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Star Trek: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 5

More Tribbles, More Troubles

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Oct 06, 1973 on NBC
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More Tribbles, More Troubles
Cyrano Jones returns, along with new tribbles that can't multiply.

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  • Kirk and company encounter Cyrano Jones, who has more tribbles and is being pursued by the Klingons.

    With the success of the original tribbles episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles", it's no surprise that the animated series would produce a sequel. Actually, this episode was proposed for the final season of the original show, but that season had a new producer who didn't wish to pursue comedic scripts. (So don't you go laughing at the space hippies episode. That's supposed to be serious drama, young man! Or lady.) The original series' loss is the animated series' gain. Written by David Gerrold, who wrote the original, and featuring Stanley Adams, who reprises Cyrano Jones, the animated tribbles episode is faithful to its live action prequel and nearly as exciting and interesting. It's just too bad William Campbell wasn't asked to reprise the Klingon captain Koloth. (In a budget saving move, James "Scotty" Doohan takes over the role.)moreless
  • In the sequel to "The Trouble with Tribbles", the crew of the Enterprise find a ship being chased by the Klingons. They beam the hunted person aboard to discover that it is Cyrano Jones.moreless

    Fans of the original tribble episode of the original series will automatically really enjoy this one. In this episode, it tells what happened to charaters like Cyrano Jones after Kirk and the others left him behind in the original episode. There are some interesting things about tribbles that are shown, the fact that on how big they can actually grow was unbelievable, but not in a bad way. I overall really thought it was a pretty good episode, but not as good as the TOS "Trouble with Tribbles". A new alien known as the Tribble Predator was introduced in this episode, it is an alien that eats tribbles. That'll definitly control a population of tribbles, and that is why the Klingons want it so badly.moreless
James Doohan

James Doohan


Guest Star

David Gerrold

David Gerrold


Guest Star

Stanley Adams

Stanley Adams

Cyrano Jones

Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei

Lt. Hikaru Sulu

Recurring Role

James Doohan

James Doohan

Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott / Lt. Arex

Recurring Role

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Lt. Uhura

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The tribbles in this episode are pink. (The goof resulted from the fact that director Hal Sutherland is color blind and was unaware of the color change).

    • Late in the episode Koloth explains that they need to recover the glommer to avoid an ecological disaster. But this doesn't match with his earlier actions, where he deliberately and repeatedly tries to destroy Jones' scout ship. If it wasn't for Kirk, Koloth would have destroyed the very thing he was told to retrieve.

    • Both grain ships have the same registration number, NCC 61465. Registration numbers are supposedly unique; each grain ship should have its own.

    • Just after Kirk in covered in a pile of tribbles, Scotty hands him another one. Between the shot of Scotty's face and the shot of his arm with Kirk, his rank changes from Commander (2 full braids) to Lt. Commander (1 full and 1 dashed braid).

    • When McCoy brings a tribble to the bridge, his rank insignia shows one full and one dashed braid for Lt. Commander. However in all other shots he has two full braids for Commander.

    • In a shot where Cyrano stands on the bridge, the doors of the turbo elevator are drawn off-center to the right.

    • In one scene Koloth is actually on the bridge of the Enterprise when Kirk is talking to him on his ship, instead of on the viewscreen.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Koloth: (on the viewscreen) It won't work, Captain Kirk. (cuts out)
      Kirk: It will work. Or he'd still be gloating.

    • Spock: But apparently, it also immobilizes the attacking ship's abilities at the same time.
      Scotty: Aye, and if that's true, then it's a weapon that leaves them as helpless as it does us.
      Spock: I believe I just said that, Mr. Scott.

    • Kirk: Sherman's Planet needs that grain desperately.
      Scotty: Aye, sir, but we've got tribbles on the ship, quintotriticale in the corridors, Klingons in the quadrant. It can ruin your whole day, sir.

    • Kirk: Well, Mr. Spock, do you have any ideas?
      Spock: We could always throw tribbles at them.
      Kirk: I thought Vulcans didn't have a sense of humor.
      Spock: We don't, Captain.

    • Spock: Aren't you going to sit down, sir?
      Kirk: (studying the giant tribble in his chair) I think... I'll stand.

    • Korax: (after blasting a super tribble, burying Koloth in little tribbles) Any other orders, sir?
      Koloth: Yes. Don't do that again. Ever.

    • Kirk: Your tribbles are all over my ship. My security men can't find them all.
      Jones: You need better security men, Captain!

    • Jones: Captain, these are safe tribbles.
      McCoy: There is no such thing as a safe tribble.
      Spock: A safe tribble would be a contradiction in terms. Tribbles are well known for their proclivities in multiplication.
      Jones: And they breed fast, too!

    • Cyrano Jones: Under space salvage laws, (the Glommer's) mine!
      Scotty: A planetary surface isn't covered under space salvage laws. But, if you want the little beastie that bad, Mr. Jones, we'll transport you over with it.
      Cyrano Jones: I withdraw my claim!

    • Scotty: But you've got to admit, if we've got to have tribbles, it's best if all our tribbles are little ones.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was also released as a bonus feature the DVD Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 2 Remastered along The Original Series episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" and the Deep Space Nine episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" (all of which are located on Disc 5).

    • Majel Barrett is credited but doesn't lend her voice talents to the episode.

    • David Gerrold converted this episode from a script he wrote for a third-season Original Trek episode that he never got a chance to produce.

    • David Gerrold penned the original "The Trouble With Tribbles," as well as "The Cloudminders." He is also credited with "I, Mudd" and will do the later animated episode "Bem."

    • Many references to the preceding episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles": quinto-triticale, station K-7, Koloth, Korax, and Cyrano, Scotty's last line (see Quotes), and Kirk dealing with a tribble on his command chair and being buried in tribbles.

    • Stanley Adams reprises his role as Cyrano Jones from the original series.