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|1||12||1.2||Miri||McCoy's stunt double||The Enteprise follows an Earth-style planetary distress call and finds itself at a planet which is geographically identical to Earth, something amazing to everybody on board. There is no response to their hails so Kirk leads a landing party to the surface in the vicinity of the transmitter. They find themselves amongst architecture very similar to Earth in the 1960s, another remarkable parallel, but the entire area seems to be long deserted.
As they explore a man appears, attacking the group before collapsing and dying. He is horribly disfigured by some strange disease. The security officers with the landing party see another figure running into a building. They chase the figure down, finding a terrified teenage girl who calls herself Miri. She calls the landing party "Grups", a contraction of "grown ups", and states that Grups are dangerous and violent. Apparently almost the adults on the planet are dead and long gone, but Miri reveals that there are still some youngsters alive and in hiding. The grown ups died of the same affliction as the man they encountered earlier, becoming angry and violent, leaving the children terrified of any adult.
As they continue to investigate the planet the members of the landing party begin to develop the same purple sores on their own bodies - they are all infected with whatever killed the adults on the planet. The lone exception is Spock, whose Vulcan physiology apparently makes him immune. They search an old hospital for clues to the illness, and gradually the truth emerges - the population of the planet engaged in an experiment to prolong their lives almost indefinitely. However, something went wrong. In adults, the project created the illness which led to disfigurement, violence and death. They realise that all this happened some three centuries ago - the children survive because in them the life prolongation project works perfectly, slowing their ageing to a crawl. But despite this the children do still age, and as each one reaches puberty the effect turns into the deadly condition which killed all the other adults on the planet.
As the landing party works to devise a cure, the children discuss what to do about the "Grups" and the threat they represent. They steal their communicators, cutting them off from the support of the medical staff on the ship and so making the search for a cure far more difficult. Miri at first remains with them, developing a crush on Kirk. But when she sees Kirk comforting a distraught Janice Rand, Miri becomes jealous and sneaks away to talk with her friends. She convinces them to kidnap Rand in order to get rid of the woman she sees as competition.
Miri goes back to the landing party and is confronted by Kirk. He pressures her to help them further, revealing the truth that the children are all doomed to die as they turn into the Grups that they so fear. To emphasise the point he shows Miri that she is already starting to develop the purple scabs herself.
Miri takes Kirk to see the other children. He tries to explain the situation to them, though they at first refuse to listen and even attack him. Eventually Kirk manages to convince them that their way of life cannot last much longer, pointing out that the attack on him proves that the older children are already starting to become violent as they hit puberty. They finally agree and surrender to Kirk.
Back at the hospital McCoy manages to create a cure for the disease. Without the computer assistance from the Enterprise he has little choice but to test it on himself. Fortunately it works, and the children and landing party are all restored to normal. Back on the ship Kirk requests that Starfleet send some support to help the children so that they can finally grow up and begin the long process of reclaiming their planet.
|2||43||2.4||The Trouble With Tribbles||Klingon stunt double||The Enterprise is in the vicinity of Sherman's Planet, a world claimed by both the Federation and the Klingon Empire, when they pick up a Code One Emergency from the nearby Deep Space Station K-7. The code is reserved only for the most dire disasters, so Kirk takes the ship in expecting the worst. On arrival, though, he finds the station apparently peaceful and untroubled. The commander of the station, a Mr. Lurry, asks Kirk to come over to the station to talk. On arrival, a furious Kirk finds the Federation Under-Secretary for Agriculture, Nilz Baris, in Lurry's office with his assistant Arne Darvin.
Baris admits that he ordered the emergency code because the station is currently holding a large stock of Quadrotriticale, a genetically engineered grain to be used on Sherman's Planet. He is worried that the Klingons will attempt to sabotage the grain, as this would seriously hamper the Federation's attempts to develop the planet - and under the terms of the Organian peace treaty, the planet will belong to whomever can best use it. Kirk is increasingly annoyed by the use of the emergency code for what he sees as such a trivial reason, but is forced to concede that Baris has the authority to issue it and to order Kirk to provide security. He reluctantly assigns two guards to the storage compartments and returns to the ship.
As the Enterprise orbits the station a Klingon cruiser arrives, prompting Kirk to go to battle stations. However the ship's commander beams over to the station and merely requests shore leave for his crew there; under the treaty Mr, Lurry must agree, but Kirk is deeply suspicious of the Klingon Captain, Koloth, and places limits on the number of crew who can come aboard at any given time. He also informs Koloth that he will assign a security guard to follow each and every Klingon on the station. Baris is extremely unhappy with this development, and wastes no time in venting his anger on an increasingly frustrated Kirk.
On K-7 Uhura and Chekov are enjoying some time in the station bar where an independent trader named Cyrano Jones is trying to sell his wares. These include a Tribble - a small creature which looks like a spherical ball of fur with no visible limbs or features. Tribbles emit a soft purring sound when stroked, and Uhura finds it adorable. Jones gives her one as a free sample and agrees a deal with the bar owner to supply some more.
Uhura's tribble quickly reproduces, giving birth to a whole litter of small Tribbles which she distributes them to the crew as gifts. The Tribbles in the bar also reproduce, making it impossible for Jones to sell more. He tries to sell them to the Klingons, but the Tribbles react to proximity to a Klingon with a distressed shrieking sound - and the Klingons seem to like Tribbles no better than the Tribbles like them.
The Klingons begin needling Enterprise personnel in the bar about what a terrible person Kirk is. Scotty, as the senior officer present, restrains Chekov from starting a fight - but when the Klingons begin to mock the Enterprise Scotty himself throws the first punch and a large bar brawl breaks out. Kirk logs the incident as a 'small disturbance' and confines Scotty to his quarters, which delights the Engineer as he will have time to read up on his technical journals.
Meanwhile the Tribbles are reproducing at a fantastic rate, every one of them giving birth to large litters of offspring every twelve hours. Soon thousands of them are overrunning the ship, and much to Kirk's annoyance there seems to be no way to stop them. When he tries to order a meal he finds that the Tribbles have gotten into all the ship's machinery, including the food system, and are consuming their supplies rapidly. Spock notes that the Quadrotriticale is being stored under similar conditions on K-7, which is also being overrun by the furry menace.
Kirk beams to K-7 and hurries to the storage compartments to check on the grain - only to find that the compartments are stuffed with almost two million Tribbles who have eaten all the grain in the process of reproducing. However, a scan reveals that many of the Tribbles are dead, and the rest are rapidly dying - victims of the grain, which had been poisoned.
A furious Baris blames Kirk for the fiasco, threatening to have his career in ruins. Koloth also demands an apology for the brawl, which he blames purely on Kirk's men. Koloth also demands the removal of the Tribbles which are crowding the room, as he suffers from the same dislike of them as other Klingons. As Kirk moves to take them away he passes Baris's aide, Arne Darvin - and the Tribbles shriek as soon as they get close to him. A quick examination by McCoy shows that Darvin is a Klingon, a spy working to sabotage the Sherman's Planet project - it was he who poisoned the grain with a virus which prevented the food being absorbed into the body.
With his own aide shown to be the cause of all the trouble Baris's threats against Kirk are rendered moot, and with the Klingons shown to be behind the sabotage Kirk is able to brush off Koloth's complaints and order him out of Federation space. A new shipment of grain is ordered for Sherman's Planet, which now should fall quite easily under Federation control. Kirk orders Cyrano Jones to clear up all the Tribbles on the station, a task Spock estimates will take him 17.9 years - his alternative being to be charged with disrupting a space station, a crime which carries a 20 year sentence.
A victorious Kirk returns to the Enterprise to find it wholly Tribble free. After some prevaricating, his officers admit to the method they used - they beamed the entire population of Tribbles into the engine room of the Klingon ship just before it went to warp. Where, as Scotty puts it, 'they'll be no Tribble at all'. Imagining the chaos that must be going on aboard the Klingon ship, the officers share a laugh as the episode ends.
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