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
Did You Know?
Despite this episode's popularity, producer Robert H. Justman
wrote in his book "Inside Star Trek: The Real Story" that he never liked this episode. Justman felt that the humor was too over-the-top and the show became a parody of itself. See more
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
[enters after Kirk gets covered with tribbles
Jim! I think I've got it. All we have to do is quit feeding them. We quit feeding them, they stop breeding!
Now he tells me.
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