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Star Trek: Friday's Child

Kirk negotiates with the highly honor-bound natives of Capella 4 to obtain mining rights. The Klingons interfere in the tribe's politics and attempt to secure their own deal. When the tribe's leader is killed, his wife must share his fate to destroy any possible heir, until Kirk saves her. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy escape with the pregnant woman, Eleen, and must keep one step ahead of the ruthless Capellans and the angry Klingons.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x11
Production Number: 60332
Airdate: Friday December 01st, 1967

Director: Joseph Pevney
Writer: D.C. Fontana

Starring Roles
James DoohanJames Doohan
As Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Lt. Hikaru Sulu
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Lt. Nyota Uhura
Walter KoenigWalter Koenig
As Ensign Pavel Chekov

Guest Stars
Julie NewmarJulie Newmar
As Eleen

Co-Guest Stars
Kirk RaymoneKirk Raymone
As Duur
Bob BralverBob Bralver
As Grant
Frank Da VinciFrank Da Vinci
As Capellan Warrior
Cal BolderCal Bolder
As Keel
Ben GageBen Gage
As Akaar

Dick DialDick Dial
As Warrior Stunt Double
Eddie PaskeyEddie Paskey
As Lt. Leslie
Jim Jones (1)Jim Jones (1)
As Kras' Stunt Double
Walker EdmistonWalker Edmiston
voiced S. S. Diedre Voice
William BlackburnWilliam Blackburn
As Capellan Warrior / Lt. Hadley
Chuck ClowChuck Clow
As Capt. Kirk's Stunt Double
Main Cast
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Captain James Tiberius Kirk
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Commander Spock
DeForest KelleyDeForest Kelley
As Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy


The Enterprise is sent to Capella 4 to negotiate topaline mining rights with the local. McCoy, who previously visited Capella, briefs the senior officers on the people and explains that the Capellans value honor and a "survival of the fittest" ethic, but have a number of taboos that they take seriously. Kirk beams down with only a small landing party to reduce the chance of violating taboos. They beam down at the camp of the High Teer, Akaar, and his lieutenant Maab approaches them. McCoy replies with the appropriate greeting but a Klingon, Kras, comes up. The security guard, Grant, instinctively reaches for his phaser and one of Maab's men instantly kills him with a kligat, a short-range throwing weapon...

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Episode Notes
Filming Location: Vasquez Rocks, California

Episode Quotes
Kirk: Bones...
McCoy: Yes, Captain?
Kirk: I shouldn't have chewed you out. I'm sorry.
McCoy: I understand.
Spock: Inefficient, however. Emotion, Captain.
Kirk: Yes, you're quite right, Mr. Spock. Inefficient... and illogical.

McCoy: Jim! You touch it, her nearest male relative will have to try to kill you. They're offering you a chance for combat. They consider it more pleasurable than love.

Kirk: If you lead these people now, be certain you make the right decisions.
Kras: Is the new leader of the Ten Tribes afraid? Let me kill him for you.
Kirk: Let the Klingon and me fight. It might amuse you.
Maab: Perhaps to be a Teer is to see in new ways. I begin to like you, Earth man, and I saw fear in the Klingon's eye.
Kras: We had an agreement.
Maab: That, too, may change, Klingon.

Kirk: Do you think we can create a sonic disruption with two of our communicators?
Spock: Only a very slight chance it would work.
Kirk: Well, if you don't think we can, maybe we shouldn't try.
Spock: Captain, I didn't say that exactly.

Kirk: Worried about the delivery?
McCoy: Capellans aren't human, Jim. They're humanoid. There's certain internal differences. I don't have equipment for an emergency.
Kirk: If you don't think you can handle it ...
McCoy: I can do it. The last thing I want around is a ham-handed ship's captain.

McCoy: Look, I'm a doctor, not an escalator!

Kirk: How did you arrange to touch her, Bones, give her a happy pill?
McCoy: No... a right cross.
Kirk: Never seen that in a medical book.
McCoy: It's in mine from now on.

Spock: Fortunately, this bark has suitable tensile cohesion.
Kirk: You mean, it makes a good bowstring.
Spock: I believe I said that.

(offering Spock Eleen's baby)
McCoy: No, no, Mr. Spock, you place this arm under here to support its back and this hand here...
Spock: I would rather... I would rather not. Thank you.

Eleen: McCoy! Bring our child.
Kirk: "Our" child?
McCoy: I'll explain later.
Spock: That should prove very interesting.

Scotty: There's an old, old saying on Earth, Mr. Sulu, "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me".
Chekov: I know this saying, it was invented in Russia.

Kirk: The cavalry doesn't come over the hill in the nick of time anymore.
Spock: If by that you mean we can't expect help from the Enterprise, I must agree.

Spock: "Oochie woochie coochie coo"?
Kirk: An obscure Earth dialect, Mr. Spock. Oochie woochie coochie coo. If you're curious, consult Linguistics.

Spock: Well, at any rate, this should prove interesting.
Kirk: Interesting?
Spock: When the woman starts explaining how the new High Teer is actually Dr. McCoy's child.
Scotty: What's that again, Mr. Spock?
Kirk: We don't actually understand it ourselves, Mr. Scott.
Spock: Nor does Dr. McCoy.

Spock: The child was named Leonard James Aka'ar?
McCoy: Has a kind of a ring to it, don't you think, James?
Kirk: Yes I think it's a name destined to go down in galactic history, Leonard. What do you think, Spock?
Spock: I think you're both going to be insufferably pleased with yourselves for at least a month... sir.

What Changed in the Remastered Version
General improvements cited on the main series page. The planet Capella IV gets the expected orbital upgrade. When Chekov detects the enemy ship at extreme sensor range, a more detailed visual display is used. The Klingon warship that intercepts the Enterprise has more detail and the distinctive bird of prey nacelles. The phaser disintegrations of Maab and his man at the end are cleaned up using the newer phaser effect. An insert shot of Chekov working the science station controls is corrected: the original shot showed the navigation helm console. The viewscreen display during the briefing room sequence at the beginning is cleaned up.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerGene L. Coon
Associate ProducerRobert H. Justman
EditorFabien D. Tordjmann
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Unit Production ManagerGregg Peters (1)
First Assistant DirectorRusty Meek
MusicGerald Fried
Music EditorJim Henrikson
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
HairstylistJean Rustin
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  |  Rolland M. Brooks
Sound MixerDoug Grindstaff  |  Carl Daniels
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
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