The episode: 'Marge vs. the Monorail' The role: George Takei as George Takei Ok, George Takei appeared on the show numerous times and has played a handful of different roles but the circumstances of this particular rejection and the solution to the missing character were too interesting to omit from the list. The basic premise of "Marge vs. the Monorail" was to take a pop at public transport. Mr Takei, at the time, was a member of the board of directors of the Southern California Rapid Transit District and because of his position he simply wasn't willing to mock public transport. How cool is that? The Southern California Rapid Transit District had amongst its board members a man who had actually transported. Fortunately though, fellow Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, had no such reservations and after a quick rewrite beamed into the show instead.