Sam Lavelle, who is up for promotion after tests he takes with fellow ensigns, fears Riker has it in for him. Sito Jaxa is told by Picard she shouldn't even have been admitted to the course after her cowardly conduct as Starfleet Academy cadet. Worf takes care of the close combat training. While the trainee officers wrestle with their hopes and honor, the Enterprise has to shift focus to a real operation. This involves a covert mission with a Cardassian, for which a cadet is selected after some doubts have been lifted by hidden psychological tests. Written by
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The staff were delighted with the results of this episode. They thought: "How does the Enterprise look to those little junior officers who don't get to go into the observation lounge and who don't know what's going on? It was just a really fresh, original idea, and it turned out to be one of the best episodes of the season." See more
In the junior officer's poker game, the bartender from ten forward, Ben bluffs Ensign Lavelle with a king, jack, ten, and an eight showing. Lavelle has two sevens and two sixes. Regardless of what Ben's fifth card is, Lavelle beats him with two pair. (Ben cannot get a straight flush as both a queen and a nine are missing.) See more
[Riker and Troi are discussing crew evaluations
Commander William T. Riker
Why don't we just give everybody a promotion and call it a night - 'Commander'?
Counselor Deanna Troi
Fine with me, 'Captain'.
References Upstairs, Downstairs
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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