is in pursuit of a small vessel. The vessel is destroyed but Scotty manages to beam off the "crew," which consists of "entrepreneur" Harry Mudd and three captivatingly beautiful women. It turns out the three women are not so much crew as cargo; they were going to be wives for settlers. But the Enterprise
sustained damage during their pursuit of Mudd's ship, forcing Kirk to head for a mining colony for more lithium crystals.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Another episode with references to "lithium," which would later be called "dilithium," and Spock being referred to as "Vulcanian." Uhura is seen in the gold command uniform.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Even in the future women are expected to be good cooks!
- Gaussian Girl: Part of the supposed "self-confidence" which is all women need to be beautiful.
- Hidden Depths: Childress apparently just wanted a woman to hang around and be pretty, but starts to look at Eve in a new light as she reveals herself to be cleverer than he expected.
- Magic Feather: Three women are supposedly given a "Venus drug" which made them irresistibly beautiful, but it revealed at the end that they didn't need the drug to make themselves beautiful - it was self-confidence all along. The on-screen moral being: apparently self-confidence can give you an actual makeover — complete with makeup and a new hairdo!
- Mail Order Bride: The three women.
- Male Gaze
- Ms. Fanservice: Eve, Magda, and Ruth.
- My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: During the hearing into Mudd's reckless piloting, Kirk initiates a computer scan of all present intended to discover if Mudd or his passengers are showing physiological reactions indicative of dishonesty. The computer reports negative, then volunteers that most of the male crew present are showing physiological reactions indicative of attraction to the women.
- Sherlock Scan: Mudd apparently can do this, correctly noting that Spock is part Vulcan despite him looking like pretty much every other full-blooded Vulcan.
- She's Got Legs: Magda.
- Theiss Titillation Theory: Ruth's outfit certainly is eye-catching.