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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Revamped more than 20 years later in the "Captain Picard" adventure Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Perfect Mate (1992). See more »


Elaan locks herself away from Kirk and says: "If I have to stay here for ten light-years I will not be soiled by any contact with you." The term "light-year" is a measure of "distance" (the distance traveled by light in one year), and not of time. See more »


Elaan: Captain, there is one thing you can teach me.
Captain James T. Kirk: No, no, you were right the first time: there's nothing I can teach you; there's nothing you do not know.
Elaan: I don't know how to make people like me.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Perfect Mate (1992) See more »

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Is it just me, or did you, too, want to see Kirk spank this lady?!
8 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise is directed to transport a princess (Elaan) from her world to their enemy's world in an effort to marry her off to the enemy and thus ensure peace. The problem is that Elaan is a barbaric "female dog" and has no intention of fulfilling her duties. And, once she comes aboard, she is a prima donna who need civilizing before she's ready to marry anyone. So, it's up to the Enterprise's version of Henry Higgens (Kirk) to civilize the beast. There's a subplot of an assassination attempt through sabotage that's thrown in for a little bit of tension.

Overall this is a sub-par episode--mostly because the character of Elaan was so gosh-darn annoying and unlikable. Now this isn't to say that it's so bad that you shouldn't watch it. No, but it's just a little tough to see when Kirk eventually falls for her--I was really hoping he'd just put her over his knee and spank her for her utter rudeness. Plus, although Kirk falls in love with Elaan due to a chemical process for which McCoy says there is no cure, Kirk being the incredibly macho guy he is, is able to overcome this by the end of the episode. Another galactic babe tamed by the Kirk-Meister!

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