It's another day on the Enterprise
, and Kirk's acting like he had an extra helping of bitch flakes for breakfast. This becomes especially evident when he orders the ship to fly straight into Romulan space, a direct violation of the peace treaty. Of course, they soon find themselves surrounded by Romulan ships demanding their surrender. Kirk tries to B.S. the (female) Romulan commander by saying it was all a big mistake due to equipment failure. Spock rats him out, saying it was deliberate, resulting in Kirk doing a passable impression of Achmed the Dead Terrorist.
Bones comes aboard just in time to see Kirk attempt to carry out his threat, only to be thwarted by the Vulcan Death Grip (tm). "You're dead, Jim!"
....Or is he?
Tropes for this episode include:
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Spock. He will refuse to divulge the truth, however. It's hinted that all Vulcans are compulsively honest.
- Captain's Log: The opening narration is a medical log read by Dr. McCoy, deviating from the norm.
- Corpsing: Kirk breathes awful deeply for a dead man. Then again, he's not yet dead....
- Duel of Seduction. Oddly, it's not Kirk trying to seduce the Girl of the Week this time. It's Spock!
- Eye Awaken: Nurse Chapel is shocked when the supposedly dead Kirk suddenly opens his eyes.
- Faking the Dead: Kirk. Even his own crew isn't in on it.
- First Name Basis: The Romulan commander whispers her first name to Spock. He comments on the name's beauty, but it is never revealed.
- Holding the Floor: Spock stalls for time by invoking the Romulan tradition of "Right of Statement", i.e., the last words of a condemned man.
- I'll Kill You!: Kirk makes this threat to Spock. (of course he doesn't mean it.)
- Intertwined Fingers: For Vulcans, this is practically sex. Romulans get off on it too.
- Jerkass: Kirk acts like one as per his Sealed Orders
- Leave No Survivors: The Romulan Commander demands that everyone on the Enterprise be destroyed, including herself.
- Look Behind You: Kirk pulls this on a Romulan trying to stop him from taking the cloaking device.
- No, Mr. Spock, I Expect You To Dine: The Romulan commander invites Spock to dinner in her personal quarters. She tries to get to him Through His Stomach by offering him traditional Vulcan fare.
- No Name Given: The Romulan Commander. Not even in the script is her name revealed.
- Plug And Play Technology: The Romulan cloaking device is compatible with a Federation ship? Maybe Scotty has an adapter in his bag of tricks.
- Of course, it's stolen from a ship of Klingon design, so who knows?
- Prop Recycling: Nomad + Sargon's Sphere = Romulan cloaking device.
- Sealed Orders: Kirk receives them from Starfleet, explaining his erratic behavior.
- Staged Shooting: There's no such thing as a Vulcan Death Grip! They can stun the neural system to simulate death, however.
- Theiss Titillation Theory: The Romulan commander dresses fairly modestly for a Star Trek gal. Still, her uniform is tight enough to reveal panty lines. Her casual dress, though long and showing more arm than cleavage, with its over-sized earrings looks like the big print cocktail dresses popular in The Eighties. (Granted, in The Sixties, this was futuristic.)
- We Will Not Use Stage Make-Up in the Future: Starting a tradition that will be followed in the next generation, Kirk has himself surgically altered to look like a Romulan and ends the episode by going to have his ears bobbed.
- Worthy Opponent: The Romulan Commander.
- You're Insane!: The Romulan Commander says "You must be mad!" to Spock after he betrays her. He denies it.