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Star Trek: Mudd's Women

When their ship is destroyed, a freighter captain and three stunningly beautiful women arrive on the Enterprise. They want Kirk to take them to a mining colony where the women are wanted as brides, but the captain suspects something is going on.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 6149-04
Airdate: Thursday October 13th, 1966

Starring Roles
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura

Guest Stars
Roger C. CarmelRoger C. Carmel
As Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd

Co-Guest Stars
Jim GoodwinJim Goodwin
As Farrell
Gene DynarskiGene Dynarski
As Ben
Karen SteeleKaren Steele
As Eve McHuron
John KowalJohn Kowal
As Herm
Seamon GlassSeamon Glass
As Benton

Eddie PaskeyEddie Paskey
As Conners
Frank Da VinciFrank Da Vinci
As Guard
Majel BarrettMajel Barrett
voiced Computer
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock


The Enterprise is pursuing a cargo vessel which refuses to respond to their hails. They chase it into an asteroid field where its engines burn out and it starts to drift. To protect it from collision, Kirk has them extend the ship's shields, straining the lithium crystals. Spock and Scotty meet with McCoy in the transporter room and attempt to establish a transporter lock. The captain finally acknowledges their hail and they beam him over: it's a civilian who identifies himself as Leo Walsh...

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Episode Notes
Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd) would later reprise his role in "I, Mudd" and the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "Mudd's Passion".

Uhura is wearing a yellow command uniform.

As in "Where No Man Has Gone Before," the power crystals on the ship are referred to as "lithium" rather than "dilithium."

Episode Quotes
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Sure, these starships are really something marvelous. But men will always be men, no matter where they are.

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: You're part Vulcanian, aren't you? Ah, well, then a pretty face doesn't affect you at all, unless you want it to. You can save it, girls. This type can turn himself off from any emotion.

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: You're a hard-nosed one, Captain.
Kirk: And you're a liar. I think we both understand each other.

Kirk: Well, switch to bypass circuits.
Scotty: We burned them all out when we super-heated. That jackass Walsh not only wrecked his vessel, but in saving his skin...
Kirk: If it makes you feel any better, Engineer, that's one jackass we're going to see skinned.

Kirk: Computer, go to sensor probe. Any unusual readings?
Computer: No decipherable reading on females. However, unusual reading on male board members. Detecting high respiration patterns, perspiration rates up, heartbeat rapid, blood pressure higher than normal.
Kirk: Uh, that's sufficient. Strike that from the record, Mr. Spock.

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: You see, gentlemen, just as I told you. Three lovely ladies destined for frontier planets to be the companions of lonely men, to supply that warmth of a human touch that's so desperately needed--a wife, a home, a family. Gentlemen, I look upon this work as a sacred public trust. I've devoted me whole life to it.
Computer: (scanning for truth) Incorrect.

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: And l--I'll be running this starship. Captain James Kirk, the next orders you're taking will be given by Harcourt Fenton Mudd!

Eve McHuron: I was taking a walk, and I had to run in someplace. All your men were looking at me, following me with their eyes.
Kirk: Yes. I'll have to talk to them about that.

Eve McHuron: Hmm! I read once that a commander has to act like a paragon of virtue. I never met a paragon.
Kirk: Neither have l.
Eve McHuron: Well, of course not. No one is. But some people try to pretend.

Kirk: What are they, Bones?
McCoy: You mean are they alien illusions? That sort of thing?
Kirk: I asked you first.
McCoy: No... an alien smart enough to pull this could also keep my medical scanner from going "bleep!"
Kirk: I don't follow you.
McCoy: I don't either.

Eve: Oh, the sound of male ego. You travel halfway across the galaxy and it's still the same song.

Ben Childress: I guess I'm supposed to sit, taste, and roll my eyes. "Ooh, female cooking again." I've tasted better, by my own hand.
Eve McHuron: You're tasting some of it. I couldn't scrape your leavings out of that pan.

Kirk: But I will appear as a character witness at your trial... if you think that'll help.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: They'll throw away the key.

Spock: I'm happy the affair is over. A most annoying emotional episode.
McCoy: Smack right in the old heart. Oh, I'm sorry. In your case, it would be about here.
Spock: The fact that my internal arrangement differs from yours, Doctor, pleases me no end.

Episode Goofs
When Mudd's women beam on board and Spock, McCoy, and Scotty stare, the reaction shot of McCoy has him wearing his medical tunic and a Sickbay monitor screen can be seen behind him. The shot is later used properly when McCoy is in sickbay running an exam on one of the women.

When Mudd's women beam on board, the brunette (Ruth) is further to the back. Then they cut to a reaction shot of the men, then a shot of the women all lined up evenly. Then more reaction shots of the men, and then back to a shot of the women and Ruth is further to the back again.

When Spock orders Farrell to set course for Rigel 12, Farrell's insignia is missing.

Eve takes the (fake) Venus Drug and her hairstyle changes without her touching it.

What Changed in the Remastered Version
General improvements cited on the main series page. Rigel 12 receives a significant visual upgrade and new orbital shots of the Enterprise are included. The shots of Mudd's ship are more detailed, the asteroid belt is more clearly delineated, and there's a new shot of Mudd's ship being destroyed. An overhead long-distant show of the mining colony is also featured.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
Make-upFred B. Phillips
GripGeorge Rader
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
OtherHerbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
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