In a section of unexplored space, the Enterprise comes across a marker of sorts that will not let it pass. They destroy the marker and move on but soon find themselves in conflict with an unknown alien who accuses them of trespassing and tells them they have only 10 minutes to live. Kirk decides it's time to play a little poker and literally bluff his way out of the situation by telling the alien that the Enterprise has a device on board that will destroy the alien as well as the Enterprise. The bluff works but the alien turns out to be something quite unexpected. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode contains one of the few instances in the series of Lt. Uhura wearing a gold "command" type uniform, instead of her usual red. Nichelle Nichols
only wore this outfit in her first two appearances as Uhura. These were the first two episodes produced after the second pilot; namely this one and Star Trek: Mudd's Women
(1966). See more
When Kirk, McCoy and Bailey are in the transport room ready to beam over to the alien ship, they are bent over with their hands on their knees. When they arrive McCoy has his hands off his knees and slightly to the side. See more
Not chess, Mr. Spock. Poker!