Saturday, April 27, 2019


TNG Season 4 Episode 7
Air Date: November 5th, 1990

Ambassador K'Ehleyr beams to the Enterprise from a Klingon ship. She tells Picard that there is turmoil in the Empire and that the Chancellor needs to see him. Picard beams to the Klingon ship and discovers that the Chancellor is dying and that two leaders of two noble Klingon houses will show up to challenge each other for the position of Chancellor. Captain Picard is to be the one to decide if they are worthy to make the challenge. He wants Captain Picard to do it because he believes he was poisoned and doesn't trust any Klingon with this responsibility.

Meanwhile when K'Ehleyr arrives, she transports to the Enterprise with a child Alexander, Worf's child. Worf refuses to accept the child as his since doing so would mean he would bear Worf's dishonour.

The two Klingons that show up are Duras, the one who caused Worf to accept family dishonour and Gowron. Worf immediately suspects Duras as his father was a Romulan collaborator, but Captain Picard needs proof. During a ceremony to verify the Chancellor is dead, an explosion occurs killing some Klingons and minor injuries to others.

Lt. Cmdr. Data and Lt. Cmdr. Geordi discover that the bomb was of Romulan design and worn by one of Duras' guards. K'Ehleyr does some digging and realizes that it was Duras' father that betrayed the Klingon empire to the Romulans at Khitomer and when she confronts him about it, he kills her. When Worf finds K'Ehleyr close to death, she tells him that it was Duras and makes Worf promise to look after Alexander. Worf then finds Duras and kills him. This means Gowron wins by default and becomes the next Chancellor of the Klingon empire. This was the first episode that we see a bat'leth, a Klingon sword that is held in the middle.


"Lieutenant, you are a member of this crew, and you will not go into hiding whenever a Klingon vessel uncloaks!" - Captain Picard

"I'm the only one Worf, the only one who can prove your innocence. Kill me and you're a traitor forever." - Duras
"Then that is how it shall be!" - Lt. Worf

"Sir, I have acted within the boundaries of Klingon law and tradition." - Lt. Worf
"The High Council would seem to agree; they consider the matter closed. I don't. Mister Worf, the Enterprise crew currently includes representatives from thirteen planets. They each have their individual beliefs and values, and I respect them all, but they have all chosen to serve Starfleet. If anyone cannot perform his or her duty because of the demands of their society, they should resign. Do you wish to resign?" - Captain Picard
"No, sir." - Lt. Worf

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