Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 10

Mudd's Passion

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Nov 10, 1973 on NBC
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Mudd's Passion

The crew encounters Harry Mudd again, who is selling a fake love potion.

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  • Harry Mudd returns - with a love potion.

    Harry Mudd, complete with the voice of Roger C. Carmel and a bad comb over, basically pulls the same shenanigans here as he did in his first original series episode, "Mudd's Women". (The same writer, Stephen Kandel, penned both that one and this one, as well as "I, Mudd".) This time the focus is on the relationship of Spock and Nurse Chapel, which nicely follows up on threads left by the original series. That said, Carmel and Nimoy don't seem to be too infatuated with the script (which does have its issues) and give sub par performances. This is one of those "in the middle" episodes.moreless
  • Harry Mudd helps Nurse Chapel make Spock fall in love with her. Meanwhile, as Nurse Chapel tries to win her love, Harry tries to win his freedom and escape.

    I really enjoyed 'Mudds Passion' just for the fact that it both brings back Mudd, but it also once again explores Christine's love for Spock. She is offered a love potion that actual works, temporarily at least. It has a great alien towards the end of the story when they land on a planet. It looks like mountains, but is actually a couple of huge monsters. Once again, if you enjoy the stories between Spock and Nurse Christine Chapel, then you will enjoy this episode that explores the subject deeper. I, for one, really had fun watching this episode. Great!moreless
James Doohan

James Doohan

Male Ursinoid Miner/Human Miner

Guest Star

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett


Guest Star

Roger C. Carmel

Roger C. Carmel

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd

Guest Star

James Doohan

James Doohan

Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott / Lt. Arex

Recurring Role

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Nurse Christine Chapel / Lt. M'Ress

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Chapel "accidentally" falls into Spock's lap, her collar flickers briefly from black and then reverts to its normal blue.

    • Kirk forces Harry to give him his last two crystals, but when he throws them into the creature's mouth, there are considerably more. But when they're seen going into its mouth, there are two again.

    • Spock's insignia appears on the wrong side in one shot as Kirk approaches the rock creature. In the next shot where Spock is in the same position, his insignia is back to the correct side.

    • During the fight between the two rock monsters, there is a short shot that shows Nurse Chapel, Harry Mudd, Spock, and a unknown red shirted crewman instead of Captain kirk, who should be present.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Kirk: You think Harry Mudd is down there, Spock?
      Spock: The probability of his presence on Motherlode is 81%, plus or minus .53.
      McCoy: Why can't you just say, "Mudd's probably there"?
      Spock: I just did, Doctor.

    • Mudd: Welcome to Motherlode, gentlemen. Interested in purchasing a little love?
      Kirk: We're interested in you, Harry, for fraud, illegal drug manufacture, and swindling.
      Mudd: As I said, welcome to Motherlode. A charming planet which does not recognize Federation law.

    • Kirk: I thought we left you on the robot planet, Harry, permanently.
      Mudd: Never underestimate the spirit of Harcourt Fenton Mudd. I... borrowed a vehicle...
      Spock: "Stole a spaceship."
      Mudd: And left to find haven on Elyria 6, a charming planet. An innocent and friendly populace.
      Kirk: To whom you sold the Starfleet Space Academy. Harry...

    • McCoy: Did I ever tell you about the time I saved Captain Kirk's life? Or Spock's? And my dear friend Scotty. And that pretty little Lt. Uhura. I've saved about everybody on this here ship. If the Enterprise had a heart, I'd save you, too. Now let's talk about your heart, my dear.

    • Kirk: How long does the effect of the potion last, Harry?
      Mudd: I... I don't know. Not long according to the creature I swindled... I purchased the crystals from.

    • Mudd: Think I'll get rehabilitation therapy again?
      Spock: I can guarantee it.
      Mudd: Well, that's all right. I just hate to leave you all. All my loved ones.

  • NOTES (3)