Episode Title: "JOURNEY TO BABEL"
Production Number: 44
Original Air Date: 11-17-67
Stardates: 3842.3, 3842.4
The U.S.S. Enterprise is hosting 114 Federation delegates aboard for two weeks, including 32 ambassadors from Federation member worlds, for a conference an a neutral planetoid code-named "Babel" where they will consider the petition of the Coridan system to be admitted to the Federation. The Coridan system has been claimed by some of the races represented by delegates aboard the Enterprise.
The Enterprise arrives at Vulcan to pick up the last delegates, Ambassador Sarek and his human wife, Amanda, who Captain Kirk learns are Commander Spock's parents. Spock has not seen his parents in four years, due to an 18-year dispute between him and his father. Spock chose to join Starfleet instead of the Vulcan Science Academy.
The Enterprise detects a brief signal from an unknown source nearby, then detects a small ship at the edge of sensor range, moving at Warp 10. The signal is being received by someone aboard the Enterprise.
Ambassador Sarek plans to favor admission of Coridan into the Federation, in order to protect its resources, but the Tellarites have mining interests on the underpopulated world. After an argument between Sarek and the Tellarite ambassador, the Tellarite is found dead. Later, Captain Kirk is stabbed by an Andorian, who is captured and locked in the Brig.
Ambassador Sarek suffers the failure of a heart valve, and will need large amounts of blood to survive surgery, and Dr. McCoy has never performed surgery on a Vulcan before. Commander Spock must give a blood transfusion to save Sarek's life.
When Spock and Sarek recover from the surgery, Spock deduces that the Andorian assassin and the alien ship are Orions, whose smugglers have been raiding Coridan. By starting a war with Starfleet, the Orions could continue to raid Coridan and supply dilithium to both sides in the war.
Factoid: Amanda has learned to pronounce Sarek's family name after many years of practice.
Factoid: Ambassador Sarek is precisely 102.437 Earth years old on Stardate 3842.4.
Factoid: As a child, Spock had a pet sehlat, which is like a fat Teddy bear, but with six-inch fangs.
Factoid: Sarek and Spock have the rare T-negative blood type.
Factoid: Rigelian physiology is very similar to Vulcan.
Factoid: Dr. McCoy: "Shut up! Shh! Shh! ... Well, what do you know. I finally got the last word.
Guest Characters: *Ambassador Sarek, *Amanda, Nurse Christine Chapel
Alien Races: Vulcans, *Andorians, *Tellarites, *Orions, *Rigelians
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