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Yeoman Smith was a female Human Starfleet crewmember in the 23rd century. She served in the command division (but wore an operations patch; not uncommon at this time) aboard the USS Enterprise in 2265, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, during the historic five-year mission.

That same year, Captain Kirk accidentally referred to Smith as Yeoman Jones. Smith was still on the bridge when the Enterprise entered the galactic barrier. Just prior to the ship's impact with the barrier, Smith held helmsman Gary Mitchell's hand for support. When Mitchell received a shock from the barrier, she was still holding his hand and she did not receive the shock – she had a lower ESP potential than Mitchell. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

Background information Edit

In the script of "Where No Man Has Gone Before", Yeoman Smith was described as "female, pert, early twenties."

The gag that involved Kirk mistaking this character's name as "Jones" was scripted to appear not only once, as in the episode's final version, but also be repeated at the end of the installment (shortly before Kirk made his final log entry of the episode). In the final edit, Smith did appear in that scene, but only briefly.

Yeoman Smith was played by actress and model Andrea Dromm. Herbert F. Solow once recalled that Gene Roddenberry finding Dromm attractive was the reason she was cast in the part; "Actually, it was a non-part. But during the casting process, director Jimmy Goldstone overheard Gene say, 'I'm hiring her because I want to score with her.' It was not only a non-part, I'm pretty sure it was a non-score as well." (Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, p. 79)

The character of Yeoman Smith was a precursor of Yeoman Janice Rand, who was played by Grace Lee Whitney in the series that followed. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 1, p. 26)

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