I found it noteworthy that Kirk's former academy class mates in the Starbase club considered him guilty having just heard rumors. But somehow I can't seem to exclude the possibility that the edit of this episode was messed up (i.e. a later bar scene now coming first) and/or that the screenplay was changed last minute.
In the first scene Kirk leaves the Starbase club and almost bumps into Areel Shaw, without recognizing her. During that same scene the Starfleet official and Starship captains
are already present, although according to Kirk's later log entry they are supposedly (still) on their way.
But this episode had one of the funnier lines:
Shaw: Areel Shaw. And I'm a friend, too. An old one.
McCoy: All of my old friends look like doctors. All of his look like you.