After stopping a vessel in space, Kirk and the crew find a very odd captain with a very strange cargo. The captain of the vessel is Harcourt Fenton Mudd - known as Harry to his friends - and the cargo are three lovely women he is transporting as brides for lonely men on distant planets. Kirk has a major problem: while trying to rescue Mudd and his women from his disintegrating ship, the Enterprise's lithium crystals used to power the engines were destroyed. They travel to a nearby mining colony where Mudd sets about to arrange marriages for the women, interfering with Kirk's plan to buy the crystals. All the time, the ship's orbit is deteriorating and risks burning up in the atmosphere. Written by
Did You Know?
Lt. Uhura wears a gold "command" uniform instead of her usual red uniform. Nichelle Nichols
only wore this outfit in her first two appearances. These were the first two episodes produced after the second pilot; namely Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver
(1966) and this one. See more
Towards the end of Mudd's hearing, in a conversation with the women, he addresses Ruth (Maggie Thrett
) as "Maggie". See more
And what the devil happened to your looks anyway?
I got tired of you. I slumped.