While answering a distress call, Picard finds himself not sure of exactly who he is dealing with, but he's sure he's not dealing with the planet's version of the Devil, as she claims to be.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Marta DuBois ... Ardra
Paul Lambert ... Dr. Howard Clarke
Marcelo Tubert ... Acost Jared
Thad Lamey Thad Lamey ... Devil Monster
Tom Magee Tom Magee ... Klingon Monster


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... Written by KGF Vissers

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2 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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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 »


Ardra: [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.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hide and Q (1987) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Ardra is HOT!
20 November 2014 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

...And not just because she can take on the image of the various Klingon and Terran "Devils".

What is ironic here is that the Klingon home world had not yet been named "Qon'Os" (Pronounced Kronos), Picard has to refer to "Feklar of Klingon"- in the first season, we had heard The Klingon home world referred to as simply "Kling".

Marta DuBois is "Ardra", a "devil" figure for the planet "Ventax II". She literally steals this whole episode.

The enterprise receives an urgent distress call from some scientists on Ventax II, look for another notable performance from character actor Paul Lambert who is in the movies planet of the apes, Spartacus, and all the presidents men. He is the one who implies, when Picard asks, that the danger is coming from Ardra, who is for all intents and purposes, "the devil".

And Marta is a remarkable "Devil", she plays the part with gusto and enthusiasm, as well as some very nice costumes. When she appears in Picard's quarters, she is the epitome of the word "sexy".

And so we have another courtroom drama like we had with "the measure of a man", Picard challenges her claim on Ventax II, which by now includes anything that was in orbit, including the enterprise and everybody in there.

And, it appears that she can enforce her claim, it does not seem like there is anything the enterprise or any member thereof can do to stop her from doing what she wants to do, she can change her form, she can move people around at will, she can cause earthquakes on the planet, and she can even make the enterprise completely vanish. How do you fight somebody with powers like that, is she another member of the Q continuum?

The answer to these questions is hilarious, as Picard ensues a legal fencing match. He initially gets trounced, but Le Forge gives him something to hide "up his sleeve".

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