Kirk, McCoy, and Spock go on a scouting expedition to the planet Neural, where Lt. Kirk conducted his first planetary survey 17 years ago. McCoy takes plant samples while Kirk and Spock examine the area, and spot the footprints of a mugato. Kirk says that when he was last there, the planet was a Garden of Eden with peaceful non-violent inhabitants with no advanced technology. They spot several villagers, carrying flintlocks and preparing an ambush against a group of hill people, including Kirk's friend Tyree. Kirk throws a rock, causing one of the villagers to fire off a shot and alert Tyree, then Kirk and Spock run to the rendezvous spot. Alerted by the gunshots, McCoy calls for beam up while Spock is shot and badly injured. They beam up just ahead of the villagers and McCoy gets the critically injured Spock to sickbay under the care of Dr. M'Benga, who interned on Vulcan...Read the full recap
Kirk: So they've broken the treaty.
Scotty: Not necessarily, Captain. They have as much right to scientific missions here as we have.
Kirk: Research isn't the Klingon way.
Dr. M'Benga: Don't let these low panel readings bother you. I've seen this before in Vulcans. It's their way of concentrating all their strength, blood, and antibodies onto the injured organs, a form of self-induced hypnosis.
Nurse Chapel: You mean he's conscious?
Dr. M'Benga: Well, in a sense. He knows we're here and what we're saying, but he can't afford to take his mind from the tissue he's fighting to heal. I suppose he even knows you were holding his hand.
Nurse Chapel: A good nurse always treats her patients that way. It proves she's interested.
Kirk: We're simply strangers from from one of the lights in the sky.
Nona: And you have ways as far above firesticks as the sky above our world.
Nona: There's an old custom among my people. When a woman saves a man's life, he is grateful.
Kirk: I am grateful.
McCoy: A splendid custom if not carried to extremes.
Kirk: There came a time when our weapons grew faster than our wisdom, and we almost destroyed ourselves. We learned from this to make a rule during all our travels never to cause the same to happen to other worlds... just as a man must grow in his own way and his own time.
Nona: Some men never grow.
Kirk: Perhaps not as fast or in the way another thinks he should. But we're wise enough to know that we are wise enough not to interfere with the way of a man or another world.
Krell: You are late, my friend Apella.
Apella: A quarrel by my people. A division of some skins and a hill woman taken this morning. It's hard to divide one woman.
Krell: Give her to the man who killed the most of her people. The others will see the profit in bravery. I'll make a Klingon of you yet.
Apella: I thought my people would grow tired of killing. But you were right. It is easier than trading, and it has pleasures. I feel it myself. Like the hunt, but with richer rewards.
McCoy: And what about your friend Tyree? Will he understand this balance of power?
Kirk: No. Probably not, but I'm going to have to try and make him understand. I never had a more difficult task.
McCoy: Well, Jim, here's another morsel of agony for you: since Tyree won't fight, he will be one of the first to die.
Kirk: Well, war isn't a good life, but it's life.
Kirk: Nona. Pardon me.
Nona: You are here because I wished you here.
Kirk: Oh? I thought it was my idea.
Nona: Yes. They always believe they come of free will. Tyree thought the same when I cast my first spell on him.
McCoy: Well, you got what you wanted.
Kirk: Not what I wanted, Bones. What had to be.
McCoy: Spock, are you alive?
Spock: An illogical question, Doctor, since obviously you are hearing my voice.
McCoy: Well, I don't know why I was worried. You can't kill a computer.
Kirk: Spock, ask Scotty how long it would take him to reproduce 100 flintlocks.
Scotty: I didn't get that exactly, Captain. 100 what?
Kirk: A hundred serpents. Serpents for the Garden of Eden. We're very tired, Mr. Spock. Beam us up home.