About 30 minutes into Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan, Kirk is performing an inspection of the training crew on board the Enterprise. Kirk inspects engineering and then says to McCoy "I'll be on the bridge" and goes up the elevator.

McCoy responds "What about the rest of the inspection?"

Kirk whispers something and waves his hand making a "no" gesture.

I've seen this film so many times over the years and have never been able to figure out what he whispers. It looks like he might be saying "I loathe..." but while replaying the scene it doesn't seem to match.

Does anyone know what is said?

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According to the script, he is saying "Later".

BONES: (dry) Admiral! What about the rest of the inspection?

KIRK: (mouths word) Later.

  • Definitely saying later. Can see it in his lips.
    – sksamuel
    Aug 29, 2013 at 22:41

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