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Trials and Tribble-ations 

Sisko tells two men from Temporal Investigations how he and his crew went back in time to when Captain James Kirk of the first Starship Enterprise exposed a Klingon spy with the help of Tribbles.


Jonathan West


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Jack Blessing ... Dulmur
Jim Jansen ... Lucsly (as James W. Jansen)
Charlie Brill ... Arne Darvin
Leslie Ackerman ... Waitress
Charles Rahi Chun ... Engineer (as Charles S. Chun)
Deirdre Imershein Deirdre Imershein ... Lieutenant Watley (as Deirdre L. Imershein)


Darvin, a disgraced Klingon spy, travels back in time to alter some events to his likings. The DS9 crew must find what he's trying to change and prevent it without altering the time line. They'll have to blend in with the crew from Star Trek: The Original Series. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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The set of the original Enterprise was re-created in detail except for the orange grating often seen in engineering areas. Apparently, the company that made it had discontinued its production. See more »


Chief O'Brien's hairstyle reverts back to his "normal" 24th Century hairstyle once He and Dr. Bashir beam over to the K7 space station from the Enterprise. Moments earlier, his hairstyle reflected the hairstyle (combover with part) as worn by the 23rd century human male crew members. See more »


[Sisko and Dax are frantically scanning tribbles in the grain bin for the bomb, throwing them aside as they scan]
Mr. Spock: [inspecting a tribble] They seem to be gorged.
Nilz Baris: *Gorged*? On *my* grain? Kirk, I'm going to hold you responsible! Must be thousands of them!
Captain James T. Kirk: Hundreds of thousands.
Mr. Spock: One million, seven hundred seventy-one thousand, five hundred sixty-one.
[Sisko and Dax share a look for a moment as Spock continues, and resume scanning]
Mr. Spock: That's assuming one tribble, multiplying with an average litter of ten ...
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Crazy Credits

Charlie Brill is billed twice, once as a major guest star following the episode's title, and again in the end credits with the other actors in the archive footage from the original "Tribbles" episode. See more »


References The X-Files (1993) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Brilliant. Brilliant writing, brilliant acting, brilliant editing
31 July 2018 | by theoshulSee all my reviews

This episode is so damm brilliant there's no point in trying to list all the brilliant bits. I'll just mention--the two temporal-investigation agents are utterly hilarious. Total dead-pan delivery of gut-splitting lines. Although it would have been wonderful if they could have gotten Paul Gleason to play one of them.

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4 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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