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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




Episode complete credited cast:
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
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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In the scene immediately after Crusher and Troi's exercise, according to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, Goss is referring to the size of his "sex organ" when he is making a revealing gesture to a Starfleet crewwoman in Ten Forward. See more »


Troi orders champagne from the replicator in her quarters. Two glasses appear. The computer did not ask her to specify any details - type of champagne, region grown, vintage etc. It is doubtful that it can only supply one generic version of champagne. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: I haven't been able to stop thinking about you all day.
[they kiss]
Devinoni Ral: You must have had a nice day.
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One of my favorite episodes
7 February 2016 | by skiopSee all my reviews

I'm shocked about the negative comments this one gets. It's one of my favorites.

Here, there are negotiations over the ownership of the first stable wormhole known to exist, and Troi begins a tumultuous relationship with a handsome opposing negotiator. This allows some development of Troi's character and also shows how her relationship with Riker has evolved since the first season.

In ways, this episode foreshadows Deep Space Nine. Not only is there a stable wormhole, but the Ferengi here are more comical than evil (granted, they are still evil, not at all purely comical as in DS9). There are other comical parts here too, like Troi's argument with the ship's computer in the opening scene.

The worst thing: The ridiculous workout outfits that Troi and Dr. Crusher wear.

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