The Enterprise is ordered to clean up the aftermath of a doomed colony on Omicron Ceti III, a planet under constant irradiation from deadly Berthold Rays. Upon arrival, however, the colonists aren't only alive but in perfect health, with no desire to leave their new world. They are in fact under the influence of plant spores which not only keep them in good and improved health but simultaneously keep them in a placid state of happiness and contentment. Mr Spock reacquaints with Leila Kalomi, an old friend who had been (and still is) in love with him. She leads Spock into being affected by the spores, and he is thereafter, for the first time, able to express love for her in return. Eventually the entire ship's crew is affected, leaving Kirk alone to wonder how he can possibly rescue them from perpetual bliss.
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The close-up of the plant spraying Kirk on the bridge has the plant on the floor directly in front of Sulu's console where Kirk was sitting. However, the longer camera shot immediately preceding this close-up shows that floor area and no plant is seen there. See more
My orders are to remove all the colonists and that's exactly what I intend to do, with or without your help.
Without, I should think.
[after Elias walks off
Would you like to use a butterfly net on him, Jim?
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