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Man Of The People 

When the Enterprise comes to the rescue of an ambassador and his "mother", Deanna finds herself attracted to him, and seeks to comfort him upon her death.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Frank Abatemarco | 2 more credits »




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
Charles Lucia ... Ambassador Ves Alkar (as Chip Lucia)
Patti Yasutake ... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
George Wallace ... Adm. Simons (as George D. Wallace)
Lucy Boryer ... Ensign Janeway
Susan French ... Sev Maylor
Rick Scarry ... Jarth
Stephanie Erb ... Liva
J.P. Hubbell ... Ensign


The Enterprise comes to the rescue of a transport ship after it is attacked while carrying Ambassador Ves Alkar to a mediation between two constantly warring planetary factions. Alkar asks for another freighter to avoid a military appearance but Admiral Simons agrees security requires that Picard remain his host. Alkar arrives with his 93-year old mother, a witch whose aggression and warnings not to have close contact with Ves are rather scary, as her hateful thoughts are to Troi, but soon she is found dead in his quarters. Dr. Crusher doubts a natural cause of death, but without danger to the ship, Picard must respect the ambassador's objection against an autopsy on traditional grounds. Troi agrees to take part in a ceremony requiring empathy, after which she turns much more emotional, irritated and seductive, even scratching her lover Riker. Troi is also aging rapidly, so now Picard allows an autopsy, which proves the late Sev Maylor is no genetic relative of Alkar, who admits the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Vice Admiral Simons is wearing the season 3 to 5 flag officer uniform again, when in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Realm Of Fear (1992) the new flag officer uniform (post Season 6) was introduced and worn by Vice Admiral Hayes. See more »


When Commander Riker and Counselor Troi exit 10 Forward and get in front of a turbolift, the left door emblem, which designates the deck they're on, shows 08. 10 Forward, by its name, is on deck 10, not 08. See more »


Ambassador Ves Alkar: I think maybe my biggest asset is patience. I let everyone talk until they're exhausted. And when I start, they're too tired to argue.
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References The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The Enterprise Women Have to Be More Careful About Hooking Up With Diplomats
7 September 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Troi meets a handsome ambassador accompanied by what appears to be his mother. The mother is aggressive and vitriolic toward Deanna. When she dies, Troi participates in what is termed a funeral ritual, but in the process a sort of id impulse is transferred into her brain. She begins to act like a harlot, enticing men and becoming possessive of the ambassador. She is also beginning to age rapidly. It turns out that this guy has the ability to send his baser instincts to another person so that when he negotiates he is free of those negative things. The fact that the host dies doesn't seem to matter to him. He is manipulative and though good at negotiations, immoral. Picard tries to intervene, but there is a significant summit between to warring factions (isn't there always?) and he sees this as more important. Deanna lies, dying on an operating table, grey hair and wrinkles taking over. Interesting episode.

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