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Picard and Dr. Crusher are kidnapped while beaming down to a divided world, one faction of which is trying to join the Federation. As they attempt to escape from their captors, they discover that they've been telepathically linked.

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  • Aliens Are Bastards: The Prytt take this to an absurd degree. They abduct Picard and Beverly, accuse them of trying to form a military alliance with the Kes, their government leader refuses to talk to the Enterprise without security authorization, then their security leader hails the Enterprise just to tell them to stop trying to talk to them and they'll attack them if they keep trying.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The Prytt not only abducted two prominent Starfleet officers, but also refuse to be of any help when Riker demands answers. In the end, Riker gets under the skin of Lorin (a security official) by saying failure to be of any help would put her xenophobic people under a very large and uncomfortable microscope.
  • Chained Heat: An Applied Phlebotinum telepathic chain, to boot. Also the theme of the episode.
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  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In order to get the Prytt to play ball, Riker threatens to have even more starships show up scanning every meter of the planet, calling every official at every level, and generally being as obtrusive and obnoxious as possible to drive the xenophobic Prytt insane.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: It takes Mauric all of a few minutes to decide that Picard and Crusher failing to make a rendezvous is a sign that the crew of the Enterprise are scheming with the Prytt.
  • Continuity Nod: Beverly previously displayed a fear of heights in Chain of Command.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Picard observes that Beverly always has a sarcastic remark at the ready and often has to bite her tongue.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The Prytt clearly didn't think out the ramifications of abducting two Starfleet officers, let alone the captain of their flagship. Riker even points this out when chastising Lorin. He says Starfleet will be out in force looking for Picard and Beverly—doing things in a peaceful manner, of course, but using tactics that will drive the Prytt crazy.
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  • Electronic Telepathy: The devices attached to Picard and Crusher allow them to read each other's mind.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Oddly, this is the Kes' hat. When Picard and Crusher fail to make the rendezvous, the Kes Ambassador immediately thinks the Enterprise is collaborating with the Prytt.
  • Not So Different: Played for Laughs. Picard hates the complicated breakfasts that Beverly keeps coming up with, but he puts up with it for her sake. It turns out Beverly hates it, too, and was doing it because she thought he wanted it.
  • One World Order: Established as a requirement for Federation membership.
  • Only Sane Man: Riker gets quite a workout in his dealings with Mauric and Lorin.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The escape plan that the Kes provide for Crusher and Picard fails to mention that they're supposed to rendezvous with two Kes operatives, so they naturally avoid what appears to be Prytt guards trying to recapture them. Mauric takes this as incontrovertible proof that the Enterprise is collaborating with the Prytt.
  • Properly Paranoid: Deconstructed with Mauric. At first, his paranoia and concern for security seem rather reasonable, as the Prytt did manage to abduct Picard and Beverly right out from under the Enterprise. However, he becomes increasingly unhinged and suggests wild conspiracy theories.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Riker delivers one to the Kes Ambassador Mauric by telling him that their application to join the federation will be denied due, in part, to their extreme paranoia and how deep the problems actually are on the planet.
  • Ship Tease: Picard and Beverly, probably more than any other episode.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Lorin threatens to open fire on the Enterprise if they don't stop trying to open negotiations. Worf quickly determines that their weapons pose no threat at all to the starship and Riker seems to find the threat more annoying than anything else.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Guess who. Picard realized his feelings for Beverly back when Jack was still alive and felt awful for feeling that way about his best friend's wife. After Jack died, Picard was ashamed that even considered acting on his feelings and thought they'd just go away. He admits he tried to keep Beverly off the Enterprise for this reason.
  • Status Quo Is God: At the end of the episode, Picard wonders if they should explore their feelings more closely, but Beverly is against that for now. It had nothing to do with writers wanting Picard to have love interests in the movies.
  • You Are Not Ready: The ultimate conclusion with regard to Kesprytt III, as the clear and rancorous division between the Kes and the Prytt disqualifies the planet from inclusion in the Federation.
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