Series: The Original Series
Air Date: January 3, 1969
Written by: Jerry Sohl and Lee Erwin
Directed by: Herb Wallerstein
Crazy Captain Garth holds Kirk and Spock hostage while he takes over the asylum and tries to commandeer the Enterprise.
Kirk and Spock beam down to the asylum and are greeted by a man who introduces himself as Dr. Cory, the governor of the asylum. They are there to test a new serum that could revolutionize modern psychology. But first, a tour! Dr. Cory takes them along some of the force field cages and introduces them to an Orion girl who insists that Dr. Cory isn't who he says he is. But she's crazy - what does she know? They walk on by and get to Captain Garth's cage. And in Captain Garth's cage is Dr. Cory. But, wait, Dr. Cory is taking them on the tour... BUT WAIT, the tour guide shimmers and turns into Captain Garth!! Laughing maniacally, he introduces them to the REAL Dr. Cory, who is helpless inside of the cage.
So, the inmates have taken over the asylum. Captain Garth, who now insists on being called Lord Garth, lets out all the crazies and the Orion girl immediately runs to his side. A regular Joker and Harley Quinn, this duo is. The shield surrounding the asylum doesn't allow Kirk to call back to the Enterprise or beam up. They are stuck unless they can get to the control room. So Lord Garth locks him and Spock up and then uses his shape-shifting abilities to turn into Kirk and heads to the control room.
|Like a Captain.|
He holds a lavish dinner with all the inmates, Kirk, and Spock and tries to get the chess information out of Kirk. After failing to get his way through pleasure, he switches to pain. He brings out a rehabilitation chair that he has modified to cause pain. First he uses it on Dr. Cory, but when Kirk still refuses to give in, he uses it on Kirk himself. And Kirk still refuses to give in. Furious, Lord Garth gives up and puts Kirk in a separate room where he is visited by the Orion girl, Marta.
|The one on top always wants something.|
Garth now thinks he can get what he wants from Spock because Spock is a logical man. So two of the inmates go to fetch Spock who appears to be unconscious in a holding cell. While they drag him off, he hops up and pinches both of them at the same time, knocking them out. Meanwhile, Kirk and Garth are in the control room where Garth has just killed Marta as a demonstration of the explosive substance he invented. But when Spock comes in, Garth has turned into Kirk. The two Kirks fight for a while, but when one of them says to shoot both of them, Spock knows which one to shoot.
|It's the one crazy enough to believe a chair would make a good hat.|
This is a pretty great episode which contains possibly the best Kirk/FakeKirk fight outside of the movies. Garth is a very interesting character and I kind of wish we could see his entire story; what lead him to insanity. Regardless, though, inmates taking over the asylum is always good for a fun time.