I remember in one of the episodes Picard has a trouble due to violation of some treaty with another species. After analysing the contents of the treaty he finds out that he can demand a 3rd-party species to arbitrate.

The other species agrees and he (cleverly) says that he wants arbitrator from a species who hibernates for 6 months of the year.

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That would be "The Ensigns of Command" (S03E02, 1989), the "some species" would be the Sheliak, and Picard's proposed mediators were the Grizzelas (who happened to be hibernating at the time and wouldn't awaken for six months).

  • awesome ! Thanks a lot, just completed watching that episode after you told bat that :)
    – thndrkiss
    Nov 16, 2013 at 5:20

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