is conducting exploratory missions and playing host to Ambassador and Honorary Commander Ari bn Bem, a representative of a recently contacted alien species, the Pandroisans. The ship arrives at Delta Theta III, a newly discovered Class M planet with possible aboriginal inhabitants. Kirk takes down a landing party of himself, Spock, Sulu, and Scotty, to plant monitoring devices. He warns the landing party to beam up immediately at any signs of trouble. They go to the transporter room where Bem is setting the beamdown coordinates. He insists on going with them and Kirk is surprised, noting he's spent the last six missions in his quarters. He warns that the mission could be hazardous but Bem insists on going...Read the full recap
Kirk: We're dealing with possibly a very dangerous planet.
Commander Ari bn Bem: Patience. Every planet is dangerous to the ignorant. This one has decided that the nexus is now.
Spock: It appears to be a native food-gathering party.
Kirk: Yes, and the food they have gathered is Bem.
Commander Ari bn Bem: Kirk Captain?
Kirk: Shut up. We're rescuing you.
Commander Ari bn Bem: You are interfering with observations.
Spock: This is how you observe, by being captured?
Commander Ari bn Bem: As logical a way as any, Spock Commander.
Kirk: I don't think Starfleet would approve.
(after they've been captured)
Kirk: How come we always end up like this?
Spock: I assume that's a rhetorical question, not requiring an answer.
Kirk: I was just expressing my curiosity at our ability to get into these kind of situations.
Spock: Fate, Captain. Fate.
Kirk: Fate, Spock?
Spock: I believe that is the correct Earth term.
Kirk: Why don't you try your, uh, Vulcan Nerve Pinch?
Spock: Captain, I am only a Vulcan. There are limits.
Commander Ari bn Bem: Sir, this one does not demean oneself by the use of casual violence to accomplish goals.
Commander Ari bn Bem: But you may demean yourself if you wish.
Kirk: There are times, Mr. Spock, when I I think I should have been a librarian.
Spock: The job of librarian would be no less challenging, Captain, but it would undoubtedly be a lot less dangerous.
Scotty: Have you found the captain yet?
Arex: I have located emanations that could be Caption Kirk's and another set that could be Mr. Spock's, but the sensory anomaly has interfered with our detection devices so that positive identification remains impossible.
Uhura: Which means?
Scotty: I think he said, "Maybe."
Commander Ari bn Bem: This one wishes you... what is the Earth word? "Luck." You will require it.
Commander Ari bn Bem: You do not demand punishment?
Alien Entity: Punishment? What is punishment? Revenge? Intelligent beings need no revenge. Punishment is necessary only where learning cannot occur without it. You are behind that. My children here are not. That is why you must leave so as not to corrupt their development with concepts that they are not yet ready for.
Spock: Fascinating, Captain. A highly advanced alien entity using this particular system as a laboratory for guiding another race to intelligence. Almost a god, you might say.
Kirk: Mr. Spock, the difference is meaningless. In comparison, we're all still children.
Commander Ari bn Bem: In this one's case, Kirk Captain, this one is still an eggling.