While “I, Mudd” sets up Harry as a sort of lovable buffoon on the run from his ghoulish wife (and is completely willing to strand 400 people in order to ensure his own freedom), “Mudd’s Women” sets him up to be a bit more of scoundrel than we often remember him. Obviously Mr. Mudd is a human trafficker. Studio memos at the time refer to Mudd’s women as “space hookers”. Mudd is also a drug dealer, handing out illegal substances to keep the lady’s in line. He’s also perfect happy to see the Enterprise burn up with all hands on board, again, to secure his freedom. This is one flipping terrible human being.
But there’s one bit in “Mudd’s Women” that can be read as seriously evil, and that’s the fate of the real Leo Walsh. After the computer IDs Harry as his Harcourt Fenton self, he admits Walsh, who was the actual owner of the J-Class freighter Mudd and his chattel were found on, met an untimely fate and Mudd was forced to commandeer his vessel in order to complete his business transactions.
Now Mudd is nothing if not a liar, so there has to be more to this story then he’s willing to admit. The question is, did Mudd kill Walsh and take his ship, or did Leo really just keel over at an inopportune time?
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