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Kirk and McCoy
decide to take Scotty, who is recovering from a head wound
accidentally caused by a female crew member, to a nightclub
on the planet Argelius II. Scotty becomes infatuated with a
lovely dancer at the club and they leave together. In the
meantime, Kirk and McCoy decide to sample some of the
planet's other pleasures and leave.
A scream sends them to a foggy alley to find the dancer dead
with Scotty holding a bloody knife. McCoy suggests that
perhaps Scotty's subconscious distrust of women since his
accident has manifested itself in murder.
Hengist, the local authority, wants to arrest Scotty, but
Kirk intervenes and seeks the help of a priestess of an old
psionic cult. Unfortunately, she's killed and once more the
blame seems to fall at Scotty's feet. Before she dies, the
priestess says that something with an insatiable hunger and
hatred of women is present in the room. Scotty still claims
to have amnesia during the time when the women were killed.
In the end, the entity turns out to be an ancient life form,
Redjac, previously known on Earth as Jack the Ripper. It now
appears in true form: a noncorporeal vampire who thrives on
others' fear. It preys on women because they are more easily
frightened. It has been living in the body of Hengist and,
when discovered, kills Hengist and flees to the U.S.S.
McCoy administers tranquilizers to everyone on board so that
the creature cannot evoke fear. Enraged, it is forced to
return to Hengist's body. Kirk, knowing this would happen,
beams it into space at maximum dispersal, where it will die
for lack of nourishment.