Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 8

I, Mudd (3 Nov. 1967)

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Harry Mudd returns with a plot to take over the Enterprise by stranding the crew on a planet populated by androids under his command.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Tatro ...
Alyce Andrece ...
Alice #1 through 250
Rhae Andrece ...
Alice #251 through 500
Kay Elliot ...
Stella Mudd
Mike Howden ...
Lt. Rowe
Michael Zaslow ...


When an android takes control of the Enterprise, Kirk and his crew spend four days traveling at warp speed to an uncharted planet. When they beam down they find none other that Harry Mudd, the apparent ruler of the planet made up entirely of androids. It turns out there is one major problem with Harry's idyllic existence: the androids who serve him hand and foot simply won't allow him to leave. Kirk and Spock devise a way to disable the androids but have their own special plans for Harry. Written by garykmcd

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A third-season appearance of Harry Mudd was planned but axed due to the producers' desire to move away from comedy episodes. However, Roger C. Carmel would reprise the role of Mudd as a cartoon voice in Star Trek: The Animated Series: Mudd's Passion (1973). Mudd was considered for a return during the Star Trek movies in the 1980s, but Carmel's failing health nixed that. See more »


When two of the female androids start to speak in unison while talking to the crew, one of them says, "You are free to use them," while the other one says, "You are free to visit them." See more »


Harcourt Fenton Mudd: [explaining his latest trouble] I, uh... sold the Denebians all the rights to a Vulcan fuel synthesizer.
Capt. Kirk: And the Denebians contacted the Vulcans.
Harcourt Fenton Mudd: How'd you know?
Capt. Kirk: That's what I would have done.
Harcourt Fenton Mudd: Oh. It's a typical police mentality. They've got no sense of humour; they arrested me!
McCoy: Oh, I find that shocking.
Harcourt Fenton Mudd: Worse than that! Do you know what the penalty for fraud is on Deneb 5?
Spock: Guilty party has his choice. Death by electrocution, death by gas, death by phaser, death by hanging...
Harcourt Fenton Mudd: The key word in ...
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References Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966) See more »

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"Harcourt Fenton Mudd"
30 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of my very favorite Star Trek episodes from the original series was this wonderful comic turn for guest star Roger C. Carmel. This was Carmel's second appearance as Harry Mudd, futuristic enterprising con man and he thinks he's found heaven. I think this sequel was better than the one that Carmel did originally, Mudd's Women.

The Enterprise goes into orbit around a planet with only one human life form that of Harry Mudd. The rest of the planet is composed of androids and remember this is before The Next Generation where Data would try to understand the human experience. These androids were built by a long dead humanoid civilization and the only human contact they've had until the Enterprise arrives is Carmel. As they say, he's flawed and even they know that.

What they've collectively decided and it's a collective intelligence just like the Borg is that they should take the Enterprise and go back to Earth to serve man and create an orderly and logical society, one like the Vulcan. But even Spock sees some problems with them taking over.

So Bill Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and the rest join forces with Carmel to defeat the androids. Their use of illogical behavior allows for some outrageous overacting that the cast thoroughly enjoyed because they looked it.

But best in the cast is the Stella Mudd android that Carmel created so he could have the last word. She's played by Kay Elliott who has her career role in this. And you have to see how Shatner and the rest use her for a little final comeuppance for Carmel.

Wonderful comic episode, a real classic.

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