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A Piece of the Action 

The crew of the Enterprise struggles to cope with a planet of imitative people who have modeled their society on 1920s gangsters.


James Komack


Gene Roddenberry (created by), David P. Harmon (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Anthony Caruso ... Bela Oxmyx
Vic Tayback ... Jojo Krako (as Victor Tayback)
Lee Delano ... Kalo
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
John Harmon ... Tepo
Sheldon Collins ... Tough Kid
Dyanne Thorne ... First Girl
Sharyn Hillyer Sharyn Hillyer ... Second Girl
Buddy Garion ... Hood
Steven Marlo ... Zabo (as Steve Marlo)


The Enterprise investigates a planet visited 100 years ago by the U.S.S. Horizon. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down and find themselves in a culture similar to Earth gangs of 1920 Chicago. They are quickly taken prisoner by men in the employ of a mob boss named Bela Oxmyx, who wishes them to give him phasers in exchange for "a piece of the action." When they refuse, Oxmyx puts them under guard. Kirk creates a diversion with a card game called "fizzbin," but without their equipment, the trio must find a way to unite the planet and escape to the Enterprise alive. Written by trekkie4christ

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Did You Know?


This is listed as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes" of TOS in the 2008 reference book "Star Trek 101" by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. See more »


When they arrive on the planet, Kirk, Spock, and Bones notice a woman walk by wearing a gray miniskirt. Later, when they are confronted by Oxmyx's men, the same woman is seen walking behind them. In the very next shot, she is seen walking across the street. See more »


Jojo Krako: Whadda ya think, we're stupid or something?
Capt. Kirk: No, no, no, I don't think you're stupid, Mr. Krako, I just think your behavior is arrested.
Jojo Krako: [shouting] I've never been arrested in my whole life!
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Alternate Versions

Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) See more »

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A very clever story.
31 July 2019 | by rudge49See all my reviews

Those of us who grew up in the 50s when the "Roaring Twenties" were not so distant, who remember the gangster movies of the 1950s, "The Untouchables", the TV series "The Roaring Twenties" can appreciate this episode a little more. It is a good example of how good writers can take a situation that could be rather grim-think of "Patterns of Force", where there has been a major violation of The Prime Directive -OK, it wasn't in force at the time, but it was situations like this that led to its adoption-and make it funny and effective. Gangsters wearing fancy clothing but can't shake their "dese and dem and doze" accents, people behaving in a certain way, exaggerated mannerisms because they think that's what they're supposed to. And how many people reading this today could drive a manual transmission ?

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12 January 1968 (USA) See more »

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