"Mudd's Women" was the third episode of Star Trek: The Original Series produced in the show's first broadcast season, and the fourth overall produced, first aired on 13 October 1966. The episode was written by Stephen Kandel, directed by Harvey Hart and novelized in Mudd's Angels by James Blish & J.A. Lawrence.


  • Captain's log, stardate 1329.1. We've taken aboard from unregistered transport vessel its captain and... and three unusual females. These women have a mysterious magnetic effect on the male members of my crew including myself. Explanation unknown at present!
  • Captain's log, stardate 1329.2. On board the USS Enterprise, a ship's hearing is being convened against the transport vessel's captain. I becoming concerned about the almost hypnotic effect produced by the women.
  • Captain's log, stardate 1330.1. Position 14 hours out of Rigel XII. We're on auxiliary impulse engines, fuel low, barely sufficient to achieve orbit over the planet. Lithium replacements are now imperative! The effect of Mudd's women on my crew continues to grow, still totally unexplained. Harry Mudd is confined to his quarters under guard.
  • Captain's log, transporting down to surface of planet Rigel XII to acquire replacement lithium crystals; expect further difficulty from miners.
  • Captain's log, have transported aboard the Enterprise to implement search with infrared scanners and sensing system. Magnetic storms on the planet's surface are cutting down speed and efficiency of our equipment. Search now in progress for three hours eighteen minutes.
  • Captain's log, I've expended all but 43 minutes of power; ship's condition critical. Search now in progress seven hours thirty one minutes. Magnetic storms are easing.



Episode characters

Robert AbramsBentonRuth BonaventureClifford BrentBen ChildressConnors (23rd century)John FarrellHerm GossettJames (USS Enterprise)James T. KirkMagda KovacsRyan LeslieLeonard McCoyEve McHuronHarry MuddMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraVinciUSS Enterprise computerunnamed 2260s USS Enterprise personnel
Referenced only 
Leo Walsh

Novelization characters

BentonRuth BonaventureBen ChildressConnorsJohn FarrellHerm GossettJames T. KirkMagda KovacsLeonard McCoyEve McHuronHarry MuddMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura
Referenced only 
Leo Walsh

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Stella


the asteroid beltHalium Experimental StationRigelRigel XIIOphiucusOphiucus III

Races and cultures


Other references

asteroidasteroid beltbypass circuitconverter assemblycook stovecaptain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2266deflector shielddesktop monitordistress signaldouble jackdrugearpieceUSS Enterprise (NCC-1701) library computergelatinHuman philosophyhypnotisminfraredlibrary computerlithium crystallithium crystal circuitmagnetismmagnetic stormmastermileminermineralpatentpolice recordpoundregistration beamSaturnius harem girlSchiller Ratingsensor probesolitairestarshipsubspace communicationsubspace radio marriagetontransporterVenus drugviewer


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published order
Previous episode:
The Corbomite Maneuver
TOS episode produced Next episode:
The Enemy Within
Previous episode:
The Enemy Within
TOS episode aired Next episode:
What Are Little Girls Made Of?
Previous story:
first in book
Mudd's Angels
Next story:
I, Mudd
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Landing Party
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Enemy Within

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