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Shortly after the USS Enterprise crew's first encounter with tribbles, Uhura, McCoy, Spock and Scotty each find a tribble that was left behind on the ship when Scotty beamed most of them onto the Klingon vessel. Scotty's decision had been intensely controversial with the crew, and Scotty himself had not considered in advance what the Klingons would do to the tribbles. Each officer who finds a tribble decides to keep it. In the briefing room, Kirk demands that the person harboring a tribble identify himself or herself; knowing that Scotty has one, Kirk is astonished when the other three also admit to having them. Spock suggests that the tribbles be delivered to the xenozoological research facility on Belinium II. Kirk returns to his cabin and tells his own tribble that it will soon be leaving the ship, but will not be lonely.



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