Yeoman Landon remarks to Chekov that "if it weren't for Vaal, this would be a paradise." She forgets the exploding rocks and spike-shooting plants.
In his captain's log, Kirk doesn't describe the planet as a "nightmare" until after Spock is "injured" - so much for the poor dead red-shirt guy, Hendorff.
Kirk & Co. are told by Starfleet to contact the natives but there's initially no indication that they have any technology - isn't this a violation of the Prime Directive (as described in episodes like "Bread and Circuses")?
Initially Spock discovers one of the explosive rocks. Before he knows what it does, he breaks it in half! Yet it doesn't explode. When he tosses away one of the pieces, though, it does explode.
When Scotty gives the order to try and break free of the tractor beam and the ship rocks, the captain's chair he gets knocked back into wobbles and lifts off the floor.
(McCoy examines Spock after he was struck by lightning)
McCoy: Second degree burns. Not serious, but I bet they smart.
Spock: Doctor, you have an unsurpassed talent for understatement.
Chekov: It makes me homesick. Just like Russia.
McCoy: More like the Garden of Eden, Ensign.
Chekov: Of course. The Garden of Eden was just outside Moscow.
Landon: But... when two people love...
Akuta: Ah, the holding and touching. Vaal has forbidden this.
McCoy: Well there goes paradise.
Spock: The good doctor was concerned that the Vaalians achieve true human stature. I submit there is no cause for worry. They've taken the first step. They've learned to kill.
Kirk: You'll learn something about men and women -- the way they're supposed to be. Caring for each other, being happy with each other, being good to each other. That's what we call love. You'll like that a lot.
Kirk: You'll learn to care for yourselves, with our help. And there's no trick to putting fruit on trees; you might even enjoy it. You'll learn to build for yourselves, think for yourselves, and what you create is yours. That's what we call freedom. You'll like it. A lot.
McCoy: There are certain absolutes, and one of them is the right of humanoids to a free and unchained environment -- the right to have conditions which permit growth.
Spock: Another is their right to choose that system which seems to work best for them.
Spock: Precisely, Captain, and in a manner of speaking, we have given the people of Vaal the apple, the knowledge of good and evil, and they, too, have been driven out of paradise.
Kirk: Doctor, do I understand him correctly? Are you casting me in the role of Satan?
Spock: Not at all, Captain.
Kirk: Is there anyone on this ship...who even remotely...looks like Satan? (Kirk and McCoy both stare at Spock)
Spock: I am not aware of anyone who fits that description, Captain.
Kirk: I didn't think you would.
(discussing the natives' sexual reproduction habits)
Landon: I mean...how is it...done?
Kirk: Mr. Spock? You're the science officer. Explain it to the young lady.
Spock: Well, I...can believe it's safe -- ahem -- safe to assume that they would...receive the necessary...instructions.
McCoy: From a machine? That I'd like to see.
Spock: In my view, a splendid example of reciprocity.
McCoy: It would take a computerized Vulcan mind, such as yours, to make that kind of a statement.
(Spock's given a lei)
Kirk: It, uh, does something for you.
Spock: Yes, indeed it does, Captain. It makes me uncomfortable.
Scotty: Captain, we pulled away a little, we gained...maybe an hour...but we blew almost every system in the ship doing it. There's nothing left to try again. I guess you'll have to fire me, sir.
Kirk: You're fired.
Kirk: Scotty...you're my chief engineer. You know everything about that ship there is to know. If you can't get those warp engines working...you're fired.
Kirk: Spock... you and Chekov create a diversion and make it loud.
Spock: Mr. Chekov, your tricorder readings are totally inefficient!
Chekov: Mind your own business, sir! For your information, I have a very high efficiency rating!
Spock: Ensign, you will not address me in that tone of voice!
Chekov: What do you want, violins?
Kirk: What were you trying to do?
Spock: I surmised you were unaware of that plant, so I --
Kirk: Took the thorns yourself.
Spock: I assure you, Captain, I had no intention of doing that. My own clumsiness prevented me from moving out of the way.
Kirk: Next time, yell. I can step out of the way as quickly as the next man.
Spock: I shall do so.
Kirk: You know how much Starfleet has invested in you?
Spock: (helpfully) 122,22 --
Kirk: Never mind. But...thanks.
Spock: Dr. McCoy's potion is acting like all his potions -- turning my stomach. Other than that, I am quite well.
McCoy: If your blood were red instead of green, you wouldn't have an upset stomach.
Kirk: Mr. Chekov, Lieutenant Landon. I know you find each other fascinating, but we're not here to conduct a field experiment in human biology.
This is the only time we see a landing party of more then six members - they have to beam down in two "shifts," however, suggesting once again that the Enterprise only has one transporter.
Gene L. Coon who co-wrote this episode is not given writing credit.
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