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Lieutenant jg Joe Tormolen

Lieutenant jg Joe Tormolen
Gender: Male
Species: Human
Affiliation: Starfleet
Rank: Lieutenant junior grade
Status: Deceased (2266)
Died: 2266
Played by: Stewart Moss

Lieutenant junior grade Joe "Joey" Tormolen was a male Human Starfleet officer in the 23rd century. He served in the sciences division aboard the USS Enterprise in 2266 under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, during the historic five-year mission. Lieutenant Commander Spock believed that Tormolen had a high capacity for self-doubt, which he was able to suppress.

He and Spock constituted a landing party to Psi 2000 in 2266, where a group of Federation researchers had become intoxicated by a polywater agent and killed themselves. Tormolen, whose nose was itchy, absentmindedly removed the glove of his contamination suit to scratch that itch in violation of medical sterility protocols, then placed his hand on or near a stain of blood in the ice of the frozen outpost. He carried the polywater back to the Enterprise, and intoxicated the crew.

As the first to fall victim to the intoxication effects, Tormolen expressed his horror about the deaths to Captain Kirk. Tormolen then displayed a short temper with colleagues Hikaru Sulu and Kevin Riley, expressing, in a rage-filled rant, a deep-seated doubt if man was meant to travel through space. Tormolen then stabbed himself with a table knife in the recreation room, in front of horrified onlookers. Sulu and Riley attempted to restrain him, and became infected as well.

Tormolen died in surgery under the care of Doctor Leonard McCoy. McCoy commented that Tormolen's wound should have been a minor injury, but his body simply displayed no healing capacity – as if Tormolen had lost his will to live. (TOS: "The Naked Time")

Tormolen was played by Stewart Moss, who later returned as the Kelvan "Hanar" in TOS: "By Any Other Name". This character had the distinction of being the only officer to wear lieutenant junior grade rank insignia in the entire run of TOS. However, possibly due to the effects of the disease, he mistakenly said that Sulu didn't "rank him." Sulu, a full lieutenant, did indeed "rank" Tormolen.

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