Roger C. Carmel
Lt. John Farrell
pursuit of an unidentified vessel, the sensors of the Enterprise show
that the object of its chase is in danger of breaking up. Kirk pushes
his vessel to the limit, beaming the occupants aboard in the nick of time,
but causing damage to his own ship's dilithium crystals in the process.
The rescued 'crew' turn out to be three gorgeous females and galactic-class
entrepreneur, smuggler and con-man Harcourt Fenton ( Harry ) Mudd who
claims to be transporting the ladies as wives-to be for settlers at a
Harry's record is uncovered in the ship's library computer and he is promptly
confined to quarters. In order to repair the starship's engines, Kirk
heads for Rigel XII, a lithium-mining operation occupied by three lone
miners, a fact that gets Harry Mudd to thinking how he can turn it to
his advantage. He gets one of the women to steal a communicator and makes
a deal with the miners so that, arriving at the planet, Kirk is presented
with an ultimatum - turn over Mudd and the women or no crystals.
Unknown to the miners, the women's appearance and attraction is due to
Harry supplying them with the 'Venus' drug which transforms them, from
their normal plain, run-down look, into goddesses. The women are allowed
to accompany the miners down to the planet but one of them, Eve, becomes
disenchanted with her partner and runs off. The miner chases after her
through a storm and rescues her, but soon finds that she is not all that
she appears to be when the drug's effects wear off.
Kirk and Mudd beam down to the surface where she is supplied with a pill
and turns back into her beautiful state right before their eyes. Kirk
reveals to her that what she has taken is no more than coloured gelatine
and that her apparent change was due to her belief in herself. Happier,
she decides to go back to the miner, which prompts him to allow Captain
Kirk to have the crystals he needs for engine repairs. The Enterprise
leaves the women on Rigel XII with the miners but Harry Mudd is taken
along to face prosecution for his outstanding misdemeanours. Kirk promises
to act as a character witness for Mudd at his trial prompting the final
words from Harry . . ."They'll throw away the key . . . "