Series: The Next Generation
Air Date: November 5, 1990
Written by: Thomas Perry, Jo Perry, Ronald D Moore and Brannon Braga and Drew Deighan 12 Lords A-Leaping
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes (RIKER!)
Ambassador K'Ehleyr comes back with a little surprise for Worf and a little surprise for Picard. Picard has to mediate the selection of a new Klingon Chancellor... and Worf has the difficult one.
So the Enterprise is on a routine mission. Just checkin' out some space stuff... when along comes a Klingon ship. And upon that ship... Ambassador K'Ehleyr! You'll recognize her from the first season when she had a "thing" with Worf. But Worf wanted to get married, so she ran away. Well, now she's back and she says she has a task for Picard. Picard tells Worf to go and greet her in the transporter room, but he's reluctant. Ever since his discommendation he doesn't want to be seen by Klingons because of his dishonor. But Picard reminds him he has Starfleet responsibilities, so he swallows his pride and goes as though nothing could shake him! With Worf watching, K'Ehleyr beams aboard along with someone else... their son.
So Worf and K'Ehleyr take Alexander, their son, to Enterprise school where he can "interact" with human children. Worf has no idea what to do about him. K'Ehleyr has to practically drag the question "is he mine" out of him. He still doesn't say it, but the answer is clear. Worf is a father. Meanwhile, K'Ehleyr explains to Picard that the Klingon Empire is nearing civil war and Chancellor K'mpec is nearing death. When Picard goes to the Klingon ship to meet with K'mpec, he finds that someone has been poisoning the chancellor. The chancellor finally dies, but not before giving Picard the task if figuring out which of the two people vying for control of the Empire was doing the poisoning.
|Anyone else voting for this guy?|
An explosion rocks the Klingon ship, and, afterward, everyone is checked by Dr. Crusher. Apparently, the bomb was planted inside one of Duras's aid's arm. But what's even more interesting is that the bomb, according to Geordi, had all the indications of being Romulan in origin. Meanwhile, K'Ehleyr and Worf have words about whether or not to get married because of Alexander. Worf is in a bind because he loves K'Ehleyr, but he doesn't want to bring his dishonor to her or Alexander by marriage. Frustrated with Worf's secrecy about the circumstances behind his discommendation, K'Ehleyr begins digging for information.
But now, when Duras discovers that K'Ehleyr is doing some digging into the discommendation incident, he starts to shake. It's his turn to visit K'Ehleyr, and he is not going to be so benevolent. When he confronts K'Ehleyr, she reveals that she knows exactly what happened. His father betrayed the Klingon Empire and she was going to tell everyone all about it. Except she's not. Because Duras kills her. Worf later comes by with Alexander and finds her dying in her quarters. With her last breath, she confirms that it was Duras who killed her. Worf morns. He tells Alexander to look upon death. And then he goes for vengeance.
|Today is a good day to die.|
This is a pretty amazing story. Not only is it a huge leap forward for Worf's character, but it's the beginning of a Klingon storyline that won't be resolved until Deep Space Nine. It's kind of regrettable that we had to lose K'Ehleyr to get there. She was an amazing character. But at least she was avenged. And now we have Alexander to keep up with. Fun!