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Kirk and Hell'n-a-Handbasket are in some room decorated with lots of objets d'art. One thing even looks like a Trojan helmet. Groan. Spock comms Kirk to say that the Sweaty-Toothed Madman is growing even more agitated and seems to think that Kirk is in danger. "Well, that's foolish!" Hell'n-a-Handbasket exclaims. Spock asks Kirk to repeat himself, as he didn't quite hear him. "Tell McCoy the technical expert he sent along with me insists that any concern is unjustified," Kirk says. He tells Spock that Adams told them the Sweaty-Toothed Madman brought about his current condition all by his lonesome. Hell'n-a-Handbasket says that the Sweaty-Toothed Madman has blown some fuses in his brain because of his prolonged exposure to the NN, so it's no surprise he's having delusions. Bones says he understands, but they are still concerned, and Spock wants to know when they'll come home. Kirk thinks they'll spend the night there. Of course. "No!" the Sweaty-Toothed Madman yells from Sickbay. Spock and Bones look at him and then get back to Kirk, asking him to check in every four hours. Kirk agrees, and hangs up. "Come, let me clutch thee: I have thee not, and yet I see these still!" Dr. Mathra continues in his monologue, carrying in a big bag of Styrofoam popcorn. In Sickbay, the Sweaty-Toothed Madman is very disconcerted by Kirk's decision to stay on the planet. Bones holds up a hypo, but the Sweaty-Toothed Madman begs not to be drugged out and pleads with them to listen. He gets across that Dr. Adams will destroy Kirk. There's something about this guy's acting...yes, he reminds me of Kirk Douglas after his stroke. Spock wants to know how, but all the Sweaty-Toothed Madman says is, "Right. Death." Spock logs that as Acting Captain, he must now use "an ancient Vulcan technique to probe into Van Gelder's tortured mind." Bones encourages Spock to go ahead, even though Spock admits that he's never used it on a human. Bones implores, "If there's any way we can look into this man's mind to see if what he's saying is real or delusion --" "It's a hidden, personal thing to the Vulcan people," Spock interrupts, "part of our private lives." Bones reminds him that "Jim Kirk" could be in big trouble, and asks if it will work or not. Spock stands over the Sweaty-Toothed Madman and tells him, "It could be dangerous. Do you understand? It requires I make pressure changes in your nerves, your blood vessels." The Sweaty-Toothed Madman tells him that he has to see inside his mind, because it's the only way he can explain the horrors he has seen. Spock rubs his hand as though he's cracking the knuckles and tells Bones it will only affect the one he touches: "It is not hypnosis." Bones understands.