The IRS scandal is serious business; this much we know.
But after six hearings over three weeks, even members of Congress can get a little punchy. And the temptation to joke about IRS employees creating videos spoofing "Star Trek" proved to be just too tempting on Thursday.
Below, The Washington Post's video team clips six humorous moments from Thursday's House Oversight Committee and Government Reform Committee hearing.
(Our favorite: New York Democrat Carolyn Maloney saying the "Star Trek" parody's real crime was not its wastefulness, but its exceedingly poor Captain Kirk impersonation.)
Beam me up, Scotty...