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Third Minister Campio
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Protocol Master Erko
Young Woman


Shortly after the Enterprise saves a planet from an asteroid impact by exploding it, the ship experiences strange break-downs which are ultimately attributed to an impossible to detect timely metal parasite, which will destroy it unless eliminated, so Data suggests luring it to an asteroid. Deanna Troi counsels Worf to deal with his son Alexander's authority problems by drawing up a two-ways contract on paternal and filial rights and obligations, but is still practically terrified to hear her overbearing and impulsive mother, ambassador Lwaxana, announces her own arrival, soon meddling with the educational contract, and that of a planet's Third Minister Campio whom she decided to marry solely based on computerized profiles, but finds less compatible once he and his protocol master Erko arrive for the wedding... Written by KGF Vissers

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18 April 1992 (USA)  »

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Laura Schlessinger: appears very briefly as an extra in the wedding scene, crossing in front of the groom. See more »


When Picard and Data are discussing the time it would take to get to the Pelores asteroid belt, Data stated it would take over 5 hours at Warp, 9, but a few minutes later on the bridge, stated that it would take a little over 3 hours at Warp 6.5. Given the logarithmic scale of each level of Warp, the time at 6.5 would have been weeks or months at the very least to reach the asteroid belt. See more »


Capt. Picard: I will not have that woman continuing to use this ship for her convenience simply because her daughter happens to be one of my officers.
Commander William T. Riker: Apparently, Deanna being on board is only part of the reason.
Capt. Picard: The other reason being?
Commander William T. Riker: She thinks the honor of giving away the bride... should fall on you.
Capt. Picard: [comes to a halt, considering this] Permission for an on-board wedding is granted, Number One. Nothing would please me more than to give away Mrs. Troi.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Code of Honor (1987) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Lwaxana, Alexander, Troi, and Worf
4 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another relatively forgettable episode. Lwaxana Troi has once again arrived on the Enterprise to make matters difficult for Picard. She has arranged a marriage with some guy who is royalty on his planet. She immediately inserts herself in the crew's business, particularly when it comes to her daughter. Two things are going on prior to the wedding. Alexander is experiencing anger with his authoritarian father, Worf, who sets down rules and expects them to be followed to the letter. Also, after breaking up an asteroid before it does significant damage to a planet, some of the residue finds its way on ship and begins to combine with structural metals, turning them into a syrupy goop. It turns out that the guy set to marry Lwaxana is a boorish, puffed up, self centered jerk. He has a man with him who is his chief of protocol. He is prissy and full of himself also and doesn't buy into this wedding. Anyway, as Troi tries to council Alexander, her mother keeps butting in (actually, offering much better advice). Troi has all the jargon that we hear from counselors today. Her mother is much more about using what it takes to deal with life. This is more of a lightweight episode although the stuff affecting the ship is quite serious.

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