was actually a neurotoxin that only affects Vulcan's self-control. Go figure. Although the effects of exposure wears off there's some chance of permanent damage. To elaborate on the "emotion inducing" stuff a bit.

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    “Something about that man heats her plasma, if you know what I mean.” I don’t know what you mean. Plz to explain in detail. Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 20:34
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    Well, she wouldn't mind lowering her shields for a good torpedoing.
    – Lodewijk
    Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 0:30
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    It's like when the warp drive got stuck while it was overheating.
    – Lodewijk
    Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 0:31
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    She's rerouting emergency power to 'engineering'.
    – Lodewijk
    Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 0:32
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    Oh! I see, she’s inviting him to make an incursion into her Neutral Zone. Commented Sep 1, 2013 at 16:19

If you think about Sarek, his explaination is quite logical as to why he married Spock's mother. Being an ambassador, he wanted to learn all about Terrans (humans) even though we later learn he had emotions for her that he kept to himself.

As to why Jolene Blalock complained the whole Trip/T'pol thing was rather misconceived and more to do with lifting ratings. The Trellium-D's explanation as a way to get close to Trip is highly flawed as there was no logical reason for not forming a direct relationship with another species.

Furthermore, consider Season 1 when Flox asks T'Pol about inter-species relationships. She does not rule it out but believes that Humans are not mature enough for it.

If T'Pol wanted a relationship there was nothing to stop her logically especially as she had left the High Command.

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