The Wisdom Of Leonard McCoy: Why We Still Love Trek’s Country Doctor

By David Wharton | 6 years ago

BonesComplainsThe Many Complaints of Leonard “Bones” McCoy

“If I jumped every time a light went off around here, I’d end up talking to myself.”
– “The Corbomite Maneuver”

I signed aboard this ship to practice medicine, not to have my atoms scattered back and forth across space by this gadget.”
– “Space Seed”

“I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer!”
– “The Devil in the Dark”

“I feel like my neck’s in a sling.” – McCoy, on the subject of dress uniforms
– “Journey to Babel”

“That hurts worse than the uniform.” – McCoy, attempting a Vulcan salute
– “Journey to Babel”

“Call Chekov and tell him to send my stomach down.” – McCoy, after riding a particularly speedy elevator
– “Spock’s Brain”

“Just a moment, captain, sir. I’ll explain what happened. Your revered Admiral Nogura invoked a little known, seldom used reserve activation clause! In simpler language, captain, they drafted me!”
Star Trek: The Motion Picture

McCoy: “You’d think they could at least send us a ship. It’s bad enough to be court-martialed and to have to spend the rest of our lives mining borite, but to have to go home in this Klingon flea trap?”
Kirk: “We could learn a thing or two about this flea trap. It’s got a cloaking device that cost us a lot.”
McCoy: “I just wish we could cloak the stench!”
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“I’d give real money if he’d shut up.” – McCoy, on the subject of Chang’s endless Shakespeare quotes
– Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

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