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On a diplomatic mission, Worf, Troi and the Captain deal with three aliens who explore foreign concepts with extreme, singular focus.


Cliff Bole


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Jeanne Carrigan-Fauci (teleplay by) (as Jeanne Carrigan Fauci) | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Barbara Williams ... Anna
Eric Pierpoint ... Voval
Paul Eiding ... Ambassador Loquel
Michael Harris ... Ambassador Byleth
Rickey D'Shon Collins Rickey D'Shon Collins ... Eric


The Enterprise is on a diplomatic mission to open relations with the Ilarians. While two of their ambassadors board the ship, Captain Picard embarks by shuttle craft to their home world. Counselor Troi takes charge of Ambassador Loquel, who takes delight in the many pleasures, especially chocolate, which can be found on board the ship. Lt. Worf is assigned to Ambassador Byleth, whose gruff and demanding behavior drives the Klingon to the edge of losing his temper. Picard doesn't quite make it to the Ilarian home world as the malfunctioning shuttle craft is forced to land on a stormy nearby planet. There, Picard finds a crashed freighter and an attractive young woman who has been a castaway for seven years. Nothing is at it seems, however, either on the Enterprise or the planet. Written by garykmcd/edited by statmanjeff

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25 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The working title of the episode was "The Journey". See more »


When Picard is dragged from the crashed shuttle, the camera pans to the shadow of the person dragging him, which clearly shows someone simply walking backwards with empty hands outstretched. The figure casting the shadow isn't dragging Picard. See more »


[Worf has accused Ambassador Byleth of cheating at poker]
Ambassador Byleth: Even if I were cheating, how would a plodding animal like you know it?
Lieutenant Worf: You are an insulting, pompous fool! And if you were not an ambassador, I would disembowel you right here!
Ambassador Byleth: Do not let my title inhibit you, Klingon!
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Worf, chocolate and a lady much like Kathy Bates in "Misery"...
1 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While "Liasons" is a pretty good episode, I should also point out that the problems that the Enterprise crew have with the Ilarians are EASY to figure out...and it makes no sense that it takes everyone so long to figure out what's happening! This is a serious weakness in an otherwise decent plot.

When the Ilarian ambassadors enter the ship, one of the ambassadors requests that Worf escort him around instead of Riker. The other is escorted by Troi and he spends most of the show eating EVERYTHING that is edible. Later, Picard is stranded on a planet and is discovered by a screwy lady who is HIGHLY reminiscent of Kathy Batesin "Misery". What do these three things have in common? See the show.

As I said, the idea in of the Ilarians is novel and interesting. I just wished it had been handled a tad differently--making it all a bit less obvious.

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