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:
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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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Kirk makes up the rules of the card game "fizz bin" as he goes along. William Shatner ad libbed the rules, so his pauses to think and the other actors' confusion are all genuine. See more »


One can only assume it was for budgetary reasons that the two thugs who are killed in the opening segment are wearing the exact same suits worn later by two other thugs who are made to give their clothes to Kirk and Spock. See more »


Spock: Logic and practical information do not seem to apply here.
Dr. McCoy: You admit that?
Spock: To deny the facts would be illogical, Doctor.
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Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) See more »

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great comedy
18 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This was a good comedy in season 2. While not fully on par with 'The Trouble with Tribbles', it is a close second. It was hilarious to see Kirk talking like a gangster, then setting up a mob syndicate--to stop a spate of out of control gangland shootings--and negotiating the Federation's 40% 'cut' or share from the syndicate. Kirk later unconvincingly justifies to Spock that the money will be directed towards an ethical fund to guide the Iotians to a more normal existence...that is until he learns that Dr McCoy lost his tricked back on Sigma Iotia II which means the Iotians might demand a piece of the Federation's action in the future!

Great comedy and hilarious acting throughout. Of course, Kirk is only sorting out the mess that the last Federation starship, the USS Horizon, created 100 years ago before the prime directive came into effect. The Horizon's crew left behind several publications including a book on Chicago Mobs in the 1920's which the intelligent Iotians quickly imitated. This was really Star Trek's last comedy episode since season three started with Fred Freiberger who was a 'serious' science fiction producer. Virtually all season 3 Trek episodes are devoid of comedy.

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