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The crew of the Enterprise investigate a seemingly serene planet with no life, but then encounter fictional characters and old friends and enemies from their pasts.
Thursday December 29th, 1966
Starring RolesCo-Guest StarsUncredited
Several weeks overdue for R&R, the Enterprise
arrives in orbit above a pastoral Class M planet with no signs of life. Kirk orders several landing parties down to determine its suitability for shore leave. Sulu and McCoy go down but when they split up, McCoy sees a large white rabbit being chased by a young girl named Alice. McCoy yells for Sulu but by the time he shows up girl and rabbit have both disappeared into the bush. McCoy calls up to Kirk, and the captain suspects that the doctor is trying to lure him down but goes along anyway after Spock gives him a gentle prodding...Read the full recap
Filming location: Africa, USA, in California; Vasquez Rocks
Gene Roddenberry spent most of his time during the filming of the episode on location, doing rewrites to keep the episode under budget. Plans to include an elephant were cut, and several scenes were written but then deleted, such as Don Juan's initial assault on Barrows.
Spock: On my planet, to rest is to rest--to cease using energy. To me, it is quite illogical to run up and down on green grass, using energy, instead of saving it.
Spock: After what this ship has been through in the last three months, there is not a crewman aboard who is not in need of rest. My self excepted, of course.
Spock: (discussing a cranky crewman and shore leave) He's becoming irritable and quarrelsome, but he refuses to take rest or rehabilitation. Now, he has that right, but we've found...
Kirk: That crewman's right ends where the safety of the ship begins. Now, that man will go ashore on my orders. What's his name?
Spock: James Kirk. Enjoy yourself, Captain.
McCoy: My dear girl, I'm a doctor. When I peek, it is in the line of duty.
Kirk: The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play.
Rodriguez refers to Yeoman Mary Teller as Angela. Actress Emily Banks who plays Mary here played Angela Martine in "Balance of Terror." She's also credited as "Angela" in the end credits. The confusion arose because they thought the actress was playing the same character here she played in "Balance of Terror," but that didn't make it into the script.
Barrows' uniform is ripped on her right shoulder when Don Juan grabs her. Then she dresses as a princess but when she puts her uniform back on the rip is gone. Then Don Juan grabs her again and her left shoulder rips. Then at the end her uniform is unripped again.
When Sulu sees someone beaming down, he says they're being beamed down from the bridge. First of all, how would he know? Second of all, they don't have transporters on the bridge of the original Enterprise and didn't have any way in Original Trek to beam people down from other parts of the ship using the transporter.
Twice when the tiger appears, a chain can be seen around its neck.
In the long shots the plane that strafes the landing party is first a USMC Corsair and then a P-47 Thunderbolt. In the latter shot a second plane can be seen when one isn't there. In the closeups the plane is a Japanese Zero.
What Changed in the Remastered Version
General improvements cited on the main series page. The shore leave planet gets the expected orbital upgrade, giving it an appearance similar to the planet as seen in the animated episode "Once Upon A Planet."