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Scotty, Kirk, and McCoy beam down to Argellius II for shore leave. Scotty becomes attracted to a belly-dancer and goes on a romantic walk with her. Later the belly-dancer is found stabbed to death... with Scotty holding the murder weapon and claiming to suffer from amnesia. The Argellians are eager to put Scotty on trial but Kirk believes someone else is responsible and holds a hearing to get at the truth.
Friday December 22nd, 1967
Starring RolesGuest StarsCo-Guest StarsUncredited
On the planet Argelius III, McCoy, Scotty, and Kirk are watching an exotic dancer, Kara, at a bar. As a man stalks out, Scotty offers to take the dancer on a walk in the mist. After he leaves, Kirk and McCoy discuss the fact that a recent explosion, caused by a woman, gave Scotty a concussion and a brief hatred of females. McCoy concludes the engineer is cured and they go out to another bar, but hear a scream. Investigating, they find the dancer, dead, and Scotty leaning against the wall with a knife in his hand...Read the full recap
James Doohan (Scotty) and John Fiedler (Mr. Hengist) were good friends in real life. They died within less than a month of each other in 2005.
John Winston (Mr. Kyle) also played the Argelian bartender in the opening scene.
Scotty (James Doohan
) would later refer to the events of this episode in the Star Trek: The Next Generation
". He described the fact that he was accused of murdering three women in cold blood as being "a wee bit of trouble".
Spock: An entity which feeds on fear and terror would find a perfect hunting ground on Argelius, a planet without violence, where the inhabitants are as peaceful as sheep. The entity would be as a hungry wolf in that fold.
Kirk: What would the life form do in a tranquilized body?
McCoy: Well, it might take up knitting--nothing more violent than that.
Kirk: Well, Mr. Spock for the next five or six hours we're going to have the happiest crew in space... of course, we won't get much work done.
Spock: Captain – since you came to Argelius to rest, I suggest you take advantage of the opportunity.
Kirk: That's a splendid idea, Mr. Spock. I know a cafe where the women are so...
McCoy: I know the place, Jim!
Scotty: Let's go see!
Kirk: You gentlemen? In your condition? Don't be ridiculous. Mr. Spock, this cafe has women that are so... no, I guess not.
After Sybo's death, Jaris asks Scotty if he remembers anything about the murders and Scotty clearly says no. But aboard the Enterprise, Scotty suddenly changes his story and says he remembers what happened during the third murder.
What Changed in the Remastered Episode
This outing shows relatively few changes beyond the general upgrades all episodes get. The most obvious are the new CGI version of Argelius with what may be a spaceport visible from space, and the new model Enterprise.