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Star Trek: Asterisk "Mudd's Passion"

Vital Information
Series: The Animated Series
Episode: S01E10
Air Date: November 10, 1973
Written by: Stephen Kandel
Directed by: Hal Sutherland

Premise
Mudd's back at it and this time the lusty old swindler has himself a love potion.

Review
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 Harry kidnaps Chapel and escapes on a shuttlecraft to a nearby planet that has rock monsters. Meanwhile, everyone on the ship is falling in love with each other and feeling all euphoric and lovey and stuff. But Kirk understand that they have to go save Chapel, so he takes a team to the rock monster planet, finds Chapel and Mudd and then get attacked by rock monsters. They're unable to beam back up because all the crew is too busy making out. But then Spock, who had been pining over Nurse Chapel the entire time, starts getting angry. Thus, the side effect of the love potion.

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."
*rim shot*

Overall Thoughts
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.