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 act 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
Did You Know?
This episode features the first appearance of the classic D7 Class Klingon battle cruiser, designed and built by Star Trek art director Walter M. Jefferies
(prior to this episode, Klingon ships had been represented by blobs of light or blips on a computer screen). Star Trek: Day of the Dove
(1968), which was filmed later, but aired earlier reused shots of the Klingon battle cruiser from this episode. See more
During the attacks of the Klingon warship, Chekov serves as the right navigator. But for the shots taken from Uhura's place to the front screen, he is obviously replaced by a blond and quite taller person. See more
Nurse Christine Chapel
Ambassador, if Elasian women are that vicious, why are men so overwhelmingly attracted to them? I mean, what magic do they possess?
It's not magic, it's biochemical. A man whose flesh is once touched by the tears of a woman of Elas has his heart enslaved forever.