After a trade conference on Betazed, Lwaxana Troi is approached by a Ferengi named Tog who is interested both in her skills as a mediator and her charms as a mate. Lwaxana rebuffs him and goes home to Betazed, where Deanna is visiting with Riker. In the midst of a picnic, Tog abducts both both Troi women and Riker, taking them onto a vessel where Ferengi doctor Farek plans to probe Lwaxana's mind to study Betazoid telepathy. While Riker distracts his guard with a chess match and asks Deanna if she can summon her mother telepathically to obtain an access code to the ship's communications array, Lwaxana attempts to seduce Tog. Farek walks in just as Tog is giving her the code and begins experimenting on Lwaxana. Meanwhile, Betazed contacts the Enterprise with news of the abduction, interrupting Picard's planned rendezvous with the Bradbury to ferry Wesley Crusher to Starfleet for his entrance exams. Wesley figures out that Riker has hidden a signal in the Ferengi interference blocking the ship's scans of local transmissions. When the Enterprise catches up with the Ferengi, Lwaxana convinces Tog that Riker and Deanna will be of no use to him and promises to work for him if he frees the Starfleet officers. To intimidate Tog into releasing Lwaxana as well, Picard pretends to be a furious jealous lover. Once Lwaxana is safely aboard the Enterprise, Picard promotes Wesley to Ensign, saying that he can complete his training on the Enterprise.
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