Episode Title: "I, MUDD"
Production Number: 41
Original Air Date: 11-03-67
The U.S.S. Enterprise is hijacked by a new officer named Lt. Norman, who is really an alien android. Norman takes the ship to an uncharted planet whose surface is K-type -- adaptable for humans through use of pressure domes and life-support systems.
On the planet, the Enterprise officers meet Harcourt Fenton 'Harry' Mudd, whom Kirk sent to jail after the affair on the Rigel mining planet. Mudd was arrested for fraud on Deneb Five -- where the penalty is death. After escaping the Denebians, Mudd crashed on the planet of androids, who wished to study humans and would not let him go, so Mudd brought the Enterprise to the planet so that the androids may keep the crew instead of Mudd.
Captain Kirk learns that the androids' makers were humanoids from the Andromeda Galaxy. Their home planet's sun became a nova, and only a few outposts survived, including one in this Galaxy. Over time, the makers died, leaving their android servants with no purpose until they met Harry Mudd.
The androids have found humans to be flawed and self-destructive, so they plan to use the Enterprise to take over the Galaxy, protecting all humanoids by controlling them.
Kirk and the Enterprise officers confuse the androids by behaving illogically, and they are able to regain control of the Enterprise. Kirk leaves Mudd behind in the androids' custody, along with a few hundred android duplicates of Mudd's nagging wife, Stella, to keep him in line.
Factoid: Ensign Pavel Chekov has not met Harry Mudd before.
Dr. McCoy: "He's dead."
Guest Characters: Harcourt Fenton 'Harry' Mudd, *[Stella Mudd]
Alien Races: *[Andromedans]
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