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Star Trek: A Piece of the Action

Kirk and the Enterprise try to make contact with the people of Sigma Iotia II who have modeled their culture around the a book “Chicago Mobs of the Twenties” left behind by another Federation starship. Kirk and a landing party beam down into the middle of early twentieth century gang war and are taken prisoner after following the Prime Directive and not supplying weapons to the people.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x17
Production Number: 60349
Airdate: Friday January 12th, 1968

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

Guest Stars
Anthony CarusoAnthony Caruso
As Bela Oxmyx

Co-Guest Stars
Jay D. JonesJay D. Jones
As Mirt (as Jay Jones)
John Harmon (1)John Harmon (1)
As Tepo
Marlys BurdetteMarlys Burdette
As Krako's Girl
Vic TaybackVic Tayback
As Jojo Krako
Lee DelanoLee Delano
As Kalo
Dyanne ThorneDyanne Thorne
As First Girl
Sharyn HillyerSharyn Hillyer
As Second Girl
Sheldon CollinsSheldon Collins
As Tough Kid

William BlackburnWilliam Blackburn
As Lt. Hadley
Eddie PaskeyEddie Paskey
As Lt. Leslie
Frank Da VinciFrank Da Vinci
As Brent/Vinci
Roger HollowayRoger Holloway
As Mr. Lemli
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 journeys to the planet Sigma Iotia II in search of the Horizon, a survey ship that visited the planet 100 years ago and made contact with the natives. The Horizon arrived before the establishment of the Prime Directive and reported back by conventional radio. According to their report, the Iotians were a pre-industrial society who were highly imitative...

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Episode Notes
The voice of the radio announcer is supplied by James Doohan (Scotty).

For the first and only time in the series, the episode ends in a freeze-frame.

Episode Quotes
Kirk: Gentlemen. Gentlemen. This, uh, this card game is a kid's game.
Tepo: You think so?
Kirk: Gentlemen. Gentlemen. This, uh, this card game is a kid's game.
Tepo: You think so?
Kirk: Oh, yes. I wouldn't waste my time.
Tepo: Who's asking you?
Kirk: On Beta Antares IV, they play a real game. It's a man's game, but a little beyond you. It requires intelligence.
Tepo: Listen, Kirk, I can play anything you can figure out. Take the cards, big man. Show us how it's played.
Spock: I'm familiar with the culture on Beta Antares. There aren't games...
Kirk: Spock. Spock. Of course the cards on Beta Antares IV are different, but not too different. The name of the game is called, uh... fizzbin.
Tepo: Fizzbin?
Kirk: Fizzbin. It's, uh ... not too difficult. Each player gets six cards, except for the player on the dealer's right, who gets seven.
Tepo: On the right?
Kirk: The second card is turned up, except on Tuesdays.
Tepo: On Tuesday.
Kirk: Mm-hmm. Oh, look what you got, two jacks. You got a half fizzbin already.
Tepo: I need another jack.
Kirk: No. If you got another jack, why, you'd have a sralk.
Tepo: A sralk?
Kirk: Yes. You'd be disqualified. You need a king and a deuce, except at night, when you'd need a queen and a 4.
Tepo: Except at night.
Kirk: Right. Oh, look at that. You've got another jack! Ha ha ha! How lucky you are! How wonderful for you. If you didn't get another jack, if you'd gotten a king, why, then, you'd get another card, except when it's dark, you'd give it back.
Tepo: If it were dark on Tuesday.
Kirk: But what you're after is a royal fizzbin, but the odds in getting a royal fizzbin are astron... Spock, what are the odds in getting a royal fizzbin?
Spock: I've never computed them.
Kirk: Well, they're astronomical, believe me. Now, for the last card. We'll call it a kronk. You got that?
Tepo: What?

Krako: What do you think, we're stupid?
Kirk: I don't think you're stupid. I just think your behavior is arrested.
Krako: I haven't been arrested in my whole life!

Oxmyx: You better come back down. Krako's put the bag on your captain.
Spock: Why would he put a "bag" on our captain?
Oxmyx: Kidnapped him, ya dope. He'll scrag him, too.
Spock: If I understand you correctly, that would be a problem.

Bela Oxmyx: The most cooperative man in this world is a dead man.

McCoy: We're trying to help you, Oxymx!
Bela Oxmyx: Nobody helps nobody but themselves.
Spock: Sir, you are employing a double negative.
Bela Oxmyx: Huh?

Spock: Logic and practical information do not seem to apply here.
McCoy: You admit that?
Spock: To deny the facts would be illogical, Doctor.

Tough Kid: I'll cut off your head and throw it in your face!

Kirk: Now, look, Krako, we're takin' over the whole ball of wax. You cooperate with us, and maybe we'll cut you in for a piece of the action.
Spock: A miniscule... a very small piece.
Jojo Krako: How much is that?
Kirk: That's, um... we'll figure it out later.
Jojo Krako: Thought you guys had laws--no interference.
Kirk: Who's interferin'? We're takin' over. Check?
Spock: Right.

Krako: I want to know what happened.
Scotty: Looks like we put the "bag" on you.
Krako: I got rights.
Scotty: You've got nothing. You mind your place, mister, or you'll be wearing concrete galoshes.
Krako: You mean cement overshoes?
Scotty: Um ... aye.

Spock: Must we?
Kirk: It's faster than walking. Are you afraid of cars?
Spock: Not at all. It's your driving that alarms me.

Spock: I'd advises youse ta keep dialin', Oxmyx.

Kirk: Gentlemen, you two have been brooding ever since we returned to the ship.
Spock: Brooding, Captain?
Kirk: Brooding, Mr. Spock - a somber emotional state. Do you wish to continue it or discuss it?
Spock: Captain, I'm neither brooding nor somber.

Episode Goofs
Anthony Caruso is credited as "Bela Oxmyx" at the end, but in Krako's office there's a dartboard made out of a poster of Oxmyx, and it's spelled "Okmyx."

Cultural References
What Changed in the Remastered Version
General improvements cited on the main series page. The orbital shots of Sigma Iotia II get a surface upgrade and continents and oceans are much clearer. Phaser shots are significantly upgraded.

Episode References
Lt. Hadley is referred to by name for the first time.

Kirk refers to McCoy as "Sawbones."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGene Roddenberry
Executive ProducerGene Roddenberry
ProducerGene L. Coon
CastingJoseph D'Agosta
Costume DesignerWilliam Ware Theiss
Make-upFred B. Phillips
Property MasterIrving A. Feinberg
OtherHerbert F. Solow (Executive in Charge of Production)
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Art DirectorWalter M. Jefferies
Special EffectsJames Rugg
Main Title ThemeAlexander Courage
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