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The Price 

While the Enterprise hosts negotiations for control of a stable wormhole, Troi forms a personal relationship with an opposing negotiator, unaware of his true being.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Wesley Crusher
Dr. Arridor
Chief Miles O'Brien (voice)


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 KGF Vissers

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11 November 1989 (USA)  »

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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 »


Devinoni Ral: 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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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: False Profits (1996) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A slow story that seem to go on forever.
21 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode is a gift to Marina Sirtis (Dianna Tori) to try and develop her, so-far, one dimensional character. But instead of giving Tori a pathway to create a more interesting and involved character, they give her a plot where she looks like more like a 'women-of-the-night' than a respectable member of the Enterprise crew.

It begins when the Enterprise is in orbit around the planet Barzan that has a stable wormhole nearby. They are in negotiations along with the Chrysallis and the Ferengi over rights to the wormhole. But little does anyone know, the Chrysallis negotiator Devinoni Ral, a nice outward looking fellow, is part Betazoid and can read a person's feeling while negotiating. He is also rather nasty person that will do, say or use anything just so his side gets the best over another in any situation. And for some reason Counselor Troi hops in bed with the slick agent and actually abets him by not revealing the truth about the good-looking negotiator.

An uninteresting episode that seemed way slow in developing. The part of the story that concerned the wormhole was a good story but when it was paired with the Troi/Devinoni relationship, it got old fast. The best part of the episode was between Geordi and a Ferengi shuttle-craft operator concerning the wormhole becoming unstable. But other than that short moment, there is little to entertain in this slow and uninteresting offering.

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