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Man of the People 

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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lieutenant Worf
Charles Lucia ...
Ambassador Ves Alkar (as Chip Lucia)
Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Admiral Simons (as George D. Wallace)
Ensign Janeway


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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This takes place in 2369. See more »


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 »


Commander William T. Riker: Hi. It's that time again... The dreaded crew evaluation reports?
Counselor Deanna Troi: [groans] Does it have to be today?
Commander William T. Riker: It's not going to be any easier tomorrow.
Counselor Deanna Troi: [more hoping than convinced] It might.
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References The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The Enterprise Women Have to Be More Careful About Hooking Up With Diplomats
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Troi meets a handsome ambassador accompanied by what appears to be his mother. The mother is aggressive and vitriolic toward Deanna. When she dies, Troi participates in what is termed a funeral ritual, but in the process a sort of id impulse is transferred into her brain. She begins to act like a harlot, enticing men and becoming possessive of the ambassador. She is also beginning to age rapidly. It turns out that this guy has the ability to send his baser instincts to another person so that when he negotiates he is free of those negative things. The fact that the host dies doesn't seem to matter to him. He is manipulative and though good at negotiations, immoral. Picard tries to intervene, but there is a significant summit between to warring factions (isn't there always?) and he sees this as more important. Deanna lies, dying on an operating table, grey hair and wrinkles taking over. Interesting episode.

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