The Enterprise's mission is aborted to return to a star-base where Admiral Brackett charges them with investigating the disappearance, possibly 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 since years 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 Troy find examining the disappearance of a Federation ship to and from the Ferengi most dangerous...
Did You Know?
had not previously appeared on the show because he had set his asking price for such an appearance at $1 million, which was far beyond the budget of the series. However, since this episode was in some ways a "teaser" for the upcoming Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
(1991) (on which Nimoy was an executive producer, and entitled to a percentage of the profits of that film), Nimoy agreed to appear in this two-part story for standard SAG pay. 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
I gave Spock the benefit of experience. Of logic. He never listened... Never listened...
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more