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The past three months has left the crew of the Enterprise exhausted and in desperate need of a break, but does this explain McCoy's encounter with a human-sized white rabbit or Kirk crossing paths with the prankster who plagued his days at Starfleet Academy? Written by Steve Green

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29 December 1966 (USA)  »

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Gerald Fried based the Finnegan theme on the Irish jig heard during the climatic fight scene between John Wayne and Victor McLaglen in The Quiet Man (1952). See more »


As Kirk and Spock run back to the glade they run by the same spot twice. After the aircraft attempts to strafe them, they get up and can be seen running by a crevice in the rock wall that ends with a fork at the bottom and a small boulder on the ground in front of the wall. They then run by the samurai and the camera pan stops on the same crevice even though they had run at least 30-40 yards from right to left. See more »


Mr. Spock: Dr. McCoy is correct, Captain. After what this ship has been through in the last three months, there is not a crewman aboard who's not in need of rest. Myself excepted of course.
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A little R&R is needed
27 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This was the first Star Trek episode to have its accent on comedy. The Enterprise crew most especially its captain have been operating at 125% especially when you consider that previous episode where they did a close run battle with the Romulans. A little R&R is needed.

Such is provided by this planet which has a perception about what's needed. DeForest Kelley makes a remark about Alice and Wonderland and soon a Harvey like rabbit appears followed by a little girl and off they run and off Dr. McCoy runs after them. Similar things happen to others like George Takei being chased by a Samurai.

Best of all is an offhand remembrance of his days in Star Fleet Academy and a pest of a cadet named Finnegan and up pops Finnegan and William Shatner is all for getting in a long delayed pop at him.

Of course this all controlled and eventually the Enterprise crew meets the Controller played by Oliver McGowan. His place may be fun, but it's also draining all the power from the Enterprise.

As compared with other episodes that involved Harry Mudd and a bunch of Tribbles this one wasn't all that good. Good thing Gene Roddenberry and his crew got better.

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