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
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The pile of tribbles near the end of the episode was actually created by gluing tribble props around a large wire frame which Kirk (William Shatner
) then stood in the middle of to give the illusion of mass numbers. In reality there were only five hundred tribbles made. See more
Chekov's drink repeatedly changes hands between shots. See more
[the tribbles have all but destroyed the entire stock of grain reserved for a development project
Kirk, you should have known. You are responsible for turning the development project into a total disaster!
And I am through being intimidated, Kirk. Now, you have insulted me, you have ignored me, you, you walked all over me. You have abused your authority and you have rejected my requests. And this, this is the result! I am going to hold you responsible, Kirk!
Mr. Baris, I'll hold ...
Referenced in Sex Trek: The Man Eater