The Enterprise obliges a planet which acutely faces an original problem: the mythic being Ardra demands they honor a contract concluded 1,000 years ago, under the terms of which that world now becomes entirely her property, with all its people as her slaves and everything in orbit, as payment for her settling their ancestors' apparently hopeless problems then with war and environment decay. Picard is told she is known by many names in various systems, all frightening and almost almighty, but he refuses to believe she's the planet's version of the Devil, and decides to challenge her legal claim. Data finds under the planet's law the only possible way is by choosing an arbitrator - she proposes ever objective Data, who warns Picard he will be impartial, and is accepted...
Did You Know?
Captain Picard says, "A wise man once said, there's a sucker born every minute", to which Data says, "Barnum, P.T.". This is a quote usually attributed to Barnum but in fact, was most likely never uttered by him. There is no reliable source ever documenting his use of this phrase, or even the term "sucker". See more
Picard tells the computer to "freeze program" in the holodeck however the candle flames still flicker. See more
[attempting to seduce Picard
Oh, come now, Picard! You know you find me tantalizing. Give in to your desires.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
You know, there's nothing about you I find tantalizing. On the contrary, I find you obvious and vulgar.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more