In contrast to many Malcorians, Lanel was comfortable with the idea of aliens existing on other planets. She was fascinated with the idea that they lived among them and even considered being intimate with one.
In 2367, Commander William T. Riker was injured and treated at Sikla Medical Facility. After Riker's alien nature was exposed, Lanel offered to help him escape if he would first have sex with her, explaining "I've always wanted to make love with an alien." Following their tryst, when asked if she would ever see him again, Riker promised to "call the next time I pass through your star system." (TNG: "First Contact")