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
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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
In the final scene Kirk is inquiring as to what has become of the Tribbles and is alarmed to think that Scottie may have beamed them into space to which Scottie, appalled by that assumption, answers, "Captain Kirk, that would be inhuman!" But with it being well known at this point that Klingons HATE Tribbles - and vice-versa, it should be obvious to all that the Klingons would destroy all of the Tribbles as quickly as possible. So beaming them into space may well have been the more humane thing to do. See more
[the tribbles squeal as he pours some of his drink into Cyrano Jones' glass
The Earthers like those fuzzy things. Don't they?
[accepts drink, laughs nervously
Well, frankly, I never liked Earthers. They remind me of Regulan bloodworms.
[the Klingons laugh
Easy, lad. You ought to be more forgiving.
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. ...
Referenced in After Trek: Choose Your Pain