Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 2, Episode 11
Original Air Date: December 1, 1967
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Enter Eleen, wife of the fallen leader and bearing his child and heir. The society's traditions condemn her to death, to which she willingly submits. Naturally, Kirk, Spock and Bones aren't going to stand for that so they convince her to escape. She bonds with Doc in time for him to deliver the baby.
There are troubling aspects of the Eleen story. For instance, she only comes to respect McCoy after he slaps her - to be fair, she slapped him first, twice, and he was trying to help her, big picture. It is one of many elements of Trek that don't quite live up to our 2014 sensibilities. But here's an interesting wrinkle: the screenwriter, D.C. Fontana, is a woman. Dorothy Catherine Fontana wrote 10 Original Series episodes in total, as well as episodes later for The Animated Series, The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Beyond Trek, her writing credits extend over several decades, frequently under male pseudonyms.