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"Captain's Log, Stardate 2947.3. We have been through a severe ion
storm. One crewman is dead. Ship's damage is considerable. I have
ordered a non-scheduled layover on Starbase Eleven for repairs. A full
report of damages was made to the commanding officer of Starbase Eleven,
is not in his usual gold shirt, but a green one with gold braiding.) |
Stone: "Maintenance Section Eighteen. The section is working on the
Intrepid. Reschedule. The Enterprise is on priority one. That makes three
times you've read it, Jim. Is there an error?"
Kirk: No. But the death of the crewman.
Stone: "Regulations, Captain. And the extract from your ship's
log confirming this sworn deposition?"
Kirk: "Kirk to Enterprise."
Uhura (Over communicator): "Bridge here. Go ahead, Captain."
Kirk: "Where's Mister Spock with that computer log extract?"
Uhura: "He should have been there ten minutes ago, sir."
Kirk: "Kirk out."
Stone: "It's a great pity. The service can't afford to lose men like
Kirk: "I agree. I waited until the last possible moment. We were on
Red Alert. The storm got worse. I had to jettison the pod."
(The two man transporter alcove in the corner activates.)
Kirk: "What took you so long, Mister Spock?"
Spock: "Captain, I believe I..."
Stone: "I'll take that."
he puts the data card into his computer, the door opens and a teenage girl
dressed in blue enters.)
Jamie: "There you are. I just wanted one more look at you. The man
who killed my father."
Kirk: "That's not so. He was my friend."
Jamie: "Your friend? You hated him all your life! That's why you
him, you murderer! You murderer! You murderer!"
(She dissolves into tears.)
Stone: "Mister Spock, would you please?"
Spock: "Miss Finney, come with me, please."
Stone: "Captain Kirk, you say you jettisoned the pod after the Red
"You have my sworn deposition."
Stone: "Then, Captain, I must presume you've committed willful
perjury. This extract from your computer log says you jettisoned the pod
before going to Red Alert. Consider yourself confined to the base. Official
inquiry will determine whether a general court martial is in order."
"Captain's Log, Stardate 2948.5. Starship Enterprise remains in orbit
around Starbase Eleven. Full repairs in progress. I've been ordered to
stand by on Starbase Eleven until the inquiry into the death of
Lieutenant Commander Finney can be conducted. I'm confident of the
and McCoy enter, and go to the bar.)
Kirk: "Timothy, I haven't seen you since the Vulcanian expedition.
(no reply) Well, I see our graduating class from the Academy is well
represented. Corrigan. Teller. How you doing, Mike?"
Mike: (An older man in a gold shirt) "I'll get by, Jim."
Timothy: (Dark hair, red shirt) "I understand you're laying over for
repairs. Big job?"
"Couple of days."
Timothy: "You moving out then?"
Kirk: "In a hurry to see me go?"
Timothy: "Oh, I just wondered how long it'd take to get a new records
Kirk: "You can talk plainer than that."
Timothy: "I can, but I think the point's been made. Ben was a
McCoy: "Come on, Jim. Let's go."
Kirk: "Go on. Finish. Ben was a friend of yours, and..."
Kirk: "Go on. I'm waiting to hear the rest."
Mike: "Why don't you tell us?"
Kirk: "What would be the point? You've already made up your minds.
Excuse me, Bones."
"If you have any doubt, that was indeed Captain James Kirk of the
Shaw: "Yes, I know. Are you a friend of his?"
McCoy: "In these trying times, one of the few. Doctor Leonard
McCoy. And you?"
Shaw: "Areel Shaw. And I'm a friend, too. An old one."
McCoy: "All of my old friends look like doctors. All of his look
like you. Well, you might as well join me for a drink. With this inquiry
coming up, he's going to need all the friends he can get."
"Recording inquiry. Matter. Captain Kirk, James T. Subject.
Circumstances of death, Lieutenant Commander Finney, Benjamin." |
Stone: "This inquiry, to determine whether a general
court-martial should be convened against Captain Kirk on charges of
perjury and culpable negligence."
"Let us begin with your relationship with Commander Finney. You knew him
for a long time, didn't you?"
Kirk: "Yes. He was an instructor at the Academy when I was a
midshipman, but that didn't stand in the way of our beginning a close
friendship. His daughter Jamie, who was here last night, was named after
Stone: "It's common knowledge that something happened to your
Kirk: "It's no secret. We were assigned to the same ship some
years later. I relieved him on watch once and found a circuit open to
the atomic matter piles that should've been closed. Another five
minutes, it could have blown up the ship."
Computer: "Ship nomenclature. Specify."
Kirk: "United Starship Republic, number 1371."
Kirk: "I closed the switch and logged the incident. He drew a
reprimand and was sent to the bottom of the promotion list."
Stone: "And he blamed you for that?"
Kirk: "Yes. He had been at the Academy for an unusually long time
as an instructor. As a result, he was late in being assigned to a
starship. The delay, he felt, looked bad on his record. My action,
believed, made things worse."
Stone: "Comment. Service record of Lieutenant Commander Finney to
be appended this inquiry."
Stone: "Now let's get into the specifics of the storm, Captain."
Kirk: "Weather scan indicated an ion storm dead ahead. I sent
into the pod."
Kirk: "His name was at the top of the duty roster."
Stone: "If he blamed you..."
Kirk: "He may have blamed me that he never rose to command a
ship, but I don't assign jobs on the basis of who blames me. It was
Finney's turn, and I assigned him. He had just checked in with me from
the pod when we hit the leading edge of the storm. Not too
at first. I signalled a Yellow Alert. Then we began encountering
pressure, variant stress, force seven, the works. I finally signaled a
Red Alert. Finney knew he had a matter of seconds. I gave him those
seconds and more. But apparently it wasn't enough."
Stone: "Then why, Captain, does the computer log from your ship,
made automatically at the time, indicate that you were still on Yellow
Alert when you jettisoned and not on Red?"
"I don't know. There's been a mistake."
Stone: "It would seem so. Could the computer be wrong?"
Kirk: "Mister Spock is running a survey right now, but the odds
are next to impossible."
Stone: "Stop recording. Now, look, Jim. Not one man in a million
could do what you and I have done. Command a starship. A hundred
decisions a day, hundreds of lives staked on you making
one of them right. You're played out, Jim. Exhausted."
Kirk: Is that the way you see it?"
Stone: That's the way my report'll read if you co-operate."
Kirk: "A physical breakdown. Possibly even mental collapse."
Kirk: "I'd be admitting a man died because..."
Stone: "Admit nothing. Say nothing. Let me bury the matter here
now. No starship captain has ever stood trial before, and I don't want
you to be the first.
But if what you suspect is true, then I'm guilty. I should be punished."
Stone: "I'm thinking of the service. I won't have it smeared."
Kirk: "By what, Commodore Stone?"
Stone: "All right. By an evident perjurer who's either covering
judgment, his cowardice, or..."
Kirk: "That's as far as you go, sir. I'm telling you I was there
on the Bridge. I know what happened. I know what I did."
Stone: "It's in the transcript, and computer transcripts don't
lie. I'm telling you, Captain, either you accept a permanent ground
assignment, or the whole disciplinary weight of Starfleet command is
going to light right on your neck".
"So that's the way we do it now? Sweep it under the rug, and me along
with it? Not on your life. I intend to fight."
Stone: "Then you draw a general court."
Kirk: "Draw it? I demand it. And right now, Commodore Stone.
"Captain's Log, Stardate 2948.9. The officers who will comprise my
court-martial board are proceeding to Starbase Eleven. Meanwhile, repairs on
the Enterprise are almost complete." |
goes to the table of the lady in green, and kisses her hands.)
Kirk: "Doctor McCoy said you were here. I should have felt it in
the air, like static electricity."
Shaw: "Flattery will get you everywhere."
Kirk: "It's been, how long has it been?"
Shaw: "Four years, seven months, and an odd number of days. Not
that I'm counting."
"You look marvellous. You haven't changed a bit."
Shaw: "But things have changed for you, haven't they?"
Kirk: "Oh, you've heard about that, have you?"
Shaw: "I'm a lawyer in the Judge Advocate's office, remember?"
Kirk: "I remember. Let's forget it. We have a lot of lost time to
make up for."
Shaw: "You're taking it very lightly."
"The confidence of an innocent man."
Shaw: "Are you? That's not what the rumours indicate."
Kirk: "Look, Let's not talk shop."
Shaw: "Jim, this could ruin you. Will you take some advice?"
Kirk: "I never could talk you into anything. All right. Fire
Shaw: "The prosecution will build its case on the basis of Kirk
versus the computer. Now if your attorney tries to defend on that
you won't have a chance."
Kirk: "What other choice is there?"
Shaw: "That's up to your attorney, and that's why he's got to be
a good one."
Kirk: "You, perhaps?"
Shaw: "No, I'm busy."
Kirk: "Well, a girl with your ability should be able to handle
Shaw: "Jim, be serious. You're not an ordinary human. You're a
Starship Captain, and you've stepped into scandal. If there's any way
they can do it, they'll slap you down hard and permanently for the good
of the service."
Kirk: "You still haven't made any recommendation."
Shaw: "Samuel T. Cogley, attorney at law. If anyone can save
he can. He'll be paying you a visit. Jim, I've got to go."
Kirk: "Areel, you still haven't told me how you know so much
about what the prosecution's going to do."
Shaw: "Because, Jim Kirk, my dear old love, I am the prosecution,
and I have to do my very best to have you slapped down hard. Broken out
of the service, in disgrace."
is about to pour himself a drink.)
Cogley: "You Kirk?"
Kirk: "Yes. (Notices the piles of books everywhere) What is all
Cogley: "I figure we'll be spending some time together, so I
Kirk: "I hope I'm not crowding you."
"What's the matter? Don't you like books?"
Kirk: "Oh, I like them fine, but a computer takes less space."
Cogley: "A computer, huh? I got one of these in my office.
Contains all the precedents. The synthesis of all the great legal
decisions written throughout time. I never use it."
Kirk: "Why not?"
Cogley: "I've got my own system. Books, young man, books.
of them. If time wasn't so important, I'd show you something. My
library. Thousands of books."
Kirk: "And what would be the point?"
Cogley: "This is where the law is. Not in that homogenised,
pasteurised, synthesiser. Do you want to know the law, the ancient
concepts in their own language, Learn the intent
of the men who wrote them, from Moses to the tribunal of
Kirk: "You have to be either an obsessive crackpot who's escaped
from his keeper or Samuel T. Cogley, attorney at law."
Cogley: "Right on both counts. Need a lawyer?"
Kirk: "I'm afraid so."
are four officers in dress uniform on the bench, including Stone.)|
Stone: "This court is now in session. I have appointed as members of
this court Space Command Representative Lindstrom, Starship Captains
Krasnovsky and Chandra. Captain Kirk, I direct your attention to the fact
that you have a right to ask for substitute officers if you feel that any of
these named harbour any prejudiced
to your case."
Kirk: "I have no objections, sir."
Stone: "Do you consent to the service Lieutenant Shaw as prosecuting
officer and to myself as president of the court?"
Kirk: "I do, sir."
Stone: "All right, clerk."
Computer: "Charge, culpable negligence. Specification in that on
2945.7, by such negligence, Captain Kirk, James T., did cause loss of life,
to wit, the life of Records Officer Lieutenant Commander Finney, Benjamin.
To all recorded charges and specifications, what is the plea?"
Kirk: "Not guilty."
Stone: "Proceed, Lieutenant."
Shaw: "I call Mister Spock."
hands over his data chip, sits down and puts his hand on the lie
Computer: "Spock, serial number S179-276SP. Service rank,
Lieutenant Commander. Position, First officer, science officer. Current
assignment, USS Enterprise." Commendations, Vulcanian Scientific Legion
of Honour. Awards of valour. Twice decorated by Starfleet command."
"Mister Spock, as a First officer, you know a great deal about
computers, don't you?"
Spock: "I know all about them."
Shaw: "It is possible for a computer to malfunction, is it not?"
Shaw: "Do you know of any malfunction which has caused an
inaccuracy in the Enterprise computer?"
Shaw: "That answer is based on your mechanical survey of the
Enterprise computer ordered by the defendant prior to this trial, is it
Shaw: "Now the stardate..."
Spock: "But the computer is inaccurate, never the less."
"Why do you say that?"
Spock: "It reports that the jettison button was pressed before
the Red Alert."
Shaw: "In other words, it reports that Captain Kirk was reacting
to an extreme emergency that did not then exist."
Spock: "And that is impossible."
Shaw: "Is it? Were you watching him the exact moment he
the jettison button?"
Spock: "No, I was occupied. The ship was already on Yellow
Shaw: "Then how can you dispute the finding of the log?"
Spock: "I do not dispute it. I merely state that it is wrong."
Shaw: "Oh? On what do you base that statement?"
Spock: "I know the Captain. He is in... "
"Please instruct the witness not to speculate."
Spock: "Lieutenant, I am half Vulcanian. Vulcanians do not
speculate. I speak from pure logic. If I let go of a hammer on a planet
that has a positive gravity, I need not see it fall to know that it has
in fact fallen."
Shaw: "I do not see what that has to... "
Spock: "Gentlemen, human beings have characteristics just as
objects do. It is impossible for Captain Kirk to act out of panic or
malice. It is not his nature."
Shaw: "In your opinion."
Spock: "Yes. In my opinion."
Shaw: "Thank you. Your witness, Mister Cogley."
Cogley: "No questions."
Stone: "You may step down."
Shaw: "I now call the personnel officer for the Enterprise."
"Service rank, Ensign. Position, personnel officer. Current assignment,
Shaw: "In the course of your duties as personnel officer of the
Enterprise, you would be familiar with the service records of all
Ensign: (A young Asian woman) "Yes, ma'am."
Shaw: "With reference to Records Officer Finney, was there in his
record a reported disciplinary action for failure to close a circuit?"
Ensign: "Yes, ma'am."
Shaw: "Was the charge in that instance based upon a log entry by
the officer who relieved him?"
Ensign: "Yes, ma'am."
Shaw: "And who was that officer?"
"Ensign James T. Kirk."
Shaw: "Louder, please, for the court."
Ensign: Ensign James T. Kirk."
Shaw: "Now the Captain Kirk who sits in this courtroom?"
Ensign: "Yes, ma'am."
Shaw: "Thank you. Do you wish to cross-examine, Mister Cogley?"
Stone: "You may step down."
Shaw: "I now call Doctor McCoy to the stand."
"Service rank, Lieutenant Commander. Position, Ship's Surgeon.
Current assignment, USS Enterprise. Commendations, Legion of Honour.
Awards of valour. Decorated by Starfleet surgeons. "
Shaw: "Doctor, you are, on the record, an expert in
especially space psychology. Patterns which develop in
the close quarters of a ship during long voyages in deep space."
"I know something about it."
Shaw: "You have just heard the testimony of your own
personnel officer, that it was an action of the then Ensign Kirk,
which placed an unerasable blot on the record of the then Lieutenant
Psychologically, Doctor, is it possible that
Finney blamed Kirk for the incident?"
McCoy: "It's possible."
"He could have hated Kirk down through the years, blamed him for
being passed over for promotion, blamed him for never being given a
command of his own, correct?"
McCoy: "He could have."
Shaw: "Now, let us hypothesise, Doctor. Is it normal for a
to return affection for hatred?"
"Do we not tend to at first resent and then actively dislike the
person who hates us?"
McCoy: "Wait a minute. I don't quite follow you."
Shaw: "Hypothetically. Would not Captain Smith begin to hate
Lieutenant Commander Jones once he learned that Lieutenant Commander
Jones hated and detested him?"
McCoy: "Well, yes, I suppose it could happen."
"Then I ask you, is it not possible that Captain Kirk became aware
of Lieutenant Commander Finney's hatred toward him and perhaps, even
involuntarily, began to reciprocate?"
McCoy: "Not Captain Kirk."
Shaw: "Any normal human, Doctor. Is it
McCoy: "But he's not that kind of a man."
Shaw: "Is it theoretically possible, Doctor?"
"Yes. It's possible."
Shaw: "Thank you. Your witness, Mister Cogley."
Cogley: "No questions."
Stone: "You may step down. Mister Cogley. You've listened to
testimony from three witnesses, and in neither instance have you
availed yourself of your right to cross-examine. Have you abrogated
Cogley: "Well, sir, the truth is, I've been holding back till
we get this preliminary business out of the way. I'd like to call
Captain Kirk to the stand."
"James T. Kirk, serial number SC937-0176CEC. Service rank, Captain.
Position, Starship command. Current assignment, USS Enterprise.
Commendations, Palm Leaf Of Axanar Peace Mission, Grankite Order of
Tactics, Class of Excellence, Prantares Ribbon of Commendation,
Classes first and second.... "
Shaw: "May it please the court."
"Court recognises counsel for the prosecution."
Shaw: "The prosecution concedes the inestimable record of
Stone: "Mister Cogley?"
Cogley: "I wouldn't want to slow the wheels of progress. But
then on the other hand, I wouldn't want those wheels to run over my
client in their unbridled haste."
Computer: "Awards of valour, Medal of Honour, Silver Palm
with Cluster, Starfleet citation for Conspicuous Gallantry, Karagite
Order of Heroism..."
Cogley: "Stop. I think that's enough. I wouldn't want to slow
things up too much."
Shaw: "Thank you."
"Now, Captain, despite what these machines indicate, was there
indeed a Red Alert before you jettisoned the pod?"
Kirk: "Yes, sir, there was."
Cogley: "Please tell us about it."
Kirk: "Firstly, I am at a loss to explain the errors in the
extract from the computer log. We were in an ion storm. Everyone
here in this court knows the dangers involved. I was in command. The
were mine, no one else's. Charges of malice have been raised. There
was no malice. Lieutenant Commander Finney was a member of my crew,
and that's exactly the way he was treated. It has been suggested
that I panicked on the bridge and jettisoned the ion pod
prematurely. That is not so. You've heard some of the details of my
record. This was not my first crisis. It was one of many. During it,
I did what my experience and training required me
do. I took the proper steps in the proper order. I did exactly what
had to be done, exactly when it should have been done."
Cogley: "You did the right thing, but would you do it again?"
Kirk: "Given the same circumstances I would do the same thing
without hesitation, because the steps I took in the order I took
them were absolutely necessary if I were to save my ship. And
nothing is more important than my ship."
"Your witness, Miss Shaw."
Shaw: "The prosecution does not wish to dishonour this man,
but facts are facts. I must invite the attention of the court and
Captain Kirk to this visual extract from the ---Enterprise computer
log. Play back. What you are about to see is precisely what took
place on the Enterprise bridge during the ion storm."
(On the courtroom viewscreen)
"Meteorology reports ion storm upcoming, Captain."
Kirk: We'll need somebody in the pod for readings."
Spock: Mister Finney is top of duty roster, Captain."
Kirk: "Post him."
Spock: "Attention, Commander Finney, report to pod for
reading on ion plates."
Finney (Over Comm): "Message Received."
"Officer posted, Captain."
(The ship suddenly judders)
Kirk: "Stand by on alert status, Mister Spock."
Hanson: "Approaching ion storm, sir."
Kirk: "Warp factor one, Mister Hanson."
Hanson: "Warp one, sir."
another sharp jerk, and Kirk presses a button on his chair panel.)
Shaw: "Reverse. Stop. Go forward with magnification on the
panel. Freeze that. Captain Kirk is now signalling a Yellow Alert.
Go forward, normal view."
(On courtroom viewscreen.)
Uhura: "Call from the pod, sir."
Finney: "Finney here, Captain. Ion readings in progress."
Kirk: "Make it fast, Ben. I may have to go to Red Alert."
Kirk: "Hold our course, Mister Hanson."
Hanson: "Aye, aye, sir. Natural vibrations, force two,
Captain. Force three."
"Engineering, then ion pod."
Uhura: "Aye, aye, sir."
Kirk: "One third more thrust."
Crewman (Over Comm): "Working."
Finney (Over Comm): "Ion pod."
Kirk: "Stand by to get out of there,
(Over Comm): "Aye, aye, sir."
Hanson: "Force five, sir."
Kirk: "Steady as she goes, Mister Hanson."
(And the close up on the Captain's panel shows...)
Shaw: "Freeze that! If the court will notice, the log plainly
shows the defendant's finger pressing the jettison button. The
condition signal reads Yellow Alert. Not red alert, but simply
Yellow Alert. When the pod containing Lieutenant Commander Finney
was jettisoned, the emergency did not as yet exist."
Kirk: "But that's not the way it happened."
"Captain's Log, Stardate 2949.9. The evidence presented by the
visual playback to my general court-martial was damning. I suspect
even my attorney has begun to doubt me."
Kirk: Kirk here.
Spock: Captain. I've run a complete megalyte survey on the
Kirk: "I'll tell you what you found. Nothing, right?"
Spock: "You sound bitter, Captain."
Kirk: "Not bitter enough to forget to thank you for your
Spock: "Further instructions?"
Kirk: "No. It's not all bad, Mister Spock. Who knows. You may
be able to beat your next captain at chess. Kirk out."
"Bishop, half level right."
McCoy: "Well, I had to see it to believe it."
McCoy: "They're about to lop off the captain's professional
head, and you're sitting here playing chess with the computer."
Spock: "That is true."
McCoy: "Mister Spock, you're the most cold-blooded man I've
Spock: "Why, thank you, Doctor. I've just won my fourth
McCoy: "That's impossible."
Spock: "Observe for yourself. Rook to king's pawn four."
Computer: "Bishop, half level right."
Spock: "Now, this is the computer's move. And now mine.
(takes the bishop) Checkmate. Mechanically, the computer's flawless.
logically, its report of the captain's guilt is infallible. I could
not accept that, however."
McCoy: "So you tested the program bank."
Spock: "Exactly. I programmed it myself for chess some months
ago. The best I should have been able to attain was a draw."
McCoy: "Well, why are you just sitting there?"
Spock: "Transporter room, stand by. We're beaming down."
"Court is now in session. The board will entertain motions before
delivering its verdict. Counsel for the prosecution?"
Shaw: "Sir, the prosecution rests."
Stone: "Counsel for the defence?"
Cogley: "Sir, the defence rests."
(McCoy and Spock run in and whisper to Kirk and Cogley)
Stone: "Mister Cogley. Mister Cogley!"
"Sir, some new evidence has just been brought to my attention. I'd
like to ask the court to... "
Shaw: "Objection! Counsel for the defence has rested his
Stone: "Of what nature is this evidence?"
Cogley: "I can't tell you, I'll have to show you."
Shaw: "Mister Cogley is well-known for his theatrics."
Cogley: "Is saving an innocent man's career a theatric?"
"Counsels will kindly direct their remarks to the bench."
Cogley: "I'd be delighted to, sir, now that I've got
something human to talk about. Rights, sir, human rights. The Bible,
the Code of Hammurabi and of Justinian, Magna Carta, the
Constitution of the United States, Fundamental Declarations of the
Martian colonies, the Statutes of Alpha Three. Gentlemen, these
documents all speak of rights. Rights of the accused to a trial by
peers, to be represented by counsel, the rights of
cross-examination, but most importantly, the right to be confronted
by the witnesses against him, a right to which my client has been
Shaw: "Your Honour, that is ridiculous. We produced the
witnesses in court. My learned opponent had the opportunity to see
them, cross-examine them.
"All but one. The most devastating witness against my client is not
a human being. It's a machine, an information system. The computer
log of the Enterprise. Can ask this court adjourn and reconvene
aboard that vessel."
Shaw: "I protest, Your Honour."
Cogley: "And I repeat, I speak of rights. A machine has none.
A man must. My client has the right to face his accuser, and if you
do not grant him that right, you have brought us down to the level
of the machine. Indeed, you have elevated that machine above us. I
ask that my motion be granted, and more than that, gentlemen. In the
name of humanity, fading in the shadow of the machine, I demand it.
I demand it!"
"Captain's Log, Stardate 2950.1. After due consideration, the
general court-martial has reconvened on board the Enterprise."
"How many games of chess did you win from the computer, Mister
Spock: "Five in all."
Cogley: "May that be considered unusual?"
Spock: "I personally programmed the computer for chess months
I gave the machine an understanding of the game equal to my own. The
computer cannot make an error and assuming that I do not either, the
best that could normally be hoped for would be stalemate after
stalemate, and yet I beat the machine five times. Someone, either
accidentally or deliberately, adjusted the programming and therefore
the memory banks of that computer."
Cogley: "Could that have had an effect on the visual playback
Shaw: "Object! The witness would be making a conclusion."
Cogley: "Hypothetically, Mister Spock. Hypothetically, Miss
Shaw. If what you suggest had been done, it would be beyond the
capabilities of most men. Is that true?"
"What man aboard ship would it not be beyond?"
Spock: "The Captain, myself, and the records officer."
Cogley: "And at the moment, you have no records officer."
Spock: "Affirmative. Until he was lost, our records officer
was Lieutenant Commander Finney."
Cogley: "Captain Kirk, will you tell the steps you took to
find Mister Finney after the storm?"
"I instituted a phase one search."
Cogley: "Describe a phase one search."
Kirk: "It's a painstaking, thorough attempt in and around the
ship to find a man who's presumably injured and unable to respond."
Cogley: "It presupposes, does it not, that a man wishes to be
Kirk: "I beg your pardon?"
"If you start a search for a man, you assume, don't you, that he
wants to be found? He's not hiding?"
Cogley: "On a ship of this size, could a man evade such a
Cogley: "Gentlemen, I submit to you that Lieutenant Commander
Ben Finney is not dead."
"Mister Cogley, we are waiting for proof of the extraordinary
statement you made in the briefing room."
Cogley: "You shall have it, but first I need the co-operation
of this court in conducting an experiment. Captain Kirk."
Kirk: "Gentlemen, for the purposes of this experiment, it'll
be necessary for all personnel, except for members of the court and
the command crew, to leave the ship. I am ordering all others to
to the transporter room."
Cogley: "Including myself, sir."
Stone: "This court is by no means adjourned, Mister Cogley."
Cogley: "I have an errand ashore of vital importance to the
purpose of this court, and I will return."
Stone: "Very well."
Cogley: "Thank you, sir."
with the spare crew members.)
Stone: Captain, are you maintaining an engine crew aboard?
Kirk: Our impulse engines have been shut down. We'll maintain
orbit by momentum.
Krasnovsky: "And when the orbit decays?"
Kirk: "We hope to be finished long before that."
"Ready, Mister Spock?"
Spock: "Affirmative, Captain."
Kirk: "Gentlemen, this computer has an auditory sensor. It
can, in effect, hear sounds. By installing a booster, we can
increase that capability on the order of one to the fourth power.
The computer should bring us every sound occurring on the ship."
Crewman (Over Comm): "All personnel have left the ship as
Kirk: "Doctor McCoy? All right, Mister Spock."
(A cacophony of heartbeats comes over the bridge speakers.)
Kirk: "Turn it down a little. Gentlemen, that sound is caused
by the heartbeats of all the people on board the ship. Doctor McCoy
will use this white sound device to mask out each person's heartbeat
so that it will be eliminated from the sounds we are
McCoy: "First, the Captain. Mister Spock."
(He goes around the assembled group one at a time)
McCoy: "And lastly, myself."
Kirk: "That's all of us, except for crewman in the
transporter room. Mister Spock, eliminate his heartbeat. That
accounts for everyone."
still one heart beats over the speakers.)
Kirk: "Localise that."
Spock: "B deck, in or near Engineering."
Kirk: "Seal off B deck, sections 18Y through 23D."
Stone: "So Finney is alive."
Kirk: "It would seem so. Commodore, this is my problem. I'd
appreciate it if no one left the bridge."
with a phaser, Kirk makes his way alone.)
Kirk (Voice Over): "Sam Cogley had gone a shore to bring
Jamie Finney on board. We felt Jamie's presence would make Finney
easier to handle in the event Finney really were alive."
Ben, where are you?
Finney (Voice): Hello, Captain!"
Finney: "Nothing to say. Captain?"
Kirk: "I'm glad you're alive."
Finney: "You mean you're relieved because you think your
career is saved. Well, you're wrong."
Kirk: "Ben! Ben, it's not too late. We can help you."
"Like you helped me all along? Kept me down. Robbed me of my own
command? I'm a good officer, as good as you. I've watched you for
years. The great Captain Kirk."
(We finally see the man, as he jabs a phaser into Kirk's back)
Finney: "They told you to do it to me. You all conspired
against me. You ruined me, but you won't do it anymore."
(He disarms Kirk and throws the weapon away. Kirk turns to face
Kirk: "Put the phaser down, Ben."
Finney: "Oh, I wouldn't kill you, Captain. Your own death
would mean too little to you, But your ship..."
Kirk: "What about my ship?"
Finney: "It's dead. I've killed it. I tapped out your primary
"Mister Spock, what's our orbit status?"
Spock: "Decaying, Captain."
Hanson: "Variants at second level depreciating unusually
Finney: "You're out of power. I know the ship, too. The
Enterprise should've been mine. You kept me from it."
Kirk: "Ben. Why kill innocent people?"
Finney: "Innocent? Officers and gentlemen, Captains all.
Finney and his one mistake. A long time ago, but they don't forget."
Kirk: "I logged the mistake, Ben. Blame me, not them."
Finney: "But they are to blame. All of them. I was a good
officer. I really was. I loved the service more than any man ever
Hanson: "Mister Spock, we're running out of time."
Spock: "Gentlemen, if you'll please hurry to the transporter
Stone: "Mister Spock, the court has not yet reached a
verdict. We will hear this witness out."
Spock: "Very well, sir."
Kirk: "It's not too late. You can be helped. But if you kill
Finney: "Why shouldn't I? They killed me, didn't they? It's a
Kirk: "Is Jamie included in that deal?"
Finney: "What do you mean?"
Kirk: "She's on board by now. Yes. She's on board."
Finney: "What? Why did you do that? Why did you bring her
here? I'll kill you!"
(Kirk takes his opportunity to grapple with the bigger man. There's
a fight in which Kirk's shirt gets torn. Finney swings at Kirk with
a wrench, but finally has his lights punched out.)
"Beaten and sobbing, Finney told me where he had sabotaged the prime
energy circuits. The damage he'd caused was considerable, but not
irreparable. With luck, I would be able to effect repairs before our
orbit decayed completely."
(For repairs, read pulling cables out of junction boxes.)
"Power returning, Mister Spock. Up fourteen points and rising."
Spock: "Activate port impulse engines. One third power."
(Uhura takes navigation)
Hanson: "One third power."
Uhura: "Variants fading."
Hanson: "Orbit stabilising."
Uhura: "All secure, sir."
Stone: "Unless the prosecution has an objection, I rule this
court to be dismissed."
Shaw: "Absolutely no objection, sir."
"How long will it be this time before I see you again?"
Kirk: "At the risk of sounding like a mystic, that depends on
Shaw: "Sam Cogley asked me to give you something special.
It's not a first edition, just a book. Sam says that makes it
Kirk: "I didn't have much of a chance to thank him."
Shaw: "He's busy on a case. He's defending Ben Finney. He
Kirk: "I wouldn't be a bit surprised."
Shaw: "Do you think it would cause a complete breakdown of
discipline if a lowly lieutenant kissed a Starship Captain on the
bridge of his ship?"
Kirk: "Let's try. (a gentle but lingering kiss) See? No
change. Discipline goes on."
"And so must the Enterprise. Goodbye, Jim."
Kirk: "Goodbye, Areel. Better luck next time."
Shaw: "I had pretty good luck this time. I lost, didn't l?"
(She leaves, blowing him a final kiss. He pulls himself together,
goes to his chair and sits between two stony-faced officers.)
Kirk: "She's a very good lawyer."
McCoy: "Indeed she is."