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Star Trek: Amok Time

Spock is unusually restless and ill-tempered. After he throws a bowl of soup at Nurse Chapel, Kirk insists on an answer and Spock reveals that he is in the early stages of Pon Farr, the Vulcan time of mating that occurs once every seven years. He must return to Vulcan to mate or he will die. Kirk goes against Starfleet and heads toward his friend's home planet, but the Vulcan ritual doesn't go as planned and Spock must soon fight Kirk to the death.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 60334
Airdate: Friday September 15th, 1967

Starring Roles
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
As Nurse Christine Chapel
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Walter KoenigWalter Koenig
As Ensign Pavel Chekov

Guest Stars
Lawrence MontaigneLawrence Montaigne
As Stonn
Celia LovskyCelia Lovsky
As T'Pau
Arlene MartelArlene Martel
As T'Pring

Co-Guest Stars
Byron MorrowByron Morrow
As Admiral Komack

David PernaDavid Perna
As Spock's Stunt Double
Frank Da VinciFrank Da Vinci
As Vulcan Bell Carrier #2
Paul BaxleyPaul Baxley
As Capt. Kirk's Stunt Double #1
Phil AdamsPhil Adams
As Capt. Kirk's Stunt Double #2
Walker EdmistonWalker Edmiston
voiced Space Central
Charles Palmer (1)Charles Palmer (1)
As Vulcan Litter Bearer #2
Joseph PazJoseph Paz
As Vulcan Litter Bearer #3
Mark Russell (1)Mark Russell (1)
As Vulcan Litter Bearer #4
Mary RiceMary Rice
As T'Pring (child) (photograph)
Mauri RussellMauri Russell
As Vulcan Bell Carrier #1
Russ PeekRuss Peek
As Executioner
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy


Kirk is strolling down the corridor near Spock’s quarters when McCoy chats with him about the fact that the first officer is restless and not eating. They notice Chapel going to Spock’s quarters with plomeek soup. She goes in and McCoy notes that Spock threatened to break his neck. Spock yells at Chapel and throws the soup out after her, then makes a request to Kirk of shore leave to Vulcan and demands a yes or no answer...

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Episode Notes
This episode features four firsts regarding Vulcans: it is the first episode to feature the planet Vulcan, the first in which Vulcans other than Spock are seen, the first to feature the Vulcan salute and the first in which the phrase "Live long and prosper" is heard.

This episode marks the first appearance of Walter Koenig (Ensign Pavel Chekov) on the series. However, the first episode which Koenig filmed was "Catspaw".

This is Leonard Nimoy's favorite episode of the series.

T'Pau (Celia Lovsky) would later be seen as a young woman in the Star Trek: Enterprise episodes "Awakening" and "Kir'Shara", in which she was played by Kara Zediker. According to dialogue in those episodes, she was born in 2122 and was therefore 145 years old at the time of this episode.

Episode Quotes
McCoy: Jim, when I suggested to Spock that it was time for his check-up, your logical, unemotional first officer turned to me and said, "You will cease to pry into my personal matters, Doctor, or I shall certainly break your neck."

Kirk: Sailor's luck, Mr. Spock. Or as one of Finagle's Laws puts it: "Any home port the ship makes it'll be somebody else's, not mine!"

Sulu: How do you figure it, Chekov? First we're going to Vulcan, then we're going to Altair, then we're headed to Vulcan again. Now we're headed back to Altair.
Chekov: I think I'm going to get spacesick.

Spock: It has to do with...biology.
Kirk: What?
Spock: Biology.
Kirk: What kind of biology?
Spock: Vulcan biology.
Kirk: You mean the biology of Vulcans?
Spock: Biology as in... reproduction?
Kirk: Well, uh...there's no need to be embarrassed about it, Mr. Spock. It happens to the birds and the bees.
Spock: The birds and the bees are not Vulcans, Captain. If they were... if any creature as proudly logical as us...were to have their logic ripped from them...as this time does to us... How do Vulcans choose their mates? Haven't you wondered?
Kirk: I guess the rest of us assume that it's done... quite logically.
Spock: No.
Kirk: No

Spock: Captain, there is a thing that happens to Vulcans at this time. Almost an insanity, which you would no doubt find distasteful.
Kirk: Will I? You've been most patient with my kinds of madness.

T'Pau: Spock, are our ceremonies for outworlders too?
Spock: They are not outworlders. They are my friends.

T'Pau: Art thee Vulcan, or art thee human?

T'Pau: Combat commences with the lirpa. If both survive the lirpa, combat continues with the ahn-woon.
McCoy: What do you mean, 'if both survive?'
T'Pau: This combat is to the death.

Spock: After a time, you may find that 'having' is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as "wanting." It is not logical, but it is often true.

T'Pau: Live long and prosper, Spock.
Spock: I shall do neither. I have killed my captain...and my friend.

McCoy: You can't tell me that when you first saw Jim alive, that you weren't on the verge of giving us an emotional scene that would have brought the house down!
Spock: Merely my quite logical relief that Starfleet had not lost a highly proficient captain.
Kirk: Yes, Mr. Spock, I understand.
Spock: Thank you, Captain.
McCoy: Of course, Mr. Spock, your reaction was quite logical.
Spock: Thank you, Doctor.
McCoy: In a pig's eye!

What Changed in the Remastered Version
The remastered Vulcan is noteworthy for containing a very large light colored area that may be Vulcan's Forge (as seen in Star Trek: Enterprise episodes The Forge, Awakening and Kir'Shara. Also added is an extreme long establishing shot showing Kirk, Spock and McCoy approaching the place of koon-ut-kal-if-fee that shows its remote location at the top of a spire. Other, similar shots show a city in the distance. From the size and geometry it is probably ShiKahr, the city where Spock was born, that appeared in the episode Yesterday, of the non-canon Star Trek: The Animated Series. A background is added to the childhood photo of T'Pring.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerGene L. Coon
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
Make-upFred B. Phillips
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
OtherHerbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Art DirectorWalter M. Jefferies
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
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