2.The Next Generation

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Season 1

“Encounter At Farpoint”

Episode Number 1
Dr. Crusher examines La Forge’s VISOR
Production Number 001
Season 1
Stardate 41153.7 (Calendar Year 2364)
Original Airdate 9/28/1987

Story
Teleplay Gene Roddenberry & D.C. Fontana
Director Corey Allen

Synopsis
The U.S.S. Enterprise heads to Deneb IV to investigate the Farpoint Station mystery, but is intercepted by Q, who places them on trial for the crimes of humanity.

Starring
Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard)
Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker)
LeVar Burton (Lt. [j.g.] Geordi La Forge)
Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar)
Michael Dorn (Lieutenant [j.g.] Worf)
Gates McFadden (Dr. [Cmdr.] Beverly Crusher)
Marina Sirtis (Counselor [Lt. Cmdr.] Deanna Troi)
Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data)
Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher)

Guest Cast
John De Lancie (“Q”)
Michael Bell (Groppler Zorn)
Colm Meaney (Battle Bridge Conn [Miles O’Brien])
Cary-Hiroyuki (Mandarin Bailiff)
Timothy Dang (Main Bridge Security)
David Erskine (Bandi Shopkeeper)
Evelyn Guerrero (Young Female Ensign)
Chuck Hicks (Military Officer)
Jimmy Ortega (Lt. Torres)
DeForest Kelley (Starfleet Admiral [Leonard McCoy])

Notes
Two-hour series pilot. Separated into Part I and Part II for rerun.
The U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D is the 5th starship to bear the name “Enterprise.”
Cmdr. Riker, Lt. La Forge, Dr. Crusher, and Wesley await the Enterprise at Farpoint Station. Riker is transferred to Farpoint Station by the U.S.S. Hood NCC-42296.
Deanna calls Will “imzadi”, which is Betazoid for “beloved” and uses telepathy to send thoughts to him (which is the only time she does this with anyone who is not a Betazoid).
Colm Meaney plays the unnamed Battle Bridge conn officer. He becomes a recurring character and is later named O’Brien.
When the saucer separates from the star drive section, Lt. Worf takes command of the saucer module. During re-joining, Picard orders Riker to perform a manual docking of the saucer module.
Admiral McCoy is 137 years old. He is actually not named as Dr. McCoy to keep the cameo a secret until the episode premiered.
In this pilot episode, the Conn and Ops stations on the bridge are reversed.
Troi is referred to by her rank (“[Lieutanant] Commander”) and not “Counselor” in this episode. (Riker does mess up once and call her “Lieutenant.” Lieutenant commanders are usually referred to as “Commander”).

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“Encounter At Farpoint, Part II”

Episode Number 2
”Great joy and gratitude”
Production Number 002
Season 1
Stardate 41153.7
Original Airdate 9/28/1987

Story
Teleplay Gene Roddenberry & D.C. Fontana
Director Corey Allen

Synopsis
A large ship arrives at the Deneb IV and begins firing on the city. The Farpoint Station is found to be a large, captured space creature capable of taking on any form. The Enterprise releases it as its mate arrives.

Guest Cast
John De Lancie (“Q”)
Michael Bell (Groppler Zorn)

Notes
Part 2 of the original two-hour series pilot. A couple of scenes were changed or deleted when the episode was split.

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“The Naked Now”

Episode Number 3
Tasha Yar and Data become intimate
Production Number 003
Season 1
Stardate 41209.2
Original Airdate 10/5/1987

Story
Teleplay John D.F. Black and J. Michael Bingham
Director Paul Lynch

Synopsis
While investigating a distress signal from the U.S.S. Tsiolkovsky, the crew is affected by the same “intoxicating” contaminant as the old Enterprise, the PSI 2000 Virus.

Guest Cast
Brooke Bundy (Lt. Cmdr. Sarah MacDougal, Chief Engineer)
Benjamin Lum (Jim Shimoda, Asst. Chief Engineer)
Michael Rider (Transporter Chief)

Notes
Data and Tasha become “intimate” during this episode.
Chief Engineer MacDougal appears only in this episode…probably relieved of duty because she let Wesley The Boy take control of Engineering 🙂
This episode was supposed to be a homage to the original series episode “The Naked Time” (also written by John Black), but most people viewed it as a rip-off of the original series.
The U.S.S. Tsiolkovsky NCC-35911 (an Oberth-class starship) is named for Soviet cosmonaut Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. It is a re-use of the U.S.S. Grissom model from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
Troi changes from the mini-skirt uniform to a tight one-piece suit with her hair up in a bun. She won’t be seen in a Starfleet uniform until Season 6’s “Chain of Command”.

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“Code of Honor”

Episode Number 4
Yar and Yareena battle to the death
Production Number 004
Season 1
Stardate 41235.25
Original Airdate 10/12/1987

Story
Teleplay Katharyn Powers and Michael Baron
Director Russ Mayberry

Synopsis
A plague on Styris IV sends the Enterprise to Ligon II, the only known source of a vaccine. Yar is kidnapped by alien leader Lutan and is challenged to fight to the death by his mate, Yareena.

Guest Cast
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson (Lutan)
Karole Selmon (Yareena)
James Louis Watkins (Hagon)
Michael Rider (Transporter Chief)

Notes
Worf does not appear in this episode.
This is the first episode where we see the Holodeck’s yellow grid lines.
The producers and writers have since expressed embarassment over this episode’s portrayal of African-Americans.

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“The Last Outpost”

Episode Number 5
The Ferengi
Production Number 005
Season 1
Stardate 41386.4
Original Airdate 10/19/1987

Story Richard Krzemein
Teleplay Herbert Wright
Director Richard Colla

Synopsis
A Ferengi vessel and the Enterprise are caught in an energy-draining force field. Meanwhile, the away teams of the Enterprise and Ferengi starship must pass an important inquisition by a mysterious life form known as Portal, before they are allowed to continue their journeys through space.

Guest Cast
Armin Shimerman (DaiMon Letek)
Jake Dengel (Mordoc)
Tracey Walter (Kayron)
Darryl Henriques (The Portal)
Mike Gomez (DaiMon Tarr)

Notes
This the first appearance of the Ferengi, who were previously mentioned in “Encounter at Farpoint”. The Enterprise is ordered to intercept the Ferengi vessel to retake a T-9 power converter they stole from Federation colony Gamma Tauri IV.
The Ferengi were supposed to be the Federation’s new alien threat, but were a disapointment as a major adversary. This is the only time we see the Ferengi use the laser whips. (We see later on DS9, that Quark’s “Marauder Mo” action figure includes a laser whip.)
Armin Shimerman later plays Quark on Deep Space Nine.

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“Where No One Has Gone Before”

Episode Number 6
Wesley Crusher and The Traveler
Production Number 006
Season 1
Stardate 41263.1
Original Airdate 10/26/1987

Story
Teleplay Diane Duane and Michael Reeves
Director Rob Bowman

Synopsis
Starfleet engineer Lt. Kosinski and his alien assistant throw the Enterprise 2,700,000 light years to a bizarre galaxy where thoughts become reality.

Guest Cast
Eric Menyuk (The Traveler)
Stanley Kamel (Lt. j.g. Stanley Kosinski)
Biff Yeager (Lt. Commander Argyle, Chief Engineer)
Herta Ware (Maman Picard)

Notes
Wesley is given a field promotion to Acting Ensign.
Lt. Cmdr. Argyle is the first season’s longest-running chief engineer.
This episode was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Sound Mixing in a Drama Series.
The Traveler reappears in the 4th season’s “Remember Me”.
Eric Menyuk was the runner up for the role of Data.

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“Lonely Among Us”

Episode Number 7
Crusher and Riker are concerned for Picard
Production Number 007
Season 1
Stardate 41249.3
Original Airdate 11/2/1987

Story Michael Halperin
Teleplay D.C. Fontana
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
An energy cloud-being affects the Enterprise and causes Captain Picard to leave the Enterprise.

Guest Cast
Marc Alaimo (Antican Delegate)
John Durbin (Sestar)
Colm Meaney (Security Officer [Miles O’Brien])
Kavi Raz (Lt. Commander Singh)

Notes
Colm Meaney’s unnamed character (later named O’Brien) switches to the yellow uniform in this episode from the red uniform seen in “Encounter at Farpoint”.
Engineer Lt. Commander Singh is the first crew member who is killed on The Next Generation.
This episode marks the beginning of Data’s fascination with Sherlock Holmes.

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“Justice”

Episode Number 8
Wesley is held by the Edo
Production Number 008
Season 1
Stardate 41255.6
Original Airdate 11/9/1987

Story
Teleplay John D.F. Black & Worley Thorne
Director James L. Conway

Synopsis
Wesley Crusher is sentenced to death for a minor infraction on a recreation planet in the Rubicun system. Picard must negotiate with the Edo for Wesley’s life without violating the Federation’s Prime Directive, which prohibits interfering with another civilization’s way of life.

Guest Cast
Brenda Bakke (Rivan)
Jay Louden (Liator)
Josh Clark (Conn)
David Q. Combs (1st Mediator)
Richard Lavin (2nd Mediator)
Judith Jones (Edo Girl)
Eric Matthew (1st Edo Boy)
Brad Zerbst (Medical Technician)
David Michael Graves (2nd Edo Boy)

Notes
Josh Clark later played the recurring role of Lt. Carey on Star Trek: Voyager.
The Prime Directive would later be interpreted to prevent making contact with species that are not warp capable, such as the Edo.

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“The Battle”

Episode Number 9
The Enterprise tows the Stargazer
Production Number 009
Season 1
Stardate 41255.6
Original Airdate 11/16/1987

Story
Teleplay John D.F. Black & Worley Thorne
Director James L. Conway

Synopsis
Ferengi Daimon Bok attempts revenge for an old battle on Picard with a mind-altering machine. While in command of the U.S.S. Stargazer, Captain Picard destroyed a Ferengi vessel commanded by Bok’s son.

Guest Cast
Frank Corsentino (Daimon Bok)
Doug Warhit (First Officer Kazago)
Robert Towers (Second Officer Rata)

Notes
Daimon Bok returns to try again in the 7th season episode “Bloodlines”.
The Constellation-class U.S.S. Stargazer NCC-2893 was thought to have been destroyed at Maxia Zeta 9 years previously, but it was salvaged by the Ferengi. Captain Picard was courtmartialed for losing the ship, but he was absolved of all charges.
Troi senses deception and danger from the Ferengi. It will later be established that Betazoids can not read Ferengi minds.

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“Hide And Q”

Episode Number 10
Q (dressed as Data) gives Riker the power
Production Number 010
Season 1
Stardate 41590.5
Original Airdate 11/23/1987

Story
Teleplay C.J. Holland (Maurice Hurley) & Gene Roddenberry
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
Commander Riker is given the power of Q. Can he resist using it?

Guest Cast
John De Lancie (“Q”)
William A. Wallace (adult Wesley Crusher)

Notes
Troi does not appear in this episode.

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“Haven”

Episode Number 11
Deanna and Lwaxana Troi
Production Number 011
Season 1
Stardate 41294.5
Original Airdate 11/30/1987

Story
Teleplay Tracy TormĂ© and Lan O’Kun
Director Richard Compton

Synopsis
Counselor Troi faces a pre-arranged marriage to Wyatt Miller on planet Haven as a Tarellian ship carrying a deadly plague arrives.

Guest Cast
Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi)
Rob Knepper (Wyatt Miller)
Nan Martin (Victoria Miller)
Robert Ellenstein (Steven Miller)
Danitza Kingsley (Ariana)
Carel Struycken (Mr. Homn)
Anna Katarina (Valeda Innis)
Raye Birk (Wrenn)
Michael Rider (Transporter Chief)

Notes
Worf and Wesley do not appear in this episode.
Deanna’s mother, Lwaxana Troi, makes her first appearance.
Tracy Tormé is the son of Mel Tormé.
This is the only episode in which Deanna calls Riker “Bill” instead of “Will.”
This episode was nominated for Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling.

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“The Big Goodbye”

Episode Number 12
Captain Picard as ‘Dixon Hill’
Production Number 012
Season 1
Stardate 41997.7
Original Airdate 1/11/1988

Story
Teleplay Tracy Tormé
Director Joseph L. Scanlan

Synopsis
The Captain, Data, and Dr. Crusher are trapped in the holodeck in a 1941 San Francisco Dixon Hill program due to a computer malfunction.

Guest Cast
William Boyett (Lt. Dan Bell)
Lawrence Tierney (Cyrus Redblock)
Harvey Jason (Felix Leech)
Rhonda Aldrich (Madeline)
David Selburg (Lit-Historian Whalen)
Gary Armagnac (Lt. McNary)
Mike Genovese (Desk Sergeant)
Carolyn Allport (Jessica Bradley)

Notes
Troi does not appear in this episode.
This episode marks the birth of the “holodeck gone awry” plot mechanism.
The Dixon Hill set was actually built and contained within the Holodeck set.

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“Datalore”

Episode Number 13
Data and his ‘brother’ Lore
Production Number 013
Season 1
Stardate 41242.4
Original Airdate 1/16/1988

Story
Teleplay Robert Lewin & Maurice Hurley
Director Rob Bowman

Synopsis
Data’s evil twin brother, Lore, is found on Data’s home planet of Omicron Theta. Lore attempts to deliver the Enterprise crew to the Crystalline Entity, which killed all life on their planet.

Guest Cast
Brent Spiner (Lore)
Biff Yeager (Lt. Commander Argyle)

Notes
Troi does not appear in this episode.
Data tells Dr. Crusher that he has an off switch, but he swears her to keep it secret.
Lore and Data were created by Dr. Noonien Soong using Asimov’s theoretical positronic brain. Lore is more “human” than Data. The colonists were uncomfortable around him and asked that he be replaced.
Lore can also use contractions, whereas Data can not. After Lore is beamed into space and Picard asks Data if he is all right, he clearly responds, “Yes, sir, I’m fine.”
Lore makes a return appearance in the fourth season in “Brothers” and in the sixth season in “Descent”, while the Crystalline Entity strikes again in “Silicon Avatar” in the fifth season.
Lore was originally written as a female android, but at Brent Spiner’s suggestion they made Lore an “evil twin.”

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“Angel One”

Episode Number 14
Riker initiates first contact with Mistress Beata
Production Number 014
Season 1
Stardate 41636.9
Original Airdate 1/23/1988

Story
Teleplay Patrick Barry
Director Michael Rhodes

Synopsis
The crew tries to rescue members of a damaged Federation freighter from the female-dominated planet Angel I they escaped to 7 years ago, but they wish to remain — even though they are fugitives from the planet’s government. Meanwhile, a viral outbreak runs rampant through the Enterprise.

Guest Cast
Karen Montgomery (Mistress Beata)
Sam Hennings (Ramsey)
Patricia McPherson (Ariel)
Leonard John Crofoot (Trent)

Notes
Troi notes that Betazed is also a matriarchal society.
On Angel I, the men are smaller and weaker than the females.
Picard notes that there is a build up of Romulan activity along the Neutral Zone, which the Enterprise leaves to investigate at the end of this episode.

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“11001001”

Episode Number 15
Riker and Picard meet Minuet on the holodeck
Production Number 015
Season 1
Stardate 41365.9
Original Airdate 2/1/1988

Story
Teleplay Maurice Hurley and Robert Lewin
Director Paul Lynch

Synopsis
While docked at Starbase 74 for minor repairs and computer upgrades, the Bynars hijack the evacuated Enterprise to save their own computer-based planet, Bynas. Picard and Riker are trapped in the holodeck with a sophisticated hologram, Minuet.

Guest Cast
Carolyn McCormick (Minuet)
Gene Dynarski (Cmdr. Orfil Quinteros)
Katy Boyer (Zero-One)
Alexandra Johnson (One-Zero)
Iva Lane (Zero-Zero)
Kelli Ann McNally (One-One)
Jack Sheldon (Piano Player)
Abdul Salaam El Razzac (Bass Player)
Ron Brown (Drummer)

Notes
Troi does not appear in this episode (the fourth time this season).
Starbase 74 orbits planet Tarsas III.
11001001 (hex C9) is the Z-80 CPU’s machine language opcode for “Unconditional Return.”
The Bynars upgrade the holodeck systems to produce more realistic holograms.
In the holodeck-generated jazz band scenes, Jonathan Frakes put his real trombone skills to use, playing “The Nearness of You” for Minuet.
Commander Quinteros was in charge of the Enterprise-D construction at Utopia Planitia.
Minuet is seen again in the 4th season episode “Future Imperfect”.

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“Too Short a Season”

Episode Number 16
Admiral Jameson collapses
Production Number 016
Season 1
Stardate 41309.5
Original Airdate 2/8/1988

Story
Teleplay Michael Michaelian and D.C. Fontana
Director Rob Bowman

Synopsis
Terminally-ill Admiral Mark Jameson takes a youth drug to fight terrorists who have taken hostages on Mordan IV.

Guest Cast
Clayton Rohner (Admiral Mark Jameson)
Marsha Hunt (Anne Jameson)
Michael Pataki (Karnas)

Notes
Wesley Crusher does not appear in this episode.

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“When The Bough Breaks”

Episode Number 17
Wesley tells the children not to cooperate
Production Number 017
Season 1
Stardate 41509.1
Original Airdate 2/15/1988

Story
Teleplay Hannah Louise Shearer
Director Kim Manners

Synopsis
The sterile inhabitants of cloaked planet Aldea kidnap Enterprise children, including Wesley Crusher, to repopulate their culture.

Guest Cast
Jerry Hardin (Radue)
Brenda Strong (Rashella)
Jandi Swanson (Katie)
Paul Lambert (Melian)
Ivy Bethune (Duana)
Dierk Torsek (Lt. Bernard)
Michele Marsh (Leda)
Dan Mason (Accolan)
Philip N. Waller (Harry Bernard)
Connie Danese (Toya)
Jessica and Vanessa Bova (Alexandra)

Notes
The Aldeans are sterile because of exposure to high radiation levels due to their damaged ozone layer, which is caused by their planet’s cloaking technology. Dr. Crusher treats the Aldeans and they deactivate their computer.

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“Home Soil”

Episode Number 18
The inorganic lifeform multiplies
Production Number 018
Season 1
Stardate 41463.9
Original Airdate 2/22/1988

Story
Teleplay Karl Guers, Ralph Sanchez & Robert Sabaroff
Director Corey Allen

Synopsis
On Velera III, a lifeless planet being terraformed by the Federation, an inorganic life form is found and is endangering the Enterprise crew.

Guest Cast
Walter Gotell (Director Kurt Mandl)
Louisa Kim (Elizabeth Lindsey)
Gerard Prendergrast (Bjorn Benson)
Mario Roccuzzo (Arthur Malencon)
Carolyne Barry (Female Engineer)

Notes

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“Coming of Age”

Episode Number 19
Admiral Quinn and Remmick board the Enterprise
Production Number 019
Season 1
Stardate 41416.2
Original Airdate 3/12/1988

Story
Teleplay Sandy Fries
Director Michael Vejar

Synopsis
While Wesley competes for a Starfleet Academy opening on Relva VII, Captain Picard is investigated by Starfleet Admiral Quinn and Lt. Cmdr. Remmick from the Office of the Inspector General.

Guest Cast
Robert Schenkkan (Lt. Cmdr. Dexter Remmick)
Ward Costello (Admiral Gregory Quinn)
John Putch (Mordock)
Robert Ito (Lt. Chang)
Stephen Gregory (Jake Kurland)
Tasia Valenza (T’Shanik)
Estee Chandler (Oliana Mirren)
Brendan McKane (Technician #1)
Wyatt Knight (Technician #2)
Daniel Riordan (Rondon)

Notes
There is only one available opening to the Academy from the testing facility on Relva VII. Mordock receives the highest score; Wesley comes in second. Captain Picard admits to Wesley that he was not accepted the first time he applied.
Mordock becomes the first Benzite admitted into Starfleet Academy.
Remmick tells Picard he wants to serve on the Enterprise when his current duty assignment ends. Picard thinks not.
Lt. Cmdr. Remmick and Admiral Quinn return in the episode “Conspiracy”.
Admiral Quinn offers Picard a promotion to Admiral and a posting as the Commandant of Starfleet Academy. (Picard declines.)

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“Heart of Glory”

Episode Number 20
The Klingon Death Ritual
Production Number 020
Season 1
Stardate 41503.7
Original Airdate 3/21/1988

Story
Teleplay Maurice Hurley, Herbert Wright & D.C. Fontana
Director Rob Bowman

Synopsis
Starfleet sends the Enterprise to investigate reports of a battle in the Neutral Zone. After the crew rescues two Klingon fugitives on a stranded Talarian vessel, their plot to take over the Enterprise puts Worf’s loyalties to the test.

Guest Cast
Vaughn Armstrong (Captain Korris)
Charles H. Hyman (Lieutenant Konmel)
David Froman (Captain K’Nera)
Robert Bauer (Kunivas)
Brad Zerbst (Nurse)
Dennis Madalone (Ramos)

Notes
This is the Next Generation’s first “Klingon Episode.”
Troi and Wesley do not appear in this episode. (This is the 5th time this season for Troi.)
The Enterprise investigates the aftermath of a battle in the Neutral Zone. The debris is possibly Romulan, “a name we haven’t heard for a while” according to Picard. In Episode #15 “Angel One”, the Enterprise headed to the Neutral Zone to defend an outpost against seven Romulan warbirds.
(The debris is actually Klingon — the fugitives destroyed a ship sent to intercept them.)
Geordi rigs his VISOR to transmit visuals to the Enterprise.

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“The Arsenal of Freedom”

Episode Number 21
Picard tends to an injured Dr. Crusher
Production Number 021
Season 1
Stardate 41798.2
Original Airdate 4/11/1988

Story
Teleplay Maurice Hurley and Robert Lewin
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
While investigating the disappearance of the U.S.S. Drake, the Enterprise and crew fight a sequence of machines on Minos, a computerized weapons planet.

Guest Cast
Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data)
Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar)
LeVar Burton (Lt. Geordi La Forge)
Marco Rodriguez (Capt. Paul Rice)
Vincent Schiavelli (The Salesman)
Vyto Ruginis (Chief Engineer Lt. Logan)
Julia Nickson (Ensign Lian T’Su)
George De La Peña (Lt. [j.g.] Orfil Solis)

Notes
Commander Riker was offered command of the U.S.S. Drake NCC-20381, but turned it down to serve as first officer on the Enterprise.
La Forge is in command of the Enterprise while Riker and Picard are on the planet. When the ship falls under attack from orbit, Geordi separates the ship, with Lt. Logan commanding the saucer and Geordi commanding the battle bridge.
Lt. Logan is now Chief Engineer, replacing Lt. Cmdr. Argyle. Logan complains that Geordi won’t leave orbit. When he does, he complains that they’re leaving the away team behind. (You just can’t please some people…)
When Picard deactivated the program (to buy it), the machine chasing Yar and Riker disappeared, but the one in orbit did not.

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“Symbiosis”

Episode Number 22
Dr. Crusher discovers the Ornarans are addicts
Production Number 022
Season 1
Stardate
Original Airdate 4/18/1988

Story
Teleplay Robert Lewin, Richard Manning, Hans Beimler
Director Win Phelps

Synopsis
The Enterprise is caught in the middle when two alien worlds wage a bitter battle over a shipment of felicium, a narcotic drug grown only on Brekka, which is a “cure” for the “plague” on Ornara.

Guest Cast
Merritt Buttrick (T’Jon)
Richard Lineback (Romas)
Judson Scott (Sobi)
Kimberly Farr (Langor)

Notes
Merritt Buttrick and Judson Scott both appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Merritt Buttrick died soon after appearing in this episode. (Judson Scott was not given credit for his role in Star Trek II because he demanded billing with the main stars or none at all. He got none at all.)
That “Just Say No” dialog between Tasha and Wesley… Ugh….
This was the last episode that Denise Crosby shot. At the end of the episode when Dr. Crusher and Capt. Picard exit the cargo bay, you can see Lt. Yar waving goodbye in the background. This episode was filmed after “Skin of Evil” (Episode 23), but originally aired before.

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“Skin of Evil”

Episode Number 23
The Away Team encounters Armus, who kills Yar
Production Number 023
Season 1
Stardate 41601.3
Original Airdate 4/25/1988

Story
Teleplay Joseph Stefano and Hannah Louise Shearer
Director Joseph L. Scanlan

Synopsis
When Troi’s shuttle crashes on the planet Vagra II, a sadistic alien named Armus with great power blocks her rescue, kills Lt. Yar and threatens to kill Riker and Troi.

Guest Cast
Mart McChesney (Armus)
Ron Gans (Voice of Armus)
Raymond Forchion (Lt. Ben Prieto)
Walker Boone (Lt. Cmdr. Leland T. Lynch)
Brad Zerbst (Nurse)

Notes
Lt. Worf is made acting Chief of Security.
Denise Crosby left the series because she was unhappy with her character and she wanted to pursue a movie career. She will return as Romulan Commander Sela and guest stars as Lt. Yar in “Yesterday’s Enterprise” and “All Good Things…”
This episode was produced before “Symbiosis” but was aired after “Symbiosis” so the production numbers are out of order.

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“We’ll Always Have Paris”

Episode Number 24
Picard and Jenice have a final goodbye
Production Number 024
Season 1
Stardate 41697.9
Original Airdate 5/2/1988

Story
Teleplay Deborah Dean Davis & Hannah Louise Shearer
Director Robert Becker

Synopsis
The Enterprise receives a distress call from science outpost Vandor IV. While Data works to repair the time rift caused by Dr. Manheim’s experiment, Picard is reunited with his old flame, Jenice — the woman he left behind in Paris when he joined Starfleet 22 years ago.

Guest Cast
Michelle Phillips (Jenice Manheim)
Rod Loomis (Dr. Paul Manheim)
Isabel Lorca (Gabrielle)
Dan Kern (Lt. Dean)
Jean-Paul Vignon (Edourd)
Kelly Ashmore (Francine)
Lance Spellerberg (Transporter Chief Ensign Herbert)

Notes
Michelle Phillips was a member of the 60’s music group the Mamas and the Papas.
Even though Tasha Yar died in the previous episode, “Skin of Evil”, Denise Crosby’s name is listed in the credits for the remainder of the season.

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“Conspiracy”

Episode Number 25
Riker and Picard find Remmick, the alien mother
Production Number 025
Season 1
Stardate 41775.5
Original Airdate 5/9/1988

Story Robert Sabaroff
Teleplay Tracy Tormé
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
Parasitic beings are taking control of Starfleet leaders in order to take over the Federation.

Guest Cast
Robert Schenkkan (Lt. Cmdr. Dexter Remmick)
Ward Costello (Admiral Gregory Quinn)
Henry Darrow (Admiral Savar)
Jonathan Farwell (Capt. Walker Keel)
Ray Reinhardt (Admiral Aaron)
Michael Berryman (Captain Rixx)
Ursaline Bryant (Capt. Tryla Scott)

Notes
Admiral Quinn and Lt. Cmdr. Remmick were introduced in the episode “Coming of Age”.

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“The Neutral Zone”

Episode Number 26
The Romulans communicate with the Enterprise
Production Number 026
Season 1
Stardate 41986.0
Original Airdate 5/16/1988

Story Deborah McIntyre & Mona Clee
Teleplay Maurice Hurley
Director James L. Conway

Synopsis
Three 20th century humans are found cryogenically frozen and are revived as the Enterprise heads to investigate the Romulan’s sudden appearance in the Neutral Zone.

Guest Cast
Marc Alaimo (Commander Tebok)
Anthony James (Sub-Commander Thei)
Leon Rippy (L.Q. “Sonny” Clemons)
Peter Mark Richman (Ralph Offenhouse)
Gracie Harrison (Clare Raymond)

Notes
According to this episode, the Romulans haven’t been heard from since the “Tomed Incident”. However, in “Angel One”, the Enterprise travels to an outpost to defend against a Romulan attack. In “Heart of Glory”, they investigate a battle supposedly involving Romulans and Klingons.
This is the first appearance of the new Romulan warbird, later named as the D’deridex-class Warbird. It was designed by Andrew Probert.
Although not actually seen in this episode, the Borg (Season 2, Episode 42 “Q Who”) are later said to have caused the destruction of the Federation and Romulan outposts. The Borg where originally to appear in this episode, but due to the Writer’s Guild strike, they were removed and did not debut until “Q Who”.
Marc Alaimo went on to play Gul Dukat, a recurring Cardassian on DS9.
Data tells us that the year in our calendar is 2364.
The image of Tommy Raymond is associate producer Peter Lauritson.

Season 2

“The Child”

Episode Number 27
Deanna Troi and her son, Ian
Production Number 127
Season 2
Stardate 42073.1 (Calendar Year 2365)
Original Airdate 11/21/1988

Story Jaron Summers & Jon Povill
Teleplay Maurice Hurley
Director Rob Bowman

Synopsis
Counselor Troi becomes pregnant by an alien energy-being; it develops from embryo into a human child in a few hours. The Enterprise transports a deadly plague virus to a research lab.

Starring
Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard)
Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker)
LeVar Burton (Lt. Geordi La Forge)
Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf)
Marina Sirtis (Counselor [Lt. Cmdr.] Deanna Troi)
Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data)
Wil Wheaton ([Acting Ensign] Wesley Crusher)

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Seymour Cassel (Lt. Cmdr. Hester Dealt)
R.J. Williams (Ian Andrew Troi)
Colm Meaney (Transporter Chief [O’Brien])
Dawn Arnemann (Miss Gladstone)
Zachary Benjamin (Young Ian Andrew Troi)
Dore Keller (Crewman)

Notes
Ian Troi is named after Deanna’s father.
Several crew changes are made beginning in Season 2: Geordi is promoted to full Lieutenant (from junior grade) and made Chief Engineer. Worf is made permanent Chief of Security. Dr. Pulaski replaces Dr. Crusher as Chief Medical Officer; Dr. Crusher has transferred to head Starfleet Medical. Wesley decides to stay on board, and replaces Geordi as the conn officer.
Dr. Pulaski is transferred to the Enterprise via shuttle from the U.S.S. Repulse NCC-2544.
Also, Troi begins wearing her hair down, while Riker has grown a beard.
Guinan and Ten Forward are first seen.
Though she has replaced Gates McFadden, Diana Muldaur’s credit appears as a “Special Guest Appearance”, not in the opening credits. According to Rick Berman (who was against the idea), some of the “powers that be” believed that the Dr. Crusher character was not working should be replaced by someone with a personality more like Dr. McCoy from the Original Series.
Due to the Writer’s Guild Strike, Season 2 started much later than normal and consisted of only 22 episodes.

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“Where Silence Has Lease”

Episode Number 28
Nagilum studies the Enterprise
Production Number 128
Season 2
Stardate 42193.6
Original Airdate 11/28/1988

Story
Teleplay Jack B. Sowards
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
The Enterprise is caught in a mysterious void by a being, Nagilum, conducting an experiment to study humans.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Earl Boen (Nagilum)
Charles Douglas (Ensign Haskell)
Colm Meaney (Transporter Chief [O’Brien])

Notes
This is the first episode where we see Worf’s holodeck calisthenics program.
Nagilum creates a reproduction of a Galaxy-class starship, which Riker identifies as NCC-1305-E, U.S.S. Yamato. The real U.S.S. Yamato will be seen later this season in “Contagion” (however, its registry will be NCC-71807).

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“Elementary, Dear Data”

Episode Number 29
Moriarty becomes sentient
Production Number 129
Season 2
Stardate 42286.3
Original Airdate 12/5/1988

Story
Teleplay Brian Alan Lane
Director Rob Bowman

Synopsis
Data and Geordi play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on the holodeck. The computer creates a powerful foe, Dr. Moriarty, who kidnaps Dr. Pulaski and learns to control the ship.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Daniel Davis (Dr. James Moriarty)
Alan Shearman (Inspector Lestrade)
Anne Elizabeth Ramsey (Ensign Clancy)
Biff Manard (Ruffian)
Diz White (Prostitute)
Richard Merson (Pie Man)

Notes
Professor Moriarty returns to the holodeck in sixth season’s “Ship in a Bottle”.
This is the only episode Data plays Sherlock Holmes, due to a lawsuit from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate.

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“The Outrageous Okona”

Episode Number 30
Picard negiotiates with Okona’s accusers
Production Number 130
Season 2
Stardate 42402.7
Original Airdate 12/12/1988

Story
Teleplay Les Menchen, Lance Dickson & David Landsberg
Director Robert Becker

Synopsis
The charming captain of a cargo freighter is accused by the leaders of two neighboring planets of theft and philandering. Data tries to understand humor with the help of Guinan and a comic.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
William O. Campbell (Captain Thaduin Okona)
Joe Piscopo (The Comic)
Douglas Rowe (Debin)
Rosalind Ingledew (Yanar)
Kieran Mulroney (Benzan)
Albert Stratton (Kushell)
Teri Hatcher (Lt. B.G. Robinson)

Notes
William O. Campbell was the runner-up for the role of Commander Riker. (He later starred as The Rocketeer.)
Teri Hatcher (“Lois and Clark”) plays transporter technician Lt. Robinson.
“The Comic” was originally to be Jerry Lewis (!) until a scheduling conflict prevented him from appearing.
Pulaski does not appear in this episode.

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“Loud as a Whisper”

Episode Number 31
Riva and his Chorus
Production Number 132
Season 2
Stardate 42477.2
Original Airdate 1/9/1989

Story
Teleplay Jacqueline Zambrano
Director Larry Shaw

Synopsis
Riva, a deaf mediator comes to Solais V, a planet at war for centuries, but his interpreters are killed and he must learn a new way to communicate.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Howie Seago (Riva)
Marnie Mosiman (Chorus Woman)
Leo Damian (Chorus Warrior)
Thomas Oglesby (Chorus Scholar)

Notes
Dr. Pulaski tells Geordi that she has performed surgery twice to correct conditions similar to his. Geordi declines.
Howie Seago is deaf in real life.
Marnie Mosiman is John De Lancie’s (“Q”) wife.

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“The Schizoid Man”

Episode Number 32
Data speaks with Graves while Selar runs scans
Production Number 131
Season 2
Stardate 42437.5
Original Airdate 1/21/1989

Story Richard Manning & Hans Beimler
Teleplay Tracy Tormé
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
The Enterprise answers a distress call from Gravesworld. Dying scientist Dr. Graves transfers his mind and knowledge into Data and takes over his personality.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
W. Morgan Sheppard (Dr. Ira Graves)
Susie Plakson (Lt. Selar)
Barabra Alyn Woods (Kareen Brianon)

Notes
Data tries to grow a beard at the beginning of the episode.
Dr. Graves claims to have taught Data’s creator, Dr. Soong, everything he knew. In effect, he is the father of Soong’s work and asks Data to call him “Grandpa.”
The Enterprise has to leave to answer a distress call from the U.S.S. Constantinople, which is why Dr. Selar was on the away team in place of Dr. Pulaski.
This episode marks the only appearance by the Vulcan Dr. Selar (Susie Plakson, who later plays Ambassador K’Ehleyr in “The Emissary”), though she is mentioned several times throughout the series.

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“Unnatural Selection”

Episode Number 33
Pulaski and Kingsley on Darwin Station
Production Number 133
Season 2
Stardate 42494.8
Original Airdate 1/30/1989

Story
Teleplay John Mason and Mike Gray
Director Paul Lynch

Synopsis
When the Enterprise answers a distress call from the U.S.S. Lantree, their investigation leads them to the Darwin Genetic Research Station on Gagarin IV, where Dr. Pulaski contracts an aging-disease from genetically-engineered human children.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Patricia Smith (Dr. Sara Kingsley)
Colm Meaney (Transporter Chief O’Brien)
J. Patrick McNamara (Captain Taggert)
Scott Trost (Ensign)
George Baxter (The “Child”)

Notes
Darwin Station has created genetically engineered humans, even though it has been established that this is illegal in the Federation.
This is the first episode in which the Transporter Chief played by Colm Meaney is given a name: O’Brien.
The Enterprise destroys the U.S.S. Lantree NCC-1837 to prevent spread of the virus.

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“A Matter of Honor”

Episode Number 34
Rikers serves on the Klingon cruiser Pagh
Production Number 134
Season 2
Stardate 42506.5
Original Airdate 2/6/1989

Story
Teleplay Wanda M. Haight, Gregory Amos & Burton Armus
Director Rob Bowman

Synopsis
Riker serves on the Klingon ship IKC Pagh in an officer-exchange program. A parasite eats away at their hull and the Klingons think the Enterprise attacked them. Riker’s loyalties are put to the test when the Klingons decide to destroy the Enterprise.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Christopher Collins (Captain Kargan)
John Putch (Ensign Mendon)
Brian Thompson (Lt. Klag)
Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)

Notes
IKC = Imperial Klingon Cruiser.
John Putch also played a Benzite in the 1st season episode “Coming of Age”. In that episode, Mordock competed for Starfleet Academy entrance. Lt. Chang congratulated him on being the first Benzite in Starfleet. If Mendon has the rank of Ensign, then he would have been at the Academy prior to Mordock.
This episode had a 12.2 rating, the highest rated TNG episode at this time.

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“The Measure of a Man”

Episode Number 35
Data formally rejects Maddox’s experiment
Production Number 135
Season 2
Stardate 42523.7
Original Airdate 2/13/1989

Story
Teleplay Melinda M. Snodgrass
Director Robert Scheerer

Synopsis
Commander Maddox wants Data disassembled to study his positronic brain. A starbase judge orders Data to comply, as he is Starfleet property. Picard defends Data’s right to refuse, while Riker is obliged to argue for the study.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Brian Brophy (Commander Bruce Maddox)
Amanda McBroom (Captain Phillipa Louvois)
Clyde Kusatsu (Admiral Nakamura)

Notes
Judge Advocate General Phillipa Louvois ruled that Data was indeed a sentient being, and had all the rights and priviledges of a Federation citizen. She also was the prosecutor at Picard’s U.S.S. Stargazer courtmartial.
Commander Maddox is the Chair of Robotics at the Daystrom Institute of Technology. He was also the only person to object to Data’s entry into Starfleet Academy in 2341.

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“The Dauphin”

Episode Number 36
Salia in humanoid form entices Wesley
Production Number 136
Season 2
Stardate 42568.8
Original Airdate 2/20/1989

Story
Teleplay Scott Rubenstein and Leonard Mlodinow
Director Rob Bowman

Synopsis
Wesley becomes enamored of a young woman, Salia, who is to be the ruler of Daled IV, but is distressed to find that she is not as humanoid as she appears.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Jamie Hubbard (Salia)
Paddi Edwards (Anya)
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Peter Neptune (Aron)
Madchen Amick (Teenage Girl)
Cindy Sorenson (Furry Animal)
Jennifer Barlow (Ensign Gibson)

Notes

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“Contagion”

Episode Number 37
The Enterprise and Romulan warbird
Production Number 137
Season 2
Stardate 42609.1
Original Airdate 3/20/1989

Story
Teleplay Steve Gerber and Beth Woods
Director Joseph L. Scanlan

Synopsis
When the Galaxy-class starship U.S.S. Yamato NCC-71807 self-destructs in the Neutral Zone, the Enterprise is sent to investigate. The probe of abandoned planet Iconia infects the Enterprise computer, Data, and that of a Romulan ship with a disabling electronic “virus.”

Guest Cast
Carolyn Seymour (Subcommander Taris)
Thalmus Rasulala (Capt. Donald Varley)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Dana Sparks (Tactical Officer)
Folkert Schmidt (Doctor)

Notes
This is the first episode Picard orders “Tea, Earl Grey, hot” from the replicator.
The Yamato is a Galaxy-class Starship, the same class as the Enterprise-D.
A representation of the Yamato was created by the creature Nagilum in “Where Silence Has Lease”, however the registry number was NCC-1305-E. (It was likely changed to NCC-71807 for consistency purposes.)

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“The Royale”

Episode Number 38
The Away Team is trapped in the Hotel Royale
Production Number 138
Season 2
Stardate 42625.4
Original Airdate 3/27/1989

Story
Teleplay Keith Mills (Tracy Tormé)
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
Riker, Worf and Data are trapped on a planet in the “Hotel Royale” where they must play out the plot of an old gambling novel in order to escape.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Sam Anderson (Assistant Manager)
Jill Jacobson (Vanessa)
Leo Garcia (Bellboy)
Noble Willingham (Texas)
Gregory Breecroft (Mickey D)

Notes
Tracy Tormé left the writing staff after his original screenplay for this episode was butchered by the producers. Keith Mills is a pseudonym.
(I wouldn’t want my name listed as the writer of this episode either….)

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“Time Squared”

Episode Number 39
Pulaski cares for the duplicate Picard
Production Number 139
Season 2
Stardate 42679.2
Original Airdate 4/3/1989

Story Kurt Michael Bensmiller
Teleplay Burton Armus
Director Joseph L. Scanlan

Synopsis
A double of Captain Picard from the future is found in a shuttle craft, the only survivor of an event about to happen and they must learn how to avoid it.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)

Notes

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“The Icaris Factor”

Episode Number 40
Kyle Riker and Will Riker
Production Number 140
Season 2
Stardate 42686.4
Original Airdate 4/24/1989

Story
Teleplay David Assael and Robert L. McCullough
Director Robert Iscove

Synopsis
Riker is briefed on a possible assignment to captain the starship U.S.S. Aries (NCC-45167) by his estranged father, Kyle Riker. Wesley, Data, Geordi, and O’Brien help Worf go through the anniversary of the Klingon Rite of Ascension in the Holodeck.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Mitchell Ryan (Kyle Riker)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Lance Spellerbeg (Ensign Herbert)

Notes
The Enterprise docks at Starbase Montgomery to have its warp engines checked.
Will Riker left home when he was 15. His mother died when he was 2 years old.
Dr. Pulaski tells Commander Riker that she would have married Kyle Riker 12 years ago, but his career was a priority.
Will and Kyle Riker battle it out in an Anbo-Jyutsu match.
Earlier this season in “A Matter of Honor”, Will is shocked that Kang doesn’t speak to his father (“but he’s your father!”).
“Entertainment Tonight” co-anchor John Tesh plays one of the 8 holodeck Klingons in this episode, who hit Worf with Klingon Painsticks to test his character.

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“Pen Pals”

Episode Number 41
Pulaski prepares to wipe Sarjenka’s memory
Production Number 141
Season 2
Stardate 42695.3
Original Airdate 5/1/1989

Story Hannah Louise Shearer
Teleplay Melinda Snodgrass
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
Data strikes up an acquaintance with an alien girl, Sarjenka, who calls for help by radio; her planet Drema IV is breaking up and Data wishes to help. Wesley commands the geological survey.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Nikki Cox (Sarjenka)
Nicholas Cascone (Ensign Davies)
Ann H. Gillespie (Ensign Hildebrant)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Whitney Rydbeck (Ensign Alans)

Notes

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“Q Who”

Episode Number 42
The Enterprise trapped by a Borg cube
Production Number 142
Season 2
Stardate 42761.3
Original Airdate 5/8/1989

Story
Teleplay Maurice Hurley
Director Rob Bowman

Synopsis
Q is kicked out of the continuum. Denied a position on the Enterprise, Q throws the ship 70,000 light years into the Delta Quadrant, where they must battle the Borg, ruthless cyborgs with a collective mind.

Guest Cast
John De Lancie (“Q”)
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Lycia Naff (Ensign Sonya Gomez)

Notes
This classic episode introduces the Borg. The Borg return in season three’s finale “The Best of Both Worlds, Part I”.

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“Samaritan Snare”

Episode Number 43
La Forge is held hostage by the Pakleds
Production Number 143
Season 2
Stardate 42779.1
Original Airdate 5/15/1989

Story
Teleplay Robert L. McCullough
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
Riker negotiates with the Pakleds, who have taken La Forge hostage in order to get Enterprise technology. Meanwhile, Picard is away for cardiac replacement at Starbase 515.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Christopher Collins (Pakled Captain Grebnedlog)
Leslie Morris (Reginod)
Daniel Benzali (Surgeon)
Lycia Naff (Ensign Sonya Gomez)
Tzi Ma (Biomolecular Physiologist)

Notes
Wesley accompanies Picard to Starbase 515. Apparently his score on the Academy Entrance Exam (“Coming of Age”) was high enough that he receives credit for his studies on the Enterprise. On Starbase 515, he is being tested to make sure that he can continue his studies.
Picard tells Wesley that he was stabbed through the heart by a Nausicaan in a bar fight after graduating from the Academy. The story will be further explored in the 6th season episode “Tapestry”.

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“Up The Long Ladder”

Episode Number 44
The Bringloidi make themselves at home
Production Number 144
Season 2
Stardate 42823.2
Original Airdate 5/22/1989

Story
Teleplay Melinda M. Snodgrass
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
The Enterprise rescues the Bringloidi, a primitive Earth colony, then discovers another colony of clones from Earth who desperately needs new genetic material.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Barrie Ingham (Danilo O’Dell)
Jon De Vries (Prime Minister Granger)
Rosalyn Landor (Brenna O’Dell)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)

Notes
Originally titled “Send In the Clones.”
Right-to-Life advocates objected to the fact that Commander Riker said “I’m in charge of my own body” when he objected to being cloned.
Picard’s search menu contains references to Japanese animĂ© and a “diplomatic mission to Alderan.”

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“Manhunt”

Episode Number 45
Lwaxana Troi enjoys a quiet dinner with Picard
Production Number 145
Season 2
Stardate 42859.2
Original Airdate 6/19/1989

Story
Teleplay Terry Devereaux (Tracy Tormé)
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
En route to a Federation conference on Pacifica, the crew picks up two delegates from the planet Antede III, and gets a surprise visit from Deanna Troi’s mother, Lwaxana Troi, who avidly pursues a husband — first Picard, then Riker.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi)
Carel Struycken (Mr. Homm)
Rod Arrants (Rex)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Robert Costanza (Slade Bender)
Robert O’Reilly (Scarface)
Rhoda Aldrich (Madeline)
Mick Fleetwood (Antedian Dignitary)
Wren T. Brown (Transport Pilot)

Notes
Tracy TormĂ© used a pseudonym for this episode and “The Royale”, having since stated that his original scripts for both episodes were rewritten against his wishes. He left the writing staff shortly after.
This episode establishes Lwaxana Troi as the Federation Ambassador to Betazed.
Picard escapes from Lwaxana in his Dixon Hill Holodeck program.
Lwaxana is in the Betazoid “phase,” a mid-life female cycle that quadruples a woman’s sex drive.
Robert O’Reilly later will play Klingon Chancellor Gowron.
Mick Fleetwood is drummer (and namesake) of the band Fleetwood Mac.

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“The Emissary”

Episode Number 46
K’Ehleyr and Worf prepare to mate
Production Number 146
Season 2
Stardate 42901.3
Original Airdate 6/26/1989

Story Richard Mannin & Hans Beimler
Teleplay Thomas Calder
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
The emissary sent to intercept the Klingon vessel IKC T’Ong, whose crew is in cryogenic suspension, is Worf’s past mate, K’Ehleyr. They must stop the Klingons from attacking in Federation space.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Suzie Plakson (Ambassador K’Ehleyr)
Georgann Johnson (Admiral Gromek)
Lance Le Gault (Captain K’Temoc)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Anne Elizabeth Ramsey (Ensign Clancy)
Dietrich Bader (Tactical Officer)

Notes
The K’t’inga-class Klingon Bird of Prey was recycled from Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Suzie Plakson also played Dr. Selar in “The Schizoid Man”. K’Ehleyr returns in the 4th season episode “Reunion”.
K’Ehleyr is only half-Klingon. Her father was Klingon, her mother human.

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“Peak Performance”

Episode Number 47
Ferengi Maurader approaches Enterprise & Hathaway
Production Number 147
Season 2
Stardate 42923.4
Original Airdate 7/10/1989

Story
Teleplay David Kemper
Director Robert Scheerer

Synopsis
Commander Riker and Captain Picard are pitted against each other in a Starfleet war game administered by Zakdorn Sirna Kolrami, with Picard helming the Enterprise and Riker the U.S.S. Hathaway, an 80-year-old clunker. With their real weapons systems off-line, a Ferengi ship ambushes the disabled Enterprise and Hathaway.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Roy Brocksmith (Sirna Kolrami)
Armin Shimerman (DaiMon Bractor)
David L. Lander (Ferengi First Officer)
Glenn Morshower (Ensign Burke)
Leslie Neale (Ensign Nagel)

Notes
Armin Shimerman, Quark from Deep Space Nine, plays DaiMon Bractor of the Ferengi vessel Kreechta.
Starfleet is administering the war games to prepare for a Borg invasion.
The U.S.S. Hathaway NCC-2593 is a Constellation-class starship (and a re-use of the U.S.S. Stargazer model and the Enterprise-D battle bridge using Enterprise-A style computer screens.)
Pulaski convinces Data to play Kolrami in a game of Stratagema.

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“Shades of Gray”

Episode Number 48
Pulaski treats Riker’s disease while Troi watches
Production Number 148
Season 2
Stardate 42976.1
Original Airdate 7/17/1989

Story
Teleplay Maurice Hurley, Richard Manning & Hans Beimler
Director Rob Bowman

Synopsis
While performing a geological survey, Riker contracts a mysterious disease that attacks his central nervous system. Dr. Pulaski tries to save him with a potentially lethal course of treatment.

Guest Cast
Diana Muldaur (Dr. Katherine Pulaski)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)

Notes
“Riker’s Greatest Hits.” Widely regarded as the worst Next Generation episode ever, where Dr. Pulaski probes Riker’s brain to trigger memories which cause emotional responses which attack the disease (i.e., it’s a flashback episode).

Season 3

“Evolution”

Episode Number 49
Dr. Crusher visits Wesley in the science lab
Production Number 150
Season 3
Stardate 43125.8 (Calendar Year 2366)
Original Airdate 9/25/1989

Story
Teleplay Michael Piller & Michael Wagner
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
Wesley’s science project accidentally releases microscopic Nanites into the ship’s computer core, where they are causing system failures and threaten Dr. Stubbs’ lifelong experiment.

Starring
Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard)
Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker)
LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge)
Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf)
Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher)
Marina Sirtis (Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi)
Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data)
Wil Wheaton (Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher)

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Ken Jenkins (Dr. Paul Stubbs)

Notes
Dr. Crusher returns from Starfleet Medical and Dr. Pulaski is gone for good. Gene Roddenberry said of Diana Muldaur “The chemistry we had hoped for did not develop….Our producers were happy with her and hope she will be available for future guest roles.” There were also the rumors that she did not get along with the rest of the cast and crew. Rather than look for another doctor, they asked Gates McFadden if she was interested.
No explanation is given for Dr. Crusher’s return to the Enterprise.
Geordi La Forge has been promoted to Lt. Commander; Worf has been promoted to full Lieutenant (from Lieutenant junior grade).
The uniforms now have a small, raised collar and no zipper down the front. For the men, the top is now separate from the bottom as opposed to the one-piece spandex jumpsuit; the female officers still wear a one-piece uniform. The pips (rank insignia) are now on the collar.
Beginning in Season 3, Gene Roddenberry hands over day-to-day operations to Rick Berman. Michael Pillar takes over the writing staff.
The opening sequence has also changed. Instead of zooming out from Earth to the Enterprise, the camera starts outside of the galaxy and zooms to the Enterprise.

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“The Ensigns of Command”

Episode Number 50
Data tries to convince the colonists to evacuate
Production Number 149
Season 3
Stardate 43133.4
Original Airdate 10/2/1989

Story
Teleplay Melinda M. Snodgrass
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
Data must convince reluctant colonists to evacuate the planet Tau Cygna V they settled on within four days, or the entire population will be annihilated by the Sheliak, who own that planet by Federation treaty.

Guest Cast
Eileen Seeley (Ard’rian McKenzie)
Mark L. Taylor (Haritath)
Richard Allen (Kentor)
Grainger Hines (Gosheven)
Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien)
Mart McChesney (Sheliak)

Notes
This episode was produced before “Evolution” but aired afterwards, hence the out-of-order production numbers.
Mart McChesney also played Armus in “Skin of Evil”.
Gosheven’s voice was dubbed over by another actor and Grainger Hines asked that his name be removed from the credits.
The shuttle Onizuka is named for Ellison Onizuka, one of the Challenger astronauts who died in the 1986 accident.

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“The Survivors”

Episode Number 51
Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge
Production Number 151
Season 3
Stardate 43152.4
Original Airdate 10/2/1989

Story
Teleplay Melinda M. Snodgrass
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
The Enterprise responds to a distress call from a colony on Rana IV. A man and his wife, Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge, are the sole survivors of a planetary massacre by the Husnak. The man turns out to be a Douwd, a super-being disguised as a human and causes Troi to hear loud, unbearable music in order to prevent her from discovering who he is.

Guest Cast
John Anderson (Kevin Uxbridge)
Anne Haney (Rishon Uxbridge)

Notes

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“Who Watches the Watchers?”

Episode Number 52
The Mintakans give Picard a tapestry as a gift
Production Number 152
Season 3
Stardate 43173.5
Original Airdate 10/16/1989

Story
Teleplay Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
Director Robert Wiemer

Synopsis
The Enterprise races to Mintaka III to aid a Federation anthropology team tudying the native primitive proto-Vulcan humanoids. When the lab’s holo-generator fails, the Away Team is exposed to one of the Mintakans, who believes that Picard is a god. He must convince them he is not in order to avoid returning them to their primitive beliefs in “overseers.”

Guest Cast
Kathryn Leigh Scott (Nuria)
Ray Wise (Liko)
James Greene (Dr. Barron)
Pamela Segall (Oji)
John McLiam (Fento)
James McIntire (Hali)
Mary Warren (Dr. Lois Hall)

Notes
The Federation anthropolgy team was studying the Mintakans in a duck-blind mission.
Exterior scenes on Mintaka III were filmed at Vasquez Rocks, near Los Angeles.
Dr. Crusher uses Dr. Pulaski’s memory wipe technique on Liko, but it does not work on Mintakan physiology. (Dr. Pulaski used the technique in the episode “Pen Pals”.)
The tapestry that the Mintakans give Picard can later be seen on his chair in his Ready Room throughout the rest of the series and in the motion pictures.

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“The Bonding”

Episode Number 53
Worf and Jeremy perform the r’uustai ritual
Production Number 153
Season 3
Stardate 43198.7
Original Airdate 10/23/1989

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
A routine mission to explore the ruins of the Koinonian civilization ends in tragedy when a bomb left over from that people’s long war explodes, killing the ship’s archaelogist Lt. Marla Aster. Back on the Enterprise, she suddenly reappears to take her son Jeremy down to the planet.

Guest Cast
Gabriel Damon (Jeremy Aster)
Susan Powell (Lt. Marla Aster)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Raymond Turner (the Teacher)

Notes
The Klingon r’uustai ceremony — the bonding — unites Worf and Jeremy as brothers.
This is the first episode written by Ronald D. Moore, who will go on to write many Trek episodes.

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“Booby Trap”

Episode Number 54
Geordi La Forge creates a holographic Leah Brahms
Production Number 154
Season 3
Stardate 43205.6
Original Airdate 10/30/1989

Story
Teleplay Ron Roman, Michael Piller and Richard Danus
Director Gabrielle Beaumont

Synopsis
The Enterprise becomes trapped by energy draining, radiation emitting devices in an asteroid field. Geordi creates a holodeck image of Dr. Leah Brahms, a senior design engineer of the Galaxy-class Enterprise-D, to find a solution.

Guest Cast
Susan Gibney (Dr. Leah Brahms)
Julie Warner (Ensign Christy Henshaw)
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Albert Hall (Galek Dar)

Notes
Guinan states that she is attracted to bald men. A kind, bald man once took care of her. (see “Time’s Arrow, Part I”)
The real Dr. Brahms comes aboard the Enterprise in the episode “Galaxy’s Child”.
Geordi gets a second shot with Christy Henshaw in “Transfigurations”.
The script originally had Picard becoming “involved” with Dr. Brahms, however it was changed to Geordi because it made more sense.
This was the first Next Generation episode directed by a woman.
Julie Warner went on to play Michelle in the movie Tommy Boy.

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“The Enemy”

Episode Number 55
The Enterprise rescues La Forge and Bochra
Production Number 155
Season 3
Stardate 43349.2
Original Airdate 11/6/1989

Story
Teleplay David Kemper and Michael Piller
Director David Carson

Synopsis
Stranded on Galorndon Core, Geordi is captured by a Romulan. The electro-magnetic storms numb the injured Romulan’s legs and render Geordi’s VISOR useless. The Enterprise sends a beacon and they are forced to collaborate to find it in order escape.

Guest Cast
John Snyder (Centurian Bochra)
Andreas Katsulas (Commander Tomalok)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Steve Rankin (Patahk)

Notes
This is the first appearance of Romulan Commander Tomalok, who will appear 3 more times.
Galorndon Core is located approximately 0.5 light years from the Neutral Zone. The Romulans’ interest in Galorndon Core is brought up again in “Unification, Part 2”.
Worf allows the Romulan to die by refusing to donate blood plasma.
Dr. Crusher’s hair has grown by at least 6 inches since the previous episode.

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“The Price”

Episode Number 56
Devinoni Ral seduces Deanna Troi
Production Number 156
Season 3
Stardate 43385.6
Original Airdate 11/13/1989

Story
Teleplay Hannah Louise Shearer
Director Robert Scheerer

Synopsis
During negotiations for the Barzan wormhole, Troi becomes involved with delegate Devinoni Ral. Troi finds out that he is secretly using his Betazoid abilities to manipulate the other delegates to his advantage.

Guest Cast
Matt McCoy (Devinoni Ral)
Elizabeth Hoffman (Premier Bhavani)
Scott Thompson (DaiMon Goss)
Castulo Guerra (Seth Mendoza)
Dan Shor (Dr. Arridor)
Leslie Jordan (Koll)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)

Notes
Professional negotiator Devinoni Ral is 1/4 Betazoid, but he keeps it a secret.
We first get to see Counselor Troi’s office in this episode. Troi first mentions she loves chocolate.
Arridor and Koll are found in the Delta Quadrant by the U.S.S. Voyager in the episode “False Profits”.
This episode introduces the concept that the Galaxy is divided into 4 quadrants: Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta.
This wormhole isn’t stable; the endpoint randomly moves around. The Barzan data set the endpoint as somewhere in the Gamma Quadrant, but during the test, the endpoint was located in the Delta Quadrant.
The first stable wormhole is found in the Deep Space Nine pilot “Emissary”, which does indeed lead to the Gamma Quadrant.

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“The Vengeance Factor”

Episode Number 57
Riker beams down to stop Yuta from killing Brull
Production Number 157
Season 3
Stardate 43421.9
Original Airdate 11/20/1989

Story
Teleplay Sam Rolfe
Director Timothy Bond

Synopsis
Picard and Riker assist in the reconciliation of clans on Acamar III that have been warring for a century, but an assassin is killing the delegates.

Guest Cast
Nancy Parsons (Sovereign Marouk)
Lisa Wilcox (Yuta)
Joey Aresco (Brull)
Stephen Lee (Chorgan)

Notes
Nancy Parsons is famous for playing Coach Ballbricker in the Porky’s series.
Lisa Wilcox previously starred in Nightmare on Elm Street IV and V.

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“The Defector”

Episode Number 58
Jarok leads the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone
Production Number 158
Season 3
Stardate 43462.5
Original Airdate 1/1/1990

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Robert Scheerer

Synopsis
Sub-Lieutenant Setal, a Romulan defector tries to lead the Enterprise to Nelvana III in the Neutral Zone to prevent a war. Picard is skeptical, but Setal finally admits that he is Romulan Admiral Jarok and claims the Romulans have created a secret base on Nelvana III and are preparing an invasion.

Guest Cast
James Sloyan (Sub-Lieutenant Setal/Admiral Alidar Jarok)
Andreas Katsulas (Commander Tomalok)

Notes
James Sloyan also plays Dr. Mora Pol, a recurring character on Deep Space Nine.
The Romulans have been feeding Jarok false information in order to expose him as a traitor.
Jarok commits suicide after he learns that the data was false.

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“The Hunted”

Episode Number 59
Danar demands to return home
Production Number 159
Season 3
Stardate 43489.2
Original Airdate 1/8/1990

Story
Teleplay Robin Bernheim
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
The Enterprise arrives at Angosia III, who has petitioned for Federation membership. When one of their prisoners escapes from a maximum security prison, the crew attempts to capture him — only to discover that he is a former solider who has been chemically programmed for war by the Angosians.

Guest Cast
Jeff McCarthy (Roga Danar)
James Cromwell (Prime Minister Nayrok)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
J. Michael Flynn (Zayner)

Notes
James Cromwell went on to play Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact.

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“The High Ground”

Episode Number 60
Finn forces Crusher to care for the Ansatans
Production Number 160
Season 3
Stardate 43510.7
Original Airdate 1/29/1990

Story
Teleplay Melinda M. Snodgrass
Director Gabrielle Beaumont

Synopsis
While delivering medical supplies to Rutia IV, Ansata terrorists kidnap Dr. Crusher and Captain Picard to negotiate for advantages.

Guest Cast
Richard Cox (Kyril Finn)
Kerrie Keane (Police Chief Alexana Devos)
Marc Buckland (Waiter Katik Shaw)
Fred G. Smith (Policeman)
Christopher Pettiet (Boy)

Notes
The Ansatans want independence from the Rutians.
The Ansatans are dying from their use of subspace transporters. Finn kidnaps Crusher to care for them.
Data states that Northern Ireland was successfully reunited with Ireland in 2024 through terrorism. (This episode has never aired on the UK’s BBC because of this.)

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“DĂ©jĂ  Q”

Episode Number 61
Guinan tells Q he is a pitiful excuse for a human
Production Number 161
Season 3
Stardate 43539.1
Original Airdate 2/5/1990

Story
Teleplay Richard Danus
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
Q returns as a mortal without his powers, pursued by an alien force wishing to kill him and attacking the Enterprise in order to reach him. Meanwhile, the Enterprise tries to keep Bre’el IV’s moon from crashing into the planet.

Guest Cast
John De Lancie (“Q”)
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Corbin Bernsen (“Q2”)
Richard Cansino (Dr. Garin)
Betty Muramoto (Bre’el Scientist)

Notes
This is the first appearance of another member of the Q Continuum, who is also named “Q”.
Q’s departing gift to Data for saving his life: a laugh.

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“A Matter of Perspective”

Episode Number 62
Enterprise arrives at the Tanuga Science Station
Production Number 162
Season 3
Stardate 43610.4
Original Airdate 2/12/1990

Story
Teleplay Ed Zuckerman
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
After Commander Riker is accused of murdering a scientist after the Tanuga IV Space Station explodes, conflicting reports are recreated on the holodeck.

Guest Cast
Craig Richard Nelson (Chief Investigator Krag)
Gina Hecht (Manua Apgar)
Mark Margolis (Dr. Nel Apgar)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Juli Donald (Tayna)

Notes
Dr. Apgar was developing a weapon that used krieger waves, not an energy source.
Apgar tried to kill Riker as he beamed out, but the wave reflected off the beam and hit the krieger converter, which caused the station to explode.

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“Yesterday’s Enterprise”

Episode Number 63
Guinan senses that Tasha Yar does not belong here
Production Number 163
Season 3
Stardate 43625.2
Original Airdate 2/19/1990

Story Trent Christopher Ganino & Eric A. Stillwell
Teleplay Ira Steven Behr & Richard Manning & Hans Beimler & Ronald D. Moore
Director David Carson

Synopsis
A time rift brings the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-C 22 years into the future, thereby changing events: Lt. Tasha Yar has returned and the Federation is now at war with the Klingons — and losing. Guinan senses that something is wrong and convinces Picard that the Enterprise-C must return to repair the timeline. Knowing that she dies a senseless death in the proper timeline, Yar decides to go back in time with the Enterprise-C.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar)
Christopher McDonald (Lt. Richard Castille)
Tricia O’Neil (Captain Rachel Garrett)

Notes
The Enterprise-C was destroyed helping to defend Klingon outpost on Narendra III from a Romulan attack.
When the Enterprise-C appears, Worf and Troi disappear from the bridge and Lt. Tasha Yar appears in Worf’s place. Wesley Crusher wears a Starfleet uniform with rank of ensign. All officers carry phasers as standard issue.
The captain’s log begins with “Military log, Combat Date…” instead of “Captain’s log, Stardate…” The warship (not starship) Enterprise-D is capable of transporting over 6,000 troops.
Guinan is very insistant that Picard restore the timeline, but does not protest when Picard allows Tasha to transfer to the Enterprise-C (though she may not have known he did this at the time).
This episode sets up Denise Crosby’s return as Commander Sela in “Redemption, Part I”.
Guinan gives Worf his first taste of prune juice (“A Warrior’s Drink™”). It becomes his drink of choice throughout the series and on DS9.
Troi has no speaking lines in this episode.
Dr. Selar is heard being paged to sickbay. (See “The Schizoid Man”.)

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“The Offspring”

Episode Number 64
Data creates an android daughter, Lal
Production Number 164
Season 3
Stardate 43657.0
Original Airdate 3/12/1990

Story
Teleplay René Echeverria
Director Jonathan Frakes

Synopsis
Based on his own circuits, Data creates an android “offspring,” Lal, who chooses female form. Admiral Haftel comes to take her away for study at the Starfleet Daystrom Institute cybernetics lab on Galor IV. When confronted with being forced to leave her father, Lal experiences emotional awareness — fear and confusion — and suffers a breakdown of her neural pathways. Before shutting down, Lal expresses her love for Data and thanks him for her life.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Hallie Todd (Lal)
Nicholas Coster (Admiral Anthony Haftel)
Judyanne Elder (Lieutenant Ballard)
Diane Moser (Ten Forward crew #1)
Hayne Bayle (Ten Forward crew #2)
Maria Leone (Ten Forward crew #3)
James G. Becker (Ten Forward crew #4)
Leonard John Crowfoot (Android Lal)

Notes
This is the first episode directed by actor Jonathan Frakes, and is also one of my personal favorites.
Lal is Hindi for “beloved.”
After Lal’s shutdown, Data transfers her memories into his own.
Admiral Haftel seems to have forgotten that Data was given the full rights of a Federation citizen in the episode “The Measure of a Man”, where Commander Maddox tried to have Data transferred to the Daystrom Institute for study.

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“Sins of the Father”

Episode Number 65
Worf, son of Mogh, appears before the High Council
Production Number 165
Season 3
Stardate 43685.2
Original Airdate 3/19/1990

Story Drew Deighan
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore & W. Reed Moran
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
As part of an exchange program, the Enterprise plays host to Klingon officer Kurn. Kurn hands Worf the surprise of his life when he informs the lieutenant that they are brothers, separated after their parents were killed in the Romulan assault on the Khitomer Outpost. Evidence has surfaced that indicates their late father Mogh may have aided the Romulans, and now Worf, the eldest son, must go before the Klingon High Council to defend his family’s honor. After the trial begins, Kurn, who is serving as his brother’s cha’Dich, is attacked and severely injured by Klingon assassins. Worf shocks the council when he appears with his new cha’Dich: Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Picard must prove that Mogh was innocent, or surrender Worf to meet the punishment for his father’s treason: death by execution.

Guest Cast
Charles Cooper (Chancellor K’mpec)
Tony Todd (Commander Kurn)
Patrick Massett (Duras)
Thelma Lee (Kahlest)

Notes
When Kurn is injured, Picard becomes Worf’s cha’Dich (“second”).
Duras’ father Ja’rad was actually the traitor at Khitomer. To protect the honor of the Empire and to prevent cival war, Worf accepts discommendation.
The U.S.S. Intrepid NCC-38907 was the first Federation starship to respond to the Romulan attack on Khitomer on Stardate 23859.7. Captain Drew Deighan was the commanding officer.
This is the first time we see the Klingon Homeworld, Kronos (transliterated as Qo’noS from the Klingon script).
The Klingon language was developed by linguist Marc Okrand and was used first in this episode, and is used all future episodes and movies.

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“Allegiance”

Episode Number 66
Picard is held captive
Production Number 166
Season 3
Stardate 43714.1
Original Airdate 3/26/1990

Story
Teleplay Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
Picard is kidnapped and held in a room with three other aliens. Meanwhile, a look-alike imposter is leading the Enterprise into danger to test their idea of allegiance.

Guest Cast
Jocelyn O’Brien (Cadet Mitena Haro)
Stephen Markel (Kova Tholl)
Reiner Schone (Esoqq)

Notes
Cadet Haro’s uniform is the first time the new cadet uniform is shown. Haro pretends to be a 1st year cadet (Cadet 4th Class), but is actually an alien studying the other three. She takes the form of a Bolian female, and her homeworld is Bolarus IX.
Picard visited Esoqq’s homeworld of Chalna 12 years ago, when he was the Captain of the U.S.S. Stargazer.
The aliens are testing the concepts of authority, leadership, and allegiance.
The fake Picard engages in drinking songs in Ten Forward and begins to seduce Beverly, but then suddenly tells her to leave his quarters.

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“Captain’s Holiday”

Episode Number 67
Picard meets Vash on Risa
Production Number 167
Season 3
Stardate 43745.2
Original Airdate 4/2/1990

Story
Teleplay Ira Steven Behr
Director Chip Chalmers

Synopsis
Picard’s vacation on Risa is disrupted by a woman, Vash, who is searching for an artifact from the future called the “Tox Uthat,” pursued by a Ferengi and two Vorgons from the 27th century who also want the device.

Guest Cast
Jennifer Hetrick (Vash)
Michael Grodénchik (Sovak)
Karen Landry (Ajur)
Michael Champion (Boratus)
Dierdre Imershein (Joval)

Notes
Vash returns to haunt Picard again in the fourth season’s story “Qpid”, and appears in Deep Space Nine’s first season episode “Q-Less”.
This is the first mention and appearance of the pleasure planet Risa.

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“Tin Man”

Episode Number 68
Tin Man (Gomtuu) in orbit around Beta Stromgren
Production Number 168
Season 3
Stardate 43779.3
Original Airdate 4/23/1990

Story
Teleplay Robert Bischoff & David Putman Bailey
Director Robert Scheerer

Synopsis
The Enterprise is assigned to contact a newly discovered lifeform, code-named “Tin Man,” with the aid of Tam Elbrun, a Betazoid first contact specialist, before two Romulan ships destroy it.

Guest Cast
Harry Groener (Tam Elbrun)
Michael Cavanaugh (Captain Robert DeSoto)
Colm Meaney (Lieutenant O’Brien)
Peter Vogt (Romulan Commander)

Notes
Tin Man’s name is Gomtuu in its native form; it is a space-borne organism that can function as a starship.
On one of Tam Elbrun’s previous first contact missions on Ghorushda, 47 Starfleet officers were killed. Riker knew several of the officers and holds Tam Elbrun directly responsible for their deaths.
Starbase 123 detected two D’Deridex-class cruisers en route to Beta Stromgren. This is the class of Romulan Warbird that was first seen in “The Neutral Zone”.
A Betazoid’s empathic/telepathic abilities usually develop during adolescence. Occasionally, if they are present at birth, it can cause emotional trauma growing up because they hear other’s thoughts simultaneously and are unable to cope, as in Tam Elbrun’s case. Most Betazoids with this problem can never lead normal lives, due to pain and stress. Like the other Betazoids we have seen (Deanna and Lwaxana), Tam Elbrun’s irises are black, like his pupils.
Counselor Troi helped care for Tam Elbrun while studying psychology at the University of Betazed.
Commander Riker was Captain DeSoto’s first officer before transferring to the Enterprise.

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“Hollow Pursuits”

Episode Number 69
Lt. Reginald Barclay
Production Number 169
Season 3
Stardate 43807.4
Original Airdate 4/30/1990

Story
Teleplay Sally Caves (Sarah Higley)
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
Geordi tries to help a shy diagnostic engineer, Lt. Reg Barclay, who escapes reality in the holodeck. Meanwhile, while transporting medical samples, mysterious malfunctions begin to plague the Enterprise.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Dwight Schultz (Lt. Reginald Barclay)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Charley Lang (Lt. Duffy)

Notes
This is the first appearance of Lt. Barclay, who will appear several more times throughout the series. His next appearance is in Season 4’s “The Nth Degree”.
Wesley Crusher’s nick-name for Barclay is “Broccoli”. He apparently thinks it’s funny. Data points out that nick-names usually indicate fondness, diminutives between friends.
Barclay previously served on the U.S.S. Zhukov under Captain Gleason, where he received high ratings.
Sally Caves is writer Sarah Higley’s pseudonym.

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“The Most Toys”

Episode Number 70
Data faces the choice of killing Fajo to escape
Production Number 170
Season 3
Stardate 43872.2
Original Airdate 5/7/1990

Story
Teleplay Shari Goodhartz
Director Timothy Bond

Synopsis
Data is kidnapped by Kivas Fajo, a Zibalian trader who collects unique things. After Data’s shuttle apparently explodes, the crew assumes Data to be dead, and they proceed to an emergency mission on Beta Agni II.

Guest Cast
Saul Rubinek (Kivas Fajo)
Jane Daly (Varria)
Nehemiah Persoff (Palor Toff)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)

Notes
When Data is assumed dead, Worf is moved to Data’s position as Operations Manager (“Ops”).
At this point in time, Data has never killed anyone. While holding Fajo at bay with a Varon-T disrupter, Data is beamed to the Enterprise at the last minute. O’Brien detects his weapon was discharged during transport; Data notes that it must have been a malfunction.
Fajo owns four of the five Varon-T disrupters in existence, which are outlawed by the Federation.
Famous little person David Rappaport was originally cast as Fajo. Unfortunately, he committed suicide two days into filming.

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“Sarek”

Episode Number 71
Ambassador Sarek departs the Enterprise
Production Number 171
Season 3
Stardate 43917.4
Original Airdate 5/14/1990

Story Peter S. Beagle
Teleplay Marc Cushman & Jake Jacobs
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
Sarek, the venerable Vulcan ambassador, joins the Enterprise for his final diplomatic task at age 202 to establish ties with the Legarans, but he is uncharacteristically moody. Meanwhile, mysterious outbreaks of violence plague the Enterprise.

Guest Cast
Mark Lenard (Ambassador Sarek)
Joanna Miles (Perrin)
William Denis (Ki Mendrossen)
Rocco Sisto (Sakkath)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
John H. Francis (Science Ensign)

Notes
Sarek is Mr. Spock’s father. Perrin is Sarek’s second (human) wife.
Sarek suffers from Bendii Syndrome, which causes elderly Vulcans over the age of 200 to lose emotional control. Sarek mind-melds with Picard to share Picard’s mental control in order to complete the negotiations. The negotiations are to take place on the Enterprise in orbit around Legara IV.
Sarek and Perrin will return in the 5th season episode “Unification, Part I”.
During the “Mozart Concert,” the second piece was actually by Brahms, the Andante in D-minor movement of Brahm’s “Sextet #1 in B-flat Major” with four players performing a six piece. (The first piece was Mozart’s “String Quartet No. 19 in C Major (The Dissonant)”.)
Dr. Crusher slaps Welsey really hard. (Awesome!) There is also a huge “bar brawl” in Ten Forward, started by O’Brien.

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“MĂ©nage Ă  Troi”

Episode Number 72
Lwaxana negotiates for Deanna and Riker’s release
Production Number 172
Season 3
Stardate 43930.7
Original Airdate 5/28/1990

Story
Teleplay Fred Bronson & Susan Sackett
Director Robert Legato

Synopsis
While attending the biannual Betazed Trade Conference, Ferengi Daimon Tog abducts Commander Riker, Counselor Troi, and her mother Lwaxana Troi to use Lwaxana’s telepathic powers for profit.

Guest Cast
Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi)
Frank Corsentino (DaiMon Tog)
Ethan Phillips (Dr. Farek)
Peter Slutsker (Nibor)
Rudolph Willrich (Reittan Grax)
Carel Struycken (Mr. Homn)

Notes
This is the first episode we see the planet Betazed, both planetary orbit view and the surface.
According to Deanna, the Sacred Chalice of Rixx is “an old clay pot with mold growing inside it.”
Wesley figures out a way to track the Ferengi ship and misses the final ship (the U.S.S. Bradbury NX-72307) to Starfleet Academy. Captain Picard gives him a field promotion to full Starfleet ensign.
Picard quotes Shakespeare to win Lwaxana back from Tog.
The Ferengi have a four-lobe brain, which makes it difficult for Betazoids to read their thoughts and emotions.
The Ferengi enjoy having their ears stroked as foreplay, which they call “oo-mox.”
Ethan Phillips will go on to play Neelix on Star Trek Voyager.
Episode co-writer Susan Sacket was Gene Roddenberry’s personal assistant.

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“Transfigurations”

Episode Number 73
‘John’ heals Lt. Worf’s lethal injury
Production Number 173
Season 3
Stardate 43957.2
Original Airdate 6/4/1990

Story
Teleplay René Echevarria
Director Tom Benko

Synopsis
The Enterprise rescues an injured alien who has amnesia and the crew discovers that he has remarkable healing powers. A Zalkonian ship intercepts the Enterprise, claiming that the man is a wanted criminal.

Guest Cast
Mark LaMura (“John Doe”)
Charles Dennis (Commander Sunad)
Julie Warner (Ensign Christy Henshaw)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Patti Tippo (Nurse Temple)

Notes
Geordi had a disastrous first date with Christy Henshaw in the episode “Booby Trap”.
This is the first episode Dr. Crusher uses the new medical tricorder.
“John Doe” is transforming into an energy being. The Zalkonians have been killing anyone who exhibits the symptoms in an effort to stop evolution. “John Doe” is the first one to escape and make the transformation.

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“The Best of Both Worlds, Part I”

Episode Number 74
”Resistance is futile”
Production Number 174
Season 3
Stardate 43989.1
Original Airdate 6/18/1990

Story
Teleplay Michael Piller
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
When the Borg begin attacking within Federation space, Borg specialist Lt. Commander Shelby joins the Enterprise. After a short battle, the Enterprise retreats into a nebula. Hidden in the nebula, the crew works to turn the main deflector dish into a high-energy weapon. The Borg kidnap Picard, transform him into a Borg (“Locutus”) to be their spokesman and set a direct course for Sector 0-0-1 — Earth. When a rescue attempt fails, Riker orders “Mr. Worf…fire.” (To be continued…)

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Elizabeth Dennehy (Lt. Commander Shelby)
George Murdock (Admiral J.P. Hansen)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)

Notes
The Season 3 finale cliffhanger; continued in the 4th season premiere “The Best of Both Worlds, Part II”.
Lt. Commander Shelby is the head of Starfleet’s Borg tactical analysis team.
The Borg were introduced in Season 2’s “Q Who”.
Riker is offered command of the U.S.S. Melbourne NCC-62043. He decides to stay on the Enterprise. (Good thing, because the Melbourne is destroyed by the Borg in Part II.) This is the third time he’s turned down a promotion to captain. The first two were the U.S.S. Drake and the U.S.S. Aries.
Elizabeth Dennehy is actor Brian Dennehy’s daughter.
George Murdock previously played “God” in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
“The Best of Both Worlds” was voted the most popular episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4

“The Best of Both Worlds, Part II”

Episode Number 75
”The Best of Both Worlds, Part II”
Production Number 175
Season 4
Stardate 44001.4 (Calendar Year 2367)
Original Airdate 9/24/1990

Story
Teleplay Michael Piller
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
When the deflector weapon proves to be ineffective, the Borg ship warps toward Earth. A Starfleet armada of 40 ships attacks the Borg ship at Wolf 359 and is defeated. The Enterprise rescues Picard, and Data is able to link into the Borg network through him and stop their attack and destroy the Borg ship.

Starring
Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard)
Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker)
LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge)
Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf)
Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher)
Marina Sirtis (Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi)
Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data)
Wil Wheaton (Ensign Wesley Crusher)

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Elizabeth Dennehy (Lt. Commander Shelby)
George Murdock (Admiral J.P. Hansen)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Todd Merrill (Lieutenant Gleason)

Notes
When Picard is declared lost, Riker receives a field promotion to Captain. He chooses Shelby as first officer over Worf and Data and she is promoted to Commander.
39 starships and 11,000 Starfleet personnel were lost at Wolf 359, including Admiral Hansen and the U.S.S. Melbourne (Riker was offered command of the U.S.S. Melbourne NCC-62043 in Part I).
The Battle of Wolf 359 will be seen from Sisko’s perspective in the Deep Space Nine pilot “Emissary”.
This is the first time we’ve seen a saucer separation since season 1’s “The Arsenal Of Freedom”.
Data sends a “Sleep” command to the Borg collective; the malfunction causes the ship to self-destruct.
This episode was nominated for 4 Emmy Awards: it won Outstanding Sound Editing and Outstanding Sound Mixing, and was also nominated for Outstanding Special Effects and Outstanding Art Direction.
Wolf 359 is an actual star 7.6 light years away and the third closest star system to our solar system. (The first two are Alpha Centauri and Barnard’s Star.)

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“Family”

Episode Number 76
Jean-Luc says au revoir to his family
Production Number 178
Season 4
Stardate 44012.3
Original Airdate 9/29/1990

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
While the Enterprise undergoes repairs at McKinley Station in orbit around Earth, Picard returns home to visit his brother Robert in France. Worf’s adoptive parents, Helena and Sergei Rozhenko, visit the Enterprise. Wesley receives a holographic message from his late father, Jack Crusher.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Jeremy Kemp (Robert Picard)
Samantha Eggar (Marie Picard)
David Tristin Birkin (René Picard)
Georgia Brown (Helena Rozhenko)
Theodore Bikel (Sergei Rozhenko)
Dennis Creaghan (Louis )
Doug Wert (Lt. Cmdr. Jack R. Crusher)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)

Notes
The Enterprise is docked at McKinley Station for six weeks for repairs because of the Borg attack. During this time a defective hatch is installed on the Enterprise’s warp drive dilithium chamber, which causes a serious failure several months later (see “The Drumhead”).
O’Brien is given a first and middle name, Miles Edward, in this episode. Sergei Rozhenko calls O’Brien a non-commissioned crewman, though he clearly is wearing a Lieutenant’s two solid pips (the same as Worf, who is standing right next to him). This changes in Season 6, when he is “demoted” to Chief Petty Officer (see “Realm of Fear”).
David Tristin Birkin later plays the young Jean-Luc Picard in 6th season’s “Rascals”.
This episode is often shown out of order during reruns with the next two episodes due to their production numbers.
This episode has no shots on the main bridge.

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“Brothers”

Episode Number 77
Data is called back to his creator, Dr. Soong
Production Number 177
Season 4
Stardate 44085.7
Original Airdate 10/8/1990

Story
Teleplay Rick Berman
Director Rob Bowman

Synopsis
Data (and inadvertently Lore) is called back by his creator, Dr. Soong, by a homing device in his circuits that causes him to take control of the Enterprise, while a young passenger is dangerously ill and in need of treatment at a nearby Starbase.

Guest Cast
Brent Spiner (Dr. Noonien Soong)
Brent Spiner (Lore)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Cory Danziger (Jake Potts)
Adam Ryen (Willie Potts)
James Lashly (Ensign Kopf)

Notes
Dr. Soong calls Data back to give him a chip that contains memories and emotion subroutines. Lore fatally injures Dr. Soong and steals the emotion chip.
This is the first time Data meets his “father” face to face. It was previously thought that Dr. Soong was killed by the Crystalline Entity (see “Silicon Avatar”).
Data gets the emotion chip back in the 7th season opener “Descent, Part II”, and finally installs it in Star Trek Generations. In the meantime, the chip’s appearance would change from the tiny round disc seen here to resemble a large “Chex” cereal look.
Lore was floating in space for 2 years until he was found by a group of Pakleds. He was found wearing a Pakled outfit. (See “Datalore” and “Samaritan Snare”.)

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“Suddenly Human”

Episode Number 78
Jono is reunited with his foster father, Endar
Production Number 176
Season 4
Stardate 44143.7
Original Airdate 10/15/1990

Story Ralph Phillips
Teleplay John Whelpley & Jeri Taylor
Director Gabrielle Beaumont

Synopsis
The Enterprise saves a Talarian ship and a teenage human boy named Jono who was been raised by the aliens as one of their own. DNA matching identifies him as Jeremiah Rossa, grandson of Starfleet Admiral Rossa. The boy wishes to remain with the Talarian captain Endar, who took Jono in as his own son.

Guest Cast
Chad Allen (Jono/Jeremiah Rossa)
Sherman Howard (Captain Endar)
Barbara Townsend (Admiral Connaught Rossa)

Notes
Jeremiah’s parents, along with the rest of the colony, were killed by the Talarians during a border dispute. Endar took in Jeremiah, who was just a baby.
Jono decides to return to the Talarians.
The Enterprise rescued a group of renegade Klingons on a crippled Talarian ship in the first season episode “Heart of Glory”.

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“Remember Me”

Episode Number 79
Beverly Crusher, sole crewman on the Enterprise
Production Number 179
Season 4
Stardate 44161.2
Original Airdate 10/22/1990

Story
Teleplay Lee Sheldon
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
Dr. Crusher discovers crew members are vanishing one by one, but no one left on board misses them — or even knows who they are. She eventually discovers that she is trapped in a warp bubble generated by one of Wesley’s experiments gone awry.

Guest Cast
Eric Menyuk (The Traveler)
Bill Erwin (Cmdr. Dalen Quaice, M.D.)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)

Notes
The Enterprise is docked at Starbase 133 for crew rotation. It is carrying 1014 people, including Dr. Quaice.
Dr. Crusher interned under Dr. Quaice on Delos IV. Dr. Quaice has been stationed at Starbase 133 for six years.
Dr. Crusher pages Dr. Selar and asks the computer to locate her; she goes missing soon after Dr. Quaice (see “The Schizoid Man”).
This was the 79th episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The original Star Trek series’ episode count was 79.
The Traveler was introduced in the episode “Where No One Has Gone Before”. Wesley was experimenting with Kosinski’s equations from the same episode.

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“Legacy”

Episode Number 80
Ishara Yar, sister of Lt. Tasha Yar
Production Number 180
Season 4
Stardate 44215.2
Original Airdate 10/29/1990

Story
Teleplay Joe Menosky
Director Robert Scheerer

Synopsis
A rescue attempt of a Federation freighter on Turkana IV, Tasha Yar’s home planet, leads to her sister, Ishara Yar. Yar wins the confidence of the crew and offers to help rescue the men, but is actually using the Enterprise to further her own cause.

Guest Cast
Beth Toussaint (Ishara Yar)
Don Mirault (Hayne)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Vladimir Velasco (Tan Tsu)
Christopher Michael (Coalition Lieutenant)

Notes
Tasha Yar left Turkana IV when she was 15. Ishara chose to stay and she joined the Coalition, who is at war with the Alliance.
Tasha Yar died in the first season episode “Skin of Evil”.
The U.S.S. Potemkin (NCC-18253, Excelsior-class) was the last starship to visit Turkana IV in 2361. Riker previously served on the Potemkin (presumably after contact with Turkana IV).

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“Reunion”

Episode Number 81
K’Ehleyr brings Alexander to meet Worf
Production Number 181
Season 4
Stardate 44246.3
Original Airdate 11/5/1990

Story Drew Deighan & Thomas Perry & Jo Perry
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga
Director Jonathan Frakes

Synopsis
During an investigation of a radiation anomaly, the Enterprise is met by a Klingon warship bearing Ambassador K’Ehleyr. When she beams aboard to meet with Captain Picard, she brings a surprise for Lt. Worf — her young son, who is also Worf’s son. While Worf is faced with conflicting feelings for K’Ehleyr and his child, Picard must confront a momentous task. Klingon High Council Leader K’Mpec has been poisoned and is on his deathbed. Knowing he doesn’t have long to live, he summons Picard to arbitrate the imminent power struggle for leadership of the Klingons. One of the two contenders is also K’Mpec’s murderer, and the fragile peace between the Federation and the Klingons depends on Picard’s ability to discover who is the traitor — before he becomes the new Klingon leader.

Guest Cast
Suzie Plakson (Ambassador K’Ehleyr)
Robert O’Reilly (Gowron)
Patrick Massett (Duras)
Charles Cooper (Chancellor K’Mpec)
Jon Steuer (Alexander)
April Grace (Transporter Chief Hubbell)
Michael Rider (Security Guard)
Basil Wallace (Klingon Guard #1)
Mirron E. Willis (Klingon Guard #2)

Notes
Duras kills K’Ehleyr when she learns why Worf was discommendated. The producers decided to kill the popular K’Ehleyr because they felt it was the best way to provoke Worf into killing Duras.
K’Ehleyr and Worf mated in the 2nd season episode “The Emissary”. Alexander is awfully big for a one-year-old…. Alexander goes to live with Worf’s foster parents, and he returns to the Enterprise to stay in the fifth season episode “New Ground”.
The new Klingon Vor’cha-class attack cruiser debuts here. (All other Klingon vessels where rehashed from the classic Trek movies up to this point.) The ship now has warp nacelles, which have a slight “Starfleet” look to reflect the Klingon-Federation alliance.
K’Mpec has been Chancellor of the Klingon Empire longer than any other.
The Klingon storyline continues in the season finale “Redemption, Part I”, where Gowron is officially installed as Chancellor of the Klingon Empire.

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“Future Imperfect”

Episode Number 82
”Ethan” explains to Riker why he kdnapped him
Production Number 182
Season 4
Stardate 44286.5
Original Airdate 11/12/1990

Story
Teleplay J. Larry Carroll & David Bennett Carren
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
Riker awakens in sick bay to be told that 16 years have elapsed and he now has a son. Dr. Crusher tells him his memory of those years has been erased by a virus he contracted during an away mission on Alpha Onias III.

Guest Cast
Chris Demetral (“Jean-Luc Riker”/”Ethan”)
Andreas Katsulas (Commander Tomalok)
Carolyn McCormick (Minuet Riker)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse [Alyssa Ogawa])
Todd Merrill (Ensign Gleason)
April Grace (Transporter Chief Hubbell)
George O’Hanlon Jr. (Transporter Chief)
Dana Tjowander (Barash)

Notes
Barash is a lonely, young alien living alone on the planet. His mother left him there to keep him safe from aliens that were hunting their species. She provided him with neural scanners which can read his thoughts and turn them into holograms. Barash leaves with Riker.
Riker met the holo-character Minuet, created by the Bynars, in the episode “11001001”.
In Riker’s alternate reality, Riker is captain of the Enterprise, Data is First Officer, and Worf is Ops Manager. Picard has been promoted to admiral, and he and Deanna have positions at Starfleet Command. There is also a Ferengi ensign at Conn.
This is the first appearance of Dr. Crusher’s recurring nurse, who will later be known as Alyssa Ogawa.

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“Final Mission”

Episode Number 83
Wesley pledges to keep Picard alive
Production Number 183
Season 4
Stardate 44307.3
Original Airdate 11/19/1990

Story Kacey Arnold-Ince
Teleplay Kacey Arnold-Ince and Jeri Taylor
Director Corey Allen

Synopsis
Wesley joins Captain Picard on a final mission after learning he will finally be going to Starfleet Academy. En route to mediate a miners’ dispute, the shuttlecraft crashes on a desert moon. Meanwhile, the Enterprise tows a radioactive garbage scow.

Guest Cast
Nick Tate (Captain Dirgo)
Kim Hamilton (Chairman Songi)
Mary Kohnert (Ensign Tess Allenby)

Notes
With this episode, Wil Wheaton officially leaves the regular cast. Like Denise Crosby, he asked to be let go to pursue a film career. Wil Wheaton’s name will be dropped from the opening credits after this episode.
In this episode, Wesley Crusher does not save the Enterprise, only Captain Picard.
Wesley Crusher will return as a guest star to once again save the Enterprise in Season 5’s “The Game”.

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“The Loss”

Episode Number 84
Deanna Troi’s senses become overloaded
Production Number 184
Season 4
Stardate 44356.9
Original Airdate 12/31/1990

Story Hilary J. Bader
Teleplay Hilary J. Bader and Alan J. Bader & Vanessa Greene
Director Chip Chalmers

Synopsis
Troi loses her empathic abilities while the Enterprise is trapped in a two-dimensional field and being drawn with it toward a cosmic string that will destroy the Enterprise.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Kim Braden (Ensign Janet Brooks)
Mary Kohnert (Ensign Tess Allenby)

Notes
Riker refers to Deanna as “imzadi” (Betazoid for “beloved”), which is the first time the word has been heard since Season 2 (“Shades of Gray”). We won’t hear it again until the 5th season (a “flashback” in “Violations”) and then the 7th season (“Thine Own Self”).

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“Data’s Day”

Episode Number 85
Miles O’Brien marries Keiko Ishikawa
Production Number 185
Season 4
Stardate 44390.1
Original Airdate 1/7/1991

Story Harold Apter
Teleplay Harold Apter and Ronald D. Moore
Director Robert Wiemer

Synopsis
Data narrates a day’s activities in which he tries to understand various human reactions. Chief Miles O’Brien marries Keiko. Dr. Crusher teaches Data to dance. Meanwhile, Vulcan Ambassador T’Pel takes the Enterprise to the Neutral Zone.

Guest Cast
Rosalind Chao (Keiko Ishikawa)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Sierra Pecheur (Ambassador T’Pel/Subcommander Selok)
Alan Scarfe (Admiral Mendak)
April Grace (Transporter Chief Hubbell)
Shelly Desai (V’Sal)

Notes
Data narrates his activities to Commander Bruce Maddox, who tried to have him disassembled for study in “The Measure of a Man”.
This episode introduces Keiko O’Brien, who becomes a recurring character on TNG, then DS9.
This is the first episode we actually see the arboretum (it was previously mentioned several times). Being a botanist, Keiko works in the arboretum. The arboretum is located on Deck 17, Section 21 Alpha.
This episode introduces Data’s cat, Spot, who would appear again later in the fourth and sixth seasons.
This episode marks the first appearance of the ship’s salon and the Bolian barber.
T’Pel is a Romulan spy, who is later referenced by Admiral Satie in “Drumhead”.
Gates McFadden was a choreographer for the Muppets.

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“The Wounded”

Episode Number 86
Gul Macet of the Cardassian Union
Production Number 186
Season 4
Stardate 44429.6
Original Airdate 1/27/1991

Story Stuart Charno & Sara Charno and Cy Chermak
Teleplay Jeri Taylor
Director Chip Chalmers

Synopsis
Renegade Starfleet Captain Maxwell of the U.S.S. Phoenix is attacking the Cardassians, and the Enterprise must intercept and stop him before he starts a war.

Guest Cast
Bob Gunton (Captain Ben Maxwell)
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O’Brien)
Marc Alaimo (Gul Macet)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Marco Rodriguez (Glinn Telle)
Time Winters (Glinn Daro)
John Hancock (Admiral Haden)

Notes
This episode introduces the Cardassians, who would later be seen in “Ensign Ro” and “Chain of Command, Part I”, along with being important figures in the history of Deep Space Nine. On the star charts, the Cardassian Union is located “west” of the Federation, opposite from the Klingon and Romulan Empires. A treaty was signed one year ago, which ended the hostilities between the Cardassians and the Federation. Maxwell discovered that the Cardassians are secretly rearming for war.
The U.S.S. Phoenix NCC-65420 is a Nebula-class starship. This is the first appearance of the Nebula-class starship, which has a similar design to the Galaxy-class starship, in a different configuartion.
O’Brien was Maxwell’s tactical officer on the U.S.S. Rutledge NCC-57295 during the Federation-Cardassian border conflicts in the 2340’s.
Marc Alaimo will go on to play a different Cardassian — Gul Dukat — on Deep Space Nine.
The Cardassian rank Gul is equivalent to Captain, and Glinn is equivalent to Commander.
The song O’Brien and Maxwell sing is “The Minstrel Boy” by Thomas Moore.

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“Devil’s Due”

Episode Number 87
Ardra arrives to enslave the Ventaxians
Production Number 187
Season 4
Stardate 44474.5
Original Airdate 2/4/1991

Story Philip Lazebnik and William Douglas Lansford
Teleplay Philip Lazebnik
Director Tom Benko

Synopsis
An emergency transmission from a Federation science station brings the Enterprise to Ventax II. A woman with great powers claims to be the Ventaxian’s mythical figure Ardra and she has returned to claim the planet and its inhabitants by a 1,000 year old contract. Picard sets out to prove that she is just a con-artist.

Guest Cast
Marta DuBois (Ardra)
Paul Lambert (Dr. Howard Clarke)
Marcello Tubert (Acost Jared)
Thad Lamey (Devil Monster)
Tom Magee (Fek’lhr Monster)
William Glover (Marley)

Notes
Picard critiques Data’s role as Scrooge from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on the holodeck.
Marta DuBois previously played Magnum’s estranged wife on “Magnum P.I.”
At one point, Ardra transforms herself in to Fek’lhr, The Guardian of Gre’thor–where dishonored Klingons go after they die.

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“Clues”

Episode Number 88
La Forge examines Data for malfunctions
Production Number 188
Season 4
Stardate 44502.7
Original Airdate 2/11/1991

Story Bruce D. Arthurs
Teleplay Bruce D. Arthurs and Joe Menosky
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
After experiencing a wormhole, Data appears to be lying to cover up the reason for the crew’s resulting unconsciousness.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Pamela Winslow (Ensign McKnight)
Rhonda Aldrich (Madeline)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse [Alyssa Ogawa])
Thomas Knickerbocker (Gunman)

Notes
Guinan joins Picard on the holodeck in a Dixon Hill story.
The nurse introduced in “Future Imperfect” is given a first name in this episode, Alyssa. (Alyssa gets a last name in “Identity Crisis”.)
This is the first episode where we see Worf teaching his Klingon T’ai Chi class.
The Paxans are an isolationist species. When ships enter their space, they stun the crew and make it appear to be the effect of a wormhole. However, their stun did not work on Data.

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“First Contact”

Episode Number 89
Picard and Troi make first contact with Yale
Production Number 189
Season 4
Stardate
Original Airdate 2/18/1991

Story Marc Scott Zicree
Teleplay Dennis Russell Bailey & David Bischoff and Joe Menosky & Ronald D. Moore and Michael Piller
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
Riker is injured and hospitalized while disguised as one of the people of the planet Malcoria III, a society on the verge of space travel. To find Riker, Picard makes immediate contact with the Malcorian Science Minister, Mirasta Yale.

Guest Cast
Carolyn Seymour (Science Minister Mirasta Yale)
George Coe (Chancellor Avill Durken)
Michael Ensign (Security Minister Krola)
Steven Anderson (Dr. Nilrem)
Sachi Parker (Dr. Tava)
Bebe Neuwirth (Nurse Lanel)
George Hearn (Dr. Berel)

Notes
The Federation is very careful about First Contact procedures because of the “disastrous” first contact with the Klingons that lead to years of conflict.
When Chancellor Durken cancels the space program, Yale leaves Malcoria with the Enterprise.
Carolyn Seymour has also played Romulan Subcommander Taris in “Contagion” and later Romulan Commander Toreth in “Face of the Enemy”.
Lanel offers to help Riker escape if he will make love to her. They don’t show what happens, but minutes later he is seen escaping….
Bebe Neuwirth is famous for playing Dr. Lilith Crane on the NBC sitcom “Cheers”.

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“Galaxy’s Child”

Episode Number 90
Dr. Brahms discovers La Forge’s program
Production Number 190
Season 4
Stardate 44614.6
Original Airdate 3/11/1991

Story Thomas Kartozian
Teleplay Maurice Hurley
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
Geordi meets the real Dr. Brahms he once “met” as a Holodeck image, who is onboard to study his engine modifications. A newborn lifeform attaches itself to the Enterprise and is draining its energy.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Susan Gibney (Dr. Leah Brahms)
Lanei Chapman (Ensign Sariel Rager)
Jana Marie Hupp (Ensign Pavlik)
April Grace (Transporter Chief Hubbell)

Notes
Geordi created and fell in love with the holodeck Dr. Brahms in the episode “Booby Trap”.
“Junior” was a computer generated animation.
“Junior” was attached over Shuttlebay 3 according to the published ship schematics, but the crew said he was attached over Shuttlebay 2.
This is the first episode where we see the Jeffries Tubes, used to access the ship’s inner systems.

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“Night Terrors”

Episode Number 91
Deanna tries to reach Andrus Hagen
Production Number 191
Season 4
Stardate 44631.2
Original Airdate 3/18/1991

Story Shari Goodhartz
Teleplay Pamela Douglas and Jeri Taylor
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
When the Enterprise responds to a distress call from the U.S.S. Brattain, they find the Brattain crew dead, except for a catatonic Betazoid science advisor. The Enterprise becomes caught in a Tyken’s Rift, where energy is being drained, preventing their escape. The crew begins hallucinating due to dream deprivation, except for Deanna Troi, who experiences a recurring nightmare.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O’Brien)
John Vickery (Andrus Hagen)
Duke Moosekian (Ensign Gillespie)
Craig Hurley (Ensign Peeples)
Brian Tochi (Ensign Kenny Lin)
Lanei Chapman (Ensign Sariel Rager)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Deborah Taylor (Capt. Chantal R. Zaheva)

Notes
The model for the U.S.S. Brattain NCC-21166 had the name incorrectly spelled as Brittain (it was spelled “Brattain” in the computer displays, the script, and the closed captioning). The model was a modification of the U.S.S. Reliant NCC-1864 from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (both were Miranda-class starships).
Deanna’s nightmare has a voice telling her “Eyes in the dark…One moon circles.” The dream is a telepathic message from a ship trapped on the other side of the rift. The message refers to the binary star system and that they need Hydrogen. Deanna saves the day when she tells the ship trapped on the other side “NOW” in her dream as Data releases Hydrogen. The resulting explosion blows the two ships free.
This episode gives us our first peek at “The Fueding O’Briens” who will make an artform out of arguing on Deep Space Nine.

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“Identity Crisis”

Episode Number 92
Leijten appeals to La Forge’s humanity
Production Number 192
Season 4
Stardate 44664.5
Original Airdate 3/25/1991

Story Timothy De Hass
Teleplay Brannon Braga
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
Geordi and his former commander from the U.S.S. Victory NCC-9754, Suzanna Leijten, are undergoing changes into an alien form due to a mission five years ago on the planet Tarchannen III, to which they are now drawn.

Guest Cast
Maryann Plunkett (Lt. Cmdr. Suzanna Leijten)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)
Amick Byram (Lieutenant Hickman)
Dennis Mandalone (Transporter Tech Hedrick)
Mona Grudt (Ensign Graham)
Paul Thompkins (Ensign Anthony Brevelle)

Notes
One of the other members of the Victory away team, Mendez, stole the shuttle Cousteau from the U.S.S. Aries. The Aries was offered to Riker in the episode “The Icaris Factor”. The shuttle identifies the Aries as having registry NCC-45167.
The Victory away team was infected with a parasite, a living DNA strand which causes the host to metamorphosize into a new species.
Alyssa received a last name, Ogawa, in this episode.

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“The Nth Degree”

Episode Number 93
Barclay creates a neural link with the computer
Production Number 193
Season 4
Stardate 44704.2
Original Airdate 4/22/1991

Story
Teleplay Joe Menosky
Director Robert Legato

Synopsis
Sent to repair the malfunctioning Argus Array telescope, the Enterprise discovers an alien probe. An energy surge from the probe turns Lt. Barclay into a superbeing and enables him to form a neural link with the ship’s computer. He takes the ship to an uncharted realm of space.

Guest Cast
Dwight Schultz (Lt. Reginald Barclay)
Jim Norton (Albert Einstein)
Kay E. Kuter (Cytherian)
Saxon Trainor (Lt. Linda Larson)
Page Leong (Ensign April Anaya)
David Coburn (Ensign Brower)

Notes
Dr. Crusher helps Barclay overcome his shyness by casting him in a play as Cyrano de Bergerac.
The Argus Array is located three light years from Cardassian space.
Barclay was introduced in Season 3’s “Hollow Pursuits”.
Kay Kuter played Herr Huber in the Sierra Online computer game “Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within”

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“Qpid”

Episode Number 94
Picard and Vash as Robin Hood and Marian
Production Number 194
Season 4
Stardate 44741.9
Original Airdate 4/1/1991

Story
Teleplay Randee Russell and Ira Steven Behr
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
Vash comes to the Enterprise for an archaeology conference, but is annoyed Picard has never mentioned her to the crew. Q decides to help, and transforms the Captain and crew into Robin Hood and his Merry Men and Vash into Maid Marian in distress.

Guest Cast
John De Lancie (“Q”)
Jennifer Hetrick (Vash)
Clive Revill (Sir Guy)
Joi Staton (The Servant)

Notes
After saving her, Vash goes off with Q to explore the galaxy. While Picard won’t meet up with Vash again, she does return (along with Q) in the Deep Space Nine episode “Q-Less”.
Picard met Vash in the 3rd season episode “Captain’s Holiday”.
Worf gets to say “I protest! I am not a merry man!”

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“The Drumhead”

Episode Number 95
‘I’ve brought down bigger men than you, Picard!’
Production Number 195
Season 4
Stardate 44769.2
Original Airdate 4/29/1991

Story
Teleplay Jeri Taylor
Director Jonathan Frakes

Synopsis
After a Klingon exchange scientist admits to spying, retired Admiral Satie accuses an innocent crewman, Simon Tarses, and then Picard, of treason against the United Federation of Planets.

Guest Cast
Jean Simmons (Admiral Norah Satie)
Bruce French (Sabin Genestra)
Spencer Garrett (Crewman Simon Tarses)
Henry Woronicz (Lieutenant J’Ddan)
Earl Billings (Admiral Thomas Henry)
Ann Shea (Nellen Tore)

Notes
This episode was originally intended to be a low-budget “flashback” episode.
Admiral Satie accuses Picard of consorting with the Romulans and states that he has violated the Prime Directive 9 times since taking command of the Enterprise.
Med Tech Simon Tarses’ paternal grandfather was a Romulan, not a Vulcan as he stated on his application.
The faulty hatch on the dilithium chamber was installed while the Enterprise was docked for repairs during the episode “Family”.
The Enterprise transported the Romulan spy in the episode “Data’s Day”.
Satie directly contributes the destruction at Wolf 359 to Picard, 39 starships destroyed and nearly 11,000 lives lost (“The Best of Both Worlds, Part II”). This sentiment is echoed by Benjamin Sisko in the Deep Space Nine pilot episode “Emissary”.

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“Half a Life”

Episode Number 96
Lwaxana departs with Timicin to attend Resolution
Production Number 196
Season 4
Stardate 44769.2
Original Airdate 4/29/1991

Story Ted Roberts and Peter Allan Fields
Teleplay Peter Allan Fields
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
Lwaxana Troi falls in love with Timicin, an alien scientist on board the Enterprise for a scientific test to aid in saving his planet, Kaelon II. After an unsuccessful test, he confides to Lwaxana that his people expect him to return home to commit ritual suicide because he has reached age 60.

Guest Cast
David Ogden Stiers (Dr. Timicin)
Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi)
Michelle Forbes (Dara)
Terrence E. McNally (Minister B’Tardat)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Carel Struycken (Mr. Homn)

Notes
The Resolution is designed to eliminate the society’s responsibility of caring for the elderly, allowing the citizens of Kaelon to die with dignity.
Michelle Forbes, Timicin’s daughter, will later play the recurring character of Ensign Ro.

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“The Host”

Episode Number 97
Crusher and Ogawa attend to Odan’s host
Production Number 197
Season 4
Stardate 44821.3
Original Airdate 5/13/1991

Story
Teleplay Michel Horvat
Director Marvin V. Rush

Synopsis
Beverly Crusher becomes romantically involved with Trill ambassador Odan, who is being escorted by the U.S.S. Enterprise to mediate a dispute in the Peliar system. When he is fatally wounded, she finds the man is the host part of a joined species consisting of a humanoid host and a symbiotic parasitic being. To complete the mission, Riker volunteers to be the temoporary host until a new host arrives from Trill.

Guest Cast
Franc Luz (Ambassador Odan)
Barbara Tarbuck (Governor Leka Trion)
Nicole Orth-Pallavicini (Kareel)
William Newman (Kalin Trose)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)
Robert Harper (Lathal Bine)

Notes
Odan is mediating a dispute between the Alpha and Beta moons of Pelia Zel.
This episode introduces the Trill “joined species,” the species of Lt. Dax of Deep Space Nine. However, they seem to be very different species. Odan has ridges on his forehead, while Dax and every other Trill has spots. Odan says a transporter will damage the Symbiont, while Dax transports all the time. Odan implies that all of the Trill are “joined,” but in the DS9 Trill, only 10% of the Trill are joined. Odan’s symbiont also seems fond of pushing out on his abdomen. We have never seen this in any of the DS9 Trills. The symbiont here completely takes over the host’s mind. In DS9, the symbiont combines with the host to create a new individual. In this episode, Troi and Picard claim they know little of the Trill. However, Dax is a Starfleet officer, and her former host Curzon Dax served with Sisko and they were very good friends. Trill is a Federation world. The DS9 producers said they made the changes to make the Trill more practical.
The replacement host sent by the Trill is a female. Beverly admits that she loves Odan, but can not cope with this kind of change, despite Odan’s wishes to continue seeing her. (In the modified Trill species, a relationship with a previous host’s lover is forbidden; the punishment is exile, with the eventual death of the symbiont when the host dies.)
Troi and Crusher are seen taking advantage of the ship’s salon, which has a new Bolian barber.

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“The Mind’s Eye”

Episode Number 98
Taibak tortures La Forge while Sela watches
Production Number 198
Season 4
Stardate 44885.5
Original Airdate 5/27/1991

Story Ken Schafer and René Echevarria
Teleplay René Echevarria
Director David Livingston

Synopsis
En route to vacation and a seminar on Risa, Geordi La Forge is captured by the Romulans, who program him though his VISOR to help in an assassination plot against the Klingons. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is assigned to escort Klingon Ambassador Kell to the Kriosian system, where one of the Klingon colonies is fighting for independence. The governor of Krios charges that the Federation is secretly supplying the rebels with weapons.

Guest Cast
Larry Dobkin (Ambassador Kell)
Edward Wiley (Governor Vagh)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
John Fleck (Taibak)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
The Romulans are trying to break the Klingon-Federation alliance. The Romulans furnished the counterfeit weapons.
Romulan Commander Sela first appears in this episode (hidden in the shadows), but we don’t get a good look at her until “Redemption, Part I”, and she is not identified by name until “Redemption, Part II”. An extra played Sela on screen, and Denise Crosby later provided the voice.

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“In Theory”

Episode Number 99
Data and Jenna D’Sora
Production Number 199
Season 4
Stardate 44932.3
Original Airdate 6/3/1991

Story
Teleplay Joe Menosky & Ronald D. Moore
Director Patrick Stewart

Synopsis
While Picard navigates the Enterprise through an unstable region of space, Data attempts a romantic relationship with a human crewmate, Lt. Jenna D’Sora.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Michele Scarabelli (Lt. Jenna D’Sora)
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O’Brien)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Pamela Winslow (Ensign McKnight)

Notes
This is Patrick Stewart’s directorial debut.
Lt. D’Sora works in Security under Lt. Worf. She was working with Data in torpedo control to modify a photon torpedo for use in studying the dark matter nebula.
Jenna breaks up with Data at the end of the episode and he deletes the appropriate subroutine.
In a woodwind quintet concert in Ten Forward, Data plays the oboe, Jenna plays the flute, and Keiko plays the clarinet. (There are 2 unknown crewmen on bassoon and french horn.)
Data’s cat, Spot, is seen in this episode.

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“Redemption, Part I”

Episode Number 100
”Redemption”
Production Number 200
Season 4
Stardate 44995.3
Original Airdate 6/17/1991

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
The Enterprise travels to the Klingon home world to install Gowron as leader of the Klingon High Council. When the sisters of Duras, Lursa and B’Etor, challenge his leadership, Worf resigns his commission in Starfleet to join the Klingons, as civil war is imminent.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Robert O’Reilly (Chancellor Gowron)
Tony Todd (Captain Kurn)
Barbara March (Lursa)
Gwynyth Walsh (B’Etor)
Ben Slack (K’tal)
Nicholas Kepros (Romulan General Movar)
J.D. Cullum (Toral)
Tom Ormeny (Klingon First Officer)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)
Denise Crosby (Romulan Commander Sela)

Notes
This episode is a continuation of the storyline from “Reunion”.
Toral is Duras’ bastard son. The sisters of Duras challenge Gowron’s installation. As Arbiter of Succession, Picard rejects his claim.
Gowron’s flagship is the I.K.C. Bortas, a Vor’cha-class attack cruiser.
After the installation ceremony, Gowron restores Worf’s family’s honor.
Troi, Crusher, and La Forge do not appear in this episode, save Worf’s departure scene; they have no speaking lines.
The Romulan Commander looks suspiciously like Tasha Yar!
To be continued…

Season 5

“Redemption, Part II”

Episode Number 101
”Redemption, Part II’
Production Number 201
Season 5
Stardate 45020.4 (Calendar Year 2368)
Original Airdate 9/23/1991

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director David Carson

Synopsis
Picard forms a Federation blockade to stop the Romulans from helping the Duras family in the Klingon civil war. Romulan Commander Sela tells the Enterprise that she is Tasha Yar’s daughter.

Starring
Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard)
Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker)
LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge)
Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf)
Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher)
Marina Sirtis (Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi)
Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data)

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Denise Crosby (Commander Sela)
Robert O’Reilly (Chancellor Gowron)
Tony Todd (Captain Kurn)
Gwynyth Walsh (B’Etor)
Barbara March (Lursa)
J.D. Cullum (Toral)
Michael G. Haggerty (Captain Larg)
Fran Bennett (Fleet Admiral Shanthi)
Nicholas Kepros (Romulan General Movar)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Timothy Carhart (Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Hobson)
Jordan Lunde (Kulge)
Stephen James Carver (Helmsman)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
This story is a continuation of the storyline from “Reunion” and “Redemption, Part I”.
During Worf’s absence, Lt. O’Brien has been moved to the Tactical position.
Worf regains his family honor and his Starfleet commission.
Commander Sela first appeared in the episode “The Mind’s Eye”; Tasha Yar goes back in time in the episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise”.
The blockade ultimately consisted of 23 ships. Several ships were in spacedock for repairs or still under construction, so they had no crew assigned.
Riker commanded the Ambassador-class U.S.S. Excalibur NCC-26517, with La Forge as first officer.
Data commanded the Nebula-class U.S.S. Sutherland NCC-72015, with Lt. Cmdr. Hobson as first officer.
Other ships in the blockade include: U.S.S. Akagi NCC-62158 (Rigel-class), U.S.S. Endeavour NCC-71805 (Nebula-class), U.S.S. Hermes NCC-10376 (Antares-class), U.S.S. Hornet NCC-45231 (Renaissance-class), and the U.S.S. Tian An Men NCC-21382 (Miranda-class).

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“Darmok”

Episode Number 102
”Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra”
Production Number 202
Season 5
Stardate 45047.2
Original Airdate 9/30/1991

Story
Teleplay Philip Lazebnik and Joe Menosky
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
Tamarian captain Dathon has himself and Picard transported to the planet El-Adrel IV where they must fight a dangerous beast and learn to communicate through metaphor.

Guest Cast
Paul Winfield (Captain Dathon)
Richard James (Tamarian first officer)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Ashley Judd (Ensign Robin Lefler)

Notes
Picard begins wearing a new uniform top: a black and grey under-shirt and a tunic made of leather and red suede.
This episode introduces the new Starfleet warp-capable mid-sized Type-VI Shuttlecraft Magellan.
“Children of Tama” is the name the Tamarians use to describe themselves.
“Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra” indicates an attempt to understand each other by sharing a common experience.
“Sokath, his eyes uncovered” refers to acheiving sudden insight or understanding.
“Shaka, when the walls fell” refers to the inability to understand or be understood.
Ensign Lefler will be featured in “The Game” with Wesley Crusher.

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“Ensign Ro”

Episode Number 103
Bajoran officer Ensign Ro Laren
Production Number 203
Season 5
Stardate 45047.2
Original Airdate 9/30/1991

Story Rick Berman & Michael Piller
Teleplay Michael Piller
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
A discredited, strong-willed Bajoran Starfleet ensign, Ro Laren, is assigned to the Enterprise to help contact Bajoran terrorists that supposedly attacked the Federation colony Solarion IV. Picard and Ro uncover a conspiracy by a high-ranking Starfleet officer, Admiral Kennelly.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Cliff Potts (Admiral Kennelly)
Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro Laren)
Scott Marlowe (Keeve Falor)
Frank Collison (Gul Dolak)
Jeffrey Hayenga (Orta)
Harry Venton (Transporter Chief)
Ken Thorley (Mot the Barber)

Notes
The Cardassians attacked the colony and were using the Federation to track down the Bajoran refugees.
This episode introduces the Bajorans, whose homeworld of Bajor was annexed by the Cardassian Union 40 years ago. The Cardassians killed millions of Bajorans, and forced the Bajorans to work as slave labor while they raped their resource-rich planet. (Cardassia Prime has very few natural resources remaining.) These events will later become a key part of Deep Space Nine’s history. (The Cardassians built DS9 using Bajoran slaves and it is located in the Bajoran System.)
Admiral Kennelly offers to get Ro out of the Federation prison on Jaros II if she goes on this mission. (She was court-martialed when she disobeyed orders and 8 members of a U.S.S. Wellington away team were killed on Garon II.)
Ensign Ro becomes a recurring character on TNG, usually taking the conn.
Bajoran custom dictates that the family name comes first and the given name last; Ro is her last name, and Laren is her first name.

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“Silicon Avatar”

Episode Number 104
Dr. Marr tracks down the Crystaline Entity
Production Number 204
Season 5
Stardate 45122.3
Original Airdate 10/14/1991

Story Lawrence V. Conley
Teleplay Jeri Taylor
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
While Riker, Crusher and Data survey Melona IV for colonization, the Crystalline Entity appears unexpectedly and attacks the planet, forcing everyone underground. Dr. Marr arrives on the Enterprise to help track the Entity and she accuses Data of bringing the entity, as his brother Lore once did.

Guest Cast
Ellen Geer (Dr. Kira Marr)
Susan Diol (Carmen Davila)

Notes
The Enterprise first encountered the Crystalline Entity in the first season episode “Datalore”.
Colony director Carmen Davila is killed in the attack when she tries to help an elderly colonist.
Dr. Marr’s 16-year-old son, Raymond “Renny” Marr, was killed on Omicron Theta when Lore lured the entity there. Dr. Marr feels guilt over leaving her teenage son with friends while she pursued her career.
Data carries the journals and some memory fragments of the Omicron Theta colonists in his positronic net. As Dr. Marr becomes more unstable, she asks Data to read one of Renny’s letters… in Renny’s voice (which comes across as slightly creepy).
Dr. Marr ultimately destroys the Crystalline Entity with graviton pulses.

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“Disaster”

Episode Number 105
Troi commands O’Brien and Ro on the bridge
Production Number 205
Season 5
Stardate 45156.1
Original Airdate 10/21/1991

Story Ron Jarvis and Philip A. Scorza
Teleplay Ronald Moore
Director Gabrielle Beaumont

Synopsis
A quantum filament hits the Enterprise, completely disabling it and trapping the various crew members in different areas. Keiko goes into labor in Ten Forward, assisted by Worf. Picard and three children are trapped in a turbolift. Dr. Crusher and La Forge are trapped by a radioactive plasma fire in the cargo bay. Riker and Data crawl through the Jeffries tubes to engineering. Counselor Troi takes command of the bridge.

Guest Cast
Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro Laren)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O’Brien)
Erika Flores (Marissa Flores)
John Christopher Graas (Jay Gordon Graas)
Max Supera (Patterson Supra)
Cameron Arnett (Ensign Mandel)
Jana Marie Hupp (Lieutenant Monroe)

Notes
Keiko was last seen in “In Theory”, stardate 44932.3. She did not appear pregnant. The O’Brien’s baby girl is later named Molly.
Lt. Monroe was in charge of the bridge at the time of the accident; she was killed and Troi became senior officer on the bridge. She has the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
When Data’s body is electrocuted, he has Riker remove his head and take it to Engineering, where he links the head to the computer.
Jana Marie Hupp is credited as Ensign Monroe, though O’Brien referred to her as Lt. Monroe. Jana Marie Hupp previously played Ensign Pavlik in the episode “Galaxy’s Child”.

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“The Game”

Episode Number 106
Wesley and Lefler diagnose Data’s problem
Production Number 206
Season 5
Stardate 45208.2
Original Airdate 10/28/1991

Story Brannon Braga
Teleplay Susan Sackett & Fred Bronson and Brannon Braga
Director Corey Allen

Synopsis
Riker returns from Risa with an addictive mind-game as Wesley arrives from Starfleet Academy to visit the crew. The game soon takes over the entire crew, and it’s up to Wesley and his new friend, Ensign Robin Lefler, to discover the danger and work to defeat it.

Guest Cast
Wil Wheaton (Cadet Wesley Crusher)
Ashley Judd (Ensign Robin Lefler)
Katherine Moffat (Etana Jol)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)
Diane M. Hurley (Woman)

Notes
This was the first episode to air after the death of Gene Roddenberry.
This is Wil Wheaton’s first appearance since he departed the series in Season 4’s “Final Mission”. He will appear again this season in “The First Duty”.
The Enterprise is en-route to survey the Phoenix Cluster. They have picked up five science teams from the U.S.S. Zhukov.
Dr. Crusher disables Data by severing his positronic brain from his body. Wesley states that only his mother and La Forge know enough about Data to do this.
Ensign Lefler was introduced in the episode “Darmok”. She annoying spouts off her personal laws throughout the episode, such as “Law 46: Life isn’t always fair” and “don’t forget Law 91: Always watch your back.”
Etana Jol is Ktarian. She created the game as a way to take control of the Enterprise.

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“Unification, Part I”

Episode Number 107
Data and Picard travel to Romulus to find Spock
Production Number 208
Season 5
Stardate 45233.1
Original Airdate 11/4/1991

Story Rick Berman & Michael Piller
Teleplay Jeri Taylor
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
Disguised as Romulans, Picard and Data travel to Romulus to investigate the unauthorized mission of the Federation’s most famous ambassador, Mr. Spock. Meanwhile, Riker and the Enterprise track the components of a Vulcan ship stolen by a Ferengi.

Guest Cast
Leonard Nimoy (Ambassador Spock)
Mark Lenard (Ambassador Sarek)
Joanna Miles (Perrin)
Stephen D. Root (Captain K’Vada)
Graham Jarvis (Quartermaster Klim Dokachin)
Malachi Throne (Senator Pardek)
Norman Large (Proconsul Neral)
Karen Hensel (Admiral Brackett)
Erick Avari (B’ljik)
Daniel Robuck (Romulan #1)
Mimi Cozzens (Romulan Soup Woman)

Notes
This episode was dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, 1921-1991.
Picard visits Sarek to ask him about Spock. Sarek dies soon after. Picard met (and mind-melded with) Sarek in the 3rd season episode “Sarek”.
This two-parter tied in nicely with the premier of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Klim Dokachin is a Zakdorn, the same race as strategist Kolrami in “Peak Performance”. He is the Quartermaster of Surplus Depot Zed-1-5 at Qualor II.
The components were from the Vulcan ship T’Pau NSP-17938, which was sent to Depot Z15 on Stardate 41344.
Spock only appears at the very end of the episode, just before the “To be continued…”

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“Unification, Part II”

Episode Number 108
Sela’s plan is foiled by Spock, Picard and Data
Production Number 207
Season 5
Stardate 45245.8
Original Airdate 11/11/1991

Story Rick Berman & Michael Piller
Teleplay Jeri Taylor
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
After locating Spock on Romulus and discovering his plans for unifying the Romulans and the Vulcans, Picard and Data uncover a covert Romulan plot that does not call for unification — but for invasion.

Guest Cast
Leonard Nimoy (Ambassador Spock)
Denise Crosby (Commander Sela)
Malachi Throne (Senator Pardek)
Stephen D. Root (Captain K’Vada)

Notes
This episode was dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, 1921-1991.
Romulan Commander Sela was last seen in “Redemption, Part II”.
Sarek dies, and Picard offers Spock an opportunity to feel his thoughts in a Vulcan mind meld.
To accommodate Leonard Nimoy’s schedule, Part II was filmed before Part I as the bulk of his appearance is in Part II.
The Romulans obtained the Vulcan ship T’Pau, and two others, to serve as their “peace envoy” — but they were actually carrying Romulan troops. After the invasion force is uncovered, a Romulan warbird destroys the ships — and the troops.
Spock stays on Romulus to continue working with the underground movement. A Romulan senator will defect in the 6th season episode “Face of the Enemy”.

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“A Matter of Time”

Episode Number 109
Troi does not trust Professor Rasmussen
Production Number 209
Season 5
Stardate 45349.1
Original Airdate 11/11/1991

Story
Teleplay Rick Berman
Director Paul Lynch

Synopsis
A 26th century time-traveller appears, claiming to be a historian from the future and is taken aboard. Picard wants him to reveal the outcome of their risky attempt to save the planet Penthara IV, which has been hit by a massive asteroid.

Guest Cast
Matt Frewer (Prof. Berlingoff Rasmussen)
Stephan Gierasch (Dr. Hal Mosely)
Sheila Franklin (Ensign Felton)
Shar Garner (Pentharan Scientist)

Notes
Rasmussen is actually a 22nd century “inventor” who stole a time machine from a real historian and brings back technology from the future to “invent” it in his present.
Rasmussen is taken into custody and the time machine leaves without him.
Though unnamed in this episode, Ensign Felton shares the conn with Ensign Ro for the remainder of the season.

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“New Ground”

Episode Number 110
Worf teaches Alexander the value of honor
Production Number 210
Season 5
Stardate 45349.1
Original Airdate 11/11/1991

Story Sara Charno & Stuart Charno
Teleplay Grant Rosenberg
Director Robert Sheerer

Synopsis
On the eve of testing the Soliton Wave, a historic new drive system, Worf receives an unexpected visit from his foster mother, Helena Rozhenko, and his son Alexander. To Worf’s surprise, his mother tells him that he must take custody of his son for the boy’s own good.

Guest Cast
Georgia Brown (Helena Rozhenko)
Brian Bonsall (Alexander Rozhenko)
Richard McGonagle (Dr. Ja’Dar)
Jennifer Edwards (Miss Kyle)
Sheila Franklin (Ensign Felton)

Notes
Alexander was introduced in the 4th season episode “Reunion”. He’ll remain on the Enterprise for the remainder of the series. When Alexander’s behavior becomes a problem, Worf decides to ship him to a Klingon school. Counselor Troi convinces him to let Alexander stay.
Alexander’s birthday is the 43rd day of Maktag, Stardate 43205 (calendar year 2366), which would make him two years old. Klingon children apparently develop much faster than human children.
The Soliton moves the ship at warp speeds without a warp engine.
The Enterprise is carrying two endangered gilvos, previously seen in “The Most Toys”, where Fajo claims to have the only surviving gilvo. (According to Miss Kyle, the gilvos on the Enterprise are among the 14 left.)
Worf’s statue of Kahless and Morath was first seen in the Original Star Trek episode “The Savage Curtain.” Worf has the same statue, except that the brothers now have ridges on their foreheads.
Though uncredited, staff writer Ronald D. Moore made significant contributions to the teleplay.
Brian Bonsall also played Andy, the Keaton’s youngest child in the sitcom “Family Ties.”

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“Hero Worship”

Episode Number 111
Timothy is operating within normal parameters
Production Number 211
Season 5
Stardate 45397.3
Original Airdate 1/27/1992

Story Hilary J. Bader
Teleplay Joe Menosky
Director Patrick Stewart

Synopsis
A boy rescued from the research vessel S.S. Vico emulates Data to escape the trauma of losing his parents, while the Enterprise becomes caught in the same gravitational wavefronts which destroyed the Vico.

Guest Cast
Joshua Harris (Timothy)
Harry Venton (Transporter Chief)
Sheila Franklin (Ensign Felton)
Stephen Einspahr (the Teacher)

Notes
The Black Cluster is an area containing the remains of hundreds of protostars.
The S.S. Vico NAR-18834 is an Oberth-class non-Starfleet Federation research vessel. The Black Cluster’s gravitational wavefronts are amplified by the ship’s shields which destroyed the ship. Timothy accidentally hit a computer panel and thought that he was responsible for destroying the ship.
Geordi was caught in a fire when he was 5 years old, before he got his VISOR.

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“Violations”

Episode Number 112
Jev supposedly helps Deanna identify her attacker
Production Number 212
Season 5
Stardate 45429.3
Original Airdate 2/3/1992

Story Shari Goodhartz & T. Michael Gray & Pamela Gray
Teleplay Jeri Taylor & Pamela Gray
Director Robert Weimer

Synopsis
Troi, Riker, and Dr. Crusher fall into inexplicable comas after telepathic aliens, the Ulians, come aboard the Enterprise. The Ulians are suspected of invading their minds against their will.

Guest Cast
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O’Brien)
Ben Lemon (Jev)
David Sage (Tarmin)
Rick Fitts (Dr. Martin)
Eve Brenner (Inad)
Doug Wert (Lt. Cmdr. Jack Crusher)
Craig Benton (Crewman Davis)

Notes
During her violation, Troi’s memory is of her and Riker after one of the crew’s poker games; Riker’s memory is of a disaster in Engineering which resulted in the death of Ensign Keller; Beverly’s memory is of when Picard took her to see her husband’s body.
Doug Wert also played Jack Crusher in the episode “Family”, where he appeared in a holographic message to Wesley.

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“The Masterpiece Society”

Episode Number 113
Aaron gives Troi and Riker a tour of Genome Colony
Production Number 213
Season 5
Stardate 45470.1
Original Airdate 2/10/1992

Story James Kahn and Adam Belanoff
Teleplay Adam Belanoff and Michael Piller
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
After the crew saves a sheltered, genetically engineered society on Moab IV from a stellar core fragment, some of the members seek asylum on the Enterprise, threatening the society’s stability.

Guest Cast
John Snyder (Aaron Conor)
Ron Canada (Martin Benbeck)
Dey Young (Hannah Bates)
Sheila Franklin (Ensign Felton)

Notes
Moab IV is an uninhabitable planet. The Genome Colony is contained within a sealed biosphere.
Ron Canada also plays Klingon advocate Ch’Pok in DS9 episode “Rules of Engagement” (which was directed by LeVar Burton).
Deanna has a brief affair with Aaron Conor.
Geordi comments that it is his VISOR technology that saves the colony, but he wouldn’t have been allowed to be born on the colony since he was blind.
Geordi and Hannah create a tractor beam that pushes the stellar core fragment slightly off course. Along with modifications to the biosphere, the stellar core fragment passes without causing any damage.
After Hannah fakes a breach, Hannah and 22 others leave the colony with the Enterprise.

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“Conundrum”

Episode Number 114
MacDuff and Picard give a status report to Worf
Production Number 214
Season 5
Stardate 45494.2
Original Airdate 2/17/1992

Story Paul Schiffer
Teleplay Barry M. Schkolnick
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
After being scanned by an unidentified alien ship, the crew of the Enterprise experiences complete memory loss and struggles to discover their true identities — including new Executive Officer Keiran MacDuff, who has suddenly appeared on the bridge. Meanwhile, they become engaged in a baffling battle with the technologically-inferior Lysians.

Guest Cast
Erich Anderson (Cmdr. Keiran MacDuff)
Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro Laren)
Liz Vassey (Kristin)
Erick Weiss (Crewman)

Notes
Commander MacDuff is revealed to be a Sartaaran, who have been at war with the Lysians for decades. The Sartaarans “recruit” soldiers with superior technology by erasing their memories and sending them to fight their enemies.
Much of the characters’ biographical information comes from the on-screen personnel files in this episode.
The crew manifest incorrectly states that Beverly Crusher’s rank is Lieutenant Commander (not Commander).
Riker and Ro get very close in this episode!
Riker plays a little bit of “The Nearness of You” on his trombone, the same song he played for Minuet in “11001001”.
The Lysian Command miniature is the same model as the Edo God in the first season episode “Justice”. Whether or not they are implying that the Lysians are the Edo’s God is unclear, but it was likely re-used for budget purposes.

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“Power Play”

Episode Number 115
Troi, Data and O’Brien sieze Ten Forward
Production Number 215
Season 5
Stardate 45571.2
Original Airdate 2/24/1992

Story Paul Ruben and Maurice Hurley
Teleplay Rene Balcer and Herbert J. Wright & Brannon Braga
Director David Livingston

Synopsis
The Enterprise investigates a Starfleet distress call eminating from an uninhabited moon of Mab-Bu VI. After landing on the moon, Troi, Data and O’Brien become possessed by spirits and attempt mutiny. Troi claims to be the spirit of Captain Bryce Shumar of the Starship Essex, which was lost more than two centuries ago.

Guest Cast
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O’Brien)
Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro Laren)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O’Brien)
Ryan Reid (Transporter Tech)

Notes
The Daedalus-class U.S.S. Essex NCC-173 was reported missing in 2167. Its crew complement was 229. The commanding officer was Capt. Bryce Shumar, first officer Cmdr. Steven Mullen, security officer Lt. Morgan Kelly. The last Daedalus-class starship was decommissioned in 2196.
Troi claims that the Essex was caught in an electro-magnetic storm and was ripped apart. The crew’s consciousness was absorbed into the planet’s magnetic currents. They are actually prisoners from Ux-Mal who were separated from their bodies 500 years ago and left on the moon, serving as a penal colony. They previously tried to escape on the Essex, but it could not escape the planet’s storms.
O’Brien beams down to the surface with transporter pattern enhancers. The 3 pattern enhancers are placed in a triangle pattern 7 meters apart and are activated. They allow the ship’s transporters to lock onto the away team through the interference.
The same twin babies that play Molly O’Brien in this episode also played the newborn Molly in “Disaster”.

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“Ethics”

Episode Number 116
Crusher and Ogawa assist Russell in Worf’s surgery
Production Number 216
Season 5
Stardate 45587.3
Original Airdate 3/2/1992

Story Sara Charno & Stuart Charno
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Chip Chalmers

Synopsis
After Worf is paralyzed in an accident, Dr. Crusher sends for neuro-geneticist Dr. Toby Russell, who recommends a highly radical, extremely risky, experimental surgery — against Dr. Crusher’s orders. Worf must choose between the untested surgery and the traditional Klingon way: ritual suicide.

Guest Cast
Caroline Kava (Dr. Toby Russell)
Brian Bonsall (Alexander Rozhenko)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)

Notes
Dr. Russell’s surgical procedure is called Genotronic Replication. Worf recovers due to his redundant systems, but Dr. Crusher can not forgive the way that Dr. Russell practices medicine — using people as guinea pigs to test her ideas.
Klingons have many redundant systems: 23 ribs, an 8-chamber heart, two livers, and a backup synaptic system. The Klingons call this concept brak’lul. We also see that the ridges on Klingon foreheads extend all the way down their backs.
The Enterprise responds to a distress call from the U.S.S. Denver (NCC-54927, Yorkshire-class) after it hits a gravitic mine leftover from the Cardassian war. The ship was carrying 500 colonists. Triage was set up in all Enterprise cargo bays. When Dr. Russell uses one of her experimental drugs on a patient without trying conventional, proven treatments and he dies. Russell justifies the death in that she was able to obtain valuable data to help improve her drug. Crusher is appalled and immediately relieves her of duty, until Picard insists that she allow Russell to operate on Worf.
Worf asks Deanna if she would take care of Alexander if he dies, rather than his foster parents. She would be honored to care for Alexander.
The Klingon hegh’bat suicide ritual involves the eldest son handing the dying Klingon a knife (typically a kut’luch); the dying Klingon then plunges the knife into his heart; after he is dead, the son removes the knife and wipes the blood on his sleeve. Worf asks Riker to perform the hegh’bat, but Riker insists that he ask Alexander.
Dr. Russell arrives from the U.S.S. Potemkin (NCC-18253, Excelsior-class) — one of Riker’s previous postings, as well as being the last starship to visit Tasha Yar’s home planet of Turkana IV (“Legacy”).
Geordi tries out a beard in this episode.

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“The Outcast”

Episode Number 117
Soren admits her feelings to Riker
Production Number 217
Season 5
Stardate 45614.6
Original Airdate 3/16/1992

Story
Teleplay Jeri Taylor
Director Robert Scheerer

Synopsis
While investigating the disappearance of a J’naii shuttle, Riker’s romance with Soren conflicts with their prohibition of male-female relationships.

Guest Cast
Melinda Culea (Soren)
Callan White (Krite)
Megan Cole (Noor)

Notes
The J’naii are an androgynous race, where no one has gender. Those with tendencies toward a gender are considered abnormal and are “cured” with shock therapy. Reproduction is asexual — the fetus is incubated in a fibrous husk which both parents inseminate.
The J’naii shuttle was trapped in a pocket of “null space”.
The J’naii shuttle is the same ship as Rasmussen’s time machine in “A Matter of Time”.
Deanna states that the Federation was founded in 2161.

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“Cause and Effect”

Episode Number 118
Captain Bateson of the Federation Starship Bozeman
Production Number 218
Season 5
Stardate 45652.1
Original Airdate 3/23/1992

Story
Teleplay Brannon Braga
Director Jonathan Frakes

Synopsis
While mapping the Typhon Expanse, the Enterprise becomes trapped in a time loop: a distortion field appears, the ship’s systems fail, and it collides with another ship emerging from the distortion field. A growing sense of dĂ©jĂ  vu leads them to suspect what has happened and find a way to break free.

Guest Cast
Kelsey Grammer (Capt. Morgan Bateson)
Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro Laren)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)

Notes
A Federation time beacon indicates the Enterprise has been stuck in the loop for 17.4 days.
The other ship is the U.S.S. Bozeman NCC-1941, Soyuz-class starship, commanded by Captain Morgan Bateson (Kelsey Grammer of NBC’s “Cheers” and “Frasier”). Soyuz-class starships have not been in service for over 80 years. The Bozeman has been stuck for 90 years, since 2278.
The Enterprise crew (especially Beverly Crusher) suffers from dĂ©jĂ  vu, which grows with each loop. However, Captain Bateson does not appear to be aware that they were trapped in the time loop at all — even though they have been trapped for 90 years!
Kirstie Alley as Lt. Saavik was originally to play the Bozeman’s first officer, but could not due to scheduling conflicts. Kirstie Alley starred with Grammer on “Cheers” as well as previously playing Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Ensign Ro has apparently gone to a Vulcan hairdresser since her last appearance.
The Bozeman is named for the city of Bozeman, Montana — the hometown of writer Brannon Braga.

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“The First Duty”

Episode Number 119
Nova Squadron Cadets Locarno, Crusher, Sito, Hajar
Production Number 219
Season 5
Stardate 45703.9
Original Airdate 3/30/1992

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore and Naren Shankar
Director Paul Lynch

Synopsis
The Enterprise heads to Earth where Captain Picard is to deliver this year’s commencement address at Starfleet Academy. While en route, Superintendant Brand informs Picard that there has been an accident involving Wesley Crusher and Nova Squadron, in which one of the cadets was killed. During the accident investigation, it becomes clear that Wesley and the other cadets are concealing the cause of a fatal accident. After Picard discovers the cover-up, Wesley must decide whether to support the team or tell the truth.

Guest Cast
Wil Wheaton (Cadet Third Class Wesley Crusher)
Ray Walston (Boothby)
Robert Duncan McNeill (Cadet First Class Nicholas Locarno)
Ed Lautre (Lt. Commander Albert)
Richard Fancy (Captain Satelk)
Jaqueline Brooks (Superintendant Admiral Brand)
Walker Brandt (Cadet Second Class Jean Hajar)
Shannon Fill (Cadet Second Class Sito Jaxa)
Richard Rothenberg (Cadet)

Notes
Nova Squadron’s members are Cadet 1C Nicholas Locarno, Cadet 2C Jean Hajar, Cadet 2C Sito Jaxa, Cadet 3C Wesley Crusher, and Cadet Joshua Albert.
Nova Squadron was trying to perform the Kolvoord Starburst Maneuver, a banned stunt, and Cadet Joshua Albert was killed. The Academy banned the maneuver 100 years ago after an accident resulted in the loss of five cadets.
The cadets now have rank bars on their uniform collars, indicating their year: 4 bars for 4th year cadet Locarno (who is formally referred to as a First Class cadet).
Nicholas Locarno is expelled from the Academy. The remaining students received a formal reprimand and their credits for their current year were cancelled, requiring them to repeat the year.
This the first episode where the grounds of Starfleet Academy are shown. It is also Boothby’s first appearance.
Robert Duncan McNeill later went on to play Lt. Tom Paris on Star Trek: Voyager.
Ensign Sito (a Bajoran) is assigned to the Enterprise in the 7th season (see the episode “Lower Decks”).

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“Cost of Living”

Episode Number 120
Lwaxana and Alexander escape from their loneliness
Production Number 220
Season 5
Stardate 45733.6
Original Airdate 4/20/1992

Story
Teleplay Peter Allan Fields
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
After destroying a deadly asteroid threatening Tessen III, the Enterprise heads toward the Moselina system unaware that a cloud of parasitic particles has attached itself to the ship’s hull. While en route, Deanna Troi’s mother Lwaxana transports aboard with an unusual announcement — she is planning to get married to a man that she has never met. Soon, Lwaxana meets Alexander and takes a liking to him, interfering with Deanna’s parental counseling sessions with Worf and Alexander.

Guest Cast
Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi)
Brian Bonsall (Alexander Rozhenko)
Tony Jay (Minister Campio)
Carel Struyken (Mr. Homn)
David Oliver (Young Man)
Albie Selznick (Juggler)
Patrick Conin (Protocol Master Erko)
Tracey D’Arcy (Young Woman)
George Edie (Poet)
Christopher Halste (First Learner)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
The parasites are consuming the ship’s nitrium, leaving a gelatenous waste product behind.
Lwaxana takes Alexander to a holodeck recreation of the Parallax Colony of “free spirits” on Shiralea VI. She enjoys the artists, the poets and especially the mudbaths. In a couple of touching moments between Alexander and Lwaxana, he admits to her that he misses his mother. Lwaxana confesses that she is getting married because she is getting older and must make compromises to keep from being alone and afraid.
Lwaxana asks Deanna of her “uniform”, “You poor dear… Don’t they ever let you change those colorless outfits?”
When Lwaxana shows up to the wedding naked (in the Betazoid tradition), Protocol Minister protests and the wedding is called off.

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“The Perfect Mate”

Episode Number 121
Kamala bonds with Picard for life
Production Number 221
Season 5
Stardate 45761.3
Original Airdate 4/27/1992

Story René Echevarria and Gary Perconte
Teleplay Gary Perconte and Michael Piller
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
The Enterprise agrees to host a Ceremony of Reconciliation between the Krios and Valt Minor Systems, who are finally ending their centuries of war. While transporting the Kriosian Ambassador and his cargo, an irreplacable and fragile gift for the Valtese Ambassador Alric, the Enterprise responds to a distress call from a Ferengi shuttle. After the Ferengi are caught trying to steal the gift, its containment field collapses and reveals a woman: Kamala — an empathic metamorph, a genetically perfect mate who imprints herself to Picard.

Guest Cast
Famke Janssen (Kamala)
Tim O’Connor (Ambassador Briam of Krios)
Max Grodénchik (Par Lenor)
Mickey Cottrell (Chancellor Alric of Valt)
Michael Snyder (Qol)
David Paul Needles (Miner #1)
Roger Rignack (Miner #2)
April Grace (Transporter Chief Hubbell)
Charles Gunning (Miner #3)

Notes
Krios was previously seen as a Klingon colony fighting for independence in the episode “The Mind’s Eye”. Briam and Kamala are definitely not Klingon. Like Alric, they actually have spots very similar to Dax on Deep Space Nine.
Kamala’s personality changes depending on the man she is around. Once she bonds with her mate, that personality will become permanent. Although she bonds with Picard, she says that she will still be able to please Alric.
Max GrodĂ©nchik goes on to play Quark’s brother Rom on Deep Space Nine.
Famke Janseen later went on to star in James Bond: GoldenEye and Deep Rising.
This is the first episode we see Jean-Luc and Beverly having their daily breakfast together. Beverly is offended by Kriosian “slave-trader” Briam who is delivering Kamala into a life of prostitution.

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“Imaginary Friend”

Episode Number 122
Worf reprimands Clara and imaginary friend Isabella
Production Number 222
Season 5
Stardate 45852.1
Original Airdate 5/2/1992

Story Jean Louise Matthias & Ronald Wilkerson and Richard Fliegel
Teleplay Edithe Swenson and Brannon Braga
Director Gabrielle Beaumont

Synopsis
Deanna tries to assure Ensign Sutter that the imaginary friend created by his daughter, Clara, is a normal reaction to a childhood of constant change. But as the Enterprise explores the FGC-47 nebula, Clara’s imaginary friend Isabella suddenly materializes and gets Clara into trouble by leading her into areas that are off-limits, like Engineering and Ten Forward. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is being surrounded by energy strands which are draining the ship’s energy.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Noley Thornton (Clara Sutter)
Shay Astar (Isabella)
Jeff Allin (Ensign Daniel Sutter)
Brian Bonsall (Alexander Rozhenko)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)
Sheila Franklin (Ensign Felton)

Notes
Ensign Sutter has moved from starship to starship since Clara was 2-years-old. La Forge tells Ensign Sutter that his parents are both in Starfleet and that he also moved around a lot whe he was a child. His mother is a command officer, his father an exozoologist.
Though Keiko O’Brien does not appear in this episode, Clara helps her plant seeds in the Arboretum.
Guinan tells Clara she had an imaginary friend when she was young, a Tarkassian razor beast.

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“I, Borg”

Episode Number 123
Beverly and Geordi work on ‘Hugh’
Production Number 223
Season 5
Stardate 45854.2
Original Airdate 5/25/1992

Story
Teleplay René Echevarria
Director Robert Lederman

Synopsis
While surveying planets in the Argolus Cluster, the Enterprise answers a distress call and finds an injured, lone, adolescent Borg drone (named “Hugh” by Geordi and Beverly). They nurse him back to health and Picard orders the crew to use him to plant a “virus” into the Borg Collective. Picard and Guinan must both deal with emotions from previous Borg encounters.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Jonathan DelArco (“Hugh”)

Notes
Hugh’s original Borg designation is “Third of Five”.
When Hugh is disconnected from the collective, his humanity begins to assert itself and he even begins to refer to himself “I” instead of “We” and tells “Locutus” he will not help assimilate his friend Geordi.
The “virus” is a geometric shape that can not exist. The Borg will theoretically spend all of their time trying to analyze it.
Picard decides to send Hugh back with his individuality instead of the virus. He’ll regret it in the sixth season cliffhanger “Descent, Part I”.

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“The Next Phase”

Episode Number 124
Ro and La Forge are relieved to be solid to each other
Production Number 224
Season 5
Stardate 45892.4
Original Airdate 6/1/1992

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director David Carson

Synopsis
The Enterprise responds to a Romulan science vessel’s distress signal. The crew believes that Geordi and Ro have died when they vanish during transport, but they are actually still aboard the Enterprise. The Romulan accident “phased” them into a cloaked state where no one can see them and they can pass through matter.

Guest Cast
Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro Laren)
Thomas Kopache (Mirok)
Susanna Thompson (Varel)
Shelby Leverington (Chief Brossmer)
Brian Cousins (Parem)
Kenneth Messerole (Ensign McDowell)

Notes
No stardate is verbally given, but stardate 45892.4 shows on Dr. Crusher’s screen while filling out Ro’s death certificate.
Ro and Geordi leave chroniton particle trails when they pass through matter, which Data and Brossmer erradicate with anyon particles. A high-intensity beam of anyons finally uncloaks Ro and Geordi.
Troi only appears on the bridge in the beginning and does not speak.
The Bajoran word for spirits is boryhas. The Bajorans have a two-hour death chant ritual.

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“Inner Light”

Episode Number 125
‘Kamin’ plays a song at his son’s naming ceremony
Production Number 225
Season 5
Stardate 45944.1
Original Airdate 6/8/1992

Story Morgan Gendel
Teleplay Morgan Gendel & Peter Allan Fields
Director Peter Lauritson

Synopsis
Captain Picard is propelled by a beam from a probe into another man’s life on another world, where he has a wife, a son and daughter and grandchildren. On the Enterprise, he seems to be unconscious, linked to the probe’s beam.

Guest Cast
Margot Rose (Eline)
Richard Riehle (Batai)
Scott Jaeck (The Administrator)
Jennifer Nash (Meribor)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)
Daniel Stewart (Young Batai)

Notes
Picard is given the lifetime of memories of Kamin, an iron weaver in the community of Ressik on the planet Kataan.
The probe was launched by the dying world 1000 years ago. The probe also carried the Ressikan Flute that Picard is now able to play.
Deanna Troi does not appear in this episode.
Young Batai is played by Patrick Stewart’s real life son, Daniel.
This is a very popular episode among TNG fans.

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“Time’s Arrow, Part I”

Episode Number 126
Guinan and Data find Clemens eavesdropping
Production Number 226
Season 5
Stardate 45959.1
Original Airdate 6/8/1992

Story Joe Menosky
Teleplay Joe Menosky and Michael Piller
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
After an unusual archaeological discovery on Earth that gives evidence of aliens visiting Earth in the 19th century, Data is accidentally sent back to San Francisco in 1893 where he meets a suspicious Samuel Clemens and a younger (by 500 years) Guinan. Meanwhile, on the Enterprise, Guinan convinces Captain Picard that he must lead the away mission to rescue Data.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Jerry Hardin (Samuel L. Clemens)
Michael Aron (Jack, the Bellboy)
Barry Kivel (the Doorman)
Ken Thorley (the Seaman)
Sheldon Peters Wolfchild (Joe Falling Hawk)
Jack Murdock (Begger)
Marc Alaimo (Frederick La Rouque)
Milt Tarver (the Scientist)
Michael Hungerford (Roughneck)

Notes
The triolic waves in the caverns on Earth trace the aliens back to Devidia II.
Jerry Hardin previously played Aldean leader Radue, who kidnapped Enterprise children in “When The Bough Breaks”.
Marc Alaimo later went on to play Gul Dukat on Deep Space Nine. He also played Romulan Commander Tebok in “The Neutral Zone” and Cardassian Gul Macet in “The Wounded”.
Ken Thorley played the Bolian barber Mot in “Ensign Ro”.
The unusual discovery on Earth is Data’s head!
To be continued….

Season 6

“Time’s Arrow, Part II”

Episode Number 127
Picard returns to the Enterprise and visits Guinan
Production Number 227
Season 6
Stardate 46001.3 (Calendar Year 2369)
Original Airdate 9/21/1992

Story Joe Menosky
Teleplay Jeri Taylor
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
Picard and the crew encounter parasitic time-travelers killing humans for neural energy during the search for Data in 19th-century San Francisco.

Starring
Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard)
Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker)
LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge)
Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf)
Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher)
Marina Sirtis (Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi)
Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data)

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Jerry Hardin (Samuel L. Clemens)
Pamela Kosh (Mrs. Carmichael)
William Boyett (Policeman)
Michael Aron (Bellboy/Jack London)
James Gleason (Dr. Appollinaire)
Mary Stein (Alien Nurse)
Alexander Enberg (Reporter)
Van Epperson (Morgue Attendant)
Bill Cho Lee (Male Patient)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
Alexander Enberg went on to play Vulcan junior officer Lt. Taurik in the TNG episode “Lower Decks” and plays recurring Voyager character Ensign Vorik (also a Vulcan), premiering in the episode “Fair Trade”. He is also the son of writer/producer Jeri Taylor.
When Data’s head gets blown off, they put the old head found on Earth on his body, so Data is now walking around with a 500-year-old head!

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“Realm of Fear”

Episode Number 128
Barcley overcomes his fear of transporters
Production Number 228
Season 6
Stardate 46041.1
Original Airdate 9/28/1992

Story
Teleplay Brannon Braga
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
Barclay’s fear of being transported intensifies after he encounters mysterious creatures while transporting back to the Enterprise from the U.S.S. Yosemite, a marooned ship.

Guest Cast
Dwight Schultz (Lt. Reginald Barclay)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)
Renata Scott (Admiral Hayes)
Thomas Belgrey (Crew Member)

Notes
O’Brien, who was a full Lieutenant up until this point, loses his two solid pips which are replaced by one hollow pip. According to the producers, O’Brien was always supposed to be a non-commisioned Chief Petty Officer and this episode corrects his (six-year) “wardrobe mistake.” The change was made for Colm Meaney and O’Brien’s pending move to the new series Deep Space Nine.
Barclay was introduced in Season 3’s “Hollow Pursuits”.
The U.S.S. Yosemite NCC-19002 is an Oberth-class science vessel.
Troi teaches Barclay a Betazoid relaxation technique called “plexing” (stimulating a pressure point under the ear). Troi is seen doing this in later episodes, like “Timescape”.
This is the first episode to show a transporter cycle from a first-person point of view.
Barclay fears that he has “transporter psychosis”, first diagnosed in 2209. There is no cure.

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“Man of the People”

Episode Number 129
Troi warns Liva away from Alkar
Production Number 229
Season 6
Stardate 46071.6
Original Airdate 10/5/1992

Story
Teleplay Frank Abatemarco
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
While Lumerian Ambassador Alkar attempts to mediate a truce between two warring factions, Troi’s behavior begins to change, as does her appearance.

Guest Cast
Chip Lucia (Ambassador Ves Alkar)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)
Stephanie Erb (Liva)
George D. Wallace (Admiral Simons)
Lucy Boryer (Ensign Janeway)
Susan French (Sev Maylor)
Rick Scarry (Jarth)
J.P. Hubbell (Troi’s Ensign)

Notes
Alkar uses people as receptacles for his negative emotions in order to stay focused for the negotiations.
Troi’s quarters are on Deck 9, room 0910.
I loved Troi’s counseling session with Ensign Janeway… “Glad I could help.” 🙂

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“Relics”

Episode Number 130
Scotty and Picard on the holodeck NCC-1701
Production Number 230
Season 6
Stardate 46125.3
Original Airdate 10/12/1992

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Alexander Singer

Synopsis
After encountering the wreck of the starship U.S.S. Jenolan that crashed on the surface of a Dyson’s sphere 75 years ago, the Enterprise crew discovers a survivor suspended in the transporter system: Montgomery “Scotty” Scott.

Guest Cast
James Doohan (Capt. Montgomery Scott)
Lanei Chapman (Ensign Sariel Rager)
Erick Weiss (Ensign Kane)
Stacie Foster (Lieutenant Bartel)
Ernie Minch (Waiter)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
Scotty visits the bridge of the original U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 on the holodeck. It was recreated with footage from the original series and a rebuild of the bridge’s turbolift and engineering station.
A scene where Deanna has a talk with Scotty after he and Geordi argue was filmed, but was unfortunately cut to save time. She comes to talk to Scotty and he’s friendly at first — until he finds out she’s a counselor. He gets upset over Geordi and goes to Ten Forward where Data gives him the green drink. In the aired version, Deanna didn’t appear until the very end where he gives her a kiss on the cheek and speaks her only word (“Goodbye”). This seems odd until you know that they had talked earlier.
The U.S.S. Jenolan NCC-2010 is a Sydney-class runabout-style transport ship.
Scotty and Geordi are beamed from the Jenolan to the Enterprise at the last second, even though the Jenolan’s shields are still up. This is not supposed to be possible according to every other Trek episode ever.

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“Schisms”

Episode Number 131
Riker escapes from the aliens with Ensign Rager
Production Number 231
Season 6
Stardate 46154.2
Original Airdate 10/19/1992

Story
Teleplay Jean Louise Matthias & Ronald Wilkerson
Director Robert Wiemer

Synopsis
While mapping the Amagosa Diaspora, La Forge’s sensor array experiment goes awry and the crew is subjected to an alien presence that causes crew members, including Commander Riker, to vanish from the ship and return suffering from mysterious ailments. Meanwhile, a mysterious subspace rupture appears in cargo bay 4.

Guest Cast
Lanei Chapman (Ensign Sariel Rager)
Ken Thorley (Mot)
Scott T. Trost (Lt. [j.g.] Shipley)
Angelina Fiordellisi (Kaminer)
Angelo McCabe (Crewman)
John Nelson (Med Tech)

Notes
Data reads his horrible poetry — “Ode to Spot” — in this episode.
The Enterprise is mapping the the Amagosa Diaspora, a dense globular cluster.
Data states he was missing for 90 minutes and 17 seconds from 12:54 until 14:26. Data must have been confused.
Worf reports that Lt. Edward Hagler’s quarters are on Deck 9, Section 17. Dr. Crusher arrives and then orders a plasma fusion unit to Deck 9, Section 19; indeed, his door states that they are in room “09 1947”.
Beverly gives Riker Picard’s Aunt Adele’s hot milk toddy recipe to help him sleep. Picard shared the toddy with her in the episode “Cause and Effect”.
Worf goes to the salon to get a trim. Mot recommends he start using conditioner.

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“True Q”

Episode Number 132
Amanda Rogers and Q
Production Number 232
Season 6
Stardate 46192.3
Original Airdate 10/19/1992

Story Matthew Corey
Teleplay René Echevarria
Director Robert Scheerer

Synopsis
While on a mission to save a polluted planet, Amanda Rogers, a young intern aboard the Enterprise displays unusual powers and is visited by Q, who is to determine if she is a member of the Q Continuum.

Guest Cast
Olivia d’Abo (Amanda Rogers)
John P. Connolly (Orn Lote)
John De Lancie (“Q”)

Notes
Amanda’s biological parents were killed by a tornado which evaded Earth’s Weather Modification Net and touched down on top of their house in Topeka, Kansas. The Q Continuum executed the renegades.
Beverly states that Jack died when Wesley was 5.

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“Rascals”

Episode Number 133
Picard, Keiko, Guinan, and Ro as children
Production Number 233
Season 6
Stardate 46235.7
Original Airdate 10/19/1992

Story Ward Botsford & Diana Dru Botsford and Michael Piller
Teleplay Allison Hock
Director Adam Nimoy

Synopsis
Picard, Guinan, Keiko and Ensign Ro are transformed into children in a transporter accident, leaving them to stop a renegade group of Ferengi who commandeer the Enterprise.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O’Brien)
Michelle Forbes (Ensign Ro Laren)
David Tristan Birkin (Young Picard)
Megan Parlen (Young Ro)
Caroline Junko King (Young Keiko)
Isis J. Jones (Young Guinan)
Mike Gomez (DaiMon Lurin)
Tracey Walter (Berik)
Michael Snyder (Morta)
Brian Bonsall (Alexander Rozhenko)
Hana Hatae (Molly O’Brien)
Morgan Nagler (Kid #1)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
Director Adam Nimoy is Leonard (Spock) Nimoy’s son.
David Tristan Birkin played Picard’s nephew RenĂ© in the episode “Family”.
Isis Jones also played the young Whoopi Goldberg in the movie Sister Act.
This was O’Brien’s (as well as Keiko and Molly) last appearance on The Next Generation before his transfer to Deep Space Nine.
This was Ensign Ro’s only appearance the 6th season. She did not re-appear until the end of the 7th season in “Preemptive Strike”.
Young Picard hints to his “father” (Riker) to turn on the computer in “Schoolroom 8,” but the computer they are sitting at displays “Classroom 7.”

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“A Fistful of Datas”

Episode Number 134
Data is placed into Worf’s holodeck program
Production Number 234
Season 6
Stardate 46271.5
Original Airdate 11/8/1992

Story Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Teleplay Robert Hewitt Wolfe & Brannon Braga
Director Patrick Stewart

Synopsis
As a result of a computer malfunction, Worf, Troi and Alexander become trapped in the holodeck’s ancient American Wild West program, where Data suddenly appears as all the characters — who now possess Data’s android strength and abilities.

Guest Cast
Brian Bonsall (Alexander Rozhenko)
John Pyber-Ferguson (Eli Hollander)
Joy Garrett (Miss Annie Meyers)
Jorge Cervera Jr. (Bandito)
Brent Spiner (Frank Hollander)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
You think that they would have learned by now not to use the Holodeck when Geordi and Data are doing computer experiments….
Picard practices his Ressikan flute from the episode “Inner Light”.
Data’s bad poetry overwrites Dr. Crusher’s play (see “Schisms”).
La Forge begins growing a beard in this episode. (LeVar Burton wanted a beard for his wedding.)

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“The Quality of Life”

Episode Number 135
Dr. Farallon demos her Exocomp for La Forge and Data
Production Number 235
Season 6
Stardate 46307.2
Original Airdate 11/8/1992

Story L.J. Scott
Teleplay Naren Shankar
Director Jonathan Frakes

Synopsis
When Picard and La Forge become trapped on the Tyra VII-a orbital mining station, Data risks their lives to protect three exocomps, machines he believes to be sentient.

Guest Cast
Ellen Bry (Dr. Farallon)
J. Downing (Transporter Chief Kelso)

Notes
The producers allowed La Forge a full-grown beard in this episode. It will be gone in the next episode. (See “A Fistful of Datas”.)

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“Chain of Command, Part I”

Episode Number 136
Jellico gives orders to Troi and Riker
Production Number 236
Season 6
Stardate 46357.4
Original Airdate 12/28/1992

Story Frank Abatemarco
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
Picard, Worf and Crusher are sent on a secret mission into Cardassian space to Celtris III to destroy a secret biogenics weapon lab, where Picard is captured by the Cardassians and kept as a prisoner. Meanwhile, Captain Jelico takes command of the Enterprise and leads the negiotiations with the Cardassians.

Guest Cast
Ronny Cox (Capt. Edward Jellico)
Natalija Nogulich (Vice Admiral Alynna Nechayev)
John Durbin (Gul Lemec)
David Warner (Gul Madred)
Lou Wagner (DaiMon Solok)
Tom Morga (Glinn Corak)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
This episode makes reference to the Cardassians’ withdrawal from the Bajoran sector — a key element in the background of “Deep Space Nine,” which premiered just after this episode aired.
Captain Jellico was previously the commanding officer of the U.S.S. Cairo (NCC-42136, Excelsior-class). In contrast to Picard’s “Make it so”, Jellico’s catch-phrase is “Get it done.”
Captain Jellico orders Troi to wear an official Starfleet uniform while on duty. Troi looks much better in the Starfleet uniform than the catsuit. (She wears a blue one-piece science uniform like Dr. Crusher, but without the lab coat of course.) Apparently, Ron Moore and Jeri Taylor had been pushing for this change for quite a while.
Jellico also orders Riker to get rid of Picard’s fish, Livingston!
This is the first appearance of Admiral Nechayev, who appears in several Cardassian-releated Next Generation and Deep Space Nine episodes.
Picard’s serial number is SP-937-215.
David Warner also played Talbot in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Klingon Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

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“Chain of Command, Part II”

Episode Number 137
Gul Madred asks Picard how many lights he sees
Production Number 237
Season 6
Stardate 46357.4
Original Airdate 12/28/1992

Story Frank Abatemarco
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Robert Scheerer

Synopsis
While Picard is tortured by his Cardassian captors, Captain Jellico infuriates the crew with his callous behavior and endangers the Enterprise by planning a first strike on the Cardassians.

Guest Cast
David Warner (Gul Madred)
Ronny Cox (Capt. Edward Jellico)
John Durbin (Gul Lemec)
Heather Lauren Olson (Jil Orra)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
The Cardassians are interested in the Minos Korva system. The Cardassians tried to annex the system during the war.
This episode results in the signing of the Federation-Cardassian Armistice, which creates the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a buffer between Federation and Cardassian space.
David Warner also played Talbot in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Klingon Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Riker’s quarters are on Deck 9, Room 0912.
Patrick Stewart’s performance in this episode promted the producers to lobby for an Emmy nomination, including a full-page ad in Variety. Unfortunately, the Academy continued to overlook the show, with the exception of the technical categories.

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“Ship in a Bottle”

Episode Number 138
Moriarty is able to leave the Holodeck
Production Number 238
Season 6
Stardate 46424.1
Original Airdate 1/25/1993

Story
Teleplay René Echevarria
Director Alexander Singer

Synopsis
While performing a diagnostic on the holodeck, Lt. Barclay accidentally releases Professor Moriarty, who has been aware of the passage of time since Picard stored his program four years ago. Professor Moriarty escapes from the realm of computer simulation into reality, where he takes control of the ship.

Guest Cast
Daniel Davis (Professor James Moriarty)
Dwight Schultz (Lt. Reginald Barclay)
Stephanie Beacham (Countess Regina Bartholomew)
Clement von Franckenstein (Gentleman)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
Moriarty trapped Picard, Data and Barclay in a holodeck simulation within the holodeck. Once Data discovered it, they used the same trick on him. They placed Moriarty and the Countess’ programs into a memory cube, which will provide enough data to last them a lifetime.
Professor Moriarty was stored in the second season episode “Elementary, Dear Data”.
Barclay was introduced in Season 3’s “Hollow Pursuits”.
Even though Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate earlier refused to allow any more “Sherlock Holmes” episodes, they decided to allow TNG to license the characters for this episode (for a fee, of course).

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“Aquiel”

Episode Number 139
Aquiel and Geordi share a tender moment
Production Number 239
Season 6
Stardate 46461.3
Original Airdate 2/1/1993

Story Jeri Taylor
Teleplay Brannon Braga & Ronald D. Moore
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
The Enterprise arrives at remote Communications Relay Station RS-47 near the Federation-Klingon border to drop off supplies. They find the station deserted , but also find evidence of cellular remains of one of the officers. While investigating the murder of Lt. Keith Rocha, Geordi finds himself falling in love with the Starfleet lieutenant who is suspected of the crime.

Guest Cast
Renée Jones (Lt. Aquiel Uhnari)
Wayne Grace (Governor Torak)
Reg E. Cathey (Commander Morag)

Notes
Lt. Keith Rocha and Lt. [junior grade] Aquiel Uhnari ran the Communications Relay Station RS-47. Rocha was the senior officer on the station. The station amplifies and relays subspace audio-video and text communication signals.
Aquiel is Haliian. Her favorite drink was Muskan seed punch. She had a pet on the station, a dog named Maura. Her last posting was on Deriben V. Her commanding officer transferred her to RS-47 because she was argumentative and insubordinate.
Geordi speaks several languages as a result of his Starfleet parents moving around a lot when he was growing up, including Aquiel’s home language, Haliian.
Rocha was killed by a coalescent organism which absorbs other lifeforms and then assumes their identity. The coalescent tried to absorb Aquiel, but she got away and it absorbed her dog Maura.
The producers were thinking of making Aquiel a recurring girlfriend for lonely La Forge, but the fans didn’t much care for her (or this episode). RenĂ©e Jones and LeVar Burton’s chemistry seemed a little off.
When the away team beams to the station, Dr. Crusher materializes away from the rest of the team for some reason, on a flight of stairs.
Aquiel and Rocha (in his personnel photo) wore blue science division uniforms. It seems that they would would wear gold Ops uniforms, as do La Forge and Data.

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“Face of the Enemy”

Episode Number 140
Troi impersonates Romulan Major Rakal
Production Number 240
Season 6
Stardate 46519.1
Original Airdate 2/8/1993

Story René Echevarria
Teleplay Naren Shankar
Director Gabrielle Beaumont

Synopsis
The Romulan underground kidnaps, surgically alters, and coerces Deanna Troi into impersonating a Romulan Tal Shiar officer in a scheme to enable three members of the Romulan Senate — Vice-Proconsul M’Ret and two of his aides — to defect to the Federation.

Guest Cast
Carolyn Seymour (Commander Toreth)
Scott MacDonald (Subcommander N’Vek)
Barry Lynch (Ensign Stefan DeSeve)
Robertson Dean (Khazara helm officer)
Dennis Cockrum (Corvallen Freighter Captain)
Pamela Winslow (Ensign McKnight)

Notes
Deanna Troi finally gets a piece of the action in one of the sixth season’s highest rated episodes.
Troi wakes up aboard the Imperial Romulan Warbird Khazara. Troi is impersonating Major Rakal of the Tal Shiar, the Romulan intelligence agency.
M’Ret and his aides are part of Ambassador Spock’s dissident movement (see “Unification, Part I” and “Unification, Part II”).
Scott MacDonald also played Tosk in the DS9 episode “Captive Pursuit” and Ensign Rollins in the Voyager premiere “Caretaker”.
Deanna’s time spent on the warbird will come in handy later this year in the episode “Timescape”.
Lt. Worf gets a ponytail in this episode (a $5000 wig made of hair sold by Russian children!).

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“Tapestry”

Episode Number 141
Picard relives his destiny
Production Number 241
Season 6
Stardate
Original Airdate 2/15/1993

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
After Picard is mortally wounded during a surprise attack, he finds himself in the afterlife with his foe Q, who gives him the opportunity to change his destiny.

Guest Cast
John De Lancie (“Q”)
Ned Vaughn (Ensign Cortin “Corey” Zweller)
J.C. Brandy (Ensign Marta Batanides)
Clint Carmichael (Nausicaan)
Rae Norman (Penny Muroc)
Clive Church (Maurice Picard)
Marcus Nash (Younng Ensign Jean-Luc Picard)

Notes
An ensign recently graducated from the Academy, Picard was stabbed in the heart by a Nausicaan and received an artificial heart.
When Q sends Picard back, he avoids the fight and then finds himself a junior grade Lieutenant science officer on the Enterprise, where Troi and Riker tell him that he’ll never make command because he never takes risks. Picard is the assistant astrophysics officer; the captain is Thomas Halloway.

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“Birthright, Part I”

Episode Number 142
A power surge causes Data to dream of his father
Production Number 242
Season 6
Stardate 46578.4
Original Airdate 2/22/1993

Story
Teleplay Brannon Braga
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
The Enterprise docks at station Deep Space 9 to assist in repairing the aqueduct system on Bajor. A Yridian approaches Worf, telling him that his father Mogh is still alive in a Romulan prison colony. For a price, he will lead Worf to him. Meanwhile, Dr. Bashir boards the Enterprise with a piece of equipment, enlisting Data and La Forge’s help in analyzing it. After the device sends a power surge through Data, he has a “dream” about his father, Dr. Soong.

Guest Cast
Brent Spiner (Dr. Noonien Soong)
Siddig El Fadil (Lt. Julian Bashir, M.D.)
James Cromwell (Jaglom Shrek)
Cristine Rose (Gi’ral)
Jennifer Gatti (Ba’el)
Richard Herd (L’Kor)

Notes
DS9’s chief medical officer Dr. Bashir comes aboard to analyze the piece of equipment found in the Gamma Quadrant. The computers on the Enterprise are much more sophisticated than the ones on the Cardassian-built station. He is surprised to learn that Data can grow hair, has a pulse, and breathes to regulate temperature.
Dr. Soong created a program that would allow Data to dream once he reached a certain level of development. The plasma shock prematurely activated the circuits. Data begins a daily sleep cycle in this episode so he can dream. Dr. Bashir asks permission to write a paper on the subject.
Spot is now a totally different cat breed. Apparently, the original cat who played Spot was lost and there was not time to find an identical replacement.
Bashir is the only Deep Space Nine character to appear on The Next Generation (not counting O’Brien, of course).
James Cromwell went on to play Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact.

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“Birthright, Part II”

Episode Number 143
Toq and the Klingons leave with Worf
Production Number 243
Season 6
Stardate 46579.2
Original Airdate 3/1/1993

Story
Teleplay René Echevarria
Director Dan Curry

Synopsis
Worf is imprisoned in the Romulan camp on Carraya IV where Klingons and Romulans appear to coexist in peace — a situation he finds unbearable.

Guest Cast
Christine Rose (Gi’ral)
James Cromwell (Jaglom Shrek)
Sterling Macer, Jr. (Toq)
Alan Scarfe (Commander Tokath)
Jennifer Gatti (Ba’el)
Richard Herd (L’Kor)

Notes
L’Kor tells Worf that his father Mogh is not a prisoner here, but did indeed die in battle at Khitomer.
When Worf teaches the young ones the ways of the Klingons, they become restless and eventually leave with Worf. They are said to be the survivors of a crash. Ba’el remains on Carraya.
Picard requests the Yridian’s flight plan from DS9. The data they receive for the ship (identified as Yridian Shuttle YLT-3069) shows the ship travelling to the Carraya System, to Nequencia Alpha, then Echevarria. It also shows the location of Khitomer, which it incorrectly locates inside the Romulan Star Empire — Khitomer is a Klingon world. (Note that Echevarria is named for the writer, RenĂ© Echevarria.)
Patrick Stewart misspeaks the stardate in Picard’s log as “46759.2”

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“Starship Mine”

Episode Number 144
Picard is captured by Kelsey
Production Number 244
Season 6
Stardate 46682.4
Original Airdate 3/1/1993

Story
Teleplay Morgan Gendel
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
While the Enterprise is docked at the Arkaria Base’s Remmler Array for a baryon radiation sweep, Picard becomes trapped aboard the Enterprise with a group of intergalactic thieves stealing the ship’s radioactive waste after the rest of crew evacuates.

Guest Cast
David Spielberg (Cmdr. Calvin “Hutch” Hutchinson)
Marie Marshall (Kelsey)
Tim Russ (Devor)
Glenn Morshower (Administrator Orton)
Tom Nibley (Neil)
Tim deZarn (Satler)
Patricia Tallman (Kiros)
Alan Altshuld (Pomet)
Arlee Reed (Waiter)

Notes
The Remmler Array orbits the planet Arkaria. The Array eliminates accumulated baryon particles from the starship. Because the baryon sweep is deadly to organic tissue, all crew must be evacuated to Arkaria Base on the planet surface.
“Hutch” previously met Beverly, apparently when she was at Starfleet Medical during Season 2. He was transferred to Arkaria Base from Starbase 97, apparently an interesting story.
Orta kills Commander Hutchinson. (He hits La Forge as well, but La Forge lives, naturally.)
Picard tells Kelsey that he is Mot the barber. They are stealing Trilithium resin, which is highly toxic and explosive.

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“Lessons”

Episode Number 145
Picard meets Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren
Production Number 245
Season 6
Stardate 46693.1
Original Airdate 4/5/1993

Story
Teleplay Ronald Wilkerson & Jean Louise Matthias
Director Robert Wiemer

Synopsis
Picard falls in love with Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren, the new chief of the ship’s Stellar Sciences department, and learns the consequences of such a relationship when he must send her on a dangerous mission on Bersallis III.

Guest Cast
Wendy Hughes (Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren)
R. Cox (Lieutenant Marques)

Notes
Lt. Cmdr. Daren came aboard the Enterprise at Starbase 218.
Data, Daren, and Ensign Chaney play a concert in Ten Forward.
Picard shares his experience in “Inner Light” with Nella to let her know what his music means to him and the two play duets, with Nella accompanying Picard on a portable piano.
The crew reacts differently to Picard and Daren’s romance: Deanna is happy for Picard and gives her blessing; Beverly seems jealous; and Riker feels Daren is asking for special treatment because she’s the Captain’s girlfriend.
8 crew members in the perimeter team died. After realizing that they can’t work on the same ship, Daren applies for a transfer.
The fourth intersect of Jefferies Tube 25 is the most acoustically perfect spot on the ship.

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“The Chase”

Episode Number 146
Picard successfully decodes the ancient message
Production Number 246
Season 6
Stardate 46731.5
Original Airdate 4/26/1993

Story Joe Menosky & Ronald D. Moore
Teleplay Joe Menosky
Director Jonathan Frakes

Synopsis
Investigating an attack on his former archaeology professor, the Enterprise crew and their enemies begin a frenzied hunt for DNA samples which hold the key to unravelling an ancient genetic mystery.

Guest Cast
Norman Lloyd (Professor Richard Galen)
Salome Jens (The Humanoid)
John Cothran, Jr. (Captain Nu’Daq)
Linda Thorson (Gul Ocett)
Maurice Roëves (Romulan Commander)

Notes
This episode attempts to explain why virtually all of the species on Star Trek look like humans. The progenitors seeded the primordial oceans with DNA four billion years ago, creating life in their image and the program which created the holographic message.
Salome Jens also plays the female shapeshifter, premiering in the 4th season DS9 episode “Broken Link”.
Gul Ocett marks the first appearance of an adult Cardassian female.
Deep Space 4 is mentioned as being beyond the Romulan Empire, near the edge of explored space.

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“Frame of Mind”

Episode Number 147
Riker is confused by his alternating realities
Production Number 247
Season 6
Stardate 46778.1
Original Airdate 5/3/1993

Story
Teleplay Brannon Braga
Director James L. Conway

Synopsis
Riker questions his sanity as he confronts altered realities: a theatrical presentation on the Enterprise, a covert mission on Tilonus IV, and an alien insane asylum.

Guest Cast
David Selburg (Doctor Syrus)
Andrew Prine (Lieutenant Suna)
Gary Werntz (Mavek)
Susanna Thompson (Jaya)
Alan Dean Moore (Wounded Crewmember)

Notes
Susanna Thompson will later go on to play Lenara Kahn in the DS9 episode “Rejoined” as well as the Borg Queen on Voyager.

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“Suspicions”

Episode Number 148
Dr. Crusher hosts Ferengi scientist Dr. Reyga
Production Number 248
Season 6
Stardate 46830.1
Original Airdate 5/10/1993

Story
Teleplay Joe Menosky and Naren Shankar
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
Dr. Crusher jeopardizes her career when she delves too deep into the murder of Dr. Reyga, a Ferengi scientist whose interphasic shield invention may have been coveted by others.

Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)
Tricia O’Neil (Kurak)
Peter Slutsker (Dr. Reyga)
James Horan (Dr. Jo’Bril)
Joan Stuart Morris (Dr. T’Pan)
John S. Ragin (Dr. Christopher)

Notes
The interphasic shield allows a ship to fly into a star’s corona, protecting it from heat and radiation.
Kurak is a Klingon warp specialist. Both she and Dr. Reyga experience prejudice because their chosen professions are outside of their culture’s norms.
Dr. Jo’Bril was a Takaran scientist. Takarans can control their bodies at a cellular level, and can appear to be dead.
Dr. Crusher will use Dr. Reyga’s interphasic shield in “Descent, Part II”, defending the Enterprise from the Borg. The interphasic shield will later become standard equipment in new Federation starships, such as the Intrepid-class U.S.S. Voyager.
This is Guinan’s last appearance on The Next Generation, though she will later appear in the motion pictures Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: Nemesis.

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“Rightful Heir”

Episode Number 149
Worf tries to convince Gowron to embrace Kahless
Production Number 249
Season 6
Stardate 46852.2
Original Airdate 5/17/1993

Story James E. Brooks
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
When Worf takes leave to resolve a spiritual crisis, he witnesses the resurrection of the legendary Klingon warrior Kahless, who now wants control of the Klingon Empire.

Guest Cast
Robert O’Reilly (Chancellor Gowron)
Kevin Conway (Kahless)
Alan Oppenheimer (Koroth)
Norman Snow (Torin)
Charles Esten (Divok)

Notes
Worf takes leave to the Klingon monestary on Boreth.
Kahless is found to be a clone of the original Kahless created by Koroth. He becomes the unofficial “Emperor” of the Klingon Empire, however Chancellor Gowron and the High Council have official power, while Kahless tends to spiritual matters. The “Jurassic Klingon” was created using blood from an ancient knife (the Knife of Kirom) and “programmed” with the stories from Klingon mythology.
Worf’s brother, Kurn, now has a seat on the High Council.
This is Gowron’s final appearance on The Next Generation. He will later become a recurring character on Deep Space Nine, first appearing in the 3rd season’s “The House of Quark”.
La Forge and Troi do not appear in this episode.

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“Second Chances”

Episode Number 150
Lt. Riker is reunited with Deanna Troi
Production Number 250
Season 6
Stardate 46915.2
Original Airdate 5/25/1993

Story Michael Medlock
Teleplay René Echevarria
Director LeVar Burton

Synopsis
During a visit to a former mission site on Nervala IV, Commander Riker encounters his double, the result of a transporter mishap, and learns that the man is still in love with Deanna.

Guest Cast
Jonathan Frakes (Lt. W. Thomas Riker)
Dr. Mae Jemison (Transporter Chief Lt. Palmer)

Notes
Riker was a Lieutenant on the U.S.S. Potemkin NCC-18253 during the Nervala IV rescue. He was commended for exceptional valor and promoted to Lieutenant Commander.
The last time Lieutenant Riker saw Deanna Troi was at the Janaran Falls on Betazed. They were supposed to meet on Risa six weeks later.
Lieutenant Riker decides to go by their middle name, Thomas, and transfers to the U.S.S. Gandhi. He will appear again in the DS9 episode “Defiant”.
This episode marked LeVar Burton’s directorial debut.
Shuttle astronaut Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman in space. She has a brief cameo as Chief Palmer.

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“Timescape”

Episode Number 151
Data, Troi and La Forge board the Romulan warbird
Production Number 251
Season 6
Stardate 46944.2
Original Airdate 6/14/1993

Story
Teleplay Brannon Braga
Director Adam Nimoy

Synopsis
Returning from a conference via runabout, Picard, Troi, Data and La Forge find the Enterprise and a Romulan Warbird motionless, locked in time — and mid-battle.

Guest Cast
Michael Bofshever (Alien Romulan)
Joel Fredericks (Ensign in Engineering)
John DeMita (Romulan in Sickbay)

Notes
This is the first episode to show the aft section of a runabout. (The runabouts were created for Deep Space Nine. They constructed the set using the Next Generation budget to help out DS9.)
The aliens nested their young inside the Warbird engine core’s artificial quantum singularity power source. The power transfer caused the temporal fragmentation. (A quantum singularity is a black hole.)
Deanna spent several days on the Romulan Warbird Khazara in the episode “Face of the Enemy”.
Deanna is seen “plexing,” which she taught Barclay in “Realm of Fear”.

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“Descent, Part I”

Episode Number 152
La Forge, Picard and Troi are ambushed by the Borg
Production Number 252
Season 6
Stardate 46982.1
Original Airdate 6/21/1993

Story Jeri Taylor
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Alexander Singer

Synopsis
While investigating a massacre at Federation outpost Ohniaka III, the Enterprise encounters the Borg, whose individual identities and viciousness trigger a startling change in Data.

Guest Cast
Brent Spiner (Lore)
John Neville (Sir Isaac Newton)
Jim Norton (Albert Einstein)
Natalija Nogulich (Vice Admiral Alynna Nechayev)
Brian J. Cousins (Crosis)
Professor Stephen Hawking (Himself)
Richard Gilbert-Hill (Bosus)
Stephen James Carver (Tayar)
Joyce Robinson (Ensign Gates)
Guy Vardaman (Lt. Darien Wallace)

Notes
Physicist and Trek fan Stephen Hawking has a cameo, appearing in Data’s poker game intro.
Admiral Nechayev chews out Picard for not using Hugh to destroy the Borg in season 5’s “I, Borg”. Picard watches footage from that episode on his ready room viewscreen.
Picard puts Crusher in command of the Enterprise while the bulk of the crew searches for Data and the Borg.
Jim Norton also played the holodeck Einstein in the episode “The Nth Degree”.
This is the first appearance of Lore since season 4’s “Brothers”.
Data experiences his first emotion, anger, followed by pleasure.
The main title and credits usually occurs after the teaser, before Act One. However, in this episode, the teaser (the holodeck scene) moves directly into Act One (which starts on the bridge, along with the title text “Descent” followed by the credits). The main titles occur in the middle of Act One after the reveal of the Borg drone.

Season 7

“Descent, Part II”

Episode Number 153
Lore orders Data to kill Picard
Production Number 153
Season 7
Stardate 47025.4 (Calendar Year 2370)
Original Airdate 9/20/1993

Story
Teleplay René Echevarria
Director Alexander Singer

Synopsis
Lore is controlling Data to force him to assist him and the Borg in destroying the Federation. Captured by the Borg, Picard, Geordi and Troi seek a way to reactivate Data’s ethical program. Meanwhile, the Enterprise, under the command of Dr. Crusher, is under attack by a Borg ship.

Starring
Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard)
Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker)
LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge)
Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf)
Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher)
Marina Sirtis (Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi)
Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data)

Guest Cast
Brent Spiner (Lore)
Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh)
Alex Datcher (Ensign Taitt)
James Horan (Lt. Barnaby)
Brian Cousins (Crosis)
Benito Martinez (Transporter Tech Salazar)
Michael Reilly Burke (Goval)

Notes
Riker and Worf find Hugh, who is bitter and angry and blames the Enterprise for allowing Lore to control the Borg. (Hugh was rescued by the Enterprise in the epsiode “I, Borg”.)
Dr. Crusher uses the metaphasic shield created by Dr. Reyga in the episode “Suspicions”. In the same episode, James Horan (Barnaby) played Dr. Jo’Bril.
Lore stole Data’s emotion chip in the 4th season episode “Brothers”. Data will finally install the emotion chip in the motion picture Star Trek: Generations.
Since they can’t rejoin the Borg Collective, the renegade Borg remain on the planet as individuals trying to work together, with Hugh as their leader.

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“Liaisons”

Episode Number 154
Picard introduces the Iyaarans to the senior staff
Production Number 154
Season 7
Stardate
Original Airdate 9/27/1993

Story Roger Eschbacher & Jaq Greenspon
Teleplay Jeanne Carrigan Fauci & Lisa Rich
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
The Enterprise hosts two Iyaaran ambassadors as part of a cultural exchange: one is assigned to Troi and the other seeks to provoke an undiplomatic Worf. Meanwhile, Picard crashes on a barren planet en route to Iyar and is rescued by a woman who falls desperately in love with him.

Guest Cast
Barbara Williams (Anna)
Eric Pierpoint (Ambassador Voval)
Paul Eiding (Ambassador Loquel)
Michael Harris (Ambassador Byleth)
Rickey D’Shon Collins (Eric)

Notes
Loquel was using Worf to study antagonism (with some amusing results). Byleth was using Troi to study pleasure (no, not that kind!). Voval was using Picard to study love.
Troi’s favorite desert is Ktarian chocoloate puff, made of 17 varieties of chocolate.

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“Interface”

Episode Number 155
La Forge sees the image of his lost mother, Silva
Production Number 155
Season 7
Stardate 47215.5
Original Airdate 9/27/1993

Story
Teleplay Joe Menosky
Director Robert Wiemer

Synopsis
Picard assigns Geordi to use the new capability of using his VISOR as a link between his brain and an experimental mechanical probe to rescue the science vessel U.S.S. Raman, which has become trapped inside the turbulent atmosphere of an unusual gaseous planet, Marijne VII. While Geordi prepares for his mission, Picard receives distressing news from Admiral Holt. The starship U.S.S. Hera, which is commanded by Geordi’s mother, has disappeared without a trace and has essentially been given up for lost. Later, when the crew sends the probe to the Raman, Geordi is shocked to see his mother, Silva La Forge, standing in front of him.

Guest Cast
Madge Sinclair (Captain Silva La Forge)
Ben Vereen (Dr. Edward La Forge)
Warren Munson (Admiral Marcus Holt)

Notes
When Geordi is seen in place of the probe, he is seen without his VISOR or his white contact lenses.
Geordi has a sister, Ariana.
The U.S.S. Raman NCC-29487 is an Oberth-class science vessel. The crew of seven was accidentally killed by the subspace lifeforms.
The U.S.S. Hera NCC-62006 is a Nebula-class starship. It had a crew of 300+, mostly Vulcans. The memorial service for the Hera was to take place on Vulcan. Starfleet sent the U.S.S. Excelsior and U.S.S. Noble to search for the Hera, but they could find no trace of the ship.
Admiral Holt is stationed on space station Deep Space 3.
Madge Sinclair previously played the unnamed Captain of the U.S.S. Saratoga in Star Trek IV.

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“Gambit, Part I”

Episode Number 156
Riker is captured by the mercenaries
Production Number 156
Season 7
Stardate 47135.2
Original Airdate 10/11/1993

Story Christopher Hatton & Naren Shankar
Teleplay Naren Shankar
Director Peter Lauritson

Synopsis
While investigating the apparent death of Captain Picard, Riker is kidnapped and taken to a mercenary ship that’s been looting Romulan archaeological sites, only to discover Picard among the crew.

Guest Cast
Richard Lynch (Arctus Baran)
Robin Curtis (Tallera)
Caitlin Brown (Vekor)
Cameron Thor (Narik)
Alan Altshuld (Yranac)
Bruce Gray (Admiral Chekote)
Sabrina Le Beauf (Ensign Giusti)
Stephen Lee (Bartender)
Derek Webster (Lt. Sanders)

Notes
Robin Curtis also played Lt. Saavik in Star Trek III and Star Trek IV.
Bruce Gray also appeared as Admiral Chekote in the DS9 episode “The Circle”.
Sabrina Le Beauf, playing Data’s relief at Ops, is known for playing the eldest Huxtable daughter, Sondra, on the NBC sitcom “The Cosby Show.”

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“Gambit, Part II”

Episode Number 157
Tallera attempts to use the weapon on the crew
Production Number 157
Season 7
Stardate 47160.1
Original Airdate 10/18/1993

Story Naren Shankar
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Alexander Singer

Synopsis
Picard and Riker, having ingratiated themselves with the mercenaries, seek to drive them to mutiny to learn the true nature of the mysterious Vulcan artifacts they seek.

Guest Cast
Richard Lynch (Baran)
Robin Curtis (Tallera)
Caitlin Brown (Vekor)
Cameron Thor (Narik)
James Worthy (Koral)
Sabrina Le Beauf (Ensign Giusti)
Martin Goslins (Minister Satok)

Notes
Picard is using the alias “Galen”, after his archaeolgy professor Richard Galen (“The Chase”).
Picard states that Vulcan is one of the Federations founding members.
Tallera is actually a Vulcan. She claims to be T’Paal, a member of the V’Shan, the Vulcan Security agency. She is actually a member of a group of Vulcan isolationists who want the psionic resonator, a weapon that magnifies violent thoughts. After the Vulcans embraced logic, the weapon was useless.
The tall Klingon Koral is played by James Worthy, a professional basketball player for the L.A. Lakers.
This two-parter should have been consolidated into one bad episode instead of two.

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“Phantasms”

Episode Number 158
”Hold very still…”
Production Number 158
Season 7
Stardate 47225.7
Original Airdate 10/25/1993

Story
Teleplay Brannon Braga
Director Patrick Stewart

Synopsis
As the crew works to repair a newly installed warp core, Data’s dream program begins to produce strange nightmares that dangerously affect his behavior.

Guest Cast
Gina Ravarra (Ensign Tyler)
Bernard Kates (Dr. Sigmund Freud)
Clyde Kusatsu (Admiral Nakamura)
David L. Crowley (Workman)
Joyce Robinson (Ensign Gates)

Notes
Data began dreaming in the episode “Birthright, Part I”. He states that he has had 111 dreams to date.
In Data’s dreams, Worf eats a piece of Deanna Troi Cake, which is a Cellular Peptide cake (with mint frosting). Dr. Crusher also appears drinking from a straw sticking out of Commander Riker’s head.
Data stabbed Troi with the coil brace to kill the “mouth” on her shoulder.
Admiral Nakamura has invited Picard to the annual Admiral’s Banquet on Starbase 219. He has managed to avoid it for the past six years.
The crew installed a new warp core obtained from Starbase 84 along with a new plasma conduit, which was infested with interphasic parasites, who attached to the crew to drain their cellular peptides.
Data is excited to begin weekly counseling sessions with Troi.

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“Dark Page”

Episode Number 159
Deanna watches Lwaxana relive her tragedy
Production Number 159
Season 7
Stardate 47254.1
Original Airdate 11/1/1993

Story
Teleplay Hilary J. Bader
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
Lwaxana Troi suffers a breakdown and lapses into a coma while the Enterprise hosts a delegation of telepathic aliens, the Cairn. Deanna enters her mind telepathically with the aid of Maques, one of the aliens.

Guest Cast
Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi)
Norman Large (Maques)
Kirsten Dunst (Hedril)
Amick Byram (Lt. Ian Andrew Troi)
Andreana Weiner (Kestra Troi)

Notes
The Cairn are a telepathic race which communicates through images. Vocal speech is new to the Cairn. Lwaxana learned their form of telepathy and is teaching them vocal communication so that they can meet with the Federation Council regarding entry into the UFP.
We learn that Deanna had a sister, Kestra, who drowned at the age of 6. Deanna was just a few months old.
This episode continues this season’s theme of family. In this episode we see not only Lwaxana Troi, but we finally see her father as well as her sister.
Kirsten Dunst later starred in Interview with the Vampire.

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“Attached”

Episode Number 160
Crusher and Picard make a run for the border
Production Number 160
Season 7
Stardate 47304.2
Original Airdate 11/8/1993

Story
Teleplay Nicholas Sagan
Director Jonathan Frakes

Synopsis
Picard and Beverly prepare to look into a diplomatic request from the Kes, one of the planet Kesprytt’s two societies, who wants entrance into the Federation. They end up in a Prytt prison cell, where they realize they both have strange electronic devices implanted in their necks. They escape and make their way to the Kes border and realize that the implants in their necks allow them to read each other’s thoughts — whether they want to or not.

Guest Cast
Robin Gammell (Ambassador Mauric)
Lenore Kasdorf (Security Minister Lorin)
J.C. Stevens (Kes Aide)

Notes
Picard and Crusher finally realize their feelings for each other. After all these years, they decide to remain friends.
The implant devices are designed to extract information from their minds.
Picard notes that every member of the Federation was admitted as a unified world. Kesprytt III, 75% of which is controlled by the Kes, would be the first planet to not meet this criterion.
The Kes have not had formal contact with the Prytt in over a century.
According to Dr. Crusher, the United Earth government was established in 2150.

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“Force of Nature”

Episode Number 161
La Forge expresses his condolences to Rabal
Production Number 161
Season 7
Stardate 47310.2
Original Airdate 11/15/1993

Story
Teleplay Naren Shankar
Director Robert Lederman

Synopsis
While conducting a search for the missing medical transport U.S.S. Fleming NCC-20316 in the Hekaras Corridor, the Enterprise encounters an alien brother and sister who insist that warp-drive engines are destroying their region of space.

Guest Cast
Michael Corbett (Dr. Rabal)
Margaret Reed (Dr. Serova)
Lee Arenberg (Daimon Prak)
Joyce Robinson (Ensign Gates)

Notes
The Hekaras Corridor is a safe route through an area of space filled with tetryon particles, which pose a navigational hazard to warp vessels.
To prove her threory (and martyr herself), Serova breaches her ship’s warp core and the explosion creates a subspace rift, which makes it impossible to create a warp field.
La Forge takes the warp core off-line to adjust the power conversion levels. The chief engineer of the U.S.S. Intrepid, Donald Kaplan, is competing with La Forge to increase power conversion efficiency. The Intrepid can be assumed to be the newly launched prototype (NCC-74600) of the Intrepid-class U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656.
The Federation Council imposes a speed limit of warp factor 5 during this episode, except in extreme emergencies.
This episode was meant to be an environmental statement, but ended up being a little bit silly with the restrictions and ramifactions, which will be forgotten within a few episodes.
Later starship designs, such as the the Intrepid-class U.S.S. Voyager and the Sovereign-class U.S.S. Enterprise-E, utilize new warp designs that do not damage subspace.
Spot is now a female cat.

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“Inheritance”

Episode Number 162
Data says goodbye to his mother, Juliana Tainer
Production Number 162
Season 7
Stardate 47410.2
Original Airdate 11/22/1993

Story Dan Koeppel
Teleplay Dan Koeppel and René Echevarria
Director Robert Scheerer

Synopsis
The Enterprise travels to the planet Atrea IV in order to avert an impending natural disaster. Husband-and-wife scientists Pran and Juliana Tainer explain that Atrea’s molten core is solidifying, a condition that will eventually render their planet uninhabitable. After the meeting, Juliana approaches Data with some surprising news — she was once married to Dr. Soong and is, in effect, his mother.

Guest Cast
Fionnula Flanagan (Dr. Juliana Tainer)
William Lithgow (Dr. Pran Tainer)
Brent Spiner (Dr. Noonien Soong)

Notes
Juliana wrote Data’s modesty subroutine to prevent him from running around naked. She also insisted on Soong installing creative subroutines to replace the missing emotions. She was also excited when Data was to meet with Deanna Troi; they were uncertain if his sexual subroutines would work. (Data is obviously meeting her for his weekly therapy session).
Juliana tells Data that Soong created three androids before Lore, but they failed. (B-4 from Star Trek: Nemesis could be one of these.) She was afraid that Data would turn out like Lore and made Soong leave him behind when they fled Omicron Theta, a decision which she regretted all her life.
Juliana is revealed to be an android. She was created by Dr. Soong after his wife, the human Juliana, was mortally wounded in the Crystalline Entity attack on Omicron Theta.
Brent Spiner also appears as the holographic Dr. Noonien Soong.
Fionnula Flanagan also played Enina Tandro in the DS9 episode “Dax”.

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“Parallels”

Episode Number 163
Deanna helps her husband Worf relax
Production Number 163
Season 7
Stardate 47410.2
Original Airdate 11/29/1993

Story
Teleplay Brannon Braga
Director Robert Wiemer

Synopsis
Worf finds he is the only one who notices reality changing — and his sanity ebbing — after he returns from a Klingon Bat’leth competition.

Guest Cast
Wil Wheaton (Lt. Wesley Crusher)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)
Mark Bramhall (Gul Nador)

Notes
Alexander is said to be visiting Worf’s parents on Earth.
The Enterprise returns to the Argus Array, first seen in the episode “The Nth Degree”. In one reality, the Cardassians reprogrammed it to spy on Deep Space 5, Starbase 47, Iadara Colony, and Utopia Planitia.
During the various realities Worf and Troi are married; Wesley Crusher appears as a Lieutenant on the Enterprise; Alyssa Ogawa appears as Doctor Ogawa; Geordi dies in a Bajoran attack. The shifts are triggered by Geordi’s VISOR.
At the end of the episode, Worf invites Troi to stay for dinner and they celebrate his birthday with champagne. This marks the beginning of their short “relationship.”

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“The Pegasus”

Episode Number 164
The U.S.S. Pegasus NCC-53847
Production Number 164
Season 7
Stardate 47457.1
Original Airdate 1/10/1993

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director LeVar Burton

Synopsis
Riker’s loyalties are divided when his former commanding officer risks the Enterprise on a dangerous secret mission to salvage an illegal Federation cloaking device from his former ship, the U.S.S. Pegasus, before the Romulans find the ship.

Guest Cast
Terry O’Quinn (Admiral Erik Pressman)
Nancy Vawter (Admiral Margaret Blackwell)
Michael Mack (Commander Sirol)
Joyce Robinson (Ensign Gates)

Notes
The U.S.S. Pegasus NCC-53847 (an Oberth-class starship) had an illegal prototype interphasing cloaking device, which caused the accident which lead to the Pegasus being trapped inside Asteroid Gamma-601 in the Devolin System. The crew mutinied against Captain Pressman and he and his supporters (including then Ensign Riker) were forced to abandon ship.
The Treaty of Algeron, signed in 2311, ended hostilities between the Federation and Romulans, re-defined the Romulan Neutral Zone, and prohibited the Federation from developing cloaking technology.
This episode will be featured in the story line of the Enterprise season finale, “These Are The Voyages…”.
Terry O’Quinn previously played The Stepfather in The Stepfather horror movies and more recently played Darius Michaud in The X-Files: Fight the Future, and would later go on to play John Locke in “Lost”.

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“Homeward”

Episode Number 165
Worf leaves his brother Nikolai on Vacca IV
Production Number 165
Season 7
Stardate 47423.9
Original Airdate 1/17/1993

Story Spike Steingasser
Teleplay Naren Shankar
Director Alexander Singer

Synopsis
The Enterprise responds to a distress call from Nikolai Rozhenko, Worf’s foster brother, who is stationed as a cultural observer on Boraal Two, a planet whose atmosphere is rapidly self-destructing due to severe plasmonic reactions. Nikolai proposes a plan to save at least some of the Boraalans. Picard refuses on the grounds that any effort to help would violate the Prime Directive. Nikolai illegally beams them into the Holodeck, forcing Picard to locate them to another planet without their knowledge.

Guest Cast
Paul Sorvino (Dr. Nikolai Rozhenko)
Penny Johnson (Dobara)
Brian Markinson (Vorin)
Edward Penn (Kateras)
Susan Christy (Tarrana)
Joyce Robinson (Ensign Gates)

Notes
The Enterprise relocates the Boraalans from Boraal II to Vacca IV.
Dobara is pregnant with Nikolai’s child.
After accidentally leaving the holodeck and faced with returning to his people after what he has seen, Vorin kills himself.
Penny Johnson went on to play Kassidy Yates on Deep Space Nine.

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“Sub Rosa”

Episode Number 166
Beverly confronts Ronin in the cemetary
Production Number 166
Season 7
Stardate c. 47500
Original Airdate 1/31/1994

Story Jeri Taylor & Jeanna F. Gallo
Teleplay Brannon Braga
Director Jonathan Frakes

Synopsis
Beverly and the Enterprise travel to Caldos IV to attend the funeral of her grandmother, Felisa Howard. While spending the night in Felisa’s house, Beverly hears a man’s voice. He identifies himself as Ronin, a ghost that has loved the women in Beverly’s family for eight hundred years. When Beverly falls under Ronin’s spell, she abruptly resigns her post on the Enterprise to remain on Caldos.

Guest Cast
Duncan Regehr (Ronin)
Shay Duffin (Ned Quint)
Michael Keenan (Governor Maturin)
Ellen Albertini Dow (Felisa Howard)

Notes
Sub rosa is Latin for “in secret.”
The Caldos Colony was one of the Federation’s first terraforming projects, created nearly a century ago. The cornerstone of every building was brought from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen in Scotland.
Beverly discovers Ronin is not a ghost, but an anaphasic lifeform that has been using the women in her family to stay alive.
After Quint is killed by Ronin, Beverly has his body sent to the ship for Dr. Selar to examine.
Duncan Regehr also plays Bajoran First Minister Shakaar Edon on Deep Space Nine.
Michael Keenan also played Hrothgar in the Voyager episode “Heroes and Demons” and Patrick in the DS9 episode “Statistical Probabilities”.

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“Lower Decks”

Episode Number 167
The junior officers play a game of poker
Production Number 167
Season 7
Stardate 47566.7
Original Airdate 2/8/1994

Story Ronald Wilkerson & Jean Louise Matthias
Teleplay René Echevarria
Director Gabrielle Beaumont

Synopsis
Four junior officers find themselves tested beyond their expectations when a top-secret mission takes the place of their promotion evaluation.

Guest Cast
Dan Gauthier (Ensign Sam Lavelle)
Shannon Fill (Ensign Sito Jaxa)
Alexander Enberg (Ensign Taurik)
Bruce Beatty (Ben)
Patti Yasutake (Nurse Alyssa Ogawa)
Don Reilly (Joret Dal)
Joyce Robinson (Ensign Gates)

Notes
This episode’s story is written from the junior officer’s point of view.
Ben has apparently taken over for Guinan in Ten Forward.
Cardassian Joret Dal is a Federation operative. The mission is to have Joret pretend to “hijack” a shuttlecraft and have Sito, a Bajoran, pose as his prisoner to get past the border. Later, they find the remains of an escape pod and Sito is declared lost in the line of duty. (Jeri Taylor mentioned that Sito may show up later on DS9, but it never worked out.)
Nurse Ogawa is promoted from Ensign to Lieutenant (junior grade), as is Lavelle.
Ogawa had been seeing Andrew Powell and announced to Beverly that they are getting married.
Ensign Sito was a member of Nova Squadron with Wesley Crusher (see “The First Duty”) and was posted to the Enterprise because Picard wanted her to have a fair chance.
Alexander Enberg is Trek writer/producer Jeri Taylor’s son. Alexander later played recurring Vulcan character Ensign Vorik on Voyager, who first appeared in the episode “Fair Trade”.

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“Thine Own Self”

Episode Number 168
”Jayden” cures Gia of radiation sickness
Production Number 168
Season 7
Stardate 47611.2
Original Airdate 2/15/1994

Story Christopher Hatton
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
While retrieving radioactive metal fragments from a Federation probe crashed on Barkon IV, a power surge erases Data’s memory. He wanders into a village carrying the container full of the radioactive metal and is soon befriended by Garvin and Gia. When the village is accidentally exposed to the radiation, Data works to find a cure. Meanwhile, Troi takes the bridge officer’s exam.

Guest Cast
Ronnie Claire Edwards (Talura)
Michael Rothhaar (Garvin)
Kimberly Cullum (Gia)
Michael G. Hagerty (Skoran)
Andy Kossin (Apprentice)
Richard Ortega-Miro (Ensign Rainer)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
Gia names Data “Jayden.” It’s very odd that Data can understand and speak English, can analyze and reason, build primitive microscopes and x-rays, but does not know what “radioactive” means.
Deanna returns from her class reunion and decides to go for a promotion to keep up with her classmates.
Dr. Crusher commands the bridge on night shift while Data is away. She enjoys volunteering from time to time to keep up on operations and tactical procedures.
Deanna was in command of the bridge during the quantum filament disaster in “Disaster”.
Deanna does well on all the tests (Diplomatic Law, First Contact, Bridge Operations) except the Engineering Qualification, which she had to re-take 4 times. (She had to send a crewman – Geordi – to his death in order to save the ship. “A bridge officer’s first duty is to the ship.”) Deanna passes, allowing her bridge command duty. She is also promoted to Commander.
Will refers to Deanna as his “imzadi”, which we haven’t heard since the 4th season in “The Loss”.
Patrick Stewart only appears briefly at the end with one line. He was away performing in “A Christmas Carol.”
Ronnie Claire Edwards also played Corabeth Godsey on “The Waltons.”

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“Masks”

Episode Number 169
The sun god Masaka takes over Data
Production Number 169
Season 7
Stardate 47615.2
Original Airdate 2/21/1994

Story
Teleplay Joe Menosky
Director Robert Wiemer

Synopsis
Soon after a sensor scan of an eighty-seven million-year-old comet commences, alien artifacts begin appearing around the Enterprise. Data is possessed by an ancient sun spirit named Masaka and the Enterprise is being transformed into her temple.

Guest Cast
Rickey D’Shon Collins (Eric)

Notes

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“Eye of the Beholder”

Episode Number 170
Worf stops Deanna from jumping
Production Number 170
Season 7
Stardate 47623.2
Original Airdate 2/28/1994

Story René Echevarria
Teleplay Brannon Braga
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
The crew is stunned by the suicide of Lieutenant Kwan, who jumps into the plasma stream by his work station in Nacelle Control. Picard assigns Troi and Worf to investigate. Troi experiences an empathic flashback involving the crew members at the time the Enterprise was built at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards.

Guest Cast
Tim Lounibos (Lt. [j.g.] Daniel L. Kwan)
Mark Rolston (Lt. [j.g.] Walter J. Pierce)
Nancy Harewood (Lt. [j.g.] Nara)
Johanna McCloy (Ensign Maddy Calloway)
Nora Leonhardt (Ensign Marla E. Finn)
Dugan Savoye (Lt. William Hodges)

Notes
In Troi’s empathic flashback, she and Worf become lovers. When Troi finds Worf and Calloway kissing, she kills Worf with a phaser and then runs to Nacelle Control to throw herself into the plasma stream.
We get to see the inside of a warp nacelle tube in this episode.
Starfleet gives the Enterprise permission to break the warp 5 speed limit in this episode. (See the episode “Force of Nature”.)
Mark Rolston also played Private Drake in the movie Aliens.
Utopia Planitia on Mars is Starfleet’s starship development facility.

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“Genesis”

Episode Number 171
Crusher gives Barclay his test results
Production Number 171
Season 7
Stardate 47653.2
Original Airdate 4/3/1994

Story
Teleplay Brannon Braga
Director Gates McFadden

Synopsis
A virus-like T-cell disease causes the crew to exhibit strange behavioral changes, eventually regressing into primitive creatures.

Guest Cast
Dwight Schultz (Lt. Reg Barclay)
Patti Yasutake (Lt. Alyssa Ogawa)
Carlos Ferro (Ensign Dern)

Notes
Data’s cat Spot is pregnant. (The cat was previously male.) Alyssa tells Dr. Crusher and Data that her and Andrew Powell are also having a baby, after announcing that they were getting married in episode 167 “Lower Decks”.
This is the first episode where we see Deanna on bridge duty since her promotion to Commander in the episode “Thine Own Self”.
Dr. Crusher is incapacitated by Worf fairly early on to give Gates McFadden less on-screen time for directing.
Dr. Crusher gives Barclay a synthetic T-Cell to activate an intron (dormant gene) to fight his flu, but it mutates into an intron virus and infects the entire crew. Dr. Crusher names the disease “Barclay’s Protomorphosys Syndrome.”
Data uses Alyssa’s amniotic fluid to create an retro-virus antidote.
Continuing their romance, Worf and Deanna have a lunch date in Ten Forward.
Worf regresses into a Klingon animal, who sees Deanna as his mate. Deanna regresses into an amphibian. Barclay regresses into an arachnid. Riker regresses into a proto-human australopithecine. Picard begins de-evolving into a monkey (lemur or pigmy marmoset).
Barclay was introduced in Season 3’s “Hollow Pursuits”.
Dr. Crusher mentions Vulcan Dr. Selar.

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“Journey’s End”

Episode Number 172
Wesley says goodbye to Beverly and Picard
Production Number 172
Season 7
Stardate 47751.2
Original Airdate 4/10/1994

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore
Director Corey Allen

Synopsis
Admiral Nechayev informs Picard that a settlement between the Cardassians and the Federation has created new borders between the two powers, placing some Federation colonies in what is now Cardassian territory. Picard is given the assignment of evacuating one of those planets, a twenty-year-old enclave of North American Indians located on Dorvan V. He reminds her that the American Indians were once unjustly forced off their land centuries before, but Nechayev stands firm, ordering Picard to remove the settlers “by any means necessary”. Wesley Crusher, on a break from Starfleet Academy, becomes deeply involved in the dispute and resigns from Starfleet.

Guest Cast
Wil Wheaton (Cadet 3C Wesley Crusher)
Eric Menyuk (The Traveler)
Ned Romero (Lakanta)
Tom Jackson (Anthwara)
Richard Poe (Gul Evek)
George Aguilar (Wasaka)
Natalija Nogulich (Vice Admiral Alynna Nechayev)
Doug Wert (Jack R. Crusher)

Notes
Wesley resigns his commission in Starfleet Academy and then joins the Traveler in a “new plane of existance.”
Dorvan V was given to the Cardassians as a result of the Federation-Cardassian Treaty of 2370, which is a result of the negotiations that took place after the Federation-Cardassian Armistice of 2367. (See “Chain of Command, Part II”.)
The colony decides to give up Federation citizenship and to live under Cardassian jurisdiction.
This was originally going to be a “Wesley Crusher joins the Maquis” episode, but the producers decided on the Traveler theme instead, and gave the Maquis theme to Ro Laren in “Preemptive Strike”.
Dorvan V is implied to be the homeworld of Voyager’s Commander Chakotay.
The Traveler was introduced in the episode “Where No One Has Gone Before”.

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“Firstborn”

Episode Number 173
Worf discovers K’mtar’s identity
Production Number 173
Season 7
Stardate 47779.4
Original Airdate 5/8/1994

Story Mark Kalbfeld
Teleplay René Echevarria
Director Jonathan West

Synopsis
Worf is excited that his son Alexander has reached the age for the First Rite of Ascension, a ceremony in which a young Klingon declares his intention to become a warrior. However, he is shocked and disappointed to learn that Alexander has no intention of becoming a warrior. At the festival of Kot’baval, they are attacked by three Klingon assailants. A strange Klingon appears and after a brief struggle, the remaining assailants flee. The stranger calls himself K’mtar, a close friend of Worf’s family who has been sent to protect them. Markings on a dagger left at the scene indicate that the would-be assassins were sent by the sisters of Duras.

Guest Cast
Brian Bonsall (Alexander Rozhenko)
James Sloyan (K’mtar)
Gwynyth Walsh (B’Etor)
Barbara March (Lursa)
Armin Shimerman (Quark)
Joel Swetow (Gorta)
Colin Mitchell (Yog)

Notes
This episode (and the DS9 episode “Past Prologue”) set up Lursa and B’Etor’s appearance in Star Trek: Generations.
Deep Space Nine’s Quark makes a guest appearance via the viewscreen.
K’mtar reveals that he is Alexander, and has come from the future. K’mtar explains that he grew up to be a diplomat instead of a warrior, and Worf was murdered 40 years later. He decided to transport back in time and either change Alexander’s ways or kill him.
This is the last time we see Alexander until the DS9 6th season episode “Sons and Daughters”, where he appears as a teenager. Worf apparently sends Alexander back to Earth to live with his grandparents sometime between this episode and Star Trek: Generations.

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“Bloodlines”

Episode Number 174
Picard discovers that Jason is his son
Production Number 174
Season 7
Stardate 47829.1
Original Airdate 5/15/1994

Story
Teleplay Nicholas Sagan
Director Les Landau

Synopsis
Picard receives a disturbing message from renegade Ferengi Daimon Bok, whose son Picard killed in battle years before. Bok says he plans to avenge that death by killing Picard’s son, Jason Vigo. Picard is unaware he had a son, but did have a relationship with Vigo’s mother twenty-four years earlier. Since Jason is in danger regardless of his parentage, Picard sets course for Camor V, where the young man lives, locates and beams the surprised young man aboard. He is even more surprised when Picard fills him in on the situation, and agrees to take a genetic test, which soon reveals that Picard is Jason’s father.

Guest Cast
Lee Arenberg (DaiMon Bok)
Ken Olandt (Jason Vigo)
Peter Slutsker (DaiMon Birta)
Amy Pietz (Sandra Rhodes)
Michelan Sisti (Tol)

Notes
Bok appeared in the first season episode “The Battle”, but was played by Frank Corsentino.
Bok resequenced Jason’s DNA to make it appear that Picard was his father.

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“Emergence”

Episode Number 175
The crew boards the Orient Express
Production Number 175
Season 7
Stardate 47869.2
Original Airdate 5/22/1994

Story Brannon Braga
Teleplay Joe Menosky
Director Cliff Bole

Synopsis
Mysterious malfunctions in the Enterprise computer systems lead the crew to the holodeck, where passengers on the Orient Express hold the only clues. Meanwhile, strange devices are appearing on board that seem to be part of an emerging life form.

Guest Cast
David Huddleston (The Conductor)
Vinny Argiro (The Hitman)
Thomas Kopache (The Engineer)
Arlee Reed (Hayseed)

Notes
The train is headed for Vertiform City. The emerging lifeform needs vertion particles to replicate itself. When the new lifeform finally forms, it disappears into space, bringing the Enterprise back to normal.
In the opening sequence, Picard helps Data rehearse Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” on the holodeck.

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“Preemptive Strike”

Episode Number 176
Ro Laren returns to the Enterprise
Production Number 176
Season 7
Stardate 47941.7
Original Airdate 5/29/1994

Story Naren Shankar
Teleplay René Echevarria
Director Patrick Stewart

Synopsis
Ro Laren’s “homecoming” is interrupted when Federation ships from the renegade group the Maquis attack a Cardassian vessel near the Demilitarized Zone. The Cardassians, led by Gul Evek, are angered by the growing threat posed by the Maquis, and promises Cardassia will take matters into its own hands if the Federation does not force the Maquis to uphold the peace treaty. Admiral Nechayev decides to send Ro Laren into the Maquis community as an undercover operative. Ro is uncomfortable with the assignment since, as a Bajoran, she has spent most of her life fighting the Cardassians, but accepts the mission out of loyalty to Picard.

Guest Cast
Michelle Forbes (Lieutenant Ro Laren)
John Franklin-Robbins (Macias)
Natalija Nogulich (Vice Admiral Alynna Nechayev)
Richard Poe (Gul Evek)
William Thomas, Jr. (Santos)
Shannon Cochran (Kalita)
Joyce Robinson (Ensign Gates)

Notes
Ro Laren spent the past year at Starfleet Security advanced tactical training, and was promoted to full Lieutenant (skipping Lt. junior grade). Picard recommended her for the program.
Michelle Forbes had turned down the transfer to DS9 and then left TNG to pursue a movie career. However, she liked this story and agreed to do it.
The Lieutenant Commander at Starfleet Security Ro speaks of, who resigned to join the Maquis, is assumed to be Chakotay from Star Trek: Voyager. Voyager was to premiere in January 1995 and the producers wanted a new Maquis story to help with the premiere.
The Maquis were introduced in the Deep Space Nine episode “The Maquis, Part I”.
Shannon Cochran as Kalita will also later appear in the DS9 episode “Defiant” as part of Tom Riker’s Maquis crew. She also played General Martok’s wife Sirella in the DS9 episode “You Are Cordially Invited”.

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“All Good Things…”

Episode Number 177 & 178
O’Brien, Troi and Worf at Picard’s Welcome Cermony
Production Number 177 & 278
Season 7
Stardate 47998.1
Original Airdate 6/5/1994

Story
Teleplay Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga
Director Winrich Kolbe

Synopsis
A bewildered Captain Picard finds himself moving back and forth through time. One minute he’s aboard the Enterprise, the next, he’s twenty-five years in the future, working on his vineyard in France. Then suddenly he finds himself seven years in the past, being escorted aboard the Enterprise for the first time by Lt. Tasha Yar. While his crew suspects Picard of suffering from a debilitating mental disease, Picard struggles to convince them to investigate a temporal anomaly in the Neutral Zone that he believes to be related to his problem. Picard soon discovers that Q is responsible for his erratic time travels. Caught in a paradox that Q has devised, Picard realizes he must risk his life and the lives of his crew to save humanity.

Guest Cast
John De Lancie (“Q”)
Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O’Brien)
Andreas Katsulas (Commander Tomalok)
Clyde Kusatsu (Admiral Nakamura)
Patti Yasutake (Lt. Alyssa Ogawa)
Pamela Kosh (Jessel)
Tim Kelleher (Lieutenant Gaines)
Alison Brooks (Ensign Nell Chilton)
Stephen Matthew (Ensign Garvin)
Joyce Robinson (Ensign Gates)
Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

Notes
Two-hour Series Finale. Separated into “All Good Things…, Part I” and “All Good Things…, Part II” for rerun.
Picard took command of the Enterprise on stardate 41148. Encounter at Farpoint takes place on 41153.7.
Lt. Tasha Yar and Chief O’Brien appear in Picard’s past, which takes place just before the Farpoint mission. Deanna is also wearing the mini-skirt with boots “Cosmic Cheerleader” outfit. O’Brien is incorrectly wearing Ensign rank and Data is incorrectly wearing Lieutenant Junior Grade rank (unless he was promoted from Lieutenant J.G. to Lieutenant to Lt. Commander between the time he boarded the Enterprise until the pilot episode “Encounter at Farpoint”).
Only Data appears in all three time periods, not counting Picard or Q, of course.
In Picard’s future, the Klingons have conquered the Romulans and closed their borders to the Federation. Picard is diagnosed with the mental disease Irumodic Syndrome, Captain Beverly Picard is the commanding officer of the medical ship U.S.S. Pasteur, Data is the Dean of Cambridge University, Worf is the governor of the Klingon colony H’Atoria, Deanna is dead, and Admiral Riker is a bitter old commander on Starbase 247.
The present-day Data states that there are 3 tachyon pulses converging at a single point with the same signature as if all 3 originated from the Enterprise. However, the future-pulse originated from the Pasteur not the Enterprise. The 3 tachyon pulses caused the temporal anomaly (an eruption of “anti-time”) in the Devron System.

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