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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One of several "parallel Earth" plots in the series, contrived to save money by avoiding the necessity for "alien" sets, costumes, and makeup. See more
Even though the Northside boss is referred to in the credits, and by the other characters, as Bela OXMYX, Jojo Krako throws darts at a wall-mounted picture of Bela's that is labeled Bela OKMYX. See more
The most co-operative man in this world is a dead man. And if you don't keep your mouth shut, you're gonna be co-operatin'.