When she arrives at the office she finds Gary Seven, who immediately assumes she is one of the missing agents.
He demands to know where she’s been the last three days and insists she sit down at the typewriter and file a report.
The , employing light-speed breakaway factor, has arrived from the 23rd century to study 1968 Earth and learn how its inhabitants survived such a volatile period of history without blowing themselves up.
The perhaps ill-advised trip back in time is justified by the inadvertently intercepts a powerful transporter beam.
Nuclear retaliation and planet-wide destruction would be the final result.
Kirk and Spock show up at the office after Scotty rescues them from the Air Force base and again Kirk is conflicted over whether or not to let Seven finish his job. At the end of itssecond season, the return of The Original Series was in doubt and creator Gene Roddenberry wanted to find something to replace his imperiled show.In 1966 he had unsucessfully pitched a pilot script to Desilu studios entitled “Assignment: Earth.”With the help of writer Art Wallace (“Obsession”) Roddenberry reworked the script into a Trek episode, hoping it would serve as a springboard for a new series.Seven and Isis arrive at an office in a New York City skyscraper.Seven communicates with a computer called Beta 5 in the office, which comes from his alien home planet.Even in the 23rd century, nothing could beam in from such a great distance.is actually a dapper gentleman by the name of Gary Seven.She gets ready to type, but is confused to see the typewriter typing everything she says without her even touching the keys.Her confusion and frustration are so pronounced that Seven begins to realize she is not the agent after all.Seven convinces Roberta that he is actually from the CIA (the Beta 5 computer had printed out a false ID saying so) and that she must help him for the sake of her country. Throughout the episode she proves sincere, albeit somewhat ditzy and prone to calling the police.The Beta 5 computer reports that Roberta is extremely intelligent, however, and she ultimately helps Gary Seven complete his mission.