Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 15

The Trouble with Tribbles (29 Dec. 1967)

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To protect a space station with a vital grain shipment, Kirk must deal with Federation bureaucrats, a Klingon battle cruiser and a peddler who sells furry, purring, hungry little creatures as pets.

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Having received a Priority One distress call from an outlying space station, the Enterprise arrives to find they've been summoned there by a Federation commissioner merely to protect a shipment of seeds meant to sow wheat on Sherman's planet. The planet is also coveted by the Klingons, who are taking shore leave at the station. The trouble arises with tribbles - small furry creatures that seem to multiply without end. Their fortuitous presence, however, reveals both a problem with the wheat and a traitor on the space station. Written by garykmcd

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The storyline greatly resembles one subplot in The Rolling Stones, a 1952 novel by Robert A. Heinlein. Gene Roddenberry and Heinlein made an undisclosed copyright agreement before The Trouble With Tribbles aired. Heinlein conceded to David Gerrold that both he and Gerrold possibly "owed something to Ellis Parker Butler", author of the short story "Pigs is Pigs". See also Star Trek: Charlie X (1966) and _"Star Trek" (1966) {Operation - Annihilate! (#1.29)}_, which have strong Heinlein similarities. See more »

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When Kirk and Scott discuss the fight aboard the space station, Kirk says, "What caused it, Scotty?" Right at the beginning of the next shot, we can see him clearly repeating the line, but we don't hear his voice saying it a second time. See more »

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Capt. Kirk: [handing Chekov a container] Mr. Chekov, what do you make of this?
Chekov: Oh, quadrotriticale. I've read about this, but, er, I've never seen any before.
Capt. Kirk: Does everybody know about this wheat but me?
Chekov: Oh, not everyone, Captain. It's a Russian invention.
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Overrated, especially because Gerrold ripped off Heinlein
20 March 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

It's moderately fun to watch, though slapstick has never fit in well with the overall image of the sci-fi great that is Star Trek.

That being said, Gerrold got away with murder by lifting most of the story from Robert Heinlein's "The Rolling Stones," which tells of furry "flat cats" that are born pregnant, make a soothing vibration when petted and multiply so quickly that they fill up a spaceship. Sound familiar?

Heinlein graciously allowed Gerrold to take the accolades for this, but facts are facts and the fact here is that the heart of the story was stolen.


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