Bones continues his reprimanding of Kirk, telling him that the men are tired. "Aren't you the one who said a little suffering is good for the soul?" Kirk asks. "I never say that," Bones avers, looking straight ahead. After an official Coo-Eee sounds, we can hear Beetle directing the navigational tests Kirk ordered, and Bones tells Kirk that he is particularly worried about Beetle cracking under the pressure. Over Beetle's barking, Kirk thinks Beetle "will cut it." "Oh? How so sure? Because you spotted something you like in him? Something familiar? Like yourself, say about, oh, eleven years ago?" Bones wonders. Kirk massages his temples and teases Bones about reading textbooks. "I don't need textbooks to know that you could've promoted him too fast -- listen to that voice," Bones says seriously. They listen a bit before getting off the turbolift. What are we listening for, exactly? Signs that his nads haven't dropped yet -- what?
Kirk's Kwarters. Bones pours some crème de banane into these cool cordial glasses with pyramid stems made of blue crystal. In the background, Beetle's voice continues to bark exercise orders. Bones hands a drink to Kirk. "What's next?" Kirk asks, "'They're not machines, Jim'?" "Well, they're not," Bones agrees. "After what they've been through, they really should --" Kirk interrupts Bones to say that he's heard the good doctor say man is superior to any mechanical device. Bones interrupts him and tells him he's misquoting him again. Spock interjects over the comm to report that the exercise rating is over ninety-four percent. Kirk wants one hundred. "Agreed," Spock responds, with just the slightest hint of reservation in his voice. Okay, look at this -- it's only Episode Three (in the production order, not the airing order) and they already have established complex relationships between four characters. What is wrong with the world today? Bones wonders what Kirk intends to do with his extra six percent. "I'm gonna take it and I'm gonna --" Kirk starts, but Yeoman Rand parades in carrying a covered tray. "Excuse me, sir, but its time you had something to eat, sir," she announces. Are you serious? Uhura as receptionist, and Rand as flight attendant? Ugh. Rand sets the tray down behind Kirk and spreads out a gauzy indigo piece of nothing before she sets down a plate of salad. She turns the lights up. "What the devil is this?" Kirk bellows. "Green leaves?!" Rand gives Kirk some utensils: "Dietary salad, sir. Dr. McCoy ordered your diet card changed -- I thought you knew." Bones reminds Kirk that his weight was up a couple of pounds. Rand spreads another bit of indigo gauziness on Kirk's lap. Bet they're all pieces of her lingerie collection. Rand attempts to take Kirk's glass of crème de cacao away from him, but he stops her, saying, "Will you stop hovering over me, Yeoman?" Rand offers to change "it" if he doesn't like "it." What is "it," exactly? If Bones ordered his dietary card changed, there's not much Kirk can do if he doesn't like "it." And if she's referring to something else, well...get a Vulctoria's Secret catalog.