enters orbit around M-113 and Kirk, McCoy, and Crewman Darnell beam down for a routine medical examination of Dr. Crater and his wife Nancy… who is McCoy’s old flame. The planet has a number of archaeological ruins and Crater and his wife are conducting a dig. They go into the Craters’ quarters and McCoy wonders about how he let her go. Nancy arrives and McCoy thinks she hasn’t aged a day. She appears substantially older to Kirk, and a totally different attractive woman to Darnell. Taken aback, Kirk orders him outside and after Nancy leaves to get her husband, she entices him into following her...Read the full recap
This is the first episode, production-wise, in which Captain Kirk (William Shatner) refers to Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) as "Bones."
This is the only time in the series when the camera view of a phaser is from the top instead of from the side.
Although this was the first episode to air, it was the sixth produced.
Alfred Ryder's right arm was broken during the filming of this episode.
Crewman Darnell (Bruce Watson) was the first Star Trek character to die.
This is the only episode in which Dr. McCoy's quarters are shown.
The original title of this episode was "The Unreal McCoy."
Alexander Courage composed the musical score during this episode that would be later be re-used throughout the first season.
The sound of the phaser beam striking Professor Alfred Ryder (Alfred Ryder) is, in fact, that of a ricocheting bullet.
The opening credits simply say "William Shatner" and "Leonard Nimoy" with no "Starring."
James Doohan doesn't appear, but they use a dubbed line of dialogue from another episode, played over the communicator, when Kirk beams up to the ship.
Kirk: Shall we pick some flowers, Doctor? When a man visits an old girlfriend... she usually expects something like that.
McCoy: Is that how you get girls to like you--by bribing them?
Kirk: Something wrong, Darnell?
Darnell: Excuse me, sir. Ma'am, if I didn't know better... I'd swear I knew you on Wrigley's Pleasure Planet. You're exactly like a girl...
McCoy: Less mouth, Darnell!
Kirk: How your lost love affects your vision is not my concern, Doctor! I've lost a man! I want to know what killed him!
Uhura: Starship base requesting explanation of our delay, sir. Space Commander Dominguez says we have supplies he urgently needs.
Kirk: Tell Jose he'll get his chili peppers soon. They're prime Mexican reds. I handpicked them. But he won't die without them.
Kirk: It's a mystery. I don't like mysteries! They give me a bellyache, and I've got a beauty right now.
Sulu: May the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless your planet.
Spock: Why risk your life for his?
Kirk: He's just trying to frighten us... and he's doing a pretty good job.
Crater: Earth history, remember? Like the passenger pigeon or the buffalo. Ooh! I feel strange.
Kirk: Just stunned. You'll be able to think in a minute.
Spock: The Earth buffalo. What about it?
Crater: Once there were millions of them; prairies black with them. One herd covered three whole states. When they moved -- like thunder.
Kirk: You bleed too much, Crater. You're too pure and noble. Are you saving the last of its kind... or has this become Crater's private heaven here? This thing becomes wife, lover, best friend, wise man, fool, idol, slave. It isn't bad to have everyone in the universe at your beck and call. You win all the arguments.