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Series: Series/{{Star Trek The Original Series}}\\
Episode: Season 1, Episode 4\\
Title: The Naked Time\\
Previous: Where No Man Has Gone Before\\
Next: The Enemy Within\\
Recapper: {{Tropers/Cue}}]

-->"I'll never lose you. Never."
--->-- Kirk, revealing his... ''[[CargoShip fondness]]''... for the ''Enterprise''

The ''Enterprise'' has arrived at the ice planet Psi 2000 to document its impending collapse. Spock and [[RedShirt some other loser]] beam down in Hazmat suits to investigate why a laboratory on the planet shows no life signs: turns out, everybody froze to death because someone left the door open and nobody cared enough to correct that. While Spock is investigating the corpses, his companion [[TooDumbToLive unwisely]] removes his glove to scratch his nose, allowing a strange red fluid to drip onto his hand.

Back on board the ''Enterprise'', the RedShirt starts acting strangely, in turns belligerent and depressed. He gets into a fight with Sulu and a guy named Lt. Riley, brandishes a dinner knife at them, and mildly injures himself. However, when [=McCoy=] operates on him, he dies, seemingly losing his will to live. [=McCoy=] is perplexed, as the victim was in good health and was previously known as a strong-willed individual. The reason for his odd behavior soon becomes apparent: he carried a virus that removes inhibitions (and makes one extremely sweaty, incidentally).

Chaos engulfs the ship as the virus spreads: crew members act careless, laughing maniacs run around the halls painting creepy messages in red paint, Sulu menaces passersby with a fencing sword, and Spock enters a crippling depression. Worst of all, Riley has locked himself in the engine room, stranding the ship just as the planet is breaking up, threatening the ''Enterprise''. Kirk and Scotty try to break into the engine room while [=McCoy=] cooks up a vaccine. However, by the time Scotty gets the door open, it's revealed that the engines were stopped completely and that restarting them would take more time than the planet has. Desperate, Kirk orders Scotty to... [[{{Technobabble}} do something involving matter/antimatter annihilation]] to get the Enterprise out of the way. Scotty cries that it only has a [[MillionToOneChance 1-in-10,000 chance]] of not blowing them to smithereens (so, naturally, it will work perfectly), but he needs Spock's help. Kirk tries to [[GetAHoldOfYourSelfMan slap Spock out of his funk]], but Spock only recovers when Kirk empathizes with him under the virus' influence and reveals the heavy burden of being Captain of the ''Enterprise'' -- contrary to popular belief, ''you can never get laid,'' at least not with crew members. [=McCoy=] cures the crew and the ship escapes, but with a strange side-effect: it travels about three days backwards in time, in the series' first instance of time travel.

[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] [[strike: ripped off]] simply ''[[SarcasmMode revisited]]'' this scenario in "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E2TheNakedNow The Naked Now]]." ...'''[[RecycledScript just]]''' revisited.
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!!Tropes
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Nurse Chapel makes one for Spock
* BrokenTears: Spock loses all control over his emotions.
* CuteButCacophonic: Lt. Riley. "I'll take you hoooome Kathleeeeeeen!"
* DeniedFoodAsPunishment: Riley tells Uhura she can't have ice cream because she interrupted his song.
* DrivenToSuicide: Joe Tomerlin, who laments that humanity doesn't belong in space, stabs himself, and then despite receiving prompt medical attention, [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith loses the will to live.]]
* DrunkenSong: Riley sings an old Irish ditty.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: {{Lampshaded}}. Lt. Riley claims that Sulu's interest in Botany in ''[[Recap/StarTrekS1E1TheManTrap The Man Trap]]'' was one of his weekly fads. This week it's Fencing.
** They're still working through Spock's mannerisms by this time. When he nerve pinches Sulu, he says to the security guards, "Take D'Artagnan here to Sickbay."
* EverybodyMustGetStoned: A disease makes everyone get progressively drunker.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Kirk attempts to slap Spock back into a steady state of mind. All it does is get Spock mad enough to slap him back, with enough force that he goes flying across the table.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Uhura's quip when Sulu says, "I'll protect you fair maiden.": "Sorry, neither."
* GracefulLoser: After going through considerable effort to force their way into Engineering, Kirk leads the charge with Scotty and a pair of Security crewmen. Riley looks up from the chair and dryly observes: "No dance tonight."
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Kirk might not mind Riley's singing so much if it had somewhat less enthusiam and a little more musical talent.
* TheHyena: The disease turns a few people into this.
* InelegantBlubbering: Spock when he gets affected.
* LoveIsInTheAir: The disease makes people lose their inhibitions, so many of the afflicted find themselves acting more amorous than usual.
* MadnessMantra: Spock tries to ward off the effects of the disease by repeating "I am in control of my emotions." and reciting multiplication tables.
* MillionToOneChance
* MurderWater: Contrary to the episode synopsis you just read, the episode itself doesn't have the cause be a virus -- that was the retcon used in the 'revisiting' to cover the fact that the central premise of "The Naked Time" fell squarely into ScienceMarchesOn: polywater (a kind of high-viscosity, low-freezing point water that would tend to make other water into its own type). It's not actually ''sentient'', but it is extremely dangerous, can move in ways that should be impossible, and is (a type of) water.
* OhNoNotAgain: Kirk's reaction to Lt. Riley's announcement that he is going to sing another [[HollywoodToneDeaf rendition]] of "I'll Take You Home Kathleen".
* {{Oireland}}: Riley goes uber-Irish while drunk.
* PlotHole: Is Uhura immune to the disease? She plainly touched Sulu's bare flesh. There is a later scene where she gets snippy with the Captain, but it was just due to stress.
** Dr. [=McCoy=], a front-line medical worker, also never succumbs to the disease - pretty impressive considering that it manages to afflict his head nurse. It would seem to indicate that some of the crew simply aren't susceptible.
* ScottyTime: "[[MemeticMutation I cannae change the laws of physics!]] I've got to have thirty minutes!" In this case, it's actually not an inflation, but the faster alternative of trying to cold-start the ''Enterprise's'' engines is way too risky for Scotty's skill level.
* SequelHook: Spock accidentally invents time travel, with Kirk noting that it could be pretty interesting to try again some day.
* ShirtlessScene: Sulu gets one. Oh, my!
* ThrowItIn:
** Uhura's "Sorry, neither." was an ad lib by Nichelle Nichols during rehearsals.
** The entire scene where Spock struggles to remain in control of his emotions was suggested by Leonard Nimoy, and they only had time for one take, which was entirely improvised.
* TooDumbToLive: Taking off your glove, getting some weird liquid on your hand, and then rubbing your nose? If the virus hadn't gotten him, this guy doubtlessly would have found some other way to kill himself in a few days.
* [[BathroomStallGraffiti Turbolift Graffiti]] Kirk finds that someone wrote "Sinner Repent" on the walls of the turbolift. Elsewhere, the phrase "Love Mankind" has been painted on the wall.
* WorldOfHam: Everybody under the influence of the virus starts gobbling up the scenery.