Horton Heals a Horta
In the throes of his toppings-meld, Spock shakes his head and screams, "PITY! THE THOUSANDS...devils! THE JOURNEY ENDS! The Chamber of the Ages! THE ALTAR OF TOMORROW! MURDERERS! STOP THEM! KILL! STRIKE BACK! MONSTERS!" Bones runs in and is all, "The hell?" Kirk nods him over. Bones asks what in the Sam Hill Spock is doing. Instead of answering, Kirk says, "It's wounded, we gotta help it." "Help that?" Bones gestures incredulously. Kirk orders Bones to take a look. Spock continues to meld, whining in an unnaturally high voice, "The end of life...murderers." Bones gives Spock the most hysterical look here. He glances over like, "Dude, you are a freak, but for some reason I'm not that surprised to find you communing with two midgets under a really ugly rug." I don't know how else to describe it, but it is definitely one of DeForest Kelley's best expressions -- he's completely composed and just goes about his business, seeming to regard Spock's outbursts as annoying distractions. After taking some scans, Bones tells Kirk that the Horta is "virtually made out of stone." "Help it. Treat it," Kirk argues. Bones draws himself up and utters the immortal line, "I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer!" "You're a healer. There's a patient. That's an order," Kirk responds. Bones gives in grumpily. Kirk nudges Spock about the retardation mechanism. "Understooood," Spock says, and I finally place what his intonation reminds me of: Enrico Colantoni in Galaxy Quest. "It is the end of life...eternity stopsss..." Spock says more on that score before giving metaphor-laced directions to Kirk. Spock then commences to sob all over the pizza. Bones looks over at him and decides he doesn't hear any of this. Kirk finally goes into the tunnel.