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The Price 

While the Enterprise hosts negotiations for control of a stable wormhole, Troi forms a personal relationship with an opposing negotiator, unaware of his true being.


Robert Scheerer

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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
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Matt McCoy ... Devinoni Ral
Elizabeth Hoffman ... Premier Bhavani
Castulo Guerra ... Seth Mendoza
Scott Thomson ... Daimon Goss
Dan Shor ... Dr. Arridor
Kevin Peter Hall ... Leyor
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien (voice)


The Enterprise hosts diplomatic negotiations while in a stable orbit around the planet Barzan, which is badly dependent on external supplies, for control of the one thing which would render it truly viable: a single stable wormhole, perfect for travel all the way to a distant quadrant. Federation delegate Seth Mendoza is informed by Data that the technologically backward Barzanians' observations are fallible, the wormhole may actually prove instable; Data and Gordi test it themselves, to determine its real value. Counselor Deanna Troi falls madly in love with a mysterious sherpa, Devinoni Ral; after sharing his bed, she realizes he shrewdly uses his empathic abilities to read and play into his opponent's emotions, wrestles with the ethics, and must decide whether to use her own... Written by KGF Vissers

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11 November 1989 (USA) See more »

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This is the first time the audience sees Deanna's love of chocolate. See more »


After several days of intense negotiation for access to an extremely valuable wormhole believed to be stable and ending in the Gamma quadrant, it should come as a shock that the wormhole is in fact quite different from what it was believed to be. However, when Geordi and Data return from their trip through the wormhole and Geordi reveals that they were in the Delta quadrant, the faces of the 4 characters with an interest in the wormhole on screen at that moment show absolutely no change in emotion. See more »


[the crew and Mendoza are assessing their rivals at the negotiations]
Commander William T. Riker: I think that Devinoni is the one that we need to watch out for.
Seth Mendoza: An accurate observation. How did you recognize that?
Commander William T. Riker: Well, he was the most comfortable one in the group.
Seth Mendoza: You must play poker, Commander.
Commander William T. Riker: [feigning ignorance] Poker - is that a game of some sort?
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: False Profits (1996) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Cool Episode, mostly because of the Wormhole
9 November 2018 | by Gman4MFSee all my reviews

Love the Wormhole thing. However on entrance of Devinoni Ral i had to fight the immediate impulse to puke. Not in the least in how he looks. As the episode evolves it becomes clear that the character's immoral way of negotiating only adds to this premenition...

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