The Enterprise hosts diplomatic negotiations while in a stable orbit around the planet Barzan, which is badly dependent on external supplies, for control of the one thing which would render it truly viable: a single stable wormhole, perfect for travel all the way to a distant quadrant. Federation delegate Seth Mendoza is informed by Data that the technologically backward Barzanians' observations are fallible, the wormhole may actually prove instable; Data and Gordi test it themselves, to determine its real value. Counselor Deanna Troi falls madly in love with a mysterious sherpa, Devinoni Ral; after sharing his bed, she realizes he shrewdly uses his empathic abilities to read and play into his opponent's emotions, wrestles with the ethics, and must decide whether to use her own... Written by
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In the scene immediately after Crusher and Troi's exercise, according to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, Goss is referring to the size of his "sex organ" when he is making a revealing gesture to a Starfleet crewwoman in Ten Forward. See more
After several days of intense negotiation for access to an extremely valuable wormhole believed to be stable and ending in the Gamma quadrant, it should come as a shock that the wormhole is in fact quite different from what it was believed to be. However, when Geordi and Data return from their trip through the wormhole and Geordi reveals that they were in the Delta quadrant, the faces of the 4 characters with an interest in the wormhole on screen at that moment show absolutely no change in emotion. See more
The point of negotiating is to take advantage, Deanna. I don't know what the other side is offering, and they don't know what I'm offering. So we dance around each other until someone wins. And I never cry foul when I lose.
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