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Wolf in the Fold 

Kirk and the Enterprise Computer become detectives after Scotty is accused of murdering women on a pleasure planet.


Joseph Pevney


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Robert Bloch




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
John Fiedler ... Hengist
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... Jaris (as Charles Macauley)
Pilar Seurat Pilar Seurat ... Sybo
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Charles Dierkop ... Morla
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Tark
Tanya Lemani ... Kara (as Tania Lemani)
John Winston John Winston ... Transporter Chief
Virginia Aldridge Virginia Aldridge ... Lt. Karen Tracy
Judith McConnell ... Yeoman Tankris (as Judy McConnell)
Judi Sherven Judi Sherven ... Nurse


While on shore leave on the planet Argelius II with Dr. McCoy and Captain Kirk, Chief Engineer Scott finds himself accused of murdering an exotic dancer he met in a nightclub. He has no recollection of the incident but is found standing over the girl with a bloody knife in his hand. For Mr. Hengist, the chief administrator, the case is cut and dried, but Jaris, the planet's leader, suggests that his wife chair a séance to identify the killer. Tragedy strikes again, still pointing to Mr. Scott as the culprit. Kirk suggests they retire to the Enterprise where they can use its computers to determine if Scott is lying and who the real culprit may be. Written by garykmcd

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22 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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For most of Star Trek, James Doohan ("Scotty") hides his right hand, which was missing the middle finger due to a WWII D-Day injury. While being questioned with his hand resting on some sort of lie detector scanner, his fingers are hidden by being curled around the edge of the plate. During a close-up shot of the machine reacting to an intentional lie being told, a complete five-fingered hand spread across the plate is seen - the hand is an obvious stunt double. See more »


To demonstrate the computer's ability to detect when someone isn't telling the truth, Kirk orders Scotty to lie to him then asks him how old he is. However, since Scotty's age would be a matter of record the computer would already 'know' the correct answer so this is not a valid test. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: [They're on therapeutic shore leave at a night club on planet Argelius II; exotic female dancers are performing] Do you like her, Scotty?
Scott: Aye. Why shouldn't I?
Captain James T. Kirk: Good. I've invited her to join us at the table. I thought you might like to meet her.
Scott: Now that's what I call a real captain. Always thinking of his men.
[the dancer comes over, bends over backwards then does a shimmy before returning to the small stage to finish. Scotty bangs on the table in applause]
Captain James T. Kirk: [...]
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


References Thriller: Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (1961) See more »

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Another Trial
29 April 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

On an R & R trip to a peaceful planet where violence is unheard of, Scottie takes a walk with a beautiful courtesan, only to be discovered, knife in hand, over her body. He is arrested and set for trial. A whiny prosecutor named Hengist assumes Scottie's guilt. A young woman is beamed down to assist with the investigation. She takes Scot into a briefing area. While she questions she is killed and Scot lies, unconscious near the body. The prefect of the city and his wife offer to hold a kind of séance where his wife, who has some sort of clairvoyant gift is to get to the truth. Unfortunately, during the séance, the lights go out and the woman is standing, knife in the back, Scottie standing behind her, blood on his hands. Kirk knows that the ship's computer can determine guilt or innocence. The prefect goes along with it, bringing two witnesses and Hengist with him. One weird thing is that the prefect doesn't seem terribly upset about the death of his wife. Still he wants to get to the truth. It isn't long before some interesting data begins to appear. Mr. Hengist is quite combative through the whole thing. This is the third trial of one of the principle characters. This episode is entertaining and fun. The failing is that people don't seem to react very strongly to the deaths of their colleagues.

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