BERKELEY: Ready to beam down.
Having trouble, gentlemen?
I just don't understand the problem, sir.
You're beaming cargo down to a penal colony, Mr. Berkeley.
Their security force field, sir.
U.S.S. Enterprise to Tantalus colony.
WOMAN: Rehab colony. Come in.
Request opening in your force field for beaming down of cargo.
Our security cover is now open.
Any incoming cargo?
Just one item, sir. Some research material
bound for the Central Bureau of Penology at Stockholm.
WOMAN: Tantalus cargo ready to beam up.
Oh, Mr. Berkeley...
you might refamiliarize yourself
with the manual on penal colony procedures.
I think you can take the time to lock this up first.
I'll get a vault assignment.
the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
Its five-year mission:
to explore strange new worlds...
to seek out new life and new civilizations...
to boldly go where no man has gone before.
KIRK: Captain's log, stardate 2715.1.
Exchanged cargo with penal colony on Tantalus 5.
I've departed without going ashore.
I would like to have met Dr. Adams.
Have you ever been to a penal colony
since they started following his theories?
A cage is a cage, Jim.
You're behind the times, Bones.
They're more like resort colonies now.
UHURA: Message, Captain.
Switching to speaker.
WOMAN: Tantalus colony to Enterprise.
We are unable to locate one of our inmates.
This is a potentially violent case.
WOMAN: Possibly hidden in the box we beamed up to you.
Repeat, unable to locate one of our inmates.
This is a potentially violent case.
Enterprise acknowledging. Stand by.
Security alert 3.
Security alert, condition 3.
All sections go to alert condition 3.
We may have an intruder aboard.
Repeat, all sections to alert condition 3.
Hey. You're from engineering!
Bridge--section C, deck 14.
Captain, section C, deck 14, reporting trouble.
Someone in engineering uniform.
Security control, this is the bridge. Come in.
I have them, Captain. Closing off deck 14. Search in progress.
UHURA: Security alert, condition 3.
Approximately 6' 4" male, early 40s.
Approach with caution.
This man's extremely dangerous.
Repeat, approach with extreme caution.
Negative in the deck area, Captain.
He may have gotten out.
Expanding search to adjoining sections.
Enterprise to Tantalus colony.
MAN: Tantalus colony. Adams here.
Dr. Adams? This is Captain Kirk.
It appears we may have an inmate of yours aboard the ship.
Transporter crewman found unconscious, Captain.
Cargo case open and empty.
Make that definite, Doctor. He's aboard.
ADAMS: Terribly sorry, Captain.
I take all the blame. Let me repeat,
he's clever as well as extremely violent.
Take all possible precautions.
We'll keep you posted, Doctor. Kirk out.
MAN: All sections, security check in progress. Report.
MAN: Forward phaser, affirmative.
MAN: Phasers are in good condition.
This section's operational ready.
Your Earth people glorify organized violence
for 40 centuries,
but you imprison those who employ it privately.
And, of course, your people found an answer.
We disposed of emotion, Doctor.
Where there is no emotion...
there is no motive for violence.
[Bridge doors open]
Where's the captain?
Which one of you is the captain?
I'm Captain Kirk.
My name is...
I want asylum.
I want your promise first,
your word that you won't take me back there--
No promises. Give me the weapon.
VAN GELDER: No.
No, I'm not going back!
I'll disable your vessel first.
You choose, Captain.
I'll destroy your control panel.
Take him to sick bay.
Head back for Tantalus colony.
McCOY: Abnormal, of course.
But it's not schizophrenia,
or any condition I'm acquainted with, Jim.
And you know, after getting him here, it took
almost a triple dose of sedative to put him under.
The report said he was quite talkative.
But not very informative.
He claimed one thing, then he seemed to forget,
and then he'd start to claim something else.
But always with just the ring of truth in it.
I'd sure like to study this one, Jim.
Not our problem, Bones.
You smart, button-pushing brass hat.
Wash your hands of it. Is that your system?
You're both quite sure of yourselves, aren't you?
Take him back.
Let someone else worry about him.
What did you say your name was?
My name is--aah!
I was the director of--
at the Tantalus colony.
You see what I mean?
I was a graduate of...
I was assistant to...
I knew... I knew.
But they've erased it.
But I won't forget!
I won't forget!
you're so blind ignorant.
You believe I belong back there, don't you?
Dead or alive.
Well, I won't let you take me back.
I'm not going!
I'll die first! Do you hear?
I'm not going!
Estimated arrival at Tantalus?
57 minutes, 30 seconds, Captain.
What's so fascinating?
An identification tape from our ship's library
on Dr. Simon Van Gelder.
Dr. Van Gelder?
Dr. Van Gelder, Captain.
There's a full l.D. tape on him.
Committed to Tantalus colony when?
Assigned there six months ago
as Dr. Adams' associate.
Ship to surface, Tantalus colony.
UHURA: Hailing frequency's open, sir.
U.S.S. Enterprise to Tantalus colony.
- WOMAN: Tantalus. - This is Captain Kirk.
- I'd like to speak to Dr. Adams. - Stand by, Enterprise.
Captain Kirk, Dr. Adams here.
Dr. Adams, regarding your escaped man--
Is Dr. Van Gelder all right?
And your people, no injuries?
No casualties, sir.
This man is...
Dr. Simon Van Gelder?
Yes, of course.
You're certain he's all right? We've been very concerned.
In the violent state he's in--
No harm to him, sir.
We thought you might enlighten us as to his condition.
He'd been doing some experimental work, Captain,
an experimental beam we'd hoped
might rehabilitate incorrigibles.
Van Gelder felt he hadn't the moral right
to expose another man to something
he hadn't tried on his own person.
that doesn't quite ring true.
Uh, Dr. Adams...
please stand by.
I don't believe him.
I can't explain it, but the more I study that patient--
You don't believe him, and you can't explain it.
Bones, are you aware that in the last 20 years,
Dr. Adams has done more
to revolutionize, to humanize prisons and the treatment of prisoners...
than all the rest of humanity had done in 40 centuries?
I've been to those penal colonies
since they've begun following his methods,
and they're not cages anymore.
They're clean, decent hospitals for sick minds.
I suggest you ask Dr. Adams
if he wants Van Gelder returned.
regarding Van Gelder...
ADAMS: Yes, Captain.
May I inquire about your patrol destinations?
Are you passing near any hospital facilities
superior to ours?
I'd like Van Gelder to have
the best possible treatment, of course.
Thank you, Doctor.
I'll take it up with the ship's surgeon. Stand by.
Well, Bones, you've got the ball.
You care to recommend a better place?
There are no superior facilities. He knows that.
But that's not the question.
If something unusual is going on down there--
An assumption, Doctor.
I'm required to enter any reasonable doubts
into my medical log.
That requires you to answer in your log.
this is rather embarrassing.
By strict interpretation of our starship regulation,
I'm required to initiate an investigation of this
so that a proper report--
ADAMS: No need to apologize, Captain Kirk.
In fact, I'd take it as a personal favor
if you'd beam down and look into it yourself.
I'm sure you realize we don't get
too many visitors here.
Oh, l, uh...
Captain, I would appreciate it
if you could come down with a minimum staff.
We're forced to limit outside contact
as much as possible.
I've visited rehab colonies before.
Find me someone in your department
with psychiatric and penology experience,
KIRK: Captain's log, stardate 2715.2.
planet Tantalus 5.
Mission: routine investigation and report
as per ship surgeon's medical log.
As for my last entry,
it seems I will get to meet Dr. Adams at last.
However, I would have preferred other circumstances.
Van Gelder's still violently agitated, Captain.
And you'd prefer to keep him here
until I complete my investigation anyway.
I believe we should, Jim.
Oh, I'm assigning your technical aide, Captain.
One of our psychiatrists does have a background
in rehabilitative therapy--Dr. Noel,
standing by in the transporter room now.
Thank you, Doctor. Bridge out.
Locked in, sir. Ready to beam down.
Dr. Helen Noel, Captain. We've met.
Don't you remember--
the science lab Christmas party?
Yes, I remember.
You dropped in--
Yes, yes, I remember.
you tell McCoy that she had better check out
as the best assistant I ever had.
In here, I presume, Doctor.
Perhaps it would be simpler
if you called me Helen, Captain, since--
This is another time, another place,
and another situation.
Of course, Captain.
and going down quite a ways.
I wouldn't recommend it for weak hearts.
Hello, Captain Kirk...
Dr. Helen Noel.
It's a pleasure to finally meet you, sir.
Thank you. Thank you, Captain.
Welcome to Devil's lsland, Doctor.
Perhaps you'll call me Helen, Doctor.
With so many titles around,
we're not going to be sure who's talking to who.
I shall indeed. Won't you?
I believe regulations call for me to check my weapon.
No, no. That won't be necessary in your case, Captain.
Just keep it out of sight, hmm?
I know you people feel as naked without a weapon
as we do without a medikit.
A small toast. Do you mind?
It's such a great day for us here on Tantalus when we have visitors,
no matter what the excuse.
Now, Captain, you made your apology from upstairs.
Now forget it.
I don't think you'll be able
to get through the security screen, Captain.
Just a second, hmm?
There. Now try it.
Kirk to Enterprise. Come in.
Enterprise. Spock here.
Your landing coordinates
were right on the nose, Mr. Spock.
We arrived safely,
and we're here with Dr. Adams right now.
Affirmative, Captain. Enterprise out.
Lethe, this is Captain Kirk
and Dr. Helen Noel.
Lethe came to us for rehabilitation
and stayed on as a therapist,
and a very good one, too, I might add.
I love my work.
Go right ahead, Captain.
Before you came here...
I was another person,
May I ask what crime you committed?
Does it matter?
That person no longer exists.
Uh, part of our cure, if you will, Captain,
is to bury the past.
Why should a person go on living with unbearable memories
if there's no necess--
I feel quite sure
that you'd concur with me in that, Doctor--Helen.
A shifting of memory patterns
is basic to psychotherapy.
Yes. And now to the toast, hmm?
You'll forgive us, Lethe.
There you are, Captain.
To all mankind...
may we never find space so vast,
planets so cold,
heart and mind so empty
that we cannot fill them
with love and warmth.
Quite a tour, Doctor. Very impressive.
I was afraid you would ask about this, Captain.
One doesn't like to talk about
their personal failures, you know?
It was just an experiment
that went wrong, I'm afraid.
May I see it?
Captain, if something hasn't worked out
and therefore has no scientific fact--
Shall we leave it up to the doctor?
Since you brought me down here for advice, Captain--
One of the advantages of being a captain, Doctor,
is being able to ask for advice
without necessarily having to take it.
I think I'll have to award that round to the captain, Helen.
You're fighting over your weight.
All right, let's take a look.
SIMON: I'm not a criminal!
I do not require...
Can you explain that, Dr. Van Gelder?
I see it.
A light! The light!
what happens there?
A neural neutralizer--
Actually, we don't expect
to get much use out of it at all.
That beam from above neutralizes brain waves.
It relaxes the patient's mind.
Does them no harm, of course,
and the effects are only temporary.
One question, Doctor. If it doesn't do any good--
Why do we go on using it? Hmm, Captain?
Yes, there's always that slight chance
that it might do some good
in the more violent cases.
Tranquillizers are fine, Captain,
but to continually pump chemicals
into a person's bloodstream--
Exactly my point, Helen. Yes.
How does it work?
and the large control here changes the strength
of the brain neutralizing beam.
you remind me of the ancient skeptic
who demanded of the wise old sage
to be taught all the world's wisdom
while standing on one foot.
HELEN: Beam neutralizing has been experimented with
on Earth, Captain.
I'm not acquainted with this particular style of equipment,
but I can assure you that Dr. Adams
has not created a chamber of horrors here.
I didn't mean to suggest that he had.
The reason I asked, sir, was you haven't mentioned
where Dr. Van Gelder's injury occurred.
Right here, Captain.
Simon was a very stubborn man.
He could've sat in that room for years
with the beam at that volume or even higher.
Or if he simply had someone standing by
to snap it off in case he got into trouble, but...
He tried it alone and on full volume.
It's a pity.
You will forget all you have heard.
To remember any portion of it,
will cause you pain,
growing more terrible
as you fight to remember.
Can you give us your present location, Captain?
KIRK: ln Dr. Adams' study, Mr. Spock. Why?
Then you're with Dr. Adams now.
Van Gelder has made reference
to a particular treatment room.
The term was neural neutralizer.
Yes. He was injured there. I've seen the room.
Dr. Adams explained the mistake Van Gelder made.
Go ahead, Mr. Spock. Anything further?
Your Mr. Spock sounds like
a very excellent second in command, Captain Kirk.
Please tell him to go ahead and speak freely.
I have to check in with a member of my staff anyway.
- Thank you, Dr. Adams. - Excuse me.
Stand by, Mr. Spock.
Dr. Adams has left with some things to attend to.
What is it, Mr. Spock?
Van Gelder is extremely agitated, Captain,
and warns that you are in danger.
Well, that's foolish!
SPOCK: Uh, please repeat, Captain.
I didn't receive that.
Tell McCoy the technical expert he sent along with me
insists that any concern is...
According to Adams, Van Gelder created his own problem.
He's suffering from neuro-synapse damage,
as if his brain were short-circuited.
It's no wonder he's having delusions.
McCoy here. Received and understood.
But we still have some doubts up here, Captain.
Can you tell us any more?
SPOCK: When do you plan to beam back up, Captain?
I...think we'll spend the night here, Mr. Spock.
And you will continue to check in every four hours?
Affirmative. Kirk out.
No, don't let them!
You must warn your captain. No! No!
Don't let him stay! Don't let him stay!
Don't hypo me. Please don't hypo me.
I'll try not to fight.
But you must listen.
Warn your captain. Dr. Adams...
SPOCK: Enterprise log.
First officer Spock, acting captain.
I must now use an ancient Vulcan technique
to probe into Van Gelder's tortured mind.
Spock, if there's the slightest possibility
it might help--
I've never used it on a human, Doctor.
If there's any way we can look into this man's mind
to see if what he's seeing is real or delusion--
It's a hidden, personal thing to the Vulcan people,
part of our private lives.
Now look, Spock,
Jim Kirk could be in real trouble.
Will it work or not?
It could be dangerous.
Do you understand?
It requires I make pressure changes...
in your nerves,
your blood vessels.
You must open my mind.
Let me warn you and explain to you.
This will not affect you, Dr. McCoy,
only the person I touch.
It is not hypnosis.
The reading's levelling.
You'll begin to feel a strange euphoria.
Yes. I begin to feel it.
Open your mind.
We move together.
Our minds sharing
the same thoughts.
What did you think of the inmates
we saw here this afternoon?
You could've waited until tomorrow morning to ask me that, Captain.
I thought they were happy, well-adjusted.
But a bit blank.
Captain, if you're questioning the methods of a man like Tristan Adams--
I'd like to see that treatment room again.
You say you're somewhat familiar with the theory behind it?
Yes, somewhat. But if you'd simply state any doubts you have to Dr. Adams--
And if he's lying, he'll continue to lie, and I won't find out a thing.
The only way I can be sure is to see that machine at work.
Or is that too impractical
and unscientific of me, Doctor?
What is our name?
Who are we?
We are Simon Van Gelder.
the neural neutralizer.
What did he do to us?
He can reshape any mind he chooses.
He used it to erase our memories,
put his own thoughts there.
He was surprised it took so much power.
We fought him, remember?
But we grew so tired.
Our minds so blank...
SIMON: that any thought he placed there
became our thoughts.
Our minds so empty...
Iike a sponge,
So lonely to be sitting there empty...
wanting any word from him.
Such agony to be empty.
KIRK: I have no desire to damage my brain.
Can this be handled with reasonable safety? Yes or no?
And will you be able to determine
if that beam is harming me in the slightest?
I know my profession.
- Ready? - Mm-hmm.
We'll try minimum intensity--
a second or two.
Anytime you're ready, Doctor, just for a second or two.
We already tried it for that long, Captain.
- Nothing happened. - Something happened.
Your face went completely blank.
You know, when we finally get through this,
I'd like to locate and raid a kitchen somewhere.
I put that suggestion in your mind, Captain.
I said simply that you were hungry.
Remarkably effective for a device
that Dr. Adams was going to abandon.
I think we should try this again.
Yes. Pick something unusual, an unusual suggestion,
something we can both be sure of.
At the Christmas party...
You talked about the stars.
I suggest now that it happened in a different way.
You swept me off my feet
and carried me to your cabin.
Captain, if your crew saw you carry me here...
is sworn to secrecy.
But my reputation...
I mean, just having met like this.
it would be different if you cared for me.
You want me to manufacture a lie,
wrap it up as a...
Christmas present for you?
I'd prefer honesty.
Now Captain Kirk is going to have
a complete demonstration.
I want there to be no doubts whatsoever in his mind.
You're madly in love with Helen, Captain.
You'd lie, cheat, steal for her,
sacrifice your career, your reputation.
No, Doctor! No!
The pain--do you feel it, Captain?
You must have her, or the pain grows worse,
the pain, the longing for her.
For years, you've loved her, Captain,
For years, I've loved you.
You must continue to remember that, Captain.
And now...she's gone.
Helen, don't go!
I need you, Helen!
you must take your phaser weapon
and drop it on the floor.
Captain, the pain increases unless you obey me.
Very good, Captain.
Very good indeed.
And now your communicator.
Drop it on the floor.
Kirk to Enterprise.
They've taken you from the room, Captain.
You're in your own quarters now.
Helen, for years, I've loved you.
- Helen... - Try to remember.
I've loved you.
- He placed all that in your mind. - For years.
Dr. Adams took the controls
away from me.
Do you remember the pain
and then his voice? Remember?
Give me a hand here.
KIRK: Air conditioning.
It has to connect
with other ducts and tunnels.
You can get through this.
It might lead to the power supply.
it would cut off the security force field.
Have you had any training in hyper-power circuits?
Touch the wrong line, and you're dead.
Anything's better than Adams' treatment room.
Time for another treatment?
ADAMS: Please don't fight me, Captain.
The pain only gets worse when you doubt me.
You believe in me completely.
I believe in you.
You trust me completely.
I compliment you.
Do you know Dr. Van Gelder
was down on his hands and knees sobbing at this point?
It was so gratifying.
I'm so fortunate to have had a couple of excellent specimens
to--to work with.
I've learned a great deal.
The woman doctor--
she's gone, Dr. Adams.
Notify security at once, Lethe.
Where is she, Captain?
I don't know.
Where is Helen?
And with what instructions?
Emergency channel D.
It's no good, Mr. Spock. I can't break through their force field.
Put him back in the chair, Eli, and find that girl.
Mr. Spock, the force field is gone.
I can send you right to the source of the interruption.
Get some security people and follow me down.
Enterprise, this is Spock.
Force field has been eliminated.
Helen, are you all right?
This isn't right, Captain.
Dr. Adams did this to you.
KIRK: Dr. Adams?
The treatment room. Follow me.
The power came on.
He's dead, Captain.
The machine wasn't on high enough to kill him.
But he was alone.
Can you imagine the mind...
emptied by that thing?
Without even a tormentor for company.
MAN: All sections, security check.
there was a message from Tantalus colony, sir.
It was from Van Gelder.
He thought you'd like to know the treatment room had been dismantled
and the equipment destroyed.
It's hard to believe that a man could die of loneliness.
Not when you've sat in that room.
Take us out of orbit, Mr. Spock.
Ahead warp factor 1.
Warp factor 1.