Dr. Crusher falls for someone who's not at all what she expects him to be.

Director:

Marvin V. Rush

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Michel Horvat | 4 more credits »
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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
Barbara Tarbuck ... Governor Leka Trion
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini Nicole Orth-Pallavicini ... Kareel Odan
William Newman ... Kalin Trose
Patti Yasutake ... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Franc Luz ... Odan
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Doctor Beverly Crusher is secretly in romantic love since weeks with Federation ambassador Odan, who is on his way to the Alpha moon which is rebelling against the planet they were colonized from and cause potentially fatal environmental damage to its Beta moon. Crusher ignores her humanoid lover's body has an alien symbiont in his entrails, but Counselor Deanna Troi empathetically senses emotional swings which set her on the trail. Then an unrequested escort vessel from the Beta moon approaches and attacks the Enterprise shuttle which Commander Will Riker was piloting to bring the ambassador to his destination. When Riker brings Odan back to the Enterprise badly wounded, Crusher's diagnose reveals the 'parasite' and she learns his true identity. Odan urgently needs another humanoid host to perform his peace mission, for which task Riker is chosen... Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode shows the Enterprise-D barbershop also has a salon area. See more »

Goofs

Odan refuses to be transported in this episode, and Dr. Crusher affirms the notion that using a transporter would damage the Trill symbiont. In DS9 Jadzia, Ezri, and other Trill/symbionts use the transporter freely. See more »

Quotes

Governor Leka Trion: Listening is a skill which seems to have evaporated with the heat of argument.
Riker Odan: Speak softly, Governor. Those who cannot hear an angry shout may strain to hear a whisper.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Dr. Crusher considers polygamy.
20 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When Star Trek fans see this episode today, the mystery isn't so mysterious. After all, one of the cast of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" was supposed to be of the Trill--so the notion of having a body as a host and a sentient separate being inside isn't surprising. Back when "The Host" debuted, however, this was all new and probably surprised more than a few of the fans. That's because Dr. Crusher has fallen in love with Ambassador Odan and doesn't realize that as a Trill he also has one of these beings living inside. Now this isn't a case of "Invasion of the Body Snatcher"--the relationship is voluntary and both sides benefit from this relationship. However, Dr. Crusher isn't prepared for this and only learns about this bonding when Odan is injured and his host body dies! In a pinch, to keep him alive, the thing known as 'Odan' temporarily is hosted by Riker--an awkward situation for the Doctor, to say the least! How does all this play out---well, see the show to find out for yourself.

This was a great introduction to the Trill and made for a very interesting episode. It also offers some interesting bisexual subtext--something which might surprise some viewers. Well done overall.


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