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|No one, absolutely no one, is to talk to her without my permission!|
-How is the doctor? -She regained consciousness quickly.
- Good. I have questions to ask her. - Did the captain order it?
Why should he? They are my questions,
therefore I am ordering it, Lieutenant.
The captain said no one is allowed to speak to Dr. Lester.
Has such an order ever included his senior officers?
Mr. Spock, I think the captain meant that a guard should be present.
By all means, Lieutenant.
That's enough. That's enough.
Your heart will last forever, Captain.
- How am I otherwise? - In the pink, as usual.
blood count, metabolic rate.
Everything, even your glands,
functioning at their usual, normal peak of efficiency.
Good. I hope you're as pleased about it as I am.
Don't get dressed yet.
You said I was in perfect condition.
I don't think another test is necessary.
The Robbiani dermal-optic is crucial.
It reveals the basic emotional structure.
You had one once before.
Now I need another one to compare with that previous test.
There should be no change in your dermal-optic reactions...
to the color wavelengths.
- [ High-Pitched Whistling ] - Over here, Captain.
Over here, Captain.
Complete life-entity transfer...
with the aid...
of a mechanical device.
Yes, that's what it must've been.
To my knowledge, such total transfer...
has never been accomplished with complete success...
anywhere in the galaxy.
It was accomplished and forgotten long ago on Camus II.
- I'm a living example. - That is your claim.
As yet, it is unsubstantiated...
by any... external evidence...
or objective tests.
Nevertheless, Spock, it is the truth I'm speaking.
[ High-Pitched Whistling ]
Now lower your arms and open your eyes.
At this moment...
Dr. McCoy is examining the captain...
for psychological changes.
If any facts are uncovered, that would be acceptable evidence,
the only kind which is acceptable to Starfleet Command...
and to the crew of the Enterprise.
Spock, when I was caught...
in the interspace of the Tholian Sector,
you risked your life and the Enterprise to get me back.
Help me get back now.
When the Vians of Minara demanded that we let Bones die,
- we didn't permit it. - That is true.
The captain did not. However, those events have been recorded.
They could've become known to you.
You are closer to the captain than anyone in the universe.
You know his thoughts.
What does your telepathic mind tell you now?
I believe you.
However, my belief is not acceptable evidence.
Evidence must be factual.
Dr. McCoy may be of help.
Come with me.
I’m sorry, sir,
but Dr. Lester cannot leave here.
Well, are you satisfied with the results of the tests?
There is no positive evidence of any disorder.
You're asking me to violate the captain's orders.
- He is not the captain. - You're as mad as she is!
You're to leave here at once. I'd follow orders.
Certainly, Lieutenant. We all must do our duty.
No hard feelings, Bones. You did your usual thorough, good job.
I'm sure everything's going to be all right.
- [ Intercom Whistle ] - [ Man On Intercom ] Captain Kirk!
- Captain Kirk here. - Escape attempt by Dr. Lester.
Captain Kirk to Security.
On the double to Dr. Lester's room!
It's quite all right, Ensign. Everything is under control.
A repetition of your physical violence is not called for... sir.
No physical resistance will be offered.
Attention, all personnel.
First Officer Spock has been placed under arrest.
He has conspired with Dr. Lester...
to take over the ship from your captain.
A hearing will be immediately convened...
to consider the charges and specifications...
of a general court-martial...
on the charge...
[ Speaking, Indistinct ]
[Dr. Lester As Kirk] Captain's Log. : Star date 5930.3.
The results of Dr. McCoy's examination...
have given me complete confidence in myself.
My fears repast. Is hall function freely as the captain.
l am the captain of the Enterprise, in fact.
Surely you must have more than that to go on.
I have stated my evidence--
telepathic communication with the mind of Captain James T. Kirk.
Your evidence is completely subjective.
We have to have evidence that we can examine out in the open.
You've had great deal of evidence, except that of the chief witness.
The one who should be the real subject of this investigation...
is kept locked away and in isolation.
She's dangerously insane. We've seen the evidence.
She is dangerous only to your authority, sir.
Mr. Spock, my authority has been given to me by Starfleet Command,
and only that high authority can take it away.
The witness, sir. Bring on the witness.
Let your officers put the questions.
Mr. Nunnely, have Dr. Janice Lester brought here.
Dr. McCoy, while Mr. Spock was busy...
with his ambitious plot, what were you doing?
- Examining you. - Oh, yes.
You were deeply concerned about my health, emotional and physical,
- since leaving Camus II, correct? - Yes, that's correct.
Instead of trying to destroy me, you were searching for ways to help me.
Dr. McCoy, for the record,
will you tell the court your findings?
The captain is in the best of physical condition.
His emotional and mental state is comparable...
to the time he assumed command of the Enterprise.
Thank you, Dr. McCoy.
Mr. Spock, were you aware of Dr. McCoy's findings?
- I know them now. - And what have you to say... now?
I am disappointed and deeply concerned...
that there is no objective evidence to support my position... so far.
Dr. Coleman, if you’re required here, we'll call you.
We certainly appreciate your being here.
Everyone is deeply aware...
that you have been subjected to inordinate emotional stress.
We had hoped to avoid any further stress, but...
Mr. Spock disagrees.
It is his opinion that your testimony is important...
in determining the merits of his case.
And since we are solely interested in arriving at a just decision,
I'm going to have to ask you a few more questions.
I'll try not to upset you.
You, uh, claim that, uh--
[ Chuckles ]
that you are Captain James T. Kirk?
No. I am not Captain Kirk.
That is very apparent.
I claim that whatever it is...
that makes James Kirk a living being special to himself...
is being held here in this body.
However, a-a-a-as I understand it,
l... am Dr. Janice Lester.
[ Chuckling Quietly ]
That's very clever, but I didn't say it.
I said, the body of James Kirk is being used by Dr. Janice Lester.
Mm-hmm. A subtlety that somehow escapes me.
I assume that this, uh,
switch was arrived at by mutual agreement.
No. It was brought about by a violent attack by Dr. Lester...
and the use of equipment she discovered on Camus II.
by the lady, perpetrated on Captain Kirk? Tsk, tsk, tsk.
I ask the assembled personnel to look at Dr. Janice Lester...
and visualize that historic moment.
Can you-- Can you tell me why, uh, Dr. Janice Lester...
would agree to this ludicrous exchange?
Yes. To get the power she craved:
to attain a position she doesn't merit...
by temperament or training.
And most of all, she wanted to murder James Kirk,
a man who once loved her.
But her intense hatred of her own womanhood...
made life with her impossible.
Are you prepared with witnesses? One will do.
Sir, there is only one issue here.
Is the story of life-entity transfer believable?
This crew has been to many places in the galaxy.
They've been witness to many strange events.
They're trained to know that what seems to be impossible...
often is possible,
given the scientific analysis of the phenomenon.
Mr. Spock, have you ever heard of a case...
such as described by Dr. Janice Lester?
- Not precisely, no. - Oh.
Assuming that you are correct in your belief,
do you expect Starfleet Command to place this, uh,
this, uh, person...
in command of the Enterprise?
I expect only to reveal the truth.
And with the truth revealed, that I am not really the captain,
and knowing that she would not be allowed to serve as the captain,
then you would be the captain-- it is inevitable!
Spock. Spock, give it up!
Return to the Enterprise family. All charges will be dropped...
and the madness that temporarily overcame all of us...
on Camus II will fade and be forgotten.
And what will become of Dr. Lester?
Dr. Lester will be cared for always.
It is a debt and a responsibility I owe her from the past.
No, sir. I shall not withdraw a single charge that I have made.
You are not Captain Kirk.
You have ruthlessly appropriated his body.
But the life entity within you is not that of Captain Kirk.
You do not belong in charge of the Enterprise...
and I shall do everything in my power against you.
Lieutenant Lisa, play back those last two sentences...
from Mr. Spock's tirade.
You do not belong in charge of the Enterprise...
and I shall do everything in my power against you.
You heard the statements placed into the record by you.
-Do you understand the nature of it? -I do. And I stand by it.
It is mutiny! Deliberate, vindictive, insane at its base!
But mutiny is charged, and encouragement to mutiny.
Dr. McCoy, Mr. Scott, you heard it!
On the basis of these statements, I call for an immediate vote,
by the powers granted to me as captain of the Enterprise.
A recess is declared, to be followed by a vote.
Yes. An immediate vote before our chief witness can be left to die...
on some obscure planet with the truth locked inside of her.
Silence. You will be silent!
A recess has been declared. There will be no cross-discussion.
When I return, we will vote on the charge of mutiny.
The evidence presented here is the only basis of your decision.
[Door Slides Open, Shut]
- Scotty. - Doctor.
I've seen the captain feverish, sick, drunk,
overjoyed, boiling mad.
But up to now,
I have never seen him red-faced with hysteria.
I know how I'm going to vote.
I've been through this with Spock.
He's not being scientific and neither are you.
It may not be scientific,
but if Mr. Spock thinks it happened, then it must be logical.
Don't you think I know that?
My tests show there's nothing wrong with the captain.
That's the only fact Starfleet's going to be interested in.
Headquarters has its problems, and we have ours.
And right now,
the captain of the Enterprise is our problem.
They're going to call for the vote in a few minutes.
Let me put one last question.
Suppose you vote with me, in favor of Spock.
That means two votes to one and Spock is free.
What do you think the captain will do?
- I don't know. - Aye, you know, all right.
It'll stick in his craw. He'll never accept it.
We don't know that.
I tell ya, he won't.
Then, Doctor, that's the time we move against him.
We'll have to take over the ship.
We're talking about mutiny, Scotty.
Are you ready for the vote?
Yes. I'm ready for the vote.
Play the tapes of the conversation in the corridor.
- Aye, sir. - [ Machine Beeping ]
[ Scotty ] Then's the time we move against him.
We’ll have to take over the ship.
[McCoy] We're talking about mutiny, Scotty.
[Scotty] Aye. Are you ready for the vote?
That's enough. We know what was said.
Enough to convict you of conspiracy with mutineers.
And you're so charged. The sentence-- death.
Starfleet expressly forbids the death penalty.
All my senior officers turning against me?
The death penalty is forbidden.
- There's only one exception. - General Order 4.
It has not been violated by any officer on the Enterprise.
I am responsible. The execution will be immediate. Go to your posts.
Go to your posts.
Mr. Nunnely, take them to the brig. Prepare for execution.
The captain must be mad if he thinks he can get away with an execution.
Captain Kirk wouldn't order an execution even if he were going mad.
That cannot be the captain.
What difference does it make who he is?
Are we going to allow an execution to take place?
If security backs him up, how will we fight him?
I'll fight them every way and any way I can.
Lt. Lisa, inform all sectors of my decision. Have each section...
send a representative to the place of execution on the hangar deck.
- How far to the Benecia Colony? - Coming within scanning range.
Plot coordinates for orbit.
Mr. Sulu, lock into coordinates as soon as orbit is accomplished.
Interment will take place on Benecia.
You have received your orders!
You will obey my orders...
or you’ll be charged with mutiny!
You will obey my orders or-- or--
[ Gasps ]
[ Panting ]
For a moment, I thought that I was up on the bridge.
Perhaps you were.
Then it's possible the transference can be broken.
[ Panting ] Well, if it happens again, I'll fight to stay there.
The bridge is where you belong.
To accomplish that, each one of us must be ready...
to seize any opportunity to break out of here...
- and attack. - [ Gasps ]
- The transference is weakening. - What happened?
For a moment, I found myself back with the prisoners.
I will not go back to being Janice Lester!
You must help me prevent it.
The only way to prevent the transference...
is by the death of Janice Lester.
You must carry out the execution.
I can't. I can't.
The crew is in mutiny.
You must kill her for me.
I have done everything else for you.
- But I will not murder for you. - Then do it for yourself.
If Kirk doesn't die,
we'll both be exposed as murderers.
Does that give you any choice?
The dosage should be doubly lethal.
To prevent further conspiracy, you will be removed to separate cells.
If there’s any resistance, you'll be given a sedative...
until you learn cooperation.
Dr. Lester will be first.
Follow Dr. Coleman.
May I point out, Captain--
Kill him! Ohh!
I've lost to the captain. I've lost to James Kirk!
I want you dead!
[ Sobbing ] I want you dead! I want you dead!
Oh, I'm never going to be the captain.
[Sobbing Continues] Never. Kill him.
You are as I loved you.
Can you do anything for her?
I'd like to take care of her.
Of course. Come with me.
I didn't want to destroy her.
I'm sure we all understand that, Captain.
Her life could have been as rich as any woman's. If only--
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