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Lieutenant Dave Bailey was a male Human Starfleet officer in the 23rd century. He served in the command division aboard the USS Enterprise in 2266, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, during an historic five-year mission. Before stardate 1512, he was promoted to lieutenant.

Bailey was on duty during a star mapping mission that same year, when, on the third day, the Enterprise encountered a warning buoy, and later the First Federation flagship Fesarius. The tension of the encounter detracted from the gung-ho lieutenant's performance and might have ruined his career.

Initially relieved of duty for a near nervous breakdown, he requested permission to return to his work even though the ship was apparently seconds from being destroyed, confirming Kirk's positive assessment of his character and fitness for bridge duty.

At the conclusion of the encounter, when Kirk put together an away mission to visit Balok's pilot vessel, he offered to take Bailey, to give him "a look at the unknown". When Balok commented how lonely he was, and suggested that even an alien would be welcome company, Kirk looked to Bailey, who eagerly volunteered. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver")

Background information Edit

Bailey was played by Anthony Call.

Bailey's given name, Dave, was not spoken on screen, but rather, appeared in the closing credits and in the episode's script.

In the final draft of the teleplay (dated 3 May 1966), Bailey was the communications officer, with the navigator being an ultimately unrealized character called Ken Easton. When Nichelle Nichols was cast as Communications Officer Uhura, however, Bailey became the navigator. Bailey didn't venture aboard Balok's pilot vessel in the final draft; instead, his last line in the script was to state, "We should never have come back."

Bailey was also included in a revised draft of the script for "Mudd's Women", written by John D.F. Black and issued on 17 May 1966. In a scene from that script, Bailey made a notation on "a pad" while seated at his station on the bridge. In a letter written by Robert Justman and sent to Black the day after the script was submitted, Justman half-jokingly said about Bailey, "I don't think he would have a pad. Although, he might have a pad back on Earth where he takes chicks to have a good time." Ultimately, Bailey was excluded from "Mudd's Women" at the behest of Gene Roddenberry, who – in a memo to Black (dated 19 May 1966) – proposed, "Since we have no way of knowing which show will air first, it is probably best we play safe with another Navigator under another name."

In the revised final draft of the script for "The Corbomite Maneuver" (dated 20 May 1966), Bailey was described as "a strong-faced young man who will be sharp and competent at first impression. But we will begin to see bit by bit beneath his surface traces of uncertainty and immaturity – a young officer with a job and responsibility he is not yet seasoned enough to handle." The same version of the teleplay did include Bailey's visit to Balok's pilot vessel but, in an ultimately unused line of dialogue, he admitted feeling afraid before going aboard the craft.

Prior to Anthony Call receiving the role of Bailey, both Stewart Moss and Bruce Mars were considered for the part.

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