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Star Trek: I, Mudd

The Enterprise is taken over by a new crewman, Mr. Norman, who redirects it to a distant planet. He booby traps the controls and the crew is forced to wait and see where they end up. They end up at a planet populated by androids... and their old adversary, Harcourt Fenton Mudd, who wishes to use the Enterprise to get away.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x8
Production Number: 60341
Airdate: Friday November 03rd, 1967



  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (2 Votes cast)
Starring Roles
James Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Recurring
Nichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Recurring
George Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Recurring
Walter Koenig
As Ensign Pavel Chekov
Recurring

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

Co-Guest Stars
Mike Howden
As Lt. Rowe
Recurring
Michael Zaslow
As Jordan
Recurring
Richard Tatro
As Norman
Alyce Andrece
As Alice #1 through 250
Rhae Andrece
As Alice #251 through 500
Kay Elliot
As Stella Mudd

Uncredited
Bob Orrison
As Engineer #1
Recurring
Bobby Bass
As Engineer #2
Recurring
Vince Deadrick, Sr.
As Norman's Stunt Double #2
Recurring
Colleen Thornton
As Barbara Series Androids
Loren James (1)
As Norman's Stunt Double #1
Maureen Thornton
As Barbara Series Androids
Starr Wilson
As Maisie Series Androids
Tamara Wilson
As Maisie Series Androids
Ted Lagarde
As Herman Series Androids
Tom Lagarde
As Herman Series Androids
Main Cast
William Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock
DeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

Recap

McCoy is discussing the new crewman, Norman, with Spock. The doctor insists that Norman never smiles, never discusses anything other than the job routine, and never talks about his background. He then qualifies it's unusual for a non-Vulcan. Spock is unimpressed by McCoy's logic and can sympathize with Norman's ability to avoid a medical exam...

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

David Gerrold, who also wrote "The Trouble With Tribbles", did an uncredited rewrite of this episode.

Scotty (James Doohan) says that "robots and androids, they're just not capable of independent, creative thought". Over 100 years later, he would later meet the android Data (Brent Spiner), a main character on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The same is also true of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley). Data was capable of great creativity particularly through art and music.

George Takei (Sulu) only appears in two scenes.



Episode Quotes
McCoy: I know when something doesn't strike me right, and he doesn't.
Spock: Specifics, Doctor. Labels do not make arguments.
McCoy: All right. There's something wrong about a man who never smiles, whose conversation never varies from the routine of the job, and who won't talk about his background.
Spock: I see.
McCoy: Spock... I mean, that it's, uh... it's odd for a non-Vulcan. Um... the ears make all the difference.
Spock: I find your argument strewn with gaping defects in logic.
McCoy: Maybe, but you can't evaluate a man by logic alone. Besides, he has avoided two appointments for his physical exam that I've made for his physical exam without reason.
Spock: That's not at all surprising, Doctor. He's probably terrified of your beads and rattles.

Norman: There is a word. Among us, there is no corresponding meaning. But it seems to mean something to you humans.
Kirk: And what is that word?
Norman: "Please."

Chekov: You know this man, Captain?
Kirk: Do I know him? Harcourt Fenton Mudd, thief...
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Oh, come now.
Kirk: ...swindler and con man...
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Entrepreneur!
Kirk: ...liar and rogue!
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Did I leave you with that impression?
Kirk: He belongs in jail. Which is where I thought I left you, Mudd.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: And thereby hangs a tale, yes.

Kirk: All right, Harry, explain. How did you get here? We left you in custody after that affair on the planet Rigel.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Yes. I organized a technical information service--bringing modern industrial techniques to backward planets, making available certain valuable patents to struggling young civilizations throughout the galaxy.
Kirk: Did you pay royalties to the owners of those patents?
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Well... actually, Kirk, as a defender of the free-enterprise system, I found myself in a... in a rather ambiguous conflict as a matter of principle.
Spock: He did not pay royalties.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Knowledge, sir, should be free to all!

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Do you know what the penalty for fraud is on Deneb Five?
Spock: The guilty party has his choice: death by electrocution, death by gas, death by phaser, death by hanging...
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: The key word in your entire peroration, Mr. Spock, was "death." Barbarians. Well, of course, I left.
Kirk: He broke jail.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: I borrowed transportation.
Kirk: He stole a spaceship.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: The patrol reacted in a hostile manner!
Kirk: They fired at him!
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: They've got no respect for private property--they damaged the bloody spaceship!

Spock: You went to substantial risk and effort to bring a starship here. Logically, you must have a compelling motive.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Spock, you're going to love it here. They all talk just the way you do.

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: You see, gentlemen, behind every great man, there is a woman... urging him on. And so it was with my Stella. She urged me on into outer space. Uh, not that she meant to. But with her continual, eternal, confounded nagging, well, I think of her constantly. And every time I do, I go further out into space.

Kirk: Well, opinions?
Chekov: I think we're in a lot of trouble.
Kirk: That's a great help, Mr. Chekov. Bones?
Dr. McCoy: Well, I think Mr. Chekov's right. We are in a lot of trouble.
Kirk: Spock? And if you say we're in a lot of trouble...
Spock: We are.

Chekov: What a shame you're not real.
Alice 322: We are real, my lord.
Chekov: Oh, I mean, real girls.
Alice 118: We are programmed to function as human females, lord.
Chekov: You are?
Alice 118 and Alice 322: (in unison) Yes, my lord.
Chekov: Harry Mudd programmed you?
Alice 118 and Alice 322: (in unison) Yes, my lord.
Chekov: That unprincipled, evil-minded, lecherous kulak Harry Mudd programmed you?
Alice 118 and Alice 322: (in unison) Yes, my lord.
Chekov: This place is even better than Leningrad!

Alice 471: Which wants and desires of yours are not fulfilled?
Kirk: We want the Enterprise.
Alice 471: The Enterprise is not a want or a desire. It is a mechanical device.
Kirk: No. It's a beautiful lady, and we love her.

Norman: Your species is self-destructive. You need our help.
Kirk: We prefer to help ourselves. We make mistakes, but we're human. And maybe that's the word that best explains us.

Spock: Whatever method we use to stop them, we must make haste. They have only to install some cybernetic devices aboard the Enterprise, and they'll be able to leave orbit.
McCoy: How do you know so much?
Spock: I asked them.
McCoy: Oh.

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Now listen, Spock. You may be a wonderful science officer, but believe me, you couldn't sell fake patents to your mother.
Spock: I fail to understand why I should care to induce my mother to purchase falsified patents.

Kirk: Why, Harry, I do believe you're putting on weight!

Chekov: What's next, Captain?
Kirk: Next... we take the Alices on a trip through Wonderland!

Chekov: (to Dr. McCoy and Scotty) Thank you, gentlemen. (to Uhura) Thank you, lovely lady. You dance diwinely.
Uhura: Thank you, kind sir.
(She hits him with the back of her right hand, knocking him to the ground)
Alice #118: Why does she strike him?
Captain Kirk: She likes him.

Spock: I love you. However, I hate you.
Alice 210: But... I am identical in every way with Alice 27.
Spock: Yes, of course. That is exactly why I hate you. Because you are identical. (the Alices freeze) Fascinating.

Spock: (to Norman) Logic is a little tweeting bird chirping in the meadow. Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers that smell bad. Are you sure your circuits are registering correctly? Your ears are green.

Kirk: What is man but that lofty spirit... that sense of enterprise, that devotion to something that cannot be sensed, cannot be realized, but only dreamed. The highest reality!

Norman: But there was no explosion.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: I lied.
Norman: But...
Kirk: He lied. Everything Harry tells you is a lie. Remember that. Everything Harry tells you is a lie.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Now, listen to this carefully, Norman. I am lying.
Norman: You say you are...lying, but if everything you say is a lie then you are telling the truth but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie but you lie, you tell the truth, but you cannot for you lie. Illogical. Illogical! Please explain. You are human, only humans can explain their behavior. Please explain.
Kirk: I am not programmed to respond in that area.

Norman: But there was no explosion.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: I lied.
Norman: But...
Kirk: He lied. Everything Harry tells you is a lie. Remember that. Everything Harry tells you is a lie.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Now, listen to this carefully, Norman. I am lying.
Norman: You say you are...lying, but if everything you say is a lie then you are telling the truth but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie but you lie, you tell the truth, but you cannot for you lie. Illogical. Illogical! Please explain. You are human, only humans can explain their behavior. Please explain.
Kirk: I am not programmed to respond in that area.

McCoy: Well, you must be very unhappy, Mr. Spock.
Spock: That is a human emotion, doctor, with which I am totally unfamiliar. How could I be unhappy?
McCoy: Well, we found a whole world of minds that worked just like yours. Logical, unemotional, completely pragmatic. And we poor, irrational humans whipped them in a fair fight. Now you'll find yourself back among us illogical humans again.
Spock: Which I find eminently satisfactory, doctor. For nowhere am I so desperately needed as among a shipload of illogical humans.

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Kirk, I'm no scientist.
Kirk: No, you're an irritant. You'll stay here and provide a first-class example to the androids of a human failure. They'll learn by close observation how to avoid ones like you in the future.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: How long?
Kirk: As long as you continue to be an irritant, Harry. It's up to you.

Kirk: Oh, there's one more thing. We've programmed a special android attendant to take care of your every need. She'll help you find an incentive to work with the androids and not exploit them.
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: I call that unexpectedly civil of you, Captain.
Kirk: Yes.
Stella 1: Harcourt! Harcourt Fenton Mudd, what have you been up to? Have you been drinking again? You answer me!
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Shut up.
Stella 1: You miserable, conniving toad!
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: I order you, shut up!
Stella 1: Going out all night and giving me silly stories!
Stella 2: Harcourt!
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Aaahhh!
Stella 2: Harcourt Fenton Mudd, you've been overeating again, and drinking!
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: Kirk, you can't do this. It's inhuman!
Stella 2: You need constant supervision. My work's cut out for me.
Stella 1: Harcourt!
Stella 500: Have you ever seen a worm in alcohol! You're on a regular schedule!
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd: No. Number 500?



Episode References
Apparently Chekov was not aboard the Enterprise at the time of "Mudd's Women" as he had not met Harry Mudd before. If he had, he would surely have remembered both Mudd and his woman, who were irresistible to every man aboard the ship.



Analysis
What Changed in the Remastered Version
The expected cleanups of sound and picture are present. CGI replacements include: the Class K planet where the androids are emplaced has been replaced by richer yellow planet with Saturn-like rings. A number of exterior shots of the Enterprise all employ the new model (it appears more here than any episode aired to date). Norman's internal mechanism (partially revealed early in the episode) received an update.

Original



Remastered




Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerGene L. Coon
Associate ProducerRobert H. Justman
EditorJames Ballas
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Unit Production ManagerGregg Peters (1)
First Assistant DirectorPhil Rawlins
MusicSamuel Matlovsky
Music EditorJim Henrikson
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
HairstylistPat Westmore
Make-upFred B. Phillips
GripGeorge Rader
Set DecoratorJoseph J. Stone
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
Script SupervisorGeorge A. Rutter
Re-Recording MixerElden Ruberg
GafferGeorge H. Merhoff
OtherEdward K. Milkis (Assistant to the Producer)  |  Herbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)  |  D.C. Fontana (Script Consultant (Seasons 2-3))
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Art DirectorWalter M. Jefferies
Sound MixerCarl Daniels
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
Sound Effects EditorDoug Grindstaff
 
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