The Man Trap (Episode)

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Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 5
Star Trek
Executive Producer Gene Roddenberry
Producer Gene Coon
Associate Producers Robert Justman and John D.F. Black
Created by Gene Roddenberry
"The Man Trap"
Episode 05
Released 8 September 1966
Director Marc Daniels
Writer George Clayton Johnson

Stardate 1531.1: A shape-shifting, salt-craving creature terrorizes the crew of the Enterprise.

The Enterprise visits planet M-113 to give archaeologists Robert and Nancy Crater supplies and medical checkups. Years ago, Nancy was romantically involved with Dr. Leonard McCoy—whom she nicknamed "Plum."

Now she is literally a different woman: each member of the landing party sees Nancy differently because the real Nancy is dead, killed by a shape-changing alien which has assumed her identity. The creature, the last surviving native of this planet, has been enjoying a symbiotic relationship with Professor Crater; Crater supplies the salt that sustains the entity, and the creature provides Crater with companionship.

The arrival of the Enterprise landing party upsets the delicate balance of this strange alliance. Craving additional salt, the creature kills two crewmen and boards the Enterprise disguised as one of its victims. The creature assumes Dr. McCoy's appearance before Captain Kirk eventually tracks it down and kills it with the aid of Mr. Spock and the real McCoy.

Related Data

Astrometrics Caran IV; Earth; M-113; Vulcan; Wrigley's Pleasure Planet
Cast & Crew Albright, Budd; Anthony, Larry; Arndt, John; Baker, Bob; Bal, Jeanne; Blackburn, Bill; da Vinci, Frank; Daniels, Marc; Doohan, James; Gimpel, Sandra Lee; Howard, Vince; Johnson, George Clayton; Kelley, DeForest; Malone, Jeannie; Nichols, Nichelle; Nimoy, Leonard; Paskey, Eddie; Pyne, Francine; Ryder, Alfred; Shatner, William; Soo Hoo, Walter; Takei, George; True, Garrison; Watson, Bruce; Whitney, Grace Lee; Zaslow, Michael
Chronology Stardate 1531.1-1513.8; 2253; 2255; 2260; 2264; 2265
Culture Swahili
Education archaeologist; doctor
Food chili peppers; plums; salt; Saurian brandy; water
People Barnhart; Berkeley; Brent; Crater, Nancy; Crater, Robert; Darnell; Dominguez, Jose; Green; Hadley; Kirk, James T.; M-113 creature; McCoy, Leonard; Rand, Janice; Ryan; Scott, Montgomery; Spock; Sturgeon; Sulu, Hikaru; Transporter technician; Uhura, Nyota
Politics Starfleet; Starfleet Ranks; United Federation of Planets; Yeoman
Science & Technology alkaline poison; archaeology; Class M planet; communicator; computer; hypnotism; impulse drive; phaser; pounds; sodium chloride; subspace; tonsils; tranquilizer; transporter; tricorder; warp drive; warp nacelle
Ships & Vehicles Constitution class; U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
Xenology Borgia plant; buffalo; chameleons; Humans; M-113 creature; nightshade; passenger pigeons; Vulcans
Miscellaneous Beauregard; flowers
Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 5