The Enterprise hosts a number of quarrelling diplomats, including Spock's father, but someone on board has murder in mind.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Amanda (as Miss Jane Wyatt)
William O'Connell ...
John Wheeler ...
James X. Mitchell ...
Lt. Josephs
Reggie Nalder ...


The Enterprise is transporting several diplomatic delegations to a conference on Babel regarding the future of the mineral-rich planet Coridan. Among the passengers are Spock's parents, Ambassador Sarek and Amanda. There is obviously a chill between father and son owing to Spock's choice of pursuing a career in Starfleet. Unknown to Spock or his mother is the fact that Sarek is seriously ill. There is also much tension among the delegations and a spy on board is transmitting coded messages to a ship that attacks the Enterprise. With Captain Kirk wounded in an earlier knife attack, Spock is in temporary command just as his father needs a transfusion that only he can provide. Written by garykmcd

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17 November 1967 (USA)  »

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Gene Roddenberry wrote the scene in which Amanda tells Kirk of the rift between Spock and Sarek. Writer D.C. Fontana felt that it would be inappropriate for her to discuss this with someone she had just met. But Roddenberry wanted Kirk to be more involved with the story. See more »


Kirk is attacked and clearly stabbed in the lower back. McCoy later reports that the knife narrowly missed Kirk's heart and Kirk is bandaged across the upper chest, nowhere near where the knife wound occurred. See more »


[first lines]
McCoy: [Captain Kirk is adjusting uniform in mirror, Dr. McCoy pacing behind him, tugging at tight collar] Dress uniforms - spit and polish. I don't know how much longer I'm gonna be able to stand this. I feel like my neck's in a sling.
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Referenced in Futurama: Where No Fan Has Gone Before (2002) See more »

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Very good show with some great insights into Spock
7 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is perhaps one of the best episodes for the Spock groupies out there. In this one, his personality is allowed to show through much more than usual and these insights are gained by watching Spock with his parents, Jane Wyatt and Mark Lenard. We learn that he had a teddy bear (of sorts) as a child and we also learn of Spock's anguish growing up as a "half-breed". On top of all this great family interaction, it was great to finally see multiple species other than humans in an episode, as the ship was ferrying ambassadors to a peace conference.

Pluses for the episode apart from the insights into Spock were much, much better than usual dialog, an exciting and multi-layered plot and plenty of action despite the episode taking place entirely on the Enterprise. All in all, one of the better episodes and one nearly meriting a score of 9.

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