(as an earthquake rattles the station)
Dr. Ozaba: "In his hand are the deep places of the earth--" Psalm 95, verse 4. Looks like he was listening.
Kirk: Be careful.
McCoy: Why, she seems harmless enough.
Spock: The sand-bats of Manark-4 appear to be inanimate rock crystals, Doctor... until they attack.
McCoy: We can't keep referring to her as "she," as if she weren't here.
Kirk: You have any ideas?
McCoy: I don't know about you, but I'm going to call her Gem.
Spock: Gem, Doctor?
McCoy: Well, that's better than, "Hey, you."
Kirk: I found our missing men... dead. Another one of your experiments?
Lal: You're wrong. Their own imperfections killed them. They were not fit subjects.
Lal: Their will to survive is great.
Thann: They love life greatly to struggle so.
Lal: The prime ingredient.
Kirk: What is it you want to know?
Lal: We seek no information as you mean. Your civilization is yet too immature to have knowledge valuable to us.
Kirk: You don't need any knowledge from us, yet you're willing to kill for it. Is that what happened to Linke and Ozaba?
Thann: We did not kill them. Their own fears killed them.
Kirk: Well, what did you expect from them? And what do you want from me?
Lal: We've already observed the intensity of your passions and gauged your capacity to love others. Now we want you to reveal to us your courage and strength of will.
Kirk: Why? What is it you hope to prove? If my death is to have any meaning, at least tell me what I'm dying for.
Thann: If you live, you will have your answer.
McCoy: I'm a doctor, not a coal miner.
McCoy: You mean, if I hadn't given him that shot...
Spock: Precisely. The choice would have been the captain's. Now it is mine. (McCoy injects him with a sedative) Your action is highly unethical. My decision... stands.
McCoy: Not this time, Spock.
(talking about McCoy)
Kirk: Why did you let him do it?
Spock: I was convinced in the same way you were, by the good doctor's hypo.
Kirk: The best defense is a strong offense, and I intend to start offending right now.
Kirk: How long?
Spock: It could happen anytime.
McCoy: The correct medical phrase, eh, Spock? You've got a...a good bedside manner, Spock.
Kirk: How will the death of our friend serve this purpose?
Lal: His death will not serve it, but her willingness to give her life for him will. You were her teachers.
Kirk: We were? What could she learn from us?
Lal: Your will to survive. Your love of life. Your passion to know. They are recorded in her being.
Thann: Her planet will be fortunate.
Lal: Each of you was willing to give his life for the others. We must now find out whether that instinct has been transmitted to Gem.
Spock: You were correct, Captain. Everything that has occurred here has been caused to happen by them. This has all been a great laboratory. We have been the subjects of the test.
Thann: No. We only created the circumstances. That was necessary.
Lal: Your actions were spontaneous. Everything that is truest and best in all species of beings has been revealed by you. Those are the qualities that make a civilization worthy to survive.
Kirk: If death is all you understand, here are four lives for you. We will not leave our friend. You've lost the capacity to feel the emotions you brought Gem here to experience. You don't understand what it is to live. Love and compassion are dead in you. You're nothing but intellect.
Kirk: No, no. I wasn't thinking of Gem. I was thinking of that fantastic element of chance that out in limitless space we should come together with Gem.
Spock: Captain, the element of chance can virtually be eliminated by a civilization as advanced as the Vians.
Scott Not to dispute your computer, Mr. Spock, but from little what you've told me, I'd say she was a pearl of great price.
Kirk: What, Scott?
Scott: You don't know the story of the merchant? The merchant... who, when he found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Kirk: Yes, she was all that. And whether the Vians bought her or found her makes little difference--she was of great value.
McCoy: Well, personally, I find it fascinating that with all their scientific knowledge and advances, that it was good old-fashioned human emotion that they valued the most.
Scott: Perhaps the Vulcans should hear about this.
Kirk: Mr. Spock, can you be prevailed upon to bring them the news?
Spock: Possibly, Captain. I shall certainly give the thought all the consideration it is due..