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 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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William Campbell (Koloth) recalled that, after this episode was aired, his neighbour's son consequently addressed his wife as "Mrs. Klingon". See more »

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Chekov's drink repeatedly changes hands between shots. See more »

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Korax: [the tribbles squeal as he pours some of his drink into Cyrano Jones' glass] The Earthers like those fuzzy things. Don't they?
Cyrano Jones: [accepts drink, laughs nervously] Oh, yes.
Korax: Well, frankly, I never liked Earthers. They remind me of Regulan bloodworms.
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Chekov: That cossack!
Scott: Easy, lad. You ought to be more forgiving.
Korax: Though... I just remembered. There is one Earth man who doesn't remind me of a Regulan bloodworm. That's Kirk. A Regulan bloodworm is soft, and shapeless. But Kirk isn't soft. ...
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This is probably the most lightweight episode ever although there are also some serious issues as well. The reason for the enterprise's being where it is, is that they need to get some seed grain to another planet. William Schallert who played intellectual types throughout his career, is the pesky overseer in this one. He is constantly on Kirk's case because he is unhappy with his lack of seriousness. Meanwhile, on the planet, a man named Cyrano Jones, a traveling merchant, peddling junk, begins to distribute a little purring animal called a Tribble. They make people feel happy at their touch. They are soft and pretty. They are also perpetually pregnant and soon every nook and cranny is filled with Tribbles. The other side of the issue is that they are voracious eaters. It isn't long before the storage bins are compromised and the grain in the bins is replaced with Tribbles. There are some great scenes between the Enterprise crew and the Klingons, who have been sharing space with Kirk's crew. There is justice eventually, but not before a series of delightful events.


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