Ten best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes
Spock's dad Sarek (Mark Lenard) is an old, old Vulcan by the time of TNG, but he's still a VIP. Unfortunately, on the eve of some important ambassadorial duties, old Sarek is coming a bit undone, not only displaying emotions but broadcasting them. That would generally be a problem, but considering the treaty negotiations he's about to tackle, it's disastrous. Luckily, Picard comes to the rescue, offering to take Sarek's emotions via mind-meld, which gives Sarek a chance to do his duty emotion-free and Patrick Stewart a chance to show off some serious acting chops as Picard grapples with a lifetime's worth of bottled-up emotions in the space of an hour.