Introductions all around, and Hell'n-a-Handbasket begs Dr. Adams to call her Helen. Her explanation for her weird fixation on her first name is, "With so many titles around, we're not going to be sure who's talking to who." Naturally, because if Dr. Adams addressed on of them as "Doctor," she couldn't be quite sure he wasn't addressing Kirk, right? This chick is a freak. Kirk cites regulations and offers to check his weapon, but Dr. Adams waves it off, telling him just to keep it out of sight. "I know you people feel as naked without a weapon as we do without a medikit," Dr. Adams laughs. I think we all know that Kirk never minds feeling naked. Hell'n-a-Handbasket must be thinking the same thing, because the camera cuts to her looking seductive again. My god, I just noticed how pointed Hell'n-a-Handbasket's dinners are. How anyone ever thought sugar cones under a shirt were sexy, I'll never understand. Dr. Adams hands drinks around, and since they don't get many visitors of Kirk's kind down there, he proposes a toast. Kirk flips open his communicator, but Dr. Adams doesn't think he'll be able to get through their security screen. He then presses a button and tells Kirk to try again. Kirk comms Spock that he and Hell'n-a-Handbasket made it there safely. Aw, it's like when Dr. Mathra calls to let me know he safely reached New Jersey at 3AM.
The door opens, and a brunette in an Africanish caftan walks in. Dr. Adams greets her as Lethe. Oh, for Zeusing out loud, the Greek mythology is just going to gallop through this one, isn't it? Lethe came to Tantalus for rehab and is now a therapist. "And a very good one, too, I might add," Dr. Adams announces. "I love my work," Lethe says automatically. Sort of the reverse Nurse Somerville effect, isn't it? Kirk gives her a weird look and glances at Hell'n a Handbasket, who has noticed nothing. Because she's a woman. Who slept with Kirk. Kirk starts to question Lethe about what brought her to the colony. "I was another person -- malignant, hateful," Lethe tells him. Kirk asks what she did to get sent there, but Lethe doesn't seem inclined to answer that. Dr. Adams explains that burying the past is part of their treatment. Yes, yes, and they named her for Hades' River of Oblivion, which causes dead people to forget their previous existence when they drink from it -- WE GET IT! Man, I could go for a glass of that Oblivion Water at this point. "Why should a person go on living with bad memories if there is no necess--" Dr. Adams stops himself and looks at Hell'n a Handbasket, who is smiling encouragingly at him. He thinks Hell'n-a-Handbasket would agree with him on that score. "The shifting of memory patterns is basic to psychotherapy," Hell'n-a-Handbasket says. I think that means she agrees with him, but I always thought repression of memories was a bad thing. Look what it did for Olivia de Havilland.