One of the best episodes about the friendship between Kirk and Spock ever made. Kirk risking his command to bring Spock to Vulcan. Spock snapping out of his blood fever to beg for Kirk’s life.
It’s also wonderful that after all these years the episode remains sort of a mystery. We still do not know the exact meaning of these Vulcan mating rites, do we?
And then there is Spock’s genuine smile…
and Kirk’s ripped shirt.
Although I suspect that it was the mind meld with T'Pau that turned off the "death countdown" in Spock's body.
Interesting viewpoint, I have never considered this.