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Murderous intrigue abounds for the Enterprise when one of the crew aboard a subspace station is believed dead, and suspected to have taken part in it until the Klingons show up with the young lieutenant, to Geordi's taste.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Brannon Braga (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Renée Jones ... Lt. Aquiel Uhnari
Wayne Grace ... Governor Torak
Reg E. Cathey ... Morag
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


Bringing supplies to a Federation subspace communications relay station near the Klingon border, the Enterprise finds it deserted by shuttle, only a dog remains. There is a residue Dr. Crusher guesses to be the remains of Lt. Aquiel Uhnari, the dog's owner, whose personal logs reveal to Geordi her childhood paranoia and theory the local Klingon commander made frequent visits to abuse her, while she also feared her only male colleague. When Picard hints at his influence with the Klingon leader since he arbitrated his succession, the planet governor Torak accepts to help himself - and produces Aquiel, alive - or not, and what about the DNA traces Worf found of one single Klingon? Dr. Crusher continues the DNA identification with spooky results... Written by KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2369. See more »


At time stamp 4:32, the monitor La Forge is showing to Riker displays the text "Encryption Protcol [sic] Activity Log" at the top of the screen, with the (accidental) omission of one of the 'o's in "protocol." See more »


[La Forge has questioned Aquiel about her insubordinate conduct toward Lt. Rocha, who is presumed killed]
Lt. Aquiel Uhnari: Keith Rocha was obnoxious from the minute he reported to duty. He treated me as though I was beneath contempt. I felt like I had to battle him, to hold my own. But I didn't want to see him dead.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Starship Creator (1998) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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Looking for Mother in the House on the Hill
17 August 2020 | by MeerenSee all my reviews

The dream Acquil refers to several times in her log, is it a reference to Hitchcocks "Psycho"? With the mother in the house on the hill. Or is it related to "The Thing"? Or the book that is also mentioned in the series. My vote go for Bates and his mother, but I could be wrong. I enjoyed the episode.

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30 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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