Series: The Animated Series
Air Date: November 10, 1973
Written by: Stephen Kandel
Directed by: Hal Sutherland
Mudd's back at it and this time the lusty old swindler has himself a love potion.
After running into him two times before, the Enterprise is finally called upon to apprehend and arrest the criminal Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd. They find him on the terribly named planet, Motherlode, where he is trying to sell a love potion that's locked inside some crystals. The miners on the planet seem impressed... until the woman that's all over him turns out to be a shape shifter. After his little charade is over, Kirk and his landing party arrest Mudd and bring him on board the Enterprise where he'll be no tribble at all.
While there, he sees that Nurse Chapel has a thing for Spock, so he tries to get on her good side and convince her to use his love potion on Spock. So, being the intelligent Starfleet officer that she is... she does. And it doesn't immediately take effect, so she's really angry at Mudd and goes off after him. Meanwhile, the potion actually does start to take effect on Spock after a while and Spock falls madly in love. While at the same time, Chapel attacks Mudd and during the struggle, the potion gets into the air vents, affecting all of the crew.
|CHAPEL! YOU HAD ONE JOB!|
So Kirk gets the idea to use the love potion on the rock monsters and, for some odd reason, it works. While the rock monsters fall in love with each other, the potion starts wearing off of the crew and they start feeling animosity toward everyone. Without the love distraction, they are able to beam up the landing party and put Mudd back in the brig where Spock assures him that he will have rehabilitation therapy for his crimes. And then Mudd says something about missing all his "loved ones."
So, Mudd's back. Hey Mudd! What's that? You say you wanna try to escape? Oh, Mudd. You're so silly. Good-bye, Mudd.