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 ...
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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.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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