Imagine Spock telling Jim, “I love you,” but just once, because repeating himself would be illogical, not to mention insulting to Jim’s memory capabilities.
Months later, Spock is dealing with something that he won’t share with Jim because it’s emotional, and that makes it shameful. Spock is distant, and Jim is beginning to wonder if Spock’s feelings have changed.
After weeks of being shut out without explanation, Jim finally breaks, bitterness ripping the words from his lips:
“Do you love me,” Jim says, “or was that a shameful emotion you managed to overcome?”
And Spock realizes that sometimes, it’s okay to repeat yourself. Sometimes it’s necessary.