Yeoman Tonia Barrows
Lt. Esteban Rodriquez
Ensign Angela Martine
Enterprise discovers a beautiful, apparently peaceful and uninhabited,
earth-like planet in the Omicron Delta region and Kirk concedes to McCoy's
idea that it looks like the perfect place to allow the crew some much-needed
shore leave. McCoy, Kirk, Sulu and Lieutenant Barrows beam down to the
surface to scout around.
They split up and it is only a short while before McCoy claims to have
seen a large white rabbit followed by Alice. He is not taken seriously
until they come across large tracks that McCoy's 'hallucination' has apparently
left behind. Shore leave is postponed pending further investigation. As
they walk and chat, Kirk tells McCoy a story from his academy days involving
a cadet called Finnegan who used to torment him.
Almost immediately they meet him in the flesh but before Kirk can react
they hear a scream from Lieutenant Barrows. Running to her aid, they discover
that she claims to have been attacked by Don Juan and that Sulu is pursuing
him. Kirk follows suit but is distracted in his chase when he meets Ruth,
one of his past lovers. Back on the Enterprise Spock is monitoring the
ship's sensors, which are reading an energy fluctuation in the planet's
field. This is affecting communications so Spock beams down to the planet
to advise Kirk what is happening.
Kirk and Spock return to a prearranged rendezvous point where McCoy is
waiting, only to see him killed by the lance of a Black Knight. The landing
party also has encounters with a tiger, a samurai swordsman and come under
attack from a World War II plane. Finnegan shows up again and Kirk runs
after him hoping to get some answers to what is happening.
After a long chase and a fight which Kirk, much to his personal satisfaction,
wins, he is none the wiser although Spock by now has come to the conclusion
that the planet is capable of manufacturing, almost instantaneously, anything
that enters their thoughts. They have not long been searching for hidden
entrances and trapdoors when a being, human in appearance, appears from
nowhere. He explains that the Enterprise has come to a world designed
as a 'leisure park' for an extremely advanced civilisation. Highly sophisticated
computers read the minds of visitors and create their thoughts and dreams
On enquiring about the fate of McCoy, whose body has disappeared, the
doctor reappears in good health with a fur-clad beauty on each arm, extolling
the virtues of the planet's inner workings. With the blessing of the 'caretaker'
who agrees to monitor events so that nobody comes to harm, the crew of
the Enterprise finally get to take their shore leave, arguably the best
they have ever had.