Subvulcanean Homesick Blues
Kirk approaches to the tune of crazy tribal drums and asks what happens to Spock if he declines. "Another champion vill be selected," T'Pau tells him. Kirk looks at Weird Vulcan, and T'Pau tells him not to interfere with their vays. Bones pulls Kirk away and tells him he can't fight Spock. "I can't?" Kirk asks. "No. She said that their laws and customs were not binding on you," Bones reminds him. Kirk tells Bones that he was the one who said Spock might not be able to handle it, and hypothesizes that he could knock Spock out without hurting him. In what fantasyland of Kirk's would he ever be stronger than Spock? Certainly not on Vulcan, and certainly not when Spock's all a-boil in the blood. "In this climate? If the heat doesn't get you, the thin air will!" Bones says. The guys with the Abacus Bells keep processing in a ceremonial way. The camera shows us Spock's Pon-Farr-Vision. Apparently, when you have the blood fever, you see things as if you were lying on the ground, looking up. Something explodes a little in the fake pile of coals behind T'Pau. Bones tells Kirk he just can't do it. Kirk wipes his brow and says, "If I get into any trouble, I'll quit. And Spock wins and honor is satisfied." Bones tries to say something, but Kirk interrupts him: "He's my first officer and my friend. I disregarded Starfleet orders to bring him here. Another thing, that's T'Pau, a Vulcan. All of Vulcan in one package." Don't tell me he wants to bed her as well? "How can I back out in front of her?"