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
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did an uncredited rewrite on this episode. One of the significant changes he made, at Gene L. Coon
's request, was to get the crew on to the planet by the end of the first act. Other notable contributions were the gag of the five hundred identical female robots, and more material relating to Stella. Coon offered to submit the script for arbitration so that Gerrold would receive credit and residuals. However, Gerrold declined as he felt it would be stealing from Stephen Kandel
, who had created Harry Mudd. See more
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You went to substantial risk and effort to bring a starship here. Logically, you must have a compelling motive.
Harcourt Fenton Mudd
Spock, you're going to love it here. They all talk just the way you do.