Re: Weird Thing in "The Naked Time"
In "These Are the Voyages," Cushman reports that the actor playing Joe told him, "I questioned Marc Daniels [the director] about whether a Star Fleet officer who probably had at least a PhD in engineering would be stupid enough to take his glove off in that situation. He said, 'Of course not. But if you don't do it, we don't have a show.'"
The bit-part actors have to look stupid so that the leads will have their chance to look smart, later.
"Just give me two seconds, alright, you mad bastard!" - Montgomery Scott, Star Trek Into Darkness