Therin of Andor wrote:
Personally I would have left in the scene simply because they promised him it would be in there.
They also promised him a "moment" in ST III, flipping the guard - and in ST IV, meeting his great great grandfather (a small child) in the 20th century. Well, at least Sulu got to flip the guard.
Yep. The guard was played by the same actor who Spock nerve-pinched in TMP.
Man, he could not get away from the Enterprise crews abuse no matter how hard he tried!