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 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 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 the... Written by
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When Counselor Troi asks the computer to read out her scheduled appointments for the day, one of the appointments the computer mentions is with an Ensign Janeway. This is clearly not a reference to Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager
(1995) as this episode takes place 2-3 years before the start of that series, and presumably Capt. Janeway was already a captain or at the very least a Commander at the time of this episode. Perhaps the Ensign Janeway is a possible relative to the Captain. See more
When Picard talks to Alkar on the planet, the boom can be seen at the top shortly before Alkar tells Picard about his ability to channel his unwanted emotions to others. See more
Commander William T. Riker
I'm closer to Deanna than I've ever been to anyone, but last night, she was someone that I had never seen before.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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