Airdate: 11th October, 1973
Writer: Stephen Kandel
Season 1 episode 10
In Star Trek TAS "Mudds Passion" the USS Enterprise 1701 tracks Harcourt Fenton Mudd to the planet, "Motherlode" a place rich in aliens, mineral deposits and lonely miners! Sweet talking "Mudd the First" (Roger C Carmel's character) is up to no good again, shuttling women and selling fake venus love chrystals. His latest shakedown grabs the locals attention who gawp helplessly at the beautiful lovely standing before them. In reality the lady in pink is actually a Rigellian lizard creature!
The fun begins when Mr spock fires his phaser at Mudd's latest scam. The hypnoid creature is decloaked, defrocked before the miners who don't take kindly to find their dream-babe is tricking them! You might dismiss these as comical pranks but in Star Trek, Mudd's nothing but trouble. The guy belongs in the brig where captain Kirk tries to keep him except hes got an ace up his sleeve.
Once beamed to safety aboard the USS Enterprise 1701, Mudd's love potion soon infects the crew, but its fake! I hear you cry, ahhaa! We thought so too, but it turns out the cursed love poison actually works! Yet again the odds play into Mudd's hands as he convinces Nurse Chapel to try the crystals on her secret crush, Mr Spock. Does Mudd's cunning plan work?
"Mr. Spock: "If he's harmed one hair on her pretty head. . .!"
A stolen shuttle craft, Love-struck partying, fraud, sweet talking, conniving trickery, counterfeit currency, love potions are all part of Harry Mudds arcane bag of tricks. Trouble looms ahead when Harry's "borrowed" shuttlecraft crash lands and rocklike creature attack! God bless the creatures.
What convinced a rock creature to defend our friends? Does Harcourt Fenton Mudd remind you of anyone?
Rock Long and Prosper, Bloggies and Trekkies!