Season: 4

Original Airdate: 6/15/1991

Writer(s): Ronald D. Moore
Director(s): Cliff Bole

Guest Stars
Robert O’Reilly as Gowron
Tony Todd as Kurn
Gwynyth Walsh as B’Etor
Barbara March as Lursa
Ben Slack as K’Tal
Nicholas Kepros as Movar
J.D. Cullum as Toral
Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan
Tom Ormew as Klingon First Officer
Clifton Jones as Helmsman
Denise Crosby as Sela

Stardate: 44995.3

Synopsis: Continuing the events portrayed in REUNION, the Enterprise makes its way to the Klingon homeworld to see Gowron installed as the new emperor. Picard, as the chosen arbiter of succession must continue to fulfill his duty to see that Gowron becomes the emperor and that ties with the Federation continue. Meanwhile, Worf speaks to Gowron requesting that Worf’s family honor be restored since it was Duras’ family who betrayed the Kitomer outpost to the Klingons. Gowron refuses because of the influence that Duras’ family still has with the council. Picard beams down to the planet to perform his final act as arbiter. However, before he can properly install Gowron as the new emperor, Duras’ sisters Lursa and B’Etor produce Toral, a bastard child of Gowron, who claims the right to succession. The ceremony is halted until Picard may decide if the child has a legitimate claim. Worf, seeing the growing problems within the Klingon empire and the possibility of a civil war if Gowron becomes emperor, talks with his brother Kurn who is allied against Gowron. Worf convinces Kurn to lend his support to Gowron’s forces so that the support may be used as a bargaining edge to regain the family honor. Picard decides that Toral is not eligible to become emperor and bestows that title on Gowron. This causes the council to split with some following Gowron and some following Toral who is not only backed by the council and those loyal to the family of Duras but by Romulans led by a mysterious commander. The Klingon empire is now at war. Worf, his family honor restored, resigns his commission as a Starfleet Officer to aide Gowron and learn what it means to be a Klingon. Meanwhile, the Romulans and the family of Duras make plans that will drag the Federation into the war and to lure Picard to his death. This cliffhanger episode is the finale of the fourth season and will be concluded in the first episode of the new season. The actor portraying the mysterious Romulan commander is never given any credit in this episode or in THE MIND’S EYE where she first appeared however, it is clearly Denise Crosby. Hopefully, in the conclusion next season, we will discover the true identity of the commander, what her motives are and what caused her hatred for Picard.

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