Episode 195: "The Drumhead" 

When an explosion rips through the U.S.S. Enterprise's warp engine, a visiting Klingon officer is suspected of causing the disaster by providing the Romulans with schematics of the engine. An investigation begins, and Admiral Norah Satie, renowned for exposing an alien conspiracy against Starfleet, comes out of retirement to help. Based on evidence compiled by Worf, Satie quickly extracts a confession from the Klingon, J'Ddan, regarding his participation in smuggling diagrams off the ship, but he denies responsibility for the explosion. Satie's Betazoid aid Sabin confirms that J'Ddan is telling the truth, which implies to Satie that there is a co-conspirator aboard the ship.
While questioning crew members who had contact with J'Ddan in search for his co-conspirator, Sabin uses his Betazoid powers to detect that one crewman, Simon Tarses, is lying. He concludes that Tarses is one of the saboteurs. Satie insists that Picard restrict Tarses' activities aboard the ship, but the captain refuses to do so without more substantial evidence that he was actually involved. Data and Geordi later conclude that the warp engine explosion was an accident, but Satie still believes that Tarses is a traitor.

After forcing Tarses to confess that he is in fact part Romulan, Satie enlists Worf's aid in conducting a comprehensive investigation of the crewman's activities and associates. Picard is increasingly uncomfortable with the investigation and meets directly with Tarses himself. A conversation with the shaken but dedicated crewman convinces Picard of his innocence, and he appeals to Satie to stop the investigation. Satie refuses, however, informing Picard that the investigation will expand as Starfleet is sending an admiral to observe.

Angered by Picard's reluctance to aid in her search, Satie summons the captain to be interrogated as a possible traitor in a hearing observed by the Starfleet admiral. During the hearing, Picard makes an impassioned plea for her to give up the witch hunt, invoking quotes regarding freedom made by Satie's late father, a respected Starfleet judge. Consumed with finding the traitor, Satie denounces Picard for quoting her beloved father and then turns vehemently on the captain.

Satie begins to recount some of Picard's past experiences to illustrate her point that he might be a traitor. When her groundless accusations turn into an uncontrollable tirade, the room full of spectators are shocked into silence, and the Starfleet admiral walks out on the hearing in disgust. Soon afterward, the interrogation is recessed, and Worf informs Picard that the admiral has called off the hearings and that Satie has left the ship. Worf apologizes for participating in the debacle, and Picard forgives him, explaining that the price of liberty is constant vigilance.

Production: 195
Season: 4 Episode: 21
Air Date: 04.29.1991
Stardate: 44769.2
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Spencer Garrett as Simon Tarses
Jean Simmons as Admiral Satie
Bruce French as Sabin
Henry Woronicz as J'Ddan
Ann Shea as Nelien
Earl Billings as Starfleet Admiral
Biography for Jean Simmons

Jean Simmons, the demure British beauty was born January 31, 1929, in Crouch End, London. A 14 year old dance student plucked from her school to play Margaret Lockwood's precocious sister in Give Us the Moon (1944), Simmons went on to make a name for herself in such major British productions as Caesar and Cleopatra (1946), Great Expectations (also 1946, as the spoiled, selfish Estella), Black Narcissus (also 1946, as a sultry native beauty), Hamlet (1948, playing Ophelia to Laurence Olivier's great Dane and earning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination), The Blue Lagoon (1949), and So Long at the Fair (1950), among others.

In 1950, Jean married actor Stewart Granger and that same year starred in the Sinatra musical "Guys and Dolls" (1955); Jean used her own singing voice and earned her first Golden Globe Award. Simmons divorced Granger in 1960, and almost immediately married writer-director Richard Brooks, who cast her as Sister Sharon opposite Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry (1960), a memorable adaptation of the Sinclair Lewis novel. That same year she costarred with Kirk Douglas in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus and played a would-be home-wrecker opposite Cary Grant in The Grass Is Greener.

Off the screen for a few years, she captivated moviegoers with a brilliant performance as the mother in All the Way Home (1963), a literate, tasteful adaptation of James Agee's "A Death in the Family." After that, however, she found quality projects somewhat harder to come by. Life at the Top (1965), Mister Buddwing (1966), Divorce American Style, Rough Night in Jericho (both 1967), The Happy Ending (1969, a Richard Brooks film for which she was again Oscar-nominated, this time as Best Actress)

Jean continued making films well into the 1970s. In the 1980s she mainly appeared in TV mini-series, such as "North and South" and "The Thorn Birds." Jean made a comeback to films in 1995 in "How to Make an American Quilt" co-starring Winona Ryder and Anne Bancroft and most recently played the elderly Sophie in the English version of Hayao Miyazaki's Howls Moving Castle. She now resides in Santa Monica, California with her dog Mr. Gates and her 2 cats Adisson and Megan.


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                        "The Drumhead" 
                          Written by 
                          Jeri Taylor 
                          Directed by 
                        Jonathan Frakes 
Copyright 1991 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights
Reserved. This script is not for publication or
reproduction. No one is authorized to dispose of same. If
lost or destroyed, please notify the Script Department.
                         FINAL DRAFT
                       FEBRUARY 7, 1991
           STAR TREK: "The Drumhead" - 2/7/91 - CAST 
                        "The Drumhead" 
                PICARD             ADMIRAL NORAH SATIE
                RIKER              SABIN GENESTRA
                DATA               NELLEN TORE
                BEVERLY            LT. J'DDAN
                TROI               SIMON TARSES
                                     STARFLEET SECURITY TEAM

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