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 and Worf check on Riker after he had fallen through the glass table, Admiral Quinn says, "He slipped." The Enterprise has carpeting everywhere. It is not possible that Riker could simply "slip" in a normal quarter. Also the chair in the background is lying flipped over, indicating a previous fight. See more
Patience is one of our virtues, Captain. We didn't go after you. We allowed you to come after us.
More dramatic that way, don't you think?
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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