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The Trouble with Tribbles

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The Trouble with Tribbles
Series: The Original Series
Written by: David Gerrold
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Novelization in: Star Trek 3 by James Blish
Production information
Episode no.: 2x13
Production no.: 6149-42
First aired: 29 December 1967
Date: 2267
Stardate: 4523.3


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Nilz BarisPavel ChekovArne DarvinFitzpatrickJerry FreemanDave GallowayHadleyCyrano JonesJames T. KirkKolothKoraxRoger LemliEd LeslieLurryLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockNyota UhuraVinci

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • IKS Gr'oth (D7-class)


Sherman's PlanetDeep Space Station K-7
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Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Klingon High CommandStarfleet Command

Other referencesEdit

Argilian flame gemchicken sandwichcoffeecreditdistress callEartherOrganian Peace TreatyquadrotriticaleSirian glow watersystem locatortriticaleUndersecretary for AgricultureJohn BurkePeter the GreatRegulan bloodworm


  • Kirk mistakenly guesses an over-fed tibble results in a "fat" one. In TAS episode: "More Tribbles, More Troubles", this becomes the end result.
  • The novelization in James Blish's Star Trek 3 makes a number of changes:
    • An introduction on tribbles is added
    • The briefing room scene is removed
    • Spican flame gems and Antarean glow water become Argilian flame gems and Sirian glow water
    • The brawl between the Klingons and the Enterprise crewmen is removed along with the lineup
    • Scotty's closing line "they'll be no tribble at all" is replaced with "all their tribbles will be big ones."

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