Series: The Original Series
Air Date: January 17, 1969
Written by: George F. Slaven and Stanley Adams
Directed by: Jud Taylor
Kirk finds himself stranded on an empty version of the Enterprise. Empty except, of course, for a hot chick.
So, the planet Gideon has been holding out on joining the Federation for quite some time, but now, for some reason, have finally agreed to open negotiations. They describe their planet as a germ-free paradise, but won't allow anyone to scan them. And their one stipulation for Federation membership: only James T. Kirk can beam down for negotiations. An odd request, but they follow it. Kirk gets on the transporter pad and then Spock beams him down to the coordinates given which lead directly onto... the transporter pad.
Kirk looks around for a while after stepping off the transporter and finds no one on board the Enterprise. Making his way to the empty bridge, he sees Gideon on the screen and believes that he is on his Enterprise, still in orbit over Gideon. Meanwhile, on the real bridge, Spock receives a message from Hodin,
|Actual artist's rendering of Hodin.|
Back on the ship, Spock and Hodin say a lot of stuff that basically boils down to "No, Spock, you're not coming down here to look for Kirk" and "But, sir, I really must insist." At one point they transport a Gideon up to test if the transporters are malfunctioning, but they still won't allow a Federation officer to beam down. Even Starfleet gets in on the action and refuses to let Spock go. So what does Spock do? He goes.
|I do, Mr. Chekov, as I please.|
And then Odona comes down with some kind of illness. So Kirk takes her to sickbay. But when he gets there, he finds Hodin! Kirk gets in a fight with his guards to save Odona's life, but then Hodin explains that she has Vegan choriomeningitis; something that Kirk had had and was cured of long ago. He's still a carrier, though, and passed it on to Odona. And she will die in 24 hours if not cured. Hodin knows all this and was, in fact, counting on it. He specifically asked for Kirk for that very reason.
|And you think I'M messed up?|
SUDDENLY SPOCK! The first officer appears and, knowing he's already in trouble with Starfleet, asks Hodin not to interfere as he takes Kirk and Odona and transports back up to the real Enterprise. When they get there, Bones cures Odona. So now Odona can act as a carrier of Vegan choriomeningitis and still go around killing people on her planet without being killed herself! Hooray!
This story hangs on a thread-bare plot line that only sticks together on the virtue of suspension of disbelief. There are plenty of ways to kill people off besides infecting them with a virus. I would think they would choose any one of those ways before allowing them to go through a painful illness. Still, I suppose the point of this episode was to address the sanctity of life even if it threatens itself with overpopulation. I still think the lack of food supply should have done their job for them.