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
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The script originally featured Romulans with whom Kirk has to compete in making a deal with the Iotians. See more
In the opening shot of the episode, planet Sigma Iotia II looks different than in the rest of the episode. See more
[balking at the prospect of another ride in a car with Kirk at the wheel
Captain, must we?
It's faster than walking.
But not as safe.
Are you afraid of cars?
Not at all, Captain. It's your DRIVING that alarms me.