Series:Star Trek: The Next GenerationThe Enterprise-D visits Starbase 179 and take on some replacement crew as part of an Officer Exchange Program. Picard notes that Starfleet thinks it would be a good idea for someone from the Enterprise to participate as well - and mentions that there is a Klingon vessel, the Pagh, in the area that would agree to take on an exchange officer. Inspired, Riker volunteers to participate because "nobody's ever done it before." He has a slightly rocky start, but manages to develop a camaraderie with most of the crew of the Pagh. Most of the crew, anyway - the overly paranoid Captain Kargan is a different story.Meanwhile, the exchange officers on the Enterprise are adjusting. The overly-eager Ensign Mendon, a Benzite, irritates Worf with his constant suggestions for improvement and apparent arrogance, and when he discovers a potentially dangerous bacteria on both the hull of the Enterprise and the Pagh, he waits overly long to inform Picard of the discovery. When questioned, he states that it is a Benzite regulation to wait until they have a full analysis and resolution before reporting the problem. Picard informs him that if there is a potential for danger to the ship, he should inform the bridge immediately and continue his analysis. Upon discovering that the Pagh is even more susceptible to the bacteris, the Enterprise changes course to intercept the Klingon ship to warn them of the potential danger.Unfortunately, Kargan is convinced that the Enterprise deliberately spread the bacteria to them and orders his crew to attack. Riker continues to uphold his oath of loyalty to the Pagh, but before the order to fire can be given he tricks Kargan into taking the emergency transponder that Worf gave him - and Kargan is promptly beamed onto the Enterprise. Worf stuns Kargan before he can attack the bridge crew, and Riker takes command of the Pagh, and orders a bemused Captain Picard to surrender and repair the Klingon ship. Both ships are repaired, and Riker returns command to Kargan, growling at him and allowing Kargan to punch him to retain his dignity. As Lieutenant Klag helps Riker up, he muses that Riker has handled himself well.
Episode: Season 2, Episode 8
Title: A Matter of Honor
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