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And The Children Shall Lead
Production Number 60
Air Date (US) 1968-10-11
Season 3
DVD Disc No. 1
Watch Episode Trailer (.mov QuickTime format - 2.461 MB)  
William Shatner as James T. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy as Spock
DeForest Kelley as Leonard H. McCoy
James Doohan as Montgomery Scott
Walter Koenig as Pavel Andreievich Chekov
Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
George Takei as Hikaru Sulu

Guest Cast:
Melvin Belli as Gorgan
Craig Hundley as Tommy Starnes
James Wellman as Professor Starnes
Pamelyn Ferdin as Mary Janowski
Eddie Paskey as Mr. Leslie
Brian Tochi as Ray Tsingtao

Creative Staff:
Director: Marvin Chomsky
Written By: Edward J. Lakso
When the U.S.S. Enterprise finds that all the adults in the Starnes Expedition to Triacus have killed themselves, they beam to the planet's surface to investigate. The children, however, are alive and well and strangely oblivious to their parents' fates.
They are beamed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise while Kirk searches for an answer to the strange occurrences. The children summon their "friendly angel" Gorgan, who tells them to take the U.S.S. Enterprise to a planet he can control. By garbling Kirk's words and deceiving Spock, the children are able to take control of the starship. Finally, seeing Kirk's anxiety at the loss of his ship, Spock realizes that something is wrong and helps the Captain regain control.

Kirk shows the children tricorder tapes of their parents ... and their graves, demonstrating to them that Gorgan is not a "friendly angel" but an evil force. The loss of his believers renders Gorgan impotent and he fades into oblivion.
Famed attorney Melvin Belli (whose clients included Errol Flynn, Jack Ruby and Lenny Bruce) appears as Friendly Angel/Gorgan, while the role of little Steve O'Connel is played by Belli's real-life son, Caesar (now a partner in his father's firm).
Notice that there is a new rec room in this episode. It had been used in "Elaan Of Troyius" but was edited out of the show.




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