While on shore leave on the planet Argelius II with Dr. McCoy and Captain Kirk, Chief Engineer Scott finds himself accused of murdering an exotic dancer he met in a nightclub. He has no recollection of the incident but is found standing over the girl with a bloody knife in his hand. For Mr. Hengist, the chief administrator, the case is cut and dried, but Jaris, the planet's leader, suggests that his wife chair a séance to identify the killer. Tragedy strikes again, still pointing to Mr. Scott as the culprit. Kirk suggests they retire to the Enterprise where they can use its computers to determine if Scott is lying and who the real culprit may be.
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For most of Star Trek, James Doohan
("Scotty") hides his right hand, which was missing the middle finger due to a WWII D-Day injury. While being questioned with his hand resting on some sort of lie detector scanner, his fingers are hidden by being curled around the edge of the plate. During a close-up shot of the machine reacting to an intentional lie being told, a complete five-fingered hand spread across the plate is seen - the hand is an obvious stunt double. See more
Spock says the people of Argelius II are "as peaceful as sheep", yet their penalty for murder is "death by slow torture". On the other hand, Jaris points out that the penalty is "ancient" and "barbaric" and has "never been changed", while referring to the penalty in the past tense. Once could thus infer that the people of Argelius II have changed since the penalty was last applied. See more
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Music credited to Alexander Courage
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