Star Trek

The Naked Time

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 9/29/66
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  • Episode Description
  • A strange alien substance causes the crew to ignore their inhibitions and act out their deepest desires, while the ship plummets out of orbit.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leonard Nimoy

    Mr. Spock

  • Bruce Hyde

    Lt. Kevin Thomas Riley

  • DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

  • William Knight

    Amorous Crewman

  • Grace Lee Whitney

    Yeoman Janice Rand

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • The crew of the Enterprise become intoxicated by a space phenomenon.

    By Celedorian, Jul 31, 2010

  • Those crewmen are going to get one hell of a hangover!

    By AgentAlbertross, Sep 06, 2009

  • A visit to a planet that is breaking up unwittingly brings a disease aboard the Enterprise, which causes crew members to lose their inhibitions and behave out of character. An okay-ish episode, but not one of my outstanding favourites...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Oct 19, 2008

  • Indecent exposure....

    By uk6strings, Jun 11, 2009

  • Whenever I watch this, it cracks me up again. Yeah, it's silly, but it's funny, too.

    By pokeranger15, Apr 04, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Spock: Our spectro-readings showed no contamination, no unusual elements present. Scotty: At least none your tricorders could register. Spock: Instruments register only those things they're designed to register. Space still contains infinite unknowns.

    • Joe Tormolen: We're all a bunch of hypocrites. Sticking our noses into something that we've got no business. What are we doing out here, anyway?
      Sulu: Take it easy, Joe.
      Joe Tormolen: Bring pain and trouble with us. Leave men and women stuck out on freezing planets until they die. What are we doing out here in space? Good? What good? We're polluting it! We're destroying it! We've got no business being out here! No business!

    • Joe Tormolen: You don't outrank me and you don't have pointed ears so just get off my neck!

    • Riley: Where's Joe? Nurse Chapel: Well... Riley: He died, didn't he? Nurse Chapel: Yes. Riley: You know something? You have such lovely eyes, pretty lady. Nurse Chapel: I know he was a friend of yours. This must be a terrible shock. Riley: You know what Joe's mistake was? He wasn't born an Irishman.

    • Riley: Lt. Uhura, you've interrupted my song. Uh, I'm sorry but there'll be no ice cream for you tonight.

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    Notes (6)

    • Scotty's line "I canna change the laws of physics!" (when realizing that Riley had shut off the engines) would be later be used as his character's line in the 1987 parody song Star Trekkin.

    • John D.F. Black originally planned for Sulu to act out a samurai fantasy. George Takei felt it would be stereotypical and suggested the Musketeers fantasy would be more interesting.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Nurse Christine Chapel (Majel Barrett). She would go on to become a recurring character through all three seasons of the show and appear in two movies. Here she receives top billing in the end credits, over even DeForest Kelley and James Doohan.

    • Lt. Riley declares that "a formal dance will be held in the bowling alley at 1900 hours tonight." However, he is also delusional, so it's not certain that the bowling alley he spoke of actually existed. The bowling alley was included in the 1975 Franz Joseph deck plans of the Enterprise (published by Ballantine Books), probably based on this mention.

    • This episode was originally supposed to be the first part of a two-part episode that ended with "Tomorrow is Yesterday", but both episodes were rewritten when the idea was dropped.

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    Trivia (13)

    • When Spock and Tormolen are being examined at the beginning of the episode, they're both wearing black T-shirts that are clearly supposed to be worn by the male crew members under their long-sleeved shirts, as we clearly see Spock putting his blue shirt over the black one. But later, when Bones rips the shoulder of the Kirk's yellow shirt to give Kirk a hypospray, there's no black shirt underneath, though the uniform has the black collar visible.

    • When Scotty is cutting through the bulkhead with the phaser he is concerned about cutting through wiring and he doesn't want to go any faster--wouldn't it have been easier and faster to use the phaser to just cut through the door?

    • Trivia: Tormolen is the Original Series' first, and only, Lieutenant junior grade, as indicated by his single broken uniform braid.

    • The Psi 2000 virus apparently infects quicker with each new victim. Those infected at the beginning of the episode take a fair amount of time before the virus' full effects are apparent. Most of them exhibit only the annoyance/sweating on the point of contact at first. Later, when Nurse Chapel infects Spock, he immediately feels the full effects. Likewise, when Kirk is infected, he's immediately feeling the full effects.

    • When Spock enters the briefing room, there is a sign on the door saying, "Briefing room 2". It was on the left side of the door. When they leave the briefing room, the tag is on the right side of the door.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Spock: Take D’Artagnan down to sickbay. Sulu seems to think that he is the main character in a series of novels written by Alexandre Dumas that follows the adventures of a young man who leaves home to join The Three Musketeers. He sees Kirk as Cardinal Richelieu, the powerful and cunning advisor to King Louis XIII depicted as a power-hungry and greedy minister in the novels.

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