Bones operates. There's a blue glow thrown up on his face, which makes me wonder if Spock's brain is made out of the same stuff as Indiglo watches. Kirk logs that they don't know how long Bones's Algernon knowledge will stay with him, and that any future use of the Teacher is not recommended by the Surgeon General. Remote Control Spock lies on a table with a big wall guillotining the top of his head. Scotty watches from the surgery side of the wall, but Kirk prefers to stare soulfully at Remote Control Spock from the non-bloody side. Deep Purple hangs out in the middle. Scotty screeches, "He's operating at warp speed! You know, I'd like a try at that Teacher m'self!" Deep Purple bitches that they will have Spock's brain back and her people will die. Kirk explains how much better off they'll be without the Controller, since they will be able to grow and develop in ways they haven't been allowed to do. Is EVERY TOS episode about the horrors of a stagnant society? Seems like everyone I choose to recap is! Well, maybe not the Gorn, that was just...actually, I still don't know WHAT that was. Clint Howard either.
Kirk explains how the FM Boots Brigade will be able to exist and learn live with the men. He promises to help them. I'll just bet he will. He'll teach Mating 101, 102, 103, and Advanced Mating for Sex Majors. A shot looking up at Bones face shows him sweating under the blue glow of Spock's brain. Scotty calls Kirk over and hisses that Bones is forgetting. Bones dithers. Kirk tells him he can't stop now. Well, he could, but Spock would just end up like Crichton and, while funny, it's not exactly pretty. "I'm trying to thread a needle with a sledgehammer!" Bones mutters. "Bones!" Kirk prompts. "No one can restore a BRAIN!" Bones announces. Score: Parmigiano-Reggiano. Kirk reminds him that not too long ago he said it was child's play. Bones looks down and sweats through the blue light in several shots. Kirk's log feels the need to bring us up to date. You know, he always records his log as if it were happening right now, but he's really not, is he? There have been times when he's shown dodging bullets and explosives and he's like, "My dash across this minefield may prove futile but I must try." Maybe they're all really just internal monologues that he likes to call "Captain's log" so people don't think he's crazy?