Lately, Spock's behavior has been increasingly and unprecedentedly erratic. When McCoy finds it to be a growing medical risk, Kirk drags the truth out of him: it is the 'blood fever', the one time in a Vulcan's life he regresses to a primitive, hormonal state of mind, setting out to mate for life. He is granted the first request for shore-leave in his entire career to go to Vulcan, asking Kirk and McCoy to join him in his equivalent of a marriage ceremony with his since-age-seven arranged fiancée, T'Pring. But, once on Vulcan, T'Pring halts the matrimony by calling the ancient challenge, whereby a champion of her choice will fight Spock for her. Surprising all, she selects Jim Kirk. He accepts after due consideration only to find, when the first of two dueling weapons are handed out, that the fight is to the death - too late to decline in front of T'Pau, the presiding top official for Spock's family and the most powerful of all Vulcan dignitaries. Written by
Did You Know?
"Amok Time" was the first aired episode in Season 2, but according to DVD Commentary, was actually filmed fifth. Star Trek: Catspaw
(1967) was the first to be filmed for the second season but would not air until over a month after "Amok Time" as the seventh episode of the season. See more
The communication monitor in Spock's quarters has a distinctive stain on the right bezel. The same stain appears in the monitor in sick bay and Kirk's quarters. The same stain was also present on multiple monitors in the Corbomite Maneuver. See more
How do Vulcans choose their mates? Haven't you wondered?
Captain James T. Kirk
I guess the rest of us assumed that it's done... quite logically.