The Chief Engineer of the Week in this episode was Argyle, played by Biff Yeager. I don't know if it's entirely true (and this is recalled over twenty years, through the memory of a 14 year-old) but I remember hearing that Biff was under consideration to become a permanent Chief Engineer, until the producers found out that he (or someone acting on his behalf) had encouraged Trekkies to write letters asking to have him on the ship full time. There's nothing wrong with a letter-writing campaign, but it helps if the letters come in after your episode has aired. Yeah, apparently the letters came in before this show went out, and some Trekkies complained that they were spammed via mail (this was well before e-mail was widely used) and those two factors sent Chief Engineer Argyle -- and Biff -- to the Cornfield.

I read that recently on tvsquad and was wondering if anyone could verify it. Rather interesting for this site if true. — Morder 08:44, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

It's already on Argyle's page with the same citation. I'd say we could add it here with the same phrasing, which acknowledges that it may have been Wheaton misremembering.
Of course if someone could verify or debunk it that would be even better. :-) – Cleanse 11:04, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

I didn't even think to read the Argyle article. :( Yeah, I was hoping someone could verify it though before I posted anything...but it's already here. — Morder 11:23, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

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