While transporting an arrogant, demanding princess for a political marriage, Captain Kirk must cope both with her biochemical ability to force him to love her and sabotage on his ship.


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Jay Robinson ...
Lee Duncan ...
Victor Brandt ...
Elasian Guard #1
Charles Beck ...
Elasian Guard #2


The Enterprise transports Elaan, a member of the ruling dynasty of the warrior Elasians, to the planet of their enemy, the Troyians, so that her arranged marriage will halt their interplanetary war. Kirk must teach the arrogant, vicious princess the ways of polite society but falls victim to the legendary weapon of Elasian women: their tears serve as a love potion. Spock tracks what may be another ship shadowing the Enterprise and Kirk, distracted by Elaan, must fight against other parties interested in preventing the Federation's peace efforts. Written by Tom D.

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20 December 1968 (USA)  »

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This was one of only two episodes (with "Errand of Mercy") that showed a Klingon flip top communicator similar to the ones used by Starfleet. This communicator was originally seen as an Eminian one in the episode "A Taste of Armageddon". See more »


In the last bridge scene, Captain Kirk calls over Sulu, however it seems that a stand in cast member takes his place - someone who bears his resemblance. A few moments later in the same scene, Sulu is at the helm again. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: Nobody's told you that you're an uncivilized savage, a vicious child in a woman's body, an arrogant monster!
[Elaan slaps Kirk; he slaps her back]
Captain James T. Kirk: That's no way to treat someone who's telling you the truth.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Relics (1992) See more »

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Captain Kirk transports a spoiled, reluctant and beautiful bride, Elaan, to her repugnant groom.
20 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The exotic France Nuyen as the angry bride, Elaan, is displayed beauteously. Coiling, raven locks and searing, jet-black eyes engage with Cleopatra styling to hold our attention, and one wonders what snake-like moves she will utilize to gain her way. Elaan is captivating to her subjects, but her magical tears must flow to tempt our powerful Captain Kirk. After Kirk uncovers the psychology behind Elaan's temper, I ceased the wish for her quick drop into the dilithium chamber. Running opposite to Trek's usual choice for a beauty, Elaan is dark and petite, with a thicker accent slightly reminiscent of latter Gen's Counselor Troi. Trek reminded viewers that fulfilling duty is inevitable in order to be honorable. I felt the loss incurred in more than one of the characters' hearts at the finale. Kirk and Elaan will engender a range of memorable emotions.

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