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February 24, 2005

Changing a lightbulb

Q: How many members of the U.S.S. Enterprise does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Seven.

Scotty has to report to Captain Kirk that the light bulb in the Engineering Section is getting dim, at which point Kirk will send Bones to pronounce the bulb dead (although he'll immediately claim that he's a doctor, not an electrician). Scotty, after checking around, realizes that they have no more new light bulbs, and complains that he "canna" see in the dark. Kirk will make an emergency stop at the next uncharted planet, Alpha Regula IV, to procure a light bulb from the natives, who, are friendly, but seem to be hiding something. Kirk, Spock, Bones, Yeoman Rand and two red shirt security officers beam down to the planet, where the two security officers are promptly killed by the natives, and the rest of the landing party is captured.

As something begins to develop between the Captain and Yeoman Rand, Scotty, back in orbit, is attacked by a Klingon destroyer and must warp out of orbit. Although badly outgunned, he cripples the Klingon and races back to the planet in order to rescue Kirk et. al. who have just saved the natives' from an awful fate and, as a reward, been given all lightbulbs they can carry. The new bulb is then inserted and the Enterprise continues on its five year mission.

Posted by Peskie at February 24, 2005 12:00 PM


Actually, you need 8.

You left out the announcer guy who has to say "Boldly going where no electrican has never been before"

Posted by: Ravages at February 22, 2005 11:02 PM

You are right, I missed that one.

If I was on the Enterprise as a minor character, there is no way I would go down to the surface with Kirk. I figure that is like the punishment detail. Everyone knows that they won't come back.

Posted by: Ozguru at February 22, 2005 11:02 PM