Star Trek

Season 2 Episode 11

Friday's Child

Aired Unknown Dec 01, 1967 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Kirk, Spock, and McCoy land on a primitive planet to negotiate a mining treaty, but soon find themselves involved with intrigue and must flee with a pregnant woman into the surrounding mountains.

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  • The Federation and the Klingons vie for an alliance with the people of Capella IV, including the pregnant wife of the former ruler of the world.

    This is just your standard quality second season Star Trek episode. It has a solid script that introduces a new alien race with a different sort of culture, throws in the Klingons, and has lots of action (and yes, it features a redshirt dying). It's a Kirk, Spock, McCoy episode, so it has that going for it, but there's nothing special about the story that makes the episode memorable or anything. It's an hour of fun that goes by pretty quickly but pretty forgettably. It could have used a B story, perhaps even a comic one to give it a little more umph.moreless
  • McCoy gets stoned by the woman who's baby he botched the circumcision on

    "Filler episode" fits very well. I'll certainly watch it if it were to come on, but it was very mediocre. Nice apology from Kirk to McCoy. "Bones, I shouldn't have chewed you out". Cute exchanges of dialog between McCoy and Eleen. The boomerang weapons were interesting. Scotty's role of taking over the bridge developed nicely. At least they got rid of the useless crewmen within the first five seconds of beaming down so we didn't have to wait for him to be killed later. There just isn't that much else to say about this one.moreless
  • Kirk, Spock and McCoy visit a primitive planet to try to negotiate a mining treaty, but find that a Klingon is already on the planet, and soon become entangled in a power struggle. An average fare that feels like it should be a classic but somehow isn't..moreless

    "Friday's Child" is a reasonable but ultimately average mid-second season episode.

    The episode features a classic redshirt killing in the opening teaser – he gets one line and draws his phaser before being killed off by the Capellan boomerang-dagger weapon. At least on this occasion Kirk and co. show remorse over the death!

    I've already covered on my review for the first season episode "Errand of Mercy" how the Klingons look different in the original series to the big-screen movies and later TV spin-offs. I won't cover it again here as its old ground, but just to say, after the Klingons were at least given an interesting and slightly ethnic look in "Errand of Mercy", here the Klingon, Kras, looks far less impressive – just looking like an average person in an unusual costume.

    Eleen is played by Julie Newmar – 'Batman's (first) Catwoman. She plays the part well looks really good, and is probably the best thing about this episode.

    The first half of the story is very much about Kirk and co. trying to get used to the Capellan ways and customs, while trying to prove that Klingon Kras is up to no good.

    I did feel some sections of the story were uneven and slightly jumpy – one moment Kirk is sentenced to a deadly duel for making physical contact with Ellen, but nothing comes of this and it is practically forgotten.

    The story picks up as Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the heavily pregnant Eleen are pursued to the mountains – Vasquez Rocks in California once again being used for location work. I really like when the series has location work, as it really brings the story to life.

    The second half of the episode is far better than the first half, with Kirk and Spock fashioning bow and arrows to defend themselves. This feels like it should be classic 'Star Trek' but somehow it doesn't quite come off as such.

    ...And that's my main feeling about the overall episode – it feels like it should be a classic, but for the most part comes off as average. Not bad, but not outstanding either.

    It is one of the 'Star Trek' episodes that I am less familiar with, and I plan to watch it again, to see if it does more for me the second time.

    I give it an average rating, but a high average rating, as it does have some good things going for it.moreless
  • Tell Spook it's Friday!

    the forcus of this epsiode of "Star Trek" is on Dr. MaCoy. He may no be one of my favorite "Star Trek" character, but he's a fun guy. He along with Kirk and spook landed on a plant run by a tribe that was also visited by a Kingon. In the first few minutes a Enterprise crew was dead and the reason of the landing party are about to died too, if not for a woman whose with child. I didn't like the title of the story, "Friday's child." I wish they would come up with a another tilte like "Tribual war" Now that's a title that sticks.moreless
  • It's those pesky Kilingons, again ...

    So, the Federation wants to establish a dilithium crystal mining treaty with the warlike inhabitants of the backwater planet Capella IV. Trouble is, the Klingons have got there first. So dodgy Klingon Kras does a deal with ambitious Capellan Maab to overthrown the incumbent Capellan ruler and cut the Federation out of the deal. Kirk, Spock and McCoy find themselves imprisoned along with the widow, Eleen, of the late ruler of the Capellans, who just happens to be heavy with child.

    Of course, Kirk and entourage escape and take to the hills with the haughty and pregnant Eleen (splendidly played by tv Batman's Catwoman Julie Newmar) in tow, pursued by the Klingon and the Capellans. Eleen turns out to be more trouble than the Klingons and tries to betray our heroes at every turn. Finally, after McCoy slaps Eleen round the chops, she decides that he is the honorary father of her child, much to the amusement of Spock and Kirk ...

    Overall, not a great episode but definitely elevated by the presence of the Klingons and the fabulous Julie Newmar ...moreless
Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

Mr. Spock

DeForest Kelley

DeForest Kelley

Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

William Shatner

William Shatner

Captain James Tiberius Kirk

Julie Newmar

Julie Newmar


Guest Star

Tige Andrews

Tige Andrews


Guest Star

Michael Dante

Michael Dante


Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei

Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Recurring Role

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Lt. Nyota Uhura

Recurring Role

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig

Ensign Pavel Chekov

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Toward the end of the episode when the Capellans kill the Klingon with a kligat, when the Klingon gets hit and falls over dead it is a totally different looking actor playing the Klingon than in the rest of the episode. A few moments later, when they show a closeup up the dead Klingon, it's back to the original actor.

    • Kirk is put under a death sentence for touching Eleen but no mention is ever made of it again - in the next scene they're just casually sitting around under guard with no indication anyone plans to execute Kirk.

    • During the coup attempt, one Capellan fights with the leader and gets stabbed. Before and after he is stabbed, the man's outfit changes entirely (look at the fur scarf, which goes from white to red).

    • In the footage of the Capellans at the beginning, one of them throws the kligat and misses a tree while hitting a nearby bush, but the tree falls over.

    • When Spock holds Eleen's baby it's (literally) as stiff as a board - Spock doesn't support its head at all but it stays in shape.

    • The first time we see the Enterprise flying (from right to left), the NCC-1701 is reversed.

    • Kirk shoots Kras in the leg with an arrow, but it disappears in the next camera shot.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Kirk: Bones...
      McCoy: Yes, Captain?
      Kirk: I shouldn't have chewed you out. I'm sorry.
      McCoy: I understand.
      Spock: Inefficient, however. Emotion, Captain.
      Kirk: Yes, you're quite right, Mr. Spock. Inefficient... and illogical.

    • Kirk: If you lead these people now, be certain you make the right decisions.
      Kras: Is the new leader of the Ten Tribes afraid? Let me kill him for you.
      Kirk: Let the Klingon and me fight. It might amuse you.
      Maab: Perhaps to be a Teer is to see in new ways. I begin to like you, Earth man, and I saw fear in the Klingon's eye.
      Kras: We had an agreement.
      Maab: That, too, may change, Klingon.

    • Kirk: Do you think we can create a sonic disruption with two of our communicators?
      Spock: Only a very slight chance it would work.
      Kirk: Well, if you don't think we can, maybe we shouldn't try.
      Spock: Captain, I didn't say that exactly.

    • Kirk: Worried about the delivery?
      McCoy: Capellans aren't human, Jim. They're humanoid. There's certain internal differences. I don't have equipment for an emergency.
      Kirk: If you don't think you can handle it ...
      McCoy: I can do it. The last thing I want around is a ham-handed ship's captain.

    • Kirk: How did you arrange to touch her, Bones, give her a happy pill?
      McCoy: No... a right cross.
      Kirk: Never seen that in a medical book.
      McCoy: It's in mine from now on.

    • McCoy: (offering Spock Eleen's baby) No, no, Mr. Spock, you place this arm under here to support its back and this hand here...
      Spock: I would rather... I would rather not. Thank you.

    • Spock: Well, at any rate, this should prove interesting.
      Kirk: Interesting?
      Spock: When the woman starts explaining how the new High Teer is actually Dr. McCoy's child.
      Scotty: What's that again, Mr. Spock?
      Kirk: We don't actually understand it ourselves, Mr. Scott.
      Spock: Nor does Dr. McCoy.

    • Kirk: The cavalry doesn't come over the hill in the nick of time anymore.
      Spock: If by that you mean we can't expect help from the Enterprisea, I must agree.

    • Kras: I am unaware of any state of war between our people, Captain. Or is it your policy to kill Klingons on sight?

    • Eleen: McCoy, bring our child here.
      Kirk: Our child?
      McCoy: I'll explain later.
      Spock: That should prove very interesting.

    • Kirk: (to Eleen) You said you're prepared to die. Does that mean you prefer to die?

    • Spock: Fortunately, this bark has suitable tensile cohesion.
      Kirk: You mean it makes a good bowstring.
      Spock: I believe I said that.

    • Scotty: There's an old, old saying on Earth, Mr. Sulu. "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me."
      Chekov: I know this saying, it was invented in Russia.

    • Kras: We Klingons believe as you do... the sick should die. Only the strong should live.

    • Spock: Virtue is a relative term.

    • McCoy: They're offering you a chance for combat. They consider it more pleasurable than love.

    • McCoy: We found them totally uninterested in medical aid or hospitals. They believe that only the strong should survive.

    • Kirk: The highest of all our laws states your world is yours and will always remain yours.

    • Spock: "Oochie woochie coochie coo"?
      Kirk: An obscure Earth dialect, Mr. Spock. Oochie woochie coochie coo. If you're curious, consult Linguistics.

    • McCoy: Look, I'm a doctor, not an escalator!

    • Spock: The child was named Leonard James Aka'ar?
      McCoy: Has a kind of a ring to it, don't you think, James?
      Kirk: Yes I think it's a name destined to go down in galactic history, Leonard. What do you think, Spock?
      Spock: I think you're both going to be insufferably pleased with yourselves for at least a month... sir.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Title
      The title is taken from a nursery rhyme which purports to tell the the character of a baby based on the day of the week (s)he was born on. The entire poem goes:
      Monday's child is fair of face.
      Tuesday's child is full of grace.
      Wednesday's child is full of woe.
      Thursday's child has far to go.
      Friday's child is loving and giving.
      Saturday's child works hard for a living,
      But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
      Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.