Re: Assignment: Earth - Is it Really a Star Trek Episode?
The opening with them watching Bonanza (and promoting another NBC show) survived into the revised draft script, though it was less blatant in that version. I wonder if it was filmed and then cut, because the aired episode does open rather abruptly. Indeed, sometimes I wonder if it was originally aired with that scene but then had to leave it out of later releases for licensing reasons. Although I think we'd have heard about it if that were the case.
I saw the episode when it was originally broadcast in March of 1968, and there was definitely no clip from Bonanza
in it. That's something I would have remembered.
“All the universe or nothingness. Which shall it be, Passworthy? Which shall it be?”