Captain Walker Keel, an old friend of Picard's, uses a top-secret frequency, thus excluding informing Riker, to summon him to a top-secret meeting with two other captain. The vague innuendo about a plot to take over a strategic sector of the Federation by replacing mysteriously dying Starfleet officers doesn't quite impress Picard, but he reconsiders after Keel and his crew die in an explosion. So he intends with Riker to visit Starfleet HQ, where he will dine with admirals and their aide Dexter Remmick, while Riker keeps an eye on admiral Aaron, who insists to visit the modernized Enterprise, actually carrying an alien brain-parasite.
Did You Know?
The doors to the room where dinner is served were later reused from season 2 onwards on the set for Ten-Forward. See more
Though Lt. Cmdr. Remmick states that it is nighttime ('a quiet night'), the exterior shots of Starfleet Headquarters shown both before and after this line, but still within that same evening, show it to be daytime. See more
And watch your back, Picard.
Referenced in Star Trek Online
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more