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TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES
When the U.S.S. Enterprise receives a top-priority
order to protect a shipment of quadrotriticale grain on
Deep Space Station K-7, Kirk is irritated to be guarding a
shipment of "wheat." But the shipment is meant for
famine-struck Sherman's Planet, and Klingons are taking shore
leave on the space station. Adding to Kirk's irritation is
Federation Undersecretary for Agriculture, Nilz Baris, and his
pesty assistant, Arne Darvin, who inform Kirk that Starfleet
Command is afraid the Klingons may try to steal the grain.
Another problem arises when a space trader, Cyrano Jones,
gives Uhura a purring ball of fluff known as a tribble.
Charmed by the creature, Uhura takes it back to the
Enterprise. However, as McCoy soon learns, tribbles are born
pregnant and the more they eat ... and they eat constantly ...
the more they multiply. Soon the starship is overrun by the
Kirk soon finds that the bins that were once full of the
precious quadrotriticale are now full of dead tribbles. The
grain has been poisoned by a Klingon agent disguised as the
Undersecretary's assistant, Darvin. His true identity is
exposed when Kirk discovers that tribbles don't like Klingons
(and vice-versa) and squeak whenever they're in near
proximity. The Klingons leave the space station and Scotty
rids the Enterprise of the tribbles by beaming them
aboard the departing Klingon ship where, as he tells Kirk, "
... they'll be no tribble at all."