Spock: Your Excellency, even with intricate machinery as delicately balanced as ours, there is still a margin for error which must be dealt with. It is possible that Captain Kirk materialized on some other part of Gideon.
Hodin: Let us hope it was on dry land.
Spock: We must acknowledge once and for all that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.
McCoy: Well, where do we start, Mr. Spock?
Spock: Institute a sensor scan 360 degrees, one degree at a time.
McCoy: You mean you're gonna scan space for him?
Sulu: But, sir, that could take years.
Spock: Then the sooner you begin, the better.
Uhura: They insist that we must go through Starfleet channels.
Sulu: With the captain lost, that's the best they could come up with?
Spock: Diplomats and bureaucrats may function differently, but they achieve exactly the same results.
Hodin: Mr. Spock, you're an officer of a spaceship. In your profession, you use many instruments, tools and weapons to achieve your objectives.
Spock: True, Your Excellency.
Hodin: However, the only tool diplomacy has is language. It is of the utmost importance hat the meaning be crystal clear.
Spock: Your Excellency, I am basically a scientist. Clarity of formulation is essential in my profession also.
Hodin: I'm glad to hear it. Perhaps you could then make greater effort to choose your words more precisely.
McCoy: Just when I was beginning to think you might find a whole new career as a diplomat, Mr. Spock.
Spock: Do not give up hope, Doctor.
Kirk: We're no longer moving faster than the speed of light. I've trimmed down to sub-light speed until we find out where we are.
Odona: It feels the same.
Kirk: Of course it does.
Odona: Maybe it is the same. Well, has the ship slowed down?
Kirk: If you can believe that, we have.
Odona: Oh, please! Don't tell me the sky is out of order now.
Odona: What makes it so impossible to be alone?
Because there are so many of us. So many. There is no place, no street, no house, no garden, no beach, no mountain that is not filled with people. Each one of us would kill in order to find a place alone to himself. Yet would willingly die for it, if they could.
Kirk: Who sent you here?
Odona: No one commands Odona!
Hodin: What is it like to feel pain?
Odona: It is like like when you see the people have no hope for happiness, Father. You feel great despair, and your heart is heavy, because you know you can do nothing. Pain is like that.
Hodin: Your courage gives me great pride.
Kirk: You're mad.
Hodin: No. We are desperate.
Spock: I cannot accept the responsibility for ordering a fellow officer to violate a Starfleet directive. I can make such a decision only for myself.
McCoy: I'm not asking you to make the decision for me.
Spock: The situation forces me to do so, Doctor.
McCoy: In that case, it's the worst possible decision you can make.
Spock: This will not take long.
Scotty: Isn't that just about what Captain Kirk said before he left?
Hodin: Eventually, even the life span increased. Death became almost unknown to us. It occurred only when the body could no longer regenerate itself. And that happens now only to the very old.
Kirk: Those are conditions most people would envy.
Hodin: But Gideon did not find it enviable. The birth rate continued to rise, and the population grew, until now Gideon is encased in a living mass who can find no rest, no peace, no joy.
Hodin: We're trying to readjust the life cycle of an entire civilization.
Kirk: You're killing your own daughter!
Hodin: My daughter hoped to make you feel the agony of Gideon. But it was impossible. No stranger could realize the horror that life can be here. I will not beg for your understanding of my personal grief, nor will I parade it for you to gain your cooperation. My love for my daughter is too deep for display. My pride in her runs even deeper.
Spock: I am on board an exact duplicate of the Enterprise.
McCoy: An exact duplicate of the Enterprise? Is it in orbit, Mr. Spock?
Spock: In orbit, Doctor? In a manner of speaking. Gideon is in orbit, and the ship is on Gideon.
It is extremely unlikely, if not unbelievable, that the Gideons could have obtained plans of the Enterprise so accurate that Captain Kirk could not notice even the slightest flaw.
If personal space on Gideon is so rare that people are willing to kill or die to obtain it, where did Hodin and the council find the space to build an exact replica of the Enterprise?
When Kirk materializes on the platform, he is standing on the left front pad (as one faces the transporter). However, when the camera goes to a reverse shot both forward pads are empty. (The shot is taken from "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield.")
When Kirk tries to raise the crew initially from the bridge, the red alert signal is flashing in Sickbay but not on the bridge.