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Aboard the Enterprise, Scotty reports that the Klingon Bird of Prey is closing in on their position. The Klingons think they are being stealthy and belatedly employ their cloaking device. Acting Cpt. Tolstoy tells Scotty to raise shields at the report of the Bird of Prey's cloaking, regardless of the shuttlecraft. The shuttlecraft is warned of the Bird of Prey's cloaked proximity and advised to hide itself somewhere. This doesn't sit well with Sybok, who tells Kirk to continue on their pre-set course. Kirk explains that, in order to dock, they need the Enterprise tractor beam to guide them in, and to do that means lowering the shields, blah blah blah susceptible-to-attack-cakes. Kordd, the Klingon, corroborates this information, and everyone gets antsy until Kirk decides upon a different strategy. He transmits as much to the Enterprise in the form of code name "Plan B." The Klingons intercept this transmission and don't know what Plan B is, but they now know that Kirk is on board the shuttlecraft and decide to alter their plans accordingly. Apparently, Scotty and Chekov, who couldn't find a clue if it warped into their pants, don't know what Kirk's talking about. Kirk makes it a bit unclearer for them: "B, as in barricade!" Scotty breathes that Kirk can't be serious, making me agog with anticipation. Not. Kirk explains to Sybok (and the rest of us) that they'll dock the craft manually, and therefore they won't be needing the shields lowered for very long. Sulu smilingly informs everyone that this is his "first attempt." To keep from prolonging this intensely suspenseful scene, I'll let everyone know that they make a bumpy, but safe, landing into the shuttle bay, and foil the Klingon Bird of Prey by having the Enterprise jump to warp two in The Nick of Time. Recovering from the crash landing, Kirk tries to grab a weapon before his stunned captors come to, but Sybok is quicker than he and orders him, at pebble-point, to alter the Enterprise's course. Kirk offers to take him to the bridge, and he scuffles with him in the shuttle bay but loses after being flung around a bit by Sybok. The pebble-gun clatters out of reach, and Kirk orders Spock to "pick it up." Spock does so accordingly, but hesitates when Kirk yells, "Shoot him!" Sybok challenges Spock to fire on him, and takes the pebble-pistol away when Spock doesn't. Kirk is irritated. Sybok tells Spock, "For a moment, I thought you might actually do it," and Spock looks horrified. Sybok orders his Dust Mite Minions to put Kirk and Bones in the brig, but again asks Spock to join him. Spock tells him, "No, I will not." Sybok says, "You know I'm right!" Spock just looks at him, and Sybok relents, ordering Spock to the brig as well. How does Spock "know" anything at this point -- did they mind-meld when I wasn't looking? Spock walks over to Kirk, who gives him a dirty look before turning his back on him. Uhura and Sulu are hustled out of the shuttlecraft, and Kordd comments that they might be "useful" to them. Sybok asks for "a moment alone with them," and his Dust Mite Minions withdraw.