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Summary

The Enterprise is about to leave Starbase 2, where Janice Lester and Dr. Arthur Coleman have been turned over to the authorities. In Kirk's quarters, Kirk and McCoy discuss Kirk's relationship with Lester at Starfleet Academy. Kirk blames himself for not seeing how obsessed Lester was with starship command. He tells McCoy the Enterprise has been ordered back to Earth for a refit. Kirk has received transfer orders for all 430 crewmembers. McCoy urges Kirk to fight the transfers, including Kirk's own promotion to Admiral and Chief of Starfleet Operations, but Kirk has decided to take the promotion. Kirk is tired of holding his crew's lives in his hands. On their way to the bridge, McCoy reminds Kirk that the lives he has saved far outnumber the crew he has lost, but Kirk believes that he can help save lives on a broader scale at Starfleet Command. Resisting McCoy's warning that he will never get the Enterprise back if he gives her up, Kirk orders a heading back to Earth.

References

Characters

James T. KirkLanierLeonard McCoySpockHikaru Sulu
Referenced only
B'TargiRuth CartwrightArthur ColemanWillard DeckerBen FinneyJanice LesterCarol MarcusGary MitchellMontgomery ScottAreel ShawRobert Tomlinson

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)

Locations

Camus IIEarthSan FranciscoSan Francisco Fleet YardsSector 001Starbase 2

Races and cultures

HumanVulcan
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Andorian

States and organizations

StarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet OperationsUnited Federation of Planets

Other references

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Ranks and titles

cadetcaptainChief of Starfleet Operationscrewmandoctorofficerphysicianprofessorrear admiral

Technology and weapons

computerdiagnostic bedforce fieldimpulse engineintegrating interfaceintercommind transference machinemonitoroptic probepaddsimulatorstarshipturboliftviewscreenwarp corewarp nacelleweapon

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Captain's Personal Log
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