There Was A Freakish Man Who Had A Freakish Smile
Spock comments that Kirk's move was well played but he regrets not learning more about Balock, "In some manner, he was reminiscent of my father." Scotty feels sorry for Amanda. "Quite the contrary, she considered herself a very fortunate Earth woman," Spock contradicts. Let me tell you, if I were married to Mark Lenard, I'd also consider myself a very fortunate Earth woman. Bones comes back on the Bridge, and he and Kirk make nice. Of course, all this exposition is to fill in for the time they're waiting on Balock to destroy them. It's clever and interesting. Sulu town-cries that they have a minute left, even though his ticker clearly showed they had a minute and fifty-nine seconds left. "I knew he would," Sulu comments. You knew he would what? What are you even talking about? The Bridge looks around at each other and watches the bathing cap. Uhura seems to telling a joke in her head, because she's smiling at something I can't discern. Then again, she does have a prime view of Kirk's thinning top. Beetle steps off the turbolift, to the supreme interest of the whole Bridge crew. Had a little nap, did he? Or took a little something in water, maybe? Sulu's odometer ticks down to thirty-six seconds (although we know it's actually a minute thirty-six, but who's counting besides the recapper?), and Sulu waits six more seconds to announce that they have thirty seconds left. Beetle requests permission to rejoin the shooting party. Bones and Kirk exchange secret smiles, and Kirk grants him permission. Beetle gingerly takes his position.