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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edwin Reimers ...
Admiral Fitzpatrick (as Ed Reimers)
Charlie Brill ...
Paul Baxley ...
David L. Ross ...
Lt. Galloway (as David Ross)


Having received a Priority One distress call from an outlying space station, the Enterprise arrives to find they have 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. However, their fortuitous presence reveals both a problem with the wheat and a traitor on the space station. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


During the famous "bar fight", careful observers will note that while tables are broken, all the chairs remain intact. The tables were studio property: the chairs were rented, and if damaged would have to be paid for. See more »


During the famous bar brawl, one of the extras cannot keep a straight face and is clearly trying to keep from laughing out loud (you see him, wearing a blue shirt, when Scotty and Korax have each other by the collar). See more »


Capt. Kirk: I have never questioned the orders or the intelligence of any representative of the Federation. Until now.
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References Star Trek: Errand of Mercy (1967) See more »

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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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