> TOS > EPISODES
> ELAAN OF TROYIUS
Two United Federation of Planets members, Elas and Troyius, suffered war
for centuries. With Klingon Empire expansion approaching the planets'
system, Tellun, the Federation sends the U.S.S. Enterprise to
lend assistance in a peace negotiation. The peace treaty is to be
completed by the bonding in marriage of the two planets' leaders, the
Dohlman of Elas and the leader of Troyius. The starship provides
transport for the Dohlman to Troyius, while also offering a time and
place for the Dohlman to learn the duties and customs of Troyius.
Upon her arrival on the U.S.S. Enterprise, it is clear that the
Dohlman, Elaan, is an arrogant and reluctant bride. Ambassador Petri
from Troyius attempts to educate Elaan in preparation of her wedding,
but is rewarded with a knife wound. Captain Kirk must step in as Elaan's
tutor to insure that the alliance takes place. Kirk takes a strong hand
in Elaan's education, but his efforts are compromised when she begins to
cry and he touches one of her tears. The Elasian tears of a Dohlman
carry an infectious agent which acts as a powerful aphrodisiac.
While the captain fights the effects of Elaan's tears, a Klingon
battlecruiser appears. In the ensuing melee, it is apparent that the
Klingon captain is attempting to lure the starship into warp speed
which, as Scotty soon discovers, would destroy the ship. A saboteur from
the Elasian party has damaged the dilithium crystal chamber, rendering
the crystal inert, and the ship nearly powerless.
While under attack, Spock detects strong energy readings which emanate
from a crystal necklace of Elaan's — made of dilithium. Fitting the raw
crystals into the anti-matter chamber, the ship is able to fend off the
Klingons and continue to Troyius. Kirk and McCoy discover the one true
cure for the Elasian tears — prior infection — in Kirk's case, the
starship Enterprise had infected him even more powerfully than
had the Dohlman.