Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 17

A Piece of the Action (12 Jan. 1968)

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The crew of Enterprise struggles to cope with a planet of imitative people who have modeled their society on 1920's gangsters.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Krako (as Victor Tayback)
John Harmon ...
Sheldon Collins ...
Tough Kid
Dyanne Thorne ...
First Girl
Sharyn Hillyer ...
Second Girl
Zabo (as Steve Marlo)


The Enterprise investigates a planet visited 100 years ago by the U.S.S. Horizon. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down and find themselves in a culture similar to Earth gangs of 1920 Chicago. They are quickly taken prisoner by men in the employ of a mob boss named Bela Oxmyx, who wishes them to give him phasers in exchange for "a piece of the action." When they refuse, Oxmyx puts them under guard. Kirk creates a diversion with a card game called "fizzbin," but without their equipment, the trio must find a way to unite the planet and escape to the Enterprise alive. Written by trekkie4christ

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1920s | card game | gangster | phaser | knife | See more »


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12 January 1968 (USA)  »

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Kirk and Spock "borrow" an old-fashioned Earth-style car (which Spock even refers to as a "flivver"). This is the only time in Star Trek (1966) that any character is depicted using ground transportation. See more »


Bela's last name is spelled as "Oxmyx" is the script, dialog and the credits, but the dartboard poster spells it as "Okmyx". See more »


Jojo Krako: Whadda ya think, we're stupid or something?
Capt. Kirk: No, no, no, I don't think you're stupid, Mr. Krako, I just think your behavior is arrested.
Jojo Krako: [shouting] I've never been arrested in my whole life!
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Gawdy threads from a bygone era
25 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Accent is on comedy in this Star Trek classic where the USS Enterprise finds itself visiting a planet a hundred years after the first contact was made by Star Fleet. What they find is not quite what they were expecting. William Shatner and the rest seem to be under the impression these were a peaceful, but highly intelligent people just getting into industrialization.

Someone however left a book from earth history about the gang wars in Chicago presumably between Al Capone and Bugs Moran and all the other players back in those wild days. Being intelligent the people of Iotia adapt their entire culture around those days.

So Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and the rest have to deal as best they can and in the end have to start talking their language. It's a great sight gag to see the Enterprise away team have to adapt those gaudy threads from a bygone era to make themselves understood.

A very funny episode with a very funny coda at the end among Shatner, Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley.

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