The Enterprise's mission is aborted to return to a starbase where Admiral Brackett charges them with investigating the disappearance and possible defection to the ever-scheming Romulans of dying Federation ambassador Sarek's son Spock, who didn't say goodbye to his parents but took all his personal belongings after a public row with Sarek over the Cardassian war. A visit from Picard makes them realize the key must be Romulan senator Pardek, with whom Spock maintains years-long personal contacts, against Sarek's will. Meanwhile Klingon leader Gowron is writing the Federation's help in the civil war out of official history, so Picard resorts to suggestions to get him to provide a cloaked ship, reluctantly piloted by Captain K'Vada, for this mission, with Data, both prepared to impersonate Romulans on Romulus. Meanwhile Commander William T. Riker and Troi find examining the disappearance of a Federation ship to and from the Ferengi most dangerous.
Did You Know?
Since this episode was broadcast in November 1991, the month before the release of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
(1991), it could be considered promotion for the motion picture. Spock's dialogue mentioning the movie's overtures of peace with the Klingons and incident at Camp Khitomer, but not the outcomes of either, would support this. See more
When Picard meets Perrin on the Enterprise, he gives her a cup of mint tea that is filled up to a marked line on the mug. She paces away, then turns, and her tea is down a full inch without her drinking any. It is possible, however, that she drinks the tea when the camera is not on her and while Picard is speaking. See more
Sarek... You will listen!
Go from me!
Picard is here.
No more chaos! No more.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more