> TOS > EPISODES
> I, MUDD >
Norman, an android pretending to be a member of the U.S.S. Enterprise
crew, takes control of the starship and her crew, taking them to an
unnamed planet where Kirk discovers an old nemesis ... Harry Mudd.
Fleeing from his most recent criminal
exploit, Harry crash-landed on the planet, which is inhabited by androids
designed by a long-extinct race. At first their desire to fulfill his
every need seemed like paradise, but Harry soon realized that precluded
him ever leaving the planet. So, sending Norman to capture the U.S.S.
Enterprise, Mudd hoped to trade the starship's crew for his own
The androids, however, want to use the U.S.S. Enterprise as a
vehicle to populate the universe, serving mankind and protecting them
from themselves. Unwilling to spend their lives on the strange planet,
waited on by machines, Kirk and company set about finding a way out.
It is not without temptation, however.
Spock is shown what is supposedly the control center for all the androids
... a veritable electronics dream come true. McCoy is given an extensive
lab, set up to do all the research he's ever wanted to do, while Scotty
is shown the technical machine shop of his dreams. The androids offer
Uhura eternal youth and beauty while Chekov contemplates a planet filled
with beautiful young women.
In the end, however, the crew bands together in an attempt to thoroughly
confuse and, ultimately, short-circuit them. Through a series of illogical
and very funny antics, the U.S.S. Enterprise crew and Mudd cause
Norman, the central control for all the androids, to have an electronic
Instead of granting Harry Mudd his freedom, Kirk leaves him on the planet
with the remaining androids ... including many fashioned in the image
of his shrewish wife, Stella, until he mends his ways.