Stardate: 41775.5
Rating: *** 1/2

Edited Length: 45:22
U.S. Airdate: May 22, 1988
Nielsen Rating/Rank: [9.4/5]

This Episode was Nominated for Emmy(s)!

Guest Stars
Henry Darrow: [Admiral Savar]
Ward Costello: [Admiral Quinn]
Robert Schenkkan: [Lt. Commander Dexter Remmick]
Ray Reinhardt: [Admiral Aaron]
Jonathan Farwell: [Captain Walker Keel]

Co-Producer: Robert Lewin
Consulting Producer: Robert H. Justman
Co-Executive Producer: Maurice Hurley
Co-Executive Producer: Rick Berman
Teleplay By: Tracy Tormé
Story By: Robert Sabaroff
Directed By: Cliff Bole

[end credit]
Executive Producer: Gene Roddenberry

[closing credits]
Associate Producer: Peter Lauritson
Line Producer: David Livingston
Executive Story Editor: Hannah Louise Shearer
Executive Story Editor: Tracy Tormé
Story Editors: Hans Beimler & Richard Manning

Michael Berryman: Captain Rixx
Ursaline Bryant: Captain Tryla Scott


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Extended Synopsis (by Tim Lynch) ------------------------------------

While en route to Pacifica for scientific study and relaxation, the Enterprise receives a Code 47 transmission, for Picard's eyes only. Picard wakes and receives the message, from his old friend Walker Keel. Keel demands an immediate meeting on Dytalix B, a nearby mining planet, and gives only vague warnings.

When they arrive, they find three ships in orbit, one of them Walker's ship, the Horatio. Picard beams down alone and meets with Walker, along with the other two ship captains. After giving Picard a memory test to ensure he's still himself, Walker says that they've noticed strange patterns of orders from Starfleet Command, but can't say anything concrete. Picard is skeptical, but agrees to watch his back and keep in touch.

Picard confides in Troi about his worries, then assigns Data (while not telling him the reason behind the assignment) to review the last six months of Starfleet orders. They begin heading back to Pacifica, but find debris in a nearby sector. There are no identifying marks, but from the size and composition of the debris, Worf concludes it can only be the Horatio, totally destroyed.

Now very suspicious, Picard mentions the conspiracy theory to Riker. Riker is skeptical, but becomes less so when Data comes in with evidence of "an uncustomary reshuffling of personnel, particularly in the command areas", which Data sees as a covert attempt to seize several sectors of Federation territory. Now quite disturbed, Picard orders the Enterprise back to Earth to check things out, and informs the rest of the crew about his suspicions.

When they arrive, the response seems quite temperate. Two admirals, Savar and Aaron, invite Picard and Riker down to dinner. The third, Gregory Quinn, asks to come up to the ship. When he arrives, he denies most of what he said back at Relva 7, making Picard certain he's been affected. Picard beams down, and Riker sees Quinn to his quarters. Quinn attacks Riker, showing incredible strength and near- invulnerability. He knocks Riker out, and even Worf shortly afterwards, before Beverly knocks him out with repeated phaser blasts. She examines him, and finds a parasitic creature has taken him over.

She informs Picard about this, who's suspicious enough already from the conversations he's had with Savar and Aaron. He goes in to dinner, where it is revealed that they've all been taken over. He tries to leave, but is caught-by Riker, whom we earlier saw sneak up on Bev. As it happens, he's only faking, and they manage to stun everyone in the room, except for Aaron, who escapes. They catch him, and follow the creature that leaves his mouth, only to find Remmick, who seems to be the leader. They kill Remmick, and the mother-creature that crawls out of his ribcage. Quinn is back to normal, and all seems well, but Data finds that Remmick sent out a homing beacon before he died...

Highlight Listing:
"Conspiracy" - Captain Picard and Commander Riker travel to Earth to investigate a conspiracy in the highest ranks of Starfleet command.
Advertising Headline:
AN ACT OF TREASON! Picard discovers a deadly conspiracy in Starfleet command.
TV log listing:
Picard uncovers a Starfleet conspiracy on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
Operation SNAFU
At the beginning of the episode, while Picard is asleep, Riker tells LaForge to increase speed to Warp 6. Laforge replies, "Aye Sir, full impulse."

Editor's Note:
Even though Lt. Yar (Denise Crosby) is listed in the on-screen credits, the Paramount press release does not have her listed.

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