The Enterprise comes to the rescue of a transport ship after it is attacked while carrying Ambassador Ves Alkar to a mediation between two constantly warring planets. Alkar asks for another freighter to avoid a military appearance but Admiral Simons agrees security requires Picard remains his host. Alkar arrives with his 93-year old mother, a witch whose aggression and warnings not to have close contact with Ves are rather scary, as her hateful thoughts are to Troi, but soon she is found dead in his quarters. Dr. Crusher doubts a natural cause of death, but without danger to the ship, Picard must respect the ambassador's objection against an autopsy on traditional grounds. Troi accepts to partake in a ceremony requiring empathy, after which she turns much more emotional, irritated and seductive, even scratching her lover Riker. Troi is also aging rapidly, so now Picard allows an autopsy, which proves the late Sev Maylor is no genetic relative of Alkar, who admits the joining drains ... Written by
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When Alkar leaves Sickbay for his quarters after seeing Diana's corpse, Picard orders Transporter Room 2 to maintain a lock on the woman in Alkar's quarters in order to quickly beam her out of danger. Later, when Dr. Crusher revives Troi while Alkar is in his quarters performing his meditation, Picard calls Transporter Room 3 to beam the woman out. See more
Lt. Commander Data
[on seeing Troi dressed up with an unusual hairstyle
Counselor Troi has altered her appearance.
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