The officers' ploy has succeeded: Riker won intergalactic piracy captain Baran's confidence while sparing the Enterprise. Picard works out the stolen archaeological artifacts are not Romulan but pre-logical Vulcan. This is confirmed by the only pirate who guessed their game, an undercover agent who must prevent them being used as a terrible weapon. Meanwhile Data is in temporary command, dealing with Worf's initial lack of respect and Klingon Koral's ship, until the pirates beam aboard with a whole series of mainly hidden agendas and deceptions Data's crew also plays into.
Did You Know?
This is one of only two series episodes where Captain Picard is never seen in his Starfleet uniform. See more
At the end, when Picard is summing things up for Riker and Data they walk along the same stretch of corridor twice. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Will, you always seem to be after my job.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more