Star Trek

Season 2 Episode 8

I, Mudd

Aired Unknown Nov 03, 1967 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Even in the digital remaster, there's a noticeable "shimmer" in the scene where multiple Alices stand beside Harry. Just before the camera cuts to Spock, the middle Alice on the right hand side wobbles noticeably.

    • Although Alyce Andrece is credited as Alice #1-#250 and Rhae Andrece is credited as Alice #251-#500, this is not consistent with their appearances in the episode. For example, the final grand pageant of nonsense and illogic is attended by Alices #3 and #11 (standing side by side in the same shot with no special effects) who accordingly should both be impossibly played by the same actress.

    • Norman is behind Uhura and Chekov, but when Harry Mudd walks up to Spock, Norman is now behind android 2 and Spock.

    • When Norman knocks out the man in the control room you can see the man move over a little.

    • The crew eventually figures out that Norman is the central processing unit, head android, and the guy who directs all the other androids. So how did they get along while he was off infiltrating the Enterprise?

    • When the two Alice androids come into the room to watch the crew give their illogical performance, they are standing straight-legged until the very end when they shut down - then they instantly between shots raise their heels and show off their legs.

    • When Alice 3 and 11 conk out, their ID badges go off - in all other cases where the androids deactivate, the lights go on permanently.

  • Quotes

    • Harry Mudd: Kirk, I'm no scientist.
      Kirk: No, you're an irritant. You'll stay here and provide a first-class example to the androids of a human failure. They'll learn by close observation how to avoid ones like you in the future.
      Harry Mudd: How long?
      Kirk: As long as you continue to be an irritant, Harry. It's up to you.

    • Kirk: Oh, there's one more thing. We've programmed a special android attendant to take care of your every need. She'll help you find an incentive to work with the androids and not exploit them.
      Harry Mudd: I call that unexpectedly civil of you, Captain.
      Kirk: Yes.
      Stella 1: Harcourt! Harcourt Fenton Mudd, what have you been up to? Have you been drinking again? You answer me!
      Harry Mudd: Shut up.
      Stella 1: You miserable, conniving toad!
      Harry Mudd: I order you, shut up!
      Stella 1: Going out all night and giving me silly stories!
      Stella 2: Harcourt!
      Harry Mudd: Aaahhh!
      Stella 2: Harcourt Fenton Mudd, you've been overeating again, and drinking!
      Harry Mudd: Kirk, you can't do this. It's inhuman!
      Stella 2: You need constant supervision. My work's cut out for me.
      Stella 1: Harcourt!
      Stella 500: Have you ever seen a worm in alcohol! You're on a regular schedule!
      Harry Mudd: No. Number 500?

    • Alice 471: Which wants and desires of yours are not fulfilled?
      Kirk: We want the Enterprise.
      Alice 471: The Enterprise is not a want or a desire. It is a mechanical device.
      Kirk: No. It's a beautiful lady, and we love her.

    • Mudd: I do the telling on this planet, Kirk old boy! You do the listening!

    • Spock: Whatever method we use to stop them, we must make haste. They have only to install some cybernetic devices aboard the Enterprise, and they'll be able to leave orbit.
      McCoy: How do you know so much?
      Spock: I asked them.
      McCoy: Oh.

    • McCoy: Well, you must be very unhappy, Mr. Spock.
      Spock: That is a human emotion, doctor, with which I am totally unfamiliar. How could I be unhappy?
      McCoy: Well, we found a whole world of minds that worked just like yours. Logical, unemotional, completely pragmatic. And we poor, irrational humans whipped them in a fair fight. Now you'll find yourself back among us illogical humans again.
      Spock: Which I find eminently satisfactory, doctor. For nowhere am I so desperately needed as among a shipload of illogical humans.

    • Norman: But there was no explosion.
      Harry Mudd: I lied.
      Norman: But...
      Kirk: He lied. Everything Harry tells you is a lie. Remember that. Everything Harry tells you is a lie.
      Harry Mudd: Now, listen to this carefully, Norman. I am lying.
      Norman: You say you are...lying, but if everything you say is a lie then you are telling the truth but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie but you lie, you tell the truth, but you cannot for you lie. Illogical. Illogical! Please explain. You are human, only humans can explain their behavior. Please explain.
      Kirk: I am not programmed to respond in that area.

    • Harry Mudd: Now listen, Spock. You may be a wonderful science officer, but, believe me, you couldn't sell fake patents to your mother.
      Spock: I fail to understand why I should care to induce my mother to purchase falsified patents.

    • Chekov: What a shame you're not real.
      Alice 322: We are real, my lord.
      Chekov: Oh, I mean, real girls.
      Alice 118: We are programmed to function as human females, lord.
      Chekov: You are?
      Alice 118 and 322: Yes, my lord.
      Chekov: Harry Mudd programmed you?
      Alice 118 and 322: Yes, my lord.
      Chekov: That unprincipled, evil-minded, lecherous kulak Harry Mudd, programmed you?
      Alice 118 and 322: Yes, my lord.
      Chekov: This place is even better than Leningrad!

    • Kirk: Well, opinions?
      Chekov: I think we are in a lot of trouble.
      Kirk: That's a great help, Mr. Chekov. Bones?
      McCoy: Well, I think Mr. Chekov's right. We are in a lot of trouble.
      Kirk: Spock? And if you say we're in a lot of trouble...
      Spock: We are.

    • Spock: You went to substantial risk and effort to bring a starship here. Logically, you must have a compelling motive.
      Harry Mudd: Spock, you're going to love it here. They all talk just the way you do.

    • Harry Mudd: Well, of course, I left.
      Kirk: He broke jail.
      Harry Mudd: I borrowed transportation.
      Kirk: He stole a spaceship.
      Harry Mudd: The patrol reacted in a hostile manner!
      Kirk: They fired at him!
      Harry Mudd: They've got no respect for private property--they damaged the bloody spaceship!

    • Harry Mudd: Do you know what the penalty for fraud is on Deneb Five?
      Spock: The guilty party has his choice: death by electrocution, death by gas, death by phaser, death by hanging...
      Harry Mudd: The key word in your entire peroration, Mr. Spock, was d-d-death! Barbarians!

    • Chekov: You know this man, Captain?
      Kirk: Do I know him? Harcourt Fenton Mudd, thief...
      Harry Mudd: Oh, come now.
      Kirk: ...swindler and con man...
      Harry Mudd: Entrepreneur!
      Kirk: ...liar and rogue!
      Harry Mudd: Did I leave you with that impression?
      Kirk: He belongs in jail. Which is where I thought I left you, Mudd.
      Harry Mudd: And thereby hangs a tale, yes.

    • Norman: There is a word. Among us, there is no corresponding meaning. But it seems to mean something to you humans.
      Kirk: And what is that word?
      Norman: "Please."

    • Harry Mudd: You see, gentlemen, behind every great man, there is a woman... urging him on. And so it was with my Stella. She urged me on into outer space. Uh, not that she meant to. But with her continual, eternal, confounded nagging ... well, I think of her constantly. And every time I do, I go further out into space.

    • Norman: Your species is self-destructive. You need our help.
      Kirk: We prefer to help ourselves. We make mistakes, but we're human. And maybe that's the word that best explains us.

    • Kirk: All right, Harry, explain. How did you get here? We left you in custody after that affair on the planet Rigel.
      Harry Mudd: Yes. I organized a technical information service--bringing modern industrial techniques to backward planets, making available certain valuable patents to struggling young civilizations throughout the galaxy.
      Kirk: Did you pay royalties to the owners of those patents?
      Harry Mudd: Well... actually, Kirk, as a defender of the free-enterprise system, I found myself in a... in a rather ambiguous conflict as a matter of principle.
      Spock: He did not pay royalties.
      Harry Mudd: Knowledge, sir, should be free to all!

    • Kirk: What is man but that lofty spirit, that sense of ... enterprise. That devotion to something that cannot be sensed, cannot be realized, but only dreamed. The highest reality!

    • McCoy: They're perfect. Flawless, mentally and physically. No weaknesses, perfectly disciplined. No vices, no fears, no faults. Just a sense of purpose.

    • Harry Mudd: Human beings do not survive on bread alone, you poor, soulless creature, but on the nourishments of liberty. For what indeed is a man without freedom, naught but a mechanism, trapped in the cogwheels of eternity.
      McCoy: You offer us only well-being.
      Scott: Food and drink and happiness mean nothing to us. We must be about our job.
      McCoy: Suffering and torment and pain. Laboring without end.
      Scott: Dying and crying and lamenting over our burdens.
      McCoy and Scott: Only this way can we be happy.

    • Norman: We cannot allow any race as greedy and corruptible as yours to have free run of the galaxy.

    • Spock: (attempting to confuse the androids) Logic is a little tweeting bird chirping in a meadow. Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers which smell bad. Are you sure your circuits are registering correctly? Your ears are green.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Title
      Referencing Isaac Asimov's short story collection I, Robot, first published in 1950. The nine stories included introduced Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics," and the First Law of Robots, "A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." is obliquely referenced here (it is not known if Norman is bluffing or not).

    • Kirk: We take the Alices on a trip through Wonderland.
      Kirk references Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865). The book relates a lost little girl's fanciful journey through a topsy turvy land filled with characters whose behaviors and ideas defy logic and sense.