Episode: Season 2, Episode 8
Title: A Matter of Honor
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- Klag: You understand the Klingons better than I thought, Commander.Riker: Thank you, my friend.
This episode provides examples of:
- Alien Lunch: Before his transfer, Riker indulges in Klingon cuisine, which includes serpent worms called gagh. Later on, in the Klingon mess hall, he discovers that Klingons actually eat their gagh while it's still alive. Despite initial hesitation, he eventually takes the plunge.
- Chekhov's Gun: The emergency transponder that Worf gives Riker before he leaves for the Pagh. It isn't shown or mentioned again until the climax when Riker uses it to trick Kargan into beaming off the Pagh.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Although this episode establishes many of the standard concepts for the TNG Klingons, there is one odd moment where a Klingon tells Riker that, to a Klingon, his career is everything and family is less important. This is very much in contrast to concepts of Klingon family-based honour that would soon be introduced.
- Fish out of Water: Riker as the only human on a ship full of Klingons, and to a lesser extent, Mendon trying to adjust to Starfleet protocol.
- Heroic BSOD: Mendon goes into one after screwing up in matters of protocol. Wesley helps him snap out of it in time to solve the bacteria problem.
- Identical Stranger: Peculiar example with Mendon the Benzite, who looks identical to Mordock from "Coming of Age" (and is played by the same actor) and is initially mistaken for him by Wesley. He says that all Benzites from the same "geostructure" look identical.
- Idiot Ball: Kargan is convinced that the bacteria is a deliberate attack by the Enterprise. Even when his own crew points out the holes in his logic, he insists that the Enterprise gave them the bacteria simply by scanning them.
- Klingon Promotion: Discussed early on by Worf and Riker. During the climax, Riker uses a Downplayed variant—he doesn't kill Kargan, but tricks him into getting beamed off the Pagh for a while.
- Meat Moss: Both ships are infested with a fuzzy, rust-colored bacterial colony that doubles in size every quarter-hour and feeds on the metal of their hulls. Getting rid of it serves as the B-plot of the episode.
- Secret Test of Character: Kalgar tries to get Riker to betray Starfleet; when Riker refuses, Kalgar tells him that if he had, Kalgar would have executed him as a traitor on the spot.
- A Threesome Is Hot: When two Klingon women seem to show interest in Riker, and one of the men suggests that they want to see how well Riker can endure them, he responds "One or both?"