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Stardate: 42506.5 Riker agrees to be the first Starfleet officer to serve on a Klingon war ship as part of an officer exchange program. As part of this program a Benzite is assigned to the Enterprise. Both must learn to adapt to another culture’s ways, when a space borne bacteria is found feeding on both the Enterprise and the Klingon Warbird.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x8
Production Number: 134
Airdate: Monday February 06th, 1989

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Feb 06, 1989
UK (BBC TWO) May 22, 1991
FR (BBC TWO) May 22, 1991

  • Currently 8.4/10
8.4/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Chris Latta
As Captain Kargan
John Putch
As Ensign Mendon

Co-Guest Stars
Colm Meaney
As Miles O'Brien
Laura Drake
As Vekma
Peter Parros
As Tactics Officer
Main Cast
Patrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
Michael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Brent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton
As Acting Ensign/Ensign Wesley Crusher
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 42506.5. We have departed from Starbase 179 and are headed for a rendezvous with the Klingon vessel Pagh. I have informed the staff of Commander Riker's temporary assignment.
*First Officer's Log. I have been aboard the Pagh a short time but long enough to be impressed with the abilities and single-mindedness of the Klingons.
*Captain's Log, Stardate 42507.8. Although our search has been extensive, we are still unable to locate the Klingon ship or any evidence of its destruction.

Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) and LeVar Burton (Geordi LaForge) do not appear in this episode.

Despite the fact that he had appeared in the series regularly since "Encounter at Farpoint," Miles O'Brien's name is first revealed in this episode.

Klag: Yes! If... Klingon food is too strong for you, perhaps we could get one of the females to breast feed you...

Indicating that Klingons share this quality with Terran mammals.

Episode Quotes
(Despite having been shown chowing down on a wide variety of Klingon foods, he is now eating the same foods in the Klingon mess, as prepared by and eaten by Klingons)
Riker: Delicious!
Klag: Good! Then you will also enjoy this. (sets something in front of Riker)
Riker: Isn't that qagh?
Klag: Very good! You did some research on our nutritional choices.
Riker: Yes. (Looking down at it. It's still alive and moving). It's still moving.
Klag: qagh is always best when served live.
(Riker looks around, others are smiling at his obvious discomfort)
Klag: Would you like something easier?
Riker: Easier?
Klag: Yes! If... Klingon food is too strong for you, perhaps we could get one of the females to breast feed you... (laughter all around, Riker takes it good naturedly)

(A female Klingon warrior holds his chin, tipping Riker's head back for a better look)
Vekma: He is not very attractive, but I will have him!
Klag: They are inquisitive!
Tactics Officer: They would like to know how you would endure.
Riker: Endure what?
Klag: Them! (nods at females)
(Riker notices another Klingon female warrior eying him, turns back and looks Klag in the eye)
Riker: One or both?
(good natured laughter all around as they realize he's not being intimidated by their ribbing)

Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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