”- This is my favourite scene, by the way, I think. Just the idea that in the background they’re, like, basically ‘I love you. I love you.’ Kissy, kissy. - Well, I think the fact that you blocked it as something that you catch on to, as opposed to sort of cutting to a moment in there is what makes it great. - I just love that they’re in love”
— DVD’s commentary JJ.Abrams&co
Spock: I will be back.
Uhura: You better be. I’ll be monitoring your frequency.
Spock: [actually quite emotional] Thank you, Nyota.
INT. TURBOLIFT - CONTINUOUS
Spock and Uhura. Silence hangs. She glances over, wanting to say so much, but not to invade what must be the worst moment of his life. He looks at her, with kind eyes. And Uhura does something odd — she STOPS the lift. Spock looks over as she wordlessly reaches out and puts her arms around him. Just holding him. Kissing his face with utter tenderness and comfort, which he lets her do… and we realize, this is why the intimacy before — this is their secret…
UHURA: I’m so sorry.
- Spock looks off, taking comfort, bewildered and lost…
UHURA: What can I do? Tell me what you need.
SPOCK: … I need…
- He’s on the verge of some emotional release… but self-consciousness returns and he clamps up, starting the lift again:
SPOCK: I need for us all to continue performing admirably.
- He looks at her again — gives her another kiss. The door opens and he exits. She watches him go — and the door closes on her.
- From the movie script