After a psychologically disturbed patient from the Tantalus penal colony, Dr. Simon Van Gelder, manages to escape to the Enterprise, Dr. McCoy begins to suspect that something is amiss on the colony. Captain Kirk and Dr. Helen Noel beam down to the planet to investigate. Written by
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Doctor Helen Noel, a former Christmas affair of Captain Kirk, was named after the most beautiful woman in Greek mythology, Helen, and the French word for Christmas, Noël. See more
When Van Gelder reaches the Enterprise's bridge, he attacks and disables a security guard. McCoy is on the bridge at the time, but even after Van Gelder is subdued, he never so much as glances in the unconscious guard's direction. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
One of the advantages of being a captain, Doctor, is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.