Episode Title: "THE CORBOMITE MANEUVER"
Production Number: 03
Original Air Date: 11-10-66
Stardates: 1512.2, 1513.8, 1514.0
The United Earth Ship Enterprise has been mapping star systems for three days at the edge of explored space when it encounters a cube-shaped device on an intercept course. Captain Kirk orders it destroyed when the device begins emitting lethal radiation. The Enterprise then encounters a spherical ship nearly a mile in diameter, whose commander, Balok, identifies it as the flagship Fesarius of The First Federation. Balok disables all of the Enterprise's systems and threatens to destroy the ship.
Kirk bluffs that the Enterprise contains a secret device called Corbomite that will destroy both ships if Balok attacks. Balok then uses a smaller ship launched from the Fesarius to start towing the Enterprise to a First Federation world where the crew will be interned. The Enterprise uses maximum engine power to break free of Balok's tractor beam, and Balok sends out a distress signal.
Kirk beams over to the alien ship with Dr. McCoy and Lt. Bailey, the Enterprise navigator. They learn that Balok is a small, harmless humanoid who was only testing the Enterprise crew to see if they had hostile intentions. Balok has no crew; he runs the entire Fesarius himself, but he asks for a member of the Enterprise crew to remain aboard his ship for companionship. Lt. Bailey volunteers for the cultural exchange, and Kirk agrees.
Factoid: Tranya is a beverage consumed in The First Federation.
Dr. McCoy: "What am I, a doctor or a moon shuttle conductor?"
Guest Characters: *Lt. Bailey, Yeoman Janice Rand
Alien Races: *The First Federation
Starships: *The First Federation flagship Fesarius
KEY: [brackets]=illusions *star=first appearance