Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 5, Episode 21

The Perfect Mate (25 Apr. 1992)

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On a diplomatic mission to bring Ambassador Briam and his Kryotion planet's gift to a reconciliation ceremony with its rival, even warring planet, ruled by rivaling brothers' dynasties, the... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Max Grodénchik ...
Par Lenor (as Max Grodenchick)
Chancellor Alrik
David Paul Needles ...
Miner #1
Miner #2
Charles Gunning ...
Miner #3


On a diplomatic mission to bring Ambassador Briam and his Kryotion planet's gift to a reconciliation ceremony with its rival, even warring planet, ruled by rivaling brothers' dynasties, the Enterprise beams suspiciously cheerful Ferengi traders Par Lenor and Qol aboard just before a containment field collapse makes their ship explode. One of them brings the gift 'accidentally' out of cryostasis, to the crew's horror a live 'gift', 'metamore' (empath) Kamala, whose destiny is to vow her entire existence to a mate's happiness, but alas bestows her enchanting love not on the other ruler but on crewmen, first startled Riker, then Picard who earlier feared Kamala may be held in 'slavery' as Crusher feels, she denies that but claims she must start bonding, within hours, now with Picard as 'substitute', to be ready by the arrival of arranged mate Chancellor Alrik, who proves far more interested in prosaic concerns such as trade concessions, his civilization being coldly cerebral... Written by KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2368. See more »


Kamala: I am for you, Alrik of Valt.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Prologue (1993) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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While this is a rather simple plot, it is a great opportunity to explore Picard's character.
25 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise is transporting a diplomat and his 'cargo' to a meeting which is intended to restore amicable relations between two warring planets. However, this cargo comes in a package which is damaged by some nosy and especially annoying Ferengi who are aboard. Inside the package is a woman! She is a genetic anomaly--a women who is perfectly suited to please a man. She is empathic and lives to please her mate and the plan is to give this woman to their former enemy to seal their agreement. But there is a HUGE problem-- the woman is like walking sex! She emits very powerful pheromones and men respond to her like dogs to a pork chop!! So, she eventually needs to be confined to her quarters because her suspended animation container was destroyed. And, the Captain and this incredible woman become very friendly.

This episode gives Patrick Stewart a great opportunity to flesh out his character and seeing the stolid captain struggling so hard to be in control is wonderful--as well as the times he lets down his guard. A very unusual and worthwhile episode.

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