is on course for Babel with two Federation dignitaries: the Enterprise
's first captain, Robert April, and his wife Sarah. For the last 20 years, Commodore April has been a Federation ambassador-at-large, and will be honored at Babel for his achievements. At the age of 75, Robert is facing mandatory retirement. He is on the bridge with Kirk when McCoy comes up with Sarah, who designed many of the instruments in Sickbay as the first medical officer aboard a warp-capable ship. Sarah is carrying a Capellan flower, with a lifespan of only a few hours...Read the full recap
Fred Bronson, the writer for this episode, used the pseudonym of John Culver in the credits of this episode.
Commodore Robert April: No matter where I've traveled in the galaxy, Jim, this bridge is more like home than anywhere else.
Kirk: Yes, Commodore, I know the feeling.
Commodore Robert April: To me she was always like my child. I was there in the San Francisco navy yards when her unit components were built.
Dr Sarah April: But what about us? We don't have to use the transporter. We can remain young, live our lives over again. You could command a starship once more.
Commodore Robert April: What a blessing to be able to live one's life over again. If the life you've lived has left you unfulfilled. No, Sarah, I don't want to live it all over again. I couldn't improve one bit on what we've had together.