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The Mark Of Gideon
Production Number 72
Air Date (US) 1969-01-17
Season 3
DVD Disc No. 4
Watch Episode Trailer (.mov QuickTime format - 2.525 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:
Sharon Acker as Odona
David Hurst as Hodin
Gene Dynarski as Krodak

Creative Staff:
Director: Jud Taylor
Written By: George F. Slavin and Stanley Adams
The planet Gideon appears to be a haven the inhabitants are healthy and no one seems to ever die in the totally germ-free environment.
The United Federation of Planets sends the U.S.S. Enterprise to Gideon, in the hope that the Gideons will accede and become a member. Reluctantly, the Gideon council allows Captain Kirk alone to beam to their council chamber, and he transports off the ship. When Kirk apparently fails to arrive on the planet, the Gideon council refuses to allow more people on the surface, even for a search party.

Kirk finds himself on his own ship, where all of his crew have seemingly vanished. After searching the ship, he finds one lone, beautiful woman, Odona. Kirk determines that Odona is from Gideon, and that they are on a false ship, built on the planet's surface. When Odona becomes ill, the Gideon's plan is revealed: using Kirk's blood, Odona was infected with a disease which Kirk had recovered from Vegan choriomeningitis. The infection is fatal, and the Gideons hoped to spread it across their world to reduce the population.

Spock beams down, discovers the false Enterprise, and returns to the real starship with Kirk and Odona, who while cured is still able to infect her people. Odona, the daughter of Gideon Council leader Hodan, is returned to her people delighted that she will cause a lethal plague to reduce the overpopulation.
This episode was co-written by Stanley Adams, who appeared as Cyrano Jones in "The Trouble With Tirbbles."
The costume worn by Sharon Acker (Odona) was included in the Star Trekexhibit at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.




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