Captain Walker Keel, an old friend of Picard's, uses a top-secret frequency, thus excluding informing Riker, to summon him to a top-secret meeting with two other captain. The vague innuendo about a plot to take over a strategic sector of the Federation by replacing mysteriously dying Starfleet officers doesn't quite impress Picard, but he reconsiders after Keel and his crew die in an explosion. So he intends with Riker to visit Starfleet HQ, where he will dine with admirals and their aide Dexter Remmick, while Riker keeps an eye on admiral Aaron, who insists to visit the modernized Enterprise, actually carrying an alien brain-parasite. Written by
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Close up shots of the Starfleet HQ banquet were live grub worms. The actors really ate Chinese chow mein noodles. See more
When Geordie is thrown against the door by Quinn, the door just flies apart. Besides the fact that it is unlikely that doors on the starship would just fall apart so easily, they also have no bearing in the surrounding wall, making it obvious they are props. See more
Doctor Beverly Crusher
Captain, you must set your phaser on kill. Stun has little effect.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Doctor, one does not beam down to Starfleet Headquarters armed.
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