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Times Spock and McCoy Were Basically an Old Married Couple 

Aaron Edwards
Updated November 5, 2019 785 votes 172 voters 7k views 13 items

List Rules Vote up the instances when Dr. McCoy and Spock were most like an old married couple on Star Trek.

The heart of the original Star Trek show was the friendship between Spock, Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy, and Spock. While Kirk was undoubtedly the main character and had different friendships with both men, there was something about the Spock and McCoy relationship that made them come across like a wonderful, bickering couple who had been married for decades. They were constantly throwing shade at each other, but below it all was a deep well of respect and admiration, even if neither of them would admit it.

Spock and McCoy's friendship lasted across 79 episodes, six movies, an animated series, and more novels then you even knew existed. Spock's unapologetic logic and McCoy's passionate idealism both influenced Kirk, helping him weigh options during crisis situations. But even when Kirk wasn't around, McCoy and Spock made a great duo that could save the Enterprise any week.

That Time Spock Took McCoy's Insult as a Compliment
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Episode: "Court Martial" (Season 1)

The Spat: When Kirk finds himself on what looks to be the losing side of a court martial, McCoy has trouble controlling his temper. Why? Because, instead of trying to help, Spock is playing chess against the Enterprise computer. McCoy calls him "the most cold-blooded man I've ever known," to which Spock responds, "Why, thank you doctor."


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That Time McCoy Got Away With Telling Spock To Shut It
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Episode: "Journey To Babel" (Season 2)

The Spat: Kirk's stabbed, Sarek just had major surgery, and Spock gave a ton of blood; the crew of the Enterprise has seen better days. McCoy, the the only one on his feet, gets fed up with the constant chatter and demands of his crew mates, and a one-liner from Spock pushes him over the edge.

"Shut up!" he shouts at the Vulcan.

After silencing him, McCoy stands victorious: "Well, whaddya know... I finally got the last word."

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That Time McCoy Learned About Spock's Homicidal Teddy Bear
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Episode: "Journey To Babel" (Season 2)

The Spat: Not wasting any opportunity to get under Spock's skin, McCoy approaches the Vulcan's mother and tries to pry juicy deets out of her about Spock's childhood, so he has some insult fuel. Spock's mom mentions that her son had a teddy bear as a kid, which makes McCoy light up like a kid who discovers her first Playgirl.

As per usual, McCoy's plan goes awry. When he use his knowledge against a Spock, he discovers the truth: the teddy bear was really more a fanged monster, which Spock kept as a pet. 

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That Time Spock Didn't Care McCoy Was Losing His Sh*t Over Genesis
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Film: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

The Spat: Kirk reveals the existence of a doomsday device, known as the Genesis Device, to McCoy and Spock. As Spock dispassionately muses over the destructive power of this device, a terra forming projectile (wtf?), McCoy, horrified, calls Spock out on taking the end of the universe too lightly.

Spock's response? "Really, Dr. McCoy. You must learn to govern your passions.They will be your undoing."

Just like trying to decide what to watch on Netflix. 

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