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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. Seeing that I've now mentioned that movie twice, I should share something with you. There's a scene where Olivia de Havilland as Virginia Cunningham is being interrogated by a panel of psychiatrists to see if she's ready to be released. She can't remember her social security number at one point and gets panicked. I got panicked as well, because I didn't know my social security number and was certain I would be put away for that if anyone ever found out. I was ten. Kirk looks shiftily at everyone. Dr. Adams wants to get back to the toast. He hands out drinks but excludes Lethe, saying, "You'll forgive us, Lethe." She nods almost servilely, but doesn't leave the room. "To all mankind," Dr. Adams toasts. "May we never find space so vast, planets so cold, hearts and minds so empty that we cannot fill them with love and warmth." Throughout the toast, Lethe's oddly shadowed face seems to be staring daggers at Dr. Adams. "Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?" Dr. Mathra recites as he strides about the room, stamping everything in sight with a big red "Stanford" stamp.