Captain's log, stardate 5275.6. Preparing to beam aboard the
Enterprise, following the successful completion of delivery of medical
supplies to the planet Dramia, in the remote Dramian star system.
(Dramians are light orange, have massive torsos
and feet, minute waists and hips, and elongated four fingered hands)
DRAMIAN: We of Dramia wish to thank you and the others of your
Federation for your invaluable assistance, Captain Kirk.
KIRK: We hope through our medical assistance programs. to develop and
strengthen relations with star systems such as yours, Supreme Prefect.
Well, shall we? Kirk to Enterprise. Beam us aboard, Scotty.
DRAMIAN: If you would be so kind, Captain.
KIRK: Belay that, Mister Scott. Yes, sir?
DRAMIAN: Commander Demos?
DEMOS: I have here a warrant for the arrest and trial of one of your
KIRK: Warrant? Who?
DRAMIAN: Read it, Captain.
KIRK: (reading scroll) You are hereby directed to surrender for trial
by the people of Dramia, Doctor Leonard McCoy, Medical Officer, USS
Enterprise. Is this some kind of joke?
DEMOS: The wanton slaughter of hundreds of people is not a joke,
MCCOY: Slaughter? Hundreds of people?
SPOCK: According to this, Doctor McCoy was responsible for a plague
which ravaged the planet Dramia Two some nineteen years ago, Captain.
KIRK: Let me see that.
DRAMIAN: As you will note, Captain, the warrant is perfectly in order,
approved by your own Federation.
SCOTT: Doctor McCoy arrested? For murder, Captain?
Sir, if you want me and some of the men to beam down, just in case
KIRK [OC]: No, Mister Scott. The warrant's legal. Mister Spock and I
are at the Hall of Justice. We'll keep you informed.
[Hall of Justice]
DEMOS: Your Doctor McCoy headed a mass inoculation
programme on Dramia Two, nineteen years ago. When his force left, a
massive plague struck the planet, killing most of its people.
KIRK: That doesn't mean he was responsible for it.
DEMOS: His trial will tell, Captain.
KIRK: Trial? You mean kangaroo court. I've heard about Dramian justice.
SPOCK: Captain, you're becoming emotional.
KIRK: Of course I am. Bones harming other beings. You know better,
Spock. I know better. Not Bones.
MCCOY: I wish I could be as sure, Jim. I, I just
don't know. Is it possible that I really did?
SPOCK: The termination of your inoculation programme and the subsequent
outbreak of plague could have been coincidence, Doctor.
MCCOY: Or a tragic mistake on my part.
KIRK: I don't buy that, Bones. Guard!
SPOCK: What now, Captain?
KIRK: Some pre-trial investigation, Mister Spock. On Dramia Two.
GUARD: Do not be assured by your friend's plans. Dramian justice is
swift. Too swift for them to save you, perhaps.
KIRK: Anything yet, Mister Spock?
SPOCK: No, Captain. The historical records of this solar system are
spotty, at best, going back nineteen years. Mostly they're technical
data, meteor showers, auroras, radiation reports.
KIRK: There it is.
SPOCK: Plague, Dramia Two. Of unknown origin, characterised by
pigmentation changes in skin of victim, debilitation, death. Certain
species known to have natural immunity, notably Vulcan. Hmm.
KIRK: Go on, Mister Spock.
[Hall of Justice]
DEMOS: You are sure?
GUARD: Yes, Commander. The Earth captain is planning to visit Dramia
Two to investigate the case.
DEMOS: Ready a patrol ship.
Captain's log, stardate 5275.8. Underway for
planet Dramia Two for investigation of McCoy case. We are beyond
subspace communications with Starfleet. Am proceeding under my own
KIRK: Estimated time of arrival, Mister Sulu?
SULU: Approximately four hours, Captain.
KIRK: Increase to warp six, Mister Scott. We may be racing against
KIRK [OC]: If I know Dramian justice methods.
SCOTT: Aye, aye, Captain!
SULU: Ship in pursuit, Captain.
SULU: I'd say Dramia, sir. It appears to be a one-man craft.
UHURA: Shall I make contact, sir?
KIRK: Yes. Belay that, Lieutenant.
SPOCK: You're planning something, Captain?
KIRK: Unless I miss my guess, that's friend Demos.
SULU: What if he attacks, sir?
KIRK: Why should he? We haven't contacted him, so we must not have
detected him. He'd have to explain an attack. Besides, he'll probably
prefer to sneak aboard, seeing that we carelessly left the hangar doors
UHURA: But the hangar doors aren't open, Captain.
KIRK: Ah, yes. Take care of that oversight, will you, Mister Sulu?
(Demos sees the hangar doors open, and flies straight in)
[Corridor outside hangar deck]
(Kirk and Spock arrive. Demos goes for a weapon)
KIRK: Now, now, Demos. You're hardly in a position to take on an entire
DEMOS: And you are not in authority to conduct an investigation in our
KIRK: You will remind me to report my conduct to the Federation, won't
you Mister Spock?
SPOCK: Of course, Captain.
DEMOS: I demand that you report to the Federation now!
KIRK: I would, but unfortunately we're out of communications range.
DEMOS: Then I will proceed to your starbase and report your act.
KIRK: Sorry, Commander. Your ship is, er, impounded.
SPOCK: You are a stowaway, Commander.
DEMOS: I have been tricked.
Captain's log, stardate 5275.9. We are approaching
Dramia Two, where we hope to find the answers concerning the question
of Doctor McCoy's guilt or innocence. Situation normal. Aurora reported
in the sector, however.
KIRK: Radiation level, Mister Sulu?
SULU: Intense, Captain.
SPOCK: Decidedly non-lethal, however.
KIRK: Good. Then it's safe for us to beam down to Dramia Two. Shall we,
(Kirk, Spock and Demos are on the pads)
SCOTT: You're sure it's safe, Captain?
SPOCK: Decidedly. There's a difference, Captain.
KIRK: Now, now, Mister Spock, you're not trying to scare our Dramian
friend, are you? Of course, you can back out if you'd like, Commander.
DEMOS: I go.
KIRK: You heard the man, Mister Scott.
(It is a scene of devastation. Barren ground and
KIRK: Not the most enchanting place I've ever been to.
DEMOS: Plagues seldom leave behind fields of flowers, Captain.
(They see a figure amongst the ruins)
DEMOS: They do not like outsiders.
SPOCK: Surely you're not an outsider, Commander. You're Dramian.
DEMOS: The distinction here is between the world of the living and the
world of the walking dead.
KIRK: Inhospitable or not, he mustn't get away.
(They pursue a figure)
(The figure jumps off a cliff)
KIRK: He's disappeared. It's almost as if he dematerialised.
SPOCK: Not likely, Captain.
(Speck points to an opening in the cliff face)
DEMOS: I would advise against that, Captain.
KIRK: I'm sure you won't mind if I ignore your advice.
SPOCK: Caution would seem to be advisable, Captain.
KIRK: Bones' life is on the line, Mister Spock.
KIRK: Cave dwellers? In the midst of your
DEMOS: A result of your Doctor McCoy and his inhumane methods.
KIRK: You say it, Demos, but that doesn't
(Then he is pounced upon by the Dramian they have been chasing. Spock
and Demos pull him off)
DEMOS: He attacked you because you are an Earthling, Captain, even as
KIRK: But how did he survive the plague?
DEMOS: He, like the others who remain here, was away at the time. They
returned to their planet to find that their families had succumbed to
the plague. He and a few others, senseless in their grief, chose to
live here in desolation. You see, Captain, there were no actual
KOL-TAI: You are wrong. There was a survivor. I, Kol-Tai, survived. By
what miracle, I do not know.
KIRK: Then you can tell us. Do you remember?
KOL-TAI: I remember people all about me, becoming blue in colour, then
green and finally red.
SPOCK: The pigmentation changes associated with the disease in our
computer records, Captain.
KIRK: Kol-Tai. Doctor McCoy, do you remember him?
KOL-TAI: The Earth doctor. He saved my life. He treated me for Saurian
virus. A man who saves does not also kill, Commander.
KIRK: Beam us aboard, Mister Scott. Quickly.
SCOTT [OC]: Aye, aye, sir.
KIRK: Let's get underway for Dramia.
SCOTT: Sir, who is that?
KIRK: Meet Kol-Tai, Mister Scott. A friend of Doctor McCoy's.
KIRK: Warp six, Scotty.
SCOTT: I'll pour on the coal, Captain.
(As in an old blooper reel....)
KIRK: Mister Spock?
SPOCK [OC]: Yes, Captain?
KIRK [OC]: How's our number one passenger doing?
SPOCK: Clean, fed, in good health, and resting.
KIRK [OC]: Good. We want him to be a sterling witness.
(Enterprise's course takes it through the yellow,
green, blue and red aurora)
SULU: Approaching Dramia, Captain.
KIRK: Let's hope the trial hasn't started.
SPOCK [OC]: Captain.
KIRK: Yes, Mister Spock. What is it?
SPOCK [OC]: The trial may be academic.
SPOCK: Yes, Captain. Kol-Tai is turning blue.
KIRK: The plague!
KIRK: Set up an immediate quarantine, Lieutenant.
SPOCK: He's hardly fit to testify at the trial, Captain.
KIRK: We've got to save him.
DEMOS: For McCoy's sake.
KIRK: Yes, for McCoy's sake. And for Kol-Tai's sake too. You see,
Commander, we do place a value on life. All life. Does that shock you,
DEMOS: It is not that. It is
SPOCK: Captain, you're blue.
(So are all the bridge crew, and Scott, and Demos. As they start to
KIRK: Mister Spock, take command.
SPOCK: Captain's log, stardate 5276.4. We are in
orbit around the planet Dramia, under the conditions of general
quarantine. As Commanding Office, I have ordered the activation of
General Order Six.
SPOCK: General Order Six has been activated?
SULU: Yes, sir. If everyone on board has perished at the end of twenty
four hours, the ship will self-destruct in order to protect other
beings from the disease on board.
SPOCK: Good. Report to Sickbay, Mister Sulu.
SULU: But sir, who will monitor?
SPOCK: I assure you I am capable, Mister Sulu.
KIRK: Mister Spock.
(He collapses against the wall)
SPOCK: Captain, your condition.
KIRK: We have to get McCoy. Must find an antidote.
(Uhura passes out)
SPOCK: This is the Enterprise. I must speak with the Supreme Prefect.
DRAMIAN [on viewscreen]: Why do you speak, and not your Captain?
SPOCK: The Captain and all of the crew members are incapacitated. The
plague is aboard the Enterprise.
DRAMIAN [on viewscreen]: Demos?
SPOCK: The same. You must release Doctor McCoy temporarily. He is
needed to find an antidote.
DRAMIAN [on viewscreen]: No.
SPOCK: We have a witness in McCoy's behalf. You must trust me.
DRAMIAN [on viewscreen]: Let the witness speak.
SPOCK: Impossible. He too is stricken.
DRAMIAN [on viewscreen]: Demos cannot speak, the witness cannot speak.
Yet you wish us to release the prisoner, McCoy. Your treachery is
(end of transmission)
KIRK: Got to get McCoy.
SPOCK: If you'll permit me, Captain, I might be able to get McCoy.
KIRK: Spock, (he turns green) you're sure?
SPOCK: I can't infect the planet, Captain. And I can get McCoy.
(Spock neck-pinches the guard)
MCCOY: Spock! What in the world?
SPOCK: Later, Doctor.
(He uses the guard's device to nullify the forcefield holding McCoy)
MCCOY: Spock, have you and Jim gone out of your minds? Why, this is a
SPOCK: Doctor, just come with me, please.
MCCOY: No, Spock. It's illegal, that's what it is. Besides, I must
stand trial. I have to find out.
SPOCK: Doctor, you will stand trial, you will find out, after you've
found and antidote for the plague which is about to kill everyone
aboard the Enterprise.
MCCOY: Plague? Why didn't you tell me?
SPOCK: You wouldn't give me a chance. You realise, Doctor, if you go,
and fail to find an antidote, you too will die.
MCCOY: I'm a doctor, Spock, a doctor. Get us beamed aboard.
SPOCK: Beam us aboard, Captain.
(Kirk has operated the controls, then collapsed
MCCOY: Anything, Spock?
SPOCK: Negative, Doctor. The file on all known
diseases doesn't recognise these symptoms of pigmentation changes.
MCCOY: Blast it, Spock, work harder. They're in
the terminal stage.
(Kirk is yellow)
MCCOY: My readings keep shifting. It must be the activity of that
KIRK: Bones, that's it. Aurora, changing colour.
MCCOY: Jim? Aurora? What
MCCOY [OC]: Spock, feed in the data without
mentioning the colour change symptoms.
SPOCK [OC]: That's it, Doctor. The colour change
symptoms were misleading the computer.
MCCOY: Because they were caused by the aurora. Spock, there was an
aurora nineteen years ago. I remember
SPOCK [OC]: Which brought on the particular plague just as this aurora
has brought it on.
MCCOY: I didn't do it! Spock, the disease, what is it? What's the
SPOCK: That's the problem, Doctor. There is no
known antidote. However, Doctor, do you remember a certain Kol-Tai? A
man you treated for Saurian virus?
MCCOY: Yes, I think I do. But what has that got to
do with anything?
SPOCK: Possibly nothing. However, Kol-Tai did
survive the first plague.
MCCOY: Spock, I see what you mean. Saurian virus
antibodies in his blood, that's what made him immune.
SPOCK: I presume, Doctor, that you have a supply
of live Saurian virus antibodies in your laboratory?
(McCoy gives the patients an injection, and their
skin colour returns to normal. They are soon up and about again)
KIRK: Bones, you did it!
DEMOS: Thank you, Doctor.
Captain's log, stardate 5276.8. Preparing to beam
aboard the Enterprise, following the Dramian ceremonies honouring
Doctor Leonard McCoy for his significant achievements in the field of
DRAMIAN: We of Dramia wish to thank you, Doctor,
for your discovery of the antidote which frees us from future attacks
of the auroral plague.
MCCOY: Thank Mister Spock too. And Captain Kirk.
DRAMIAN: We will even forget about the unorthodox manner of your
KIRK: And we'll forget about a certain stowaway.
DEMOS: We must apologise.
MCCOY: I think it's time we got aboard ship, isn't it, Jim?
KIRK: Beam us aboard, Mister Scott.
SCOTT: Aye, aye, Captain.
KIRK: Gentlemen, I don't know about you, but I'm
ready to get back to Starbase.
SCOTT: Yes, sir.
MCCOY: And I'm ready to get back to some of that monotonous, old,
routine Sickbay work.
SPOCK: Including, I would hope, some of that monotonous, old dispensing
of the regular vitamin rations to the crew.
MCCOY: What is that supposed to mean?
SPOCK: Well, you have been derelict in your duties of late, Doctor.
MCCOY: Spock, you know as well as I do what we've all just been
SPOCK: Hippocrates would not have approved of lame excuses, Doctor.
MCCOY: Why, that, that. Jim, if I'm ever in jail again, don't send that
Vulcan to release me. Just let me rot.