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Seeming tense and erratic, Captain Kirk takes the U.S.S. Enterprise
into Romulan space and the ship is immediately surrounded by Romulan
warships. Kirk and Spock beam aboard the Romulan flag-ship and confront
the Romulan Commander, a woman. Kirk explains that his ship entered
Romulan territory because of equipment malfunction. Spock, however,
denounces this explanation, saying Kirk ordered them here, due to his
reduced mental stability. This, not surprisingly, enrages the Captain.
The Romulan Commander orders the U.S.S. Enterprise be taken to
the Romulan base. Scotty, placed in command of the starship, refuses.
McCoy is beamed aboard the flag-ship to tend Kirk, who has become
irrational to the point of violence. When he arrives, Kirk attacks Spock
who reacts, without thinking, by using the Vulcan death grip, killing
McCoy returns to the U.S.S. Enterprise with Kirk's body, while
Spock remains on the Romulan ship. Unknown to the Romulan Commander,
this has all been a ploy to sneak the officers on board and steal the
Romulan cloaking device. After Kirk's body has been removed to his ship,
the Romulan Commander begins to try and entice Spock into defecting to
the Romulan side.
Disguised as a Romulan, Kirk returns to the Romulan ship and steals the
vessel's cloaking device and returns with it to the U.S.S. Enterprise.
When the Commander discovers the theft, she feels betrayed and in
retaliation decides to execute Spock. The Vulcan pretends to confess to
her and ultimately stalls until Scotty is able to install the cloaking
device on board the U.S.S. Enterprise. Spock is beamed back
aboard the starship, but since the Romulan Commander was standing near
him, she is also beamed aboard.
The Romulan Subcommander, now in charge of the flag-ship, gives chase,
ordered by his commander to destroy the Federation ship. Fortunately,
the newly-installed cloaking device works and the U.S.S. Enterprise
makes good her escape, with the Romulan Commander on board a their