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The Perfect Mate 

Ferengi machinations unleash a diplomatic gift aboard the Enterprise - the rare, empathic perfect mate, ready to bond with any male around her.

Director:

Cliff Bole

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Reuben Leder (teleplay by) (as Gary Perconte) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 (credit only)
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Famke Janssen ... Kamala
Tim O'Connor ... Ambassador Briam
Max Grodénchik ... Par Lenor (as Max Grodenchick)
Mickey Cottrell ... Chancellor Alrik
Michael Snyder Michael Snyder ... Qol
David Paul Needles David Paul Needles ... Miner #1
Roger Rignack ... Miner #2
Charles Gunning Charles Gunning ... Miner #3
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Storyline

The Enterprise is unwittingly used to present a unique gift to an alien race: a beautiful empath whose sole purpose is to please her mate. Problems arise when, coming out of stasis early in the voyage, she imprints herself in many ways on a particular Enterprise crewman. Written by Moviedude1

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Trivia

Unironically, the name "Kamala" is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning 'lotus' that is often used as a praise-name for deities having attributes of beauty, purity, and cleanliness. See more »

Goofs

When Picard meets the ambassador from Valt, the star field in the window slowly moves in shots focusing on the captain but does not in shots focusing on the ambassador. See more »

Quotes

Commander William T. Riker: Mr. Worf, escort our Ferengi guests to quarters - not too close to mine.
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Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Precious Cargo (2002) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Humanizing the trophy companion
15 May 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

She really is the perfect mate, able to sense a man's feelings and mold herself uniquely to him. But she's also been bred for the sole function as a gift in a treaty ceremony. Naturally, questions of bondage crop up, not to mention attracting every man she comes in contact with . To makes this work, you need an actress of magnetic attraction (the alluring Famke Janssen, check)

. . . as well as that Starfleet office who's duty-bound to resist her appeal. This is a Picard episode if ever there was one, and it's a great character study that focuses on the man and not the Prime Directive-citing Captain we're used to. Their scenes together are amusing and warm, heartfelt and melancholic. The guy's restraint is a testament to his oath of diplomacy.

8/10


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Release Date:

25 April 1992 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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