"Star Trek: The Original Series" The Trouble with Tribbles (TV Episode 1967) - Plot Summary Poster


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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.

    Tom D.
  • 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.

  • The Enterprise is called by urgent distress signal to a space station where a Federation official insists they take charge of security over a supply of a special grain destined for Sherman's planet, which is also claimed by the Klingons, who arrive soon for shore leave (managing to have a brawl with Enterprise crew after insulting Kirk and - what even gets to Scotty, the highest ranking officer present - the ship), a line of work Kirk has a hard time taking seriously but is ordered by an admiral. While some crewmen go on shore leave, they pick up a pet put on the market by space peddler Cyrano Jones: the tribble, a furball which eases human nerves and proves excessively fertile, causing Kirk even more stress, which only grows worse.


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