Captain Picard overrides Lieutenant Worf's reluctance to welcome Klingon ambassador K'Ehleyr aboard, arguing his discommendation in the business of his father's inherited murder conviction makes him honorless under Klingon tradition; to Worf's surprise, she also brings Alexander, their young son she never told him about, and now wants him back by a traditional oath, only he refuses thus to make them outcasts as well. But the most important guest is a surprise: The leader of the Klingon High Council, K'mpec, who was for years the only one capable to prevent a civil war, is dying and now demands Picard to find out which of the candidates for his succession about to arrive, Gowron and Duras, is unfit on account of foul, dishonoring stealth murder. After a Romulan miniature bomb explodes at the ritual asserting K'mpec's death which kills no major player, Picard buys time by choosing an ancient, elaborate ritual presenting the contenders. Written by
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This episode takes place in 2367. See more
Patrick Massett accidentally flubs the Klingon word Ha'DIbaH (animal). He transposes two syllables and says "ha'bidah" instead. (Michael Dorn made the same error in "Sins of the Father".) See more
The Klingon Empire is at a critical juncture. We may be facing civil war.
Commander William T. Riker
War over what?
The usual excuses: tradition, duty, honor...
Lt. Commander Data
The word "excuses" implies alternative reasons for a conflict.
I won't bore you with the intricacies of Klingon politics. Suffice it to say, two factions are trying to seize power.
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