When the Enterprise comes to the rescue of an ambassador and his "mother", Deanna finds herself attracted to him, and seeks to comfort him upon her death.



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Charles Lucia ...
Ambassador Ves Alkar (as Chip Lucia)
Admiral Simons (as George D. Wallace)
Ensign Janeway
Sev Maylor


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 KGF Vissers

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3 October 1992 (USA)  »

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This takes place in 2369. See more »


Flipped shot: in the opening scene, Data's rank pips are shown in the wrong order, (pip pip half pip) they should be half pip, pip, pip. See more »


Ambassador Ves Alkar: I think maybe my biggest asset is patience. I let everyone talk until they're exhausted. And when I start, they're too tired to argue.
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References The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) See more »


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26 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, Ambassador Alkar and his supposed mother are beamed aboard the Enterprise, as the ship is transporting him on some peace mission. However, his mother seems emotionally imbalanced and she soon dies. Oddly, soon Troi stars behaving irrationally--much like the dead mother. And, soon she begins aging very, very rapidly. Could Alkar have something to do with this change and what can be done to stop it?

This is an okay episode and clearly was inspired by Oscar Wilde's "Portrait of Dorian Gray" but with a very different sort of twist. However, it's not different enough to especially consider it a very good episode. Not terrible, mind you, just not among the better shows of season 6.

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