Captain's log, stardate 5143.3. While patrolling the edge of the
Romulan Neutral Zone, the Enterprise has changed course to assist a
one-man vessel which has fallen victim to a meteor swarm. Sensors
indicate the occupant is still alive.
KIRK: Have you identified the vessel, Mister
SPOCK: Yes Captain, but you may find it difficult to believe. The
vessel is registered to Carter Winston.
MCCOY: That's impossible, Spock. Carter Winston's been missing over
(Kyle beams aboard a fair-haired man)
MCCOY: Incredible. It is him.
KIRK: Carter Winston.
CARTER: It seems you gentlemen know me.
KIRK: There are few in the Federation who wouldn't recognise your face,
sir. I'm Captain James Kirk, commanding this vessel. Mister Spock, my
first officer, Doctor McCoy, senior medical officer.
MCCOY: I'm especially honoured to meet you, Mister Winston. My daughter
was going to school on Cerberus about ten years ago when the crop
failure occurred. The entire population would've starved, Jim, if
Winston here hadn't used his personal fortune to bring in enough food
and goods to carry them through the crisis.
KIRK: One of the many stories I've heard about you, Mister Winston.
It's an honour for all of us to have you aboard.
SPOCK: There is one person aboard who should be especially happy to
learn you are alive, Mister Winston. Lieutenant Anne Nored of our
CARTER: My fiancee? Anne's aboard this starship?
SPOCK: We will notify her as soon as we've verified your credentials,
Mister Winston. If you have your identity tapes with you
MCCOY: Spock! Of all the cold-blooded, inhospitable requests I've ever
SPOCK: I believe our regulations are quite clear, Doctor. An immediate
identity check and medical examination are a standard requirement at
KIRK: Spock is right as usual, Bones.
CARTER: And I understand, of course. My credentials, Captain.
The Enterprise has rescued a living legend, the
foremost space trader of our time. Carter Winston has acquired a dozen
fortunes only to use his wealth time and again to assist Federation
colonies in times of need or disaster.
SPOCK: Library computer, verify record tape on
COMPUTER: Working. Identification positive. Fingerprints positive.
Voice print positive. All licenses and registration in order.
KIRK: Visual display of owner. Checks out. It seems we'll have a
distinguished passenger with us for a while.
CARTER: Is there some problem, Doctor?
MCCOY: This instrument seems a little off. I've never gotten quite this
reading from a human before.
CARTER: Are you suggesting I'm not quite human, Doctor?
MCCOY: Of course not. Anyway, it's just a fraction off normal. It's
probably the instrument. They need to be recalibrated every so often.
CHAPEL: The Captain is inquiring if the examination is completed,
MCCOY: Yes, I suppose so.
CHAPEL: And Lieutenant Nored is waiting to see Mister Winston once
you've certified his medical condition.
MCCOY: Well, I certainly don't want to keep you any longer from your
fiancee. Show her in.
(McCoy and Chapel leave, and a brunette enters)
ANNE: Oh, Carter.
CARTER: I'm sorry, Anne. I never thought we would meet again.
ANNE: Carter, what is it?
CARTER: When I left on that last trip, I fully intended to come back
and marry you, but my ship was disabled and I crashed on Vendor. I'm
told I was lucky I survived.
ANNE: But you did survive. You're alive, and we're together again.
CARTER: Anne, I'm changed. First there was surgery, skin graft,
regrowth of bone. After they put me together, they assigned one of
their people to me, and he nursed me back to health.
ANNE: But, you said you've changed. How? I don't see any change.
CARTER: It's over between us, Anne. I'm sorry, I can't explain why but,
I can't marry you. Ever.
KIRK: Take the conn, Mister Spock. I'll be in my
cabin completing the report on Winston's rescue.
CARTER: I hope I'm not intruding, Captain.
KIRK: No, please come in, Mister Winston.
CARTER: I've been down to examine my ship. They stowed it in the
KIRK: Yes, I'm afraid it's pretty badly damaged. It's hardly worth
salvaging right now. I've had our engineering officer, Mister Scott,
examine it and make a report. It's here somewhere. He doesn't think
there's anything left in your ship except scrap value.
(Behind his back, Carter Winston crosses his arms and glows, then turns
into a an orange creature poised on six slender tendrils. It drapes a
tendril around Kirk's shoulder. He falls unconscious and the thing
places him gently on his bed. Then the creature turns into James Kirk.)
CHAPEL: Well, I can't find anything wrong with
these instruments, Doctor. They check out, but the readings are still
slightly off. What about the rest of the tests on Winston?
MCCOY: Well, some are off and some aren't. It has to be our error. Come
on. We'll start from the beginning and this time we're going to find
SULU: Weren't you going to your cabin, sir?
KIRK: Mister Sulu, lay in a direct course for Ratar Three.
SULU: Through the Romulan Neutral Zone, sir?
KIRK: That was the order, helmsman.
SULU: But sir, if we're caught there, the Romulans can confiscate the
ship. The treaty
KIRK: I know the terms of the treaty, Mister Sulu, and I believe you
heard my order.
SULU: Aye, aye, sir.
SPOCK: Captain, the extreme long-range sensors show something in the
Zone. At this distance, I cannot determine precisely what it is. It
could be a trading vessel like Winston's. But it does not seem prudent
to take the risk of trespass into the Zone.
KIRK: Mister Spock, I've spoken to Winston on this at some length. He
has assured me it is absolutely vital to get to Ratar Three in the
shortest possible time. The survival of the entire planetary population
may depend on it.
SPOCK: An admirable mission, Captain, but if we endanger our ship
KIRK: I wouldn't have ordered it if I didn't feel it safe, Spock.
Winston says his sensors detected no Romulans when he came through the
Zone last week. I'm satisfied he's telling the truth, and his word is
considered good. Isn't it?
SPOCK: That has been his reputation.
SULU: Course laid in, sir.
SULU: On course, sir.
KIRK: You have the conn, Mister Spock.
Ship's log, stardate 5148.7. First Officer Spock
recording. The Captain's course change has taken us deep into the
Romulan Neutral Zone.
(Kirk has woken up in his quarters)
KIRK: I'll take the conn, Mister Spock.
SPOCK: Is something wrong, Captain?
KIRK: I'm not sure. I went down to my quarters to dictate the accident
report and I seem to have fallen asleep. I've never done that before.
SPOCK: Perhaps you needed the rest. We are on course through the
Neutral Zone, sir.
KIRK: The Neutral Zone? We have no authorisation to enter it. Did you
order a course change, Spock?
SPOCK: No, sir. You did.
KIRK: Ridiculous. No captain of the Starfleet would do that unless it
was a matter of life and death.
SPOCK: I believe that was the reason you gave, Captain.
SULU [on monitor]: Weren't you going to your cabin, sir?
KIRK [on monitor]: Mister Sulu, lay in a direct course for Ratar Three.
SULU [on monitor]: Through the Romulan Neutral Zone, sir?
KIRK [on monitor]: That was an order, helmsman.
KIRK: That's enough, Spock. Mister Scott, take the conn. Spock. Mister
Sulu, plot a course to take the Enterprise out of the Neutral Zone at
warp eight. Lieutenant M'Ress, put the ship on Yellow Alert.
KIRK: Mister Spock, I don't remember giving those
orders. I left the Bridge, went to my quarters and fell asleep. That's
SPOCK: Perhaps Doctor McCoy should examine you, Captain.
KIRK: Definitely. I've become subject to blackouts, I'm a possible
danger to the safety of the ship. I can't allow that.
MCCOY: Oh, Winston. I was just finishing the tests
I ran on you. I don't think
(But Winston has done his transformation into the alien, sent him to
sleep and has dragged the body away)
ANNE: Doctor McCoy?
MCCOY: Can I help you?
ANNE: I don't know, Doctor. I just thought. Well, I have to talk to
MCCOY: Oh now, let me guess. It's you and Carter Winston. He told me a
little about it when I examined him.
ANNE: Doctor, what do I do? I still love him.
MCCOY: Well, I'm sure he'd like to feel the same way about you, Anne,
but that may be impossible. Five years, that's a long time. People
ANNE: I haven't. What can I do?
MCCOY: Well, if he asked you to forget him, I think you should try to
do just that. Do you think he'd want to deceive you?
ANNE: Oh no. He's the gentlest, most thoughtful man I've ever known.
MCCOY: Yes, but, my dear, if he doesn't want you and he has asked you
to forget him, then I suggest you take that as an honest concern for
you and do it. Forget Winston.
(Kirk and Spock enter)
ANNE: Thank you, Doctor. I'll consider your advice. (leaves)
MCCOY: What can I do for you, Captain?
KIRK: I want a complete medical examination, Bones. Something's just
MCCOY: I'm afraid I'll have to make it later today, Captain. I have too
many tests to process right now.
SPOCK: Carter Winston's?
MCCOY: That one's done. Tested out normal.
SPOCK: Are you sure there is no possibility you made an error?
MCCOY: Well, there's always that possibility. I'll go over them again
if you like.
KIRK: No, that won't be necessary. I'll come by later for that
examination. Let's go, Spock.
SPOCK: Captain, did you notice Doctor McCoy's
reaction when I asked him if there was any possibility he might have
made an error?
KIRK: He said there's always that possibility. And that's not like
Bones at all. Come on.
(No one is there)
SPOCK: There are not many places one could hide in here.
(There's a groan from behind the door)
MCCOY: I must have taken a little nap.
SPOCK: Doctor, you are a man of curious habits, but I have never known
you to nap on the laboratory floor.
KIRK: There's something wrong about this room.
(He goes over to a biobed)
KIRK: All right, Winston. You can come out now. I suggest you show
yourself, Winston, or whatever you are.
MCCOY: Did you say I'm a man of curious habits? Jim's talking to a
SPOCK: I don't think so, Doctor.
KIRK: There used to be only two examining tables in this room. Now
there are three.
SPOCK: I just realised that.
KIRK: This is a vial of Orientine acid, Winston. It will burn through
almost anything but this crystal. If you've never seen it work, I'll
demonstrate on you.
(The table transforms into the alien)
MCCOY: I saw that, but I don't believe it.
SPOCK: A Vendorian, Doctor. Their planet is quarantined, and few people
ever do see them. Their ability to rearrange their molecular structure
into anything with the same general size and mass and their practise of
deceit as a way of life puts them off limits.
KIRK: Mister Spock, get a security team down here on the double.
(The Vendorian attacks all three of them at once and escapes down the
SPOCK: Spock to Bridge. Put me on ship's audio.
SPOCK [OC]: All security teams, intruder alert.
Repeat, intruder alert. The intruder is a Vendorian capable of assuming
any shape or identity.
(It changes into Carter Winston and looks for somewhere to hide. A
phaser is pointed at it)
CARTER: Anne, what are you doing?
ANNE: My job. It isn't hard to guess who the intruder is. You're the
only stranger aboard, Carter.
(But he knocks the phaser out of her hand, and gets away just she picks
it up again and Kirk arrives)
KIRK: Lieutenant Nored, you could've stopped him. Why didn't you fire?
ANNE: I, I couldn't. I knew he had to be the intruder, Captain, but I
couldn't harm the image of the man I loved.
KIRK: Lieutenant, he is not the man you loved. Carter Winston is dead.
ANNE: I know that too, now.
SPOCK: Security teams report no sign of the alien on this deck,
KIRK: I was afraid of that. Once out of our sight, he can become anyone
or anything aboard this ship.
(Red Alert sounds)
KIRK: Bridge, this is the Captain. What's happened?
SCOTT: Two Romulan battle cruisers, Captain. And
they're heading right for us.
Captain's log, supplemental. Due to interference
by the alien Vendorian aboard, the Enterprise has been detected
violating the Romulan Neutral Zone. By the terms of our treaty, the
Romulans have a legal right to seize and impound the Enterprise. To
complicate matters, we have not been able to apprehend the Vendorian
responsible for putting us in this position.
ROMULAN [on viewscreen]: You appear to have a
propensity for trespassing in the Neutral Zone, Captain Kirk.
KIRK: It was not deliberate, I assure you.
ROMULAN [on viewscreen]: It never is. But the rules of the treaty are
clear. To contravene them would mean war. You will surrender your ship,
Captain. We will release you and your crew at the nearest outpost that
guards the Neutral Zone.
KIRK: I'd like a few minutes to inform my crew.
ROMULAN [on viewscreen]: Very well. Five minutes, no more.
KIRK: Kirk to Security. What's the status on the search for the
ANNE [OC]: No progress yet. We have all decks patrolled, but no one has
KIRK: Carry on, Lieutenant. The Romulans were expecting us, Mister
Spock. That wreck of Winston's ship was the bait to get a Romulan spy
onboard. And what better spy than a Vendorian who can shape at will.
When I went down to my cabin, he must have put me out long enough for
him to return to the Bridge and order the course change.
SPOCK: It would seem so.
KIRK: Open a hailing frequency Lieutenant M'Ress.
M'RESS: (a lioness with a very long flowing mane) Hailing frequency
open, sir. They're waiting for us.
ROMULAN [on viewscreen]: I assume you are now ready to turn your ship
over to us, Captain.
KIRK: Wrong assumption.
ROMULAN [on viewscreen]: Captain, you are outnumbered, outgunned and in
the wrong. I admire your courage, but I
KIRK: I have no choice, Commander. You lured me here in direct
violation of the treaty.
ROMULAN [on viewscreen]: Lured, Captain? How could we lure a Starfleet
vessel into the Neutral Zone?
KIRK: Through the use of a spy using the human form of Carter Winston.
ROMULAN [on viewscreen]: A spy? Come now, Captain. Your imagination is
creative but obviously out of control.
KIRK: You used a Vendorian, which, I might add, is also a violation of
ROMULAN [on viewscreen]: Your five minutes are up, Captain. Either
surrender your ship or prepare to fight.
KIRK: I will not surrender my ship.
(Scott finds a man messing inside a panel)
SCOTT: What are you doing?
(The man grabs his throat, knocking him out, then carries on)
SULU: Captain, our deflector shields are coming
KIRK: Bridge to Engineering. Scotty, what's happened to the shields?
GABLER: Mister Scott isn't here, sir.
KIRK [OC]: Get those shields
KIRK: Up again now.
GABLER [OC]: I can't, sir.
SULU: Hangar doors on the shuttlecraft deck are opening, sir. The
Vendorian must be trying to escape.
KIRK: We need him. Override the controls and shut those doors.
SULU: Doors closing, sir.
KIRK: Spock, take the conn. Talk to the Romulans. Try to stall them.
And send a security team to the hangar deck. I'll be in Engineering.
KIRK; What happened?
SCOTT: I don't know, sir. I came up here to check the backup systems,
and there was a crewman taking this panel apart. That's all I remember.
KIRK: How long will it take to fix?
SCOTT: Two hours, at least.
KIRK: Get on it.
ANNE: You're not getting past me this time. I've
learned my lesson.
CARTER: Yes. He said you were like that, practical as well as warm and
lovely. You're everything he said you were.
ANNE: Carter? What did he say?
CARTER: Many things. Some were only feelings, deep feelings he couldn't
always express. He did love you.
ANNE: How did he die?
CARTER: Winston crashed on our planet, and he was tended by a
Vendorian. Me. He lived for almost a year before his body ceased to
ANNE: You are so much like him, his voice, his mannerisms.
CARTER: That is the way of our people. The longer we stay in another's
form, the more we take on its memory, emotion, attitudes. Not totally,
but a great deal as time passes.
ANNE: He did say he loved me.
CARTER: As I do. In a sense, I feel some of the emotions he felt. His
love for you was very strong. Because I was there, it did not end when
CARTER: Anne, this is what I am. (changes into Vendorian shape) Can you
love this? (changes back) You see why I told you it would be best to
KIRK: But unfortunately, I can't.
(The Romulans fire at the ship, and Kirk and Anne are knocked off their
feet. Carter escapes)
SPOCK: Direct hit, Captain. Damage to the secondary propulsion system.
The commander has apparently decided to fight.
M'RESS: The Romulan commander is signalling, sir. I'll put it on the
ROMULAN [on viewscreen]: Captain Kirk, all our main batteries are
trained on you. To resist would be useless and wasteful of lives. Do
KIRK: Without deflectors, we're just a clay pigeon for them.
SPOCK: Practicality does suggest capitulation, Captain.
SULU: Captain, the deflector shields are coming up again.
KIRK: That's only one shield.
SULU: Yes, sir, but it is between us and the Romulans.
KIRK: Mister Sulu, aim for the propulsion units of the lead Romulan
vessel. Prepare to fire phasers and photon torpedoes in combination.
SULU: Phasers and torpedoes ready, sir.
(They disable the first ship)
SPOCK: Second vessel firing now, sir.
KIRK: Lock on second target.
SULU: Ready, Captain.
SPOCK: Strange. We did no damage, but the Romulan is retreating anyway.
KIRK: They may believe we do have their spy. Scan the other vessel for
damage, if you will, Mister Spock.
SPOCK: Second vessel power supply out. Crew unharmed. They should be
able to repair the ship in a few days.
KIRK: Good work, Mister Scott. That deflector shield went up just in
SCOTT: But sir, I haven't finished repairing the shield. I told you
it'll take hours, and it will.
KIRK: Then what was? Winston.
SPOCK: It is not outside the realm of probability. If he could
rearrange his own atoms to become an examination table, one would have
to assume he could become a deflector shield.
SCOTT: Will someone tell me what's going on?
(The Vendorian enters)
SCOTT: What manner of beastie is that?
SPOCK: Your deflector shield, Mister Scott.
ALIEN: I assume the danger to your ship is over.
KIRK: It is.
ALIEN: As it should be. I'm sorry if I endangered your vessel.
KIRK: Why did you do it?
ALIEN: Among my own people, I am a non-producer, useless. An outcast
fit only to do those tasks of the lowest order. The Romulans offered me
a life, something of value I could do. It is important to be of value
KIRK: What changed your mind about the Romulans?
ALIEN: It seems, Captain, that I am more Carter Winston than I knew. He
loved life. He loved Anne. I couldn't allow the Romulans to harm any of
you because of him.
KIRK: I understand.
ALIEN: What will happen to me now?
KIRK: You'll have to stand trial. But you did save the Enterprise from
the Romulans, and I will recommend that be taken into consideration.
ALIEN: Thank you, Captain.
(The Vendorian changes into Carter Winston)
KIRK: In the meantime, I'm afraid I'll have to keep you under guard. I
think we've had enough of that little trick.
ANNE: Captain, could you assign me that duty.
CARTER: But you've seem me. You know what I am.
ANNE: Form doesn't seem terribly important to me. As Carter Winston or
even just part of him, there's a better life for you than anything the
Romulans might offer. Can we talk about that?
CARTER: I don't know. I
KIRK: You have the guard detail, Lieutenant.
(McCoy enters as Anne and Carter leave)
MCCOY: You caught him.
SPOCK: Acute observation, Doctor.
MCCOY: I'm glad to see him under guard, Jim. If he'd turned into a
second Spock, it would've been too much to take.
SPOCK: Perhaps. But then two Doctor McCoys just might bring the level
of medical efficiency on this ship up to acceptable levels.