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As undetectable parasites devour the ship, Deanna's mother arrives, taking young Alexander under her wing en route to meeting a man she's blindly agreed to marry.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Peter Allan Fields




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Majel Barrett ... Lwaxana Troi / Enterprise Computer Voice
Brian Bonsall ... Alexander Rozhenko
Tony Jay ... Third Minister Campio
Carel Struycken ... Mr. Homn
David Oliver ... Young Man
Albie Selznick ... Juggler
Patrick Cronin ... Protocol Master Erko
Tracey D'Arcy ... Young Woman


As undetectable parasites devour the ship, Deanna's mother arrives, taking young Alexander under her wing en route to meeting a man she's blindly agreed to marry.

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Albie Selznick (Juggler) later appeared as the Tak Tak consul in Star Trek: Voyager: Macrocosm (1996), as Tash in Star Trek: Voyager: The Voyager Conspiracy (1999), and worked as choreographer for the Ventu in Star Trek: Voyager: Natural Law (2001). See more »


In the mud bath, the mud covers the back of Lwaxana's right hand in some shots but the hand is clean in others. See more »


Poet: Every moment requires a purpose.
Lwaxana Troi: [whispers to Alexander] No, it doesn't.
Poet: Every purpose requires a plan.
Juggler: He does this every day, usually while everyone's food is getting cold.
Juggler: It's rather boring.
Poet: The higher, the fewer
Lwaxana Troi: Well, that's a conversation stopper if I ever heard one.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Code of Honor (1987) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Completely inconsequential...but fun.
25 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Inconsequential is a word best used for most of the episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" that involve Counselor Troi's mother, Lwaxana. They are generally fun but really have little depth or provide much in the way of advancing the overall Star Trek story. This isn't necessarily a complaint, though, as these shows are also rather fun...as there really is no one like Lwaxana!

The show begins with Worf and Alexander working out their troubled relationship with the help of Counselor Troi. Worf is bossy and cold and Alexander isn't very obedient. However, their progress in counseling is lost when Lwaxana shows up--and she practically kidnaps the boy--taking him off on her holodeck adventures. At the same time, Lwaxana is SUPPOSED to be preparing for a wedding to a very dull man--one who is nothing like the free-spirited Lwaxana. Are Lwaxana's and Alexander's stories really THAT different?

This one is played just for laughs. It's got a few and I did enjoy the final scene with Worf, Deanna, Lwaxana and Alexander. But it's also one that is easy to skip or forget.

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