The Enterprise comes to the rescue of a transportation ship after it is attacked while carrying Federation Ambassador Ves Alkar to a mediation between two constantly waring 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 hag 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 unnaturally fast, so now Picard allows an autopsy, which proves the late Sev Maylor is no genetic relative of Alkar, who admits ... Written by
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[Picard has confronted Alkar about his method to channel his unwanted emotions during negotiations
Ambassador Ves Alkar
Captain, I get no payment. I have no power base, no agenda. I'm willing to risk my life simply to help others.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Do you think that makes you appear courageous? Because you're mistaken. You're a coward, Alkar. You exploit the innocent, because you're unwilling to shoulder the burdens of unpleasant emotions.
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