After an accident that leaves him no longer able to walk, Worf asks Riker to help him commit suicide.



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After one of the containers Geordi and he where checking in cargo-bay crushes seven of Worf's vertebrates, Dr. Crusher and neuro-specialists see no therapy to get him any leg-use again, Klingon medicine having a bias against neuro-research. Worf quickly asks Riker, as his best friend aboard, to assist him in 'hekba', the Klingon suicide for a permanently disabled warrior, to save his and the family's dignity. Crusher's visiting scientific friend Toby Russell proudly shows her an invention in development, the genotronic replicator, which she believes can scan and reproduce the damaged neuro-system even in Worf's case, but he would be the first humanoid test-patient so Crusher is against. Pride makes Worf decline either seeing his son Alexander or trying implants which can restore 60% of his motor-functions. The Enterprise goes assist the USS Denver, with many patients in need of medical help after a Cardassian attack, but after Crusher sees Russell used an experimental drug on one of ... Written by KGF Vissers

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29 February 1992 (USA)  »

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Unlike DS9: "Sons of Mogh", it was not clarified if this form of ritual Klingon assisted suicide would allow a Klingon soul to enter Sto-vo-kor. See more »


In Sickbay after the accident, Dr. Crusher tells Worf that the falling barrel shattered seven of his vertebrae and crushed his spinal cord. However, during the operation, when Worf's spine is removed and placed into the genitronic replicator, it looks remarkably intact and shows no damaged vertebrae. See more »


[first lines]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: No question about it. She was bluffing, Worf.
Lieutenant Worf: Bluffing is not one of Counselor Troi's strong suits -... - No, it would've been unwise to call. Yes, my hand was not strong enough.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: You had jacks and eights, and she bluffed you with a pair of sixes.
Lieutenant Worf: How did *you* know what I had?
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Let's just say I had a special insight into the cards.
[points at his VISOR]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Maybe next time you should bring a deck that's not transparent to infrared light.
[Worf looks at him suspiciously]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: [jovially] Not to ...
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Parallels (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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People Should Have the Ultimate Say in Their Lives
2 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sometimes Beverly Crusher drives me crazy. I am a firm believer in allowing people who are of sound mind to make decisions concerning their lives. There should have been no question what should be done. It is Worf's life. It's Worf's decision. That doesn't mean you can't make an effort to convince them otherwise, but in the end, it's his life. There is a possible cure for his condition and he is willing to take the risk. Beverly Crusher is the one playing God, not the other doctor. She is the one providing hope, not Crusher. There was that episode where David Ogden Stiers comes from a society where a person must end their life when they reach 60. It was understood that this was an acceptable part of the life of the culture. Worf is Klingon and this is part of the Klingon being. The thought of someone allowing me to die because of "their" personal beliefs is abhorrent. I'm with Jean-Luc here who makes a real case for Worf and his needs Riker is also a bit prissy and sickening.

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