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"Redemption, Part II"

 
Episode Number101 ''Redemption, Part II'
 ''Redemption, Part II'
Production Number201 
Season
Stardate45020.4  (Calendar Year 2368) 
Original Airdate9/23/1991 
 
Story 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorDavid 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).
 

 

"Darmok"

 
Episode Number102 ''Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra''
 ''Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra''
Production Number202 
Season
Stardate45047.2 
Original Airdate9/30/1991 
 
Story 
TeleplayPhilip Lazebnik and Joe Menosky 
DirectorWinrich 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.
 

 

"Ensign Ro"

 
Episode Number103 Bajoran officer Ensign Ro Laren
 Bajoran officer Ensign Ro Laren
Production Number203 
Season
Stardate45047.2 
Original Airdate9/30/1991 
 
StoryRick Berman & Michael Piller 
TeleplayMichael Piller 
DirectorLes 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.
 

 

"Silicon Avatar"

 
Episode Number104 Dr. Marr tracks down the Crystaline Entity
 Dr. Marr tracks down the Crystaline Entity
Production Number204 
Season
Stardate45122.3 
Original Airdate10/14/1991 
 
StoryLawrence V. Conley 
TeleplayJeri Taylor 
DirectorCliff 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.
 

 

"Disaster"

 
Episode Number105 Troi commands O'Brien and Ro on the bridge
 Troi commands O'Brien and Ro on the bridge
Production Number205 
Season
Stardate45156.1 
Original Airdate10/21/1991 
 
StoryRon Jarvis and Philip A. Scorza 
TeleplayRonald Moore 
DirectorGabrielle 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".
 

 

"The Game"

 
Episode Number106 Wesley and Lefler diagnose Data's problem
 Wesley and Lefler diagnose Data's problem
Production Number206 
Season
Stardate45208.2 
Original Airdate10/28/1991 
 
StoryBrannon Braga 
TeleplaySusan Sackett & Fred Bronson and Brannon Braga 
DirectorCorey 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.
 

 

"Unification, Part I"

 
Episode Number107 Data and Picard travel to Romulus to find Spock
 Data and Picard travel to Romulus to find Spock
Production Number208 
Season
Stardate45233.1 
Original Airdate11/4/1991 
 
StoryRick Berman & Michael Piller 
TeleplayJeri Taylor 
DirectorLes Landau 
 
Synopsis
Disguised as Romulans, Picard and Data travel to Romulus to investigate the unauthorized mission of the Federationís 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..."
 

 

"Unification, Part II"

 
Episode Number108 Sela's plan is foiled by Spock, Picard and Data
 Sela's plan is foiled by Spock, Picard and Data
Production Number207 
Season
Stardate45245.8 
Original Airdate11/11/1991 
 
StoryRick Berman & Michael Piller 
TeleplayJeri Taylor 
DirectorLes 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".
 

 

"A Matter of Time"

 
Episode Number109 Troi does not trust Professor Rasmussen
 Troi does not trust Professor Rasmussen
Production Number209 
Season
Stardate45349.1 
Original Airdate11/11/1991 
 
Story 
TeleplayRick Berman 
DirectorPaul 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.
 

 

"New Ground"

 
Episode Number110 Worf teaches Alexander the value of honor
 Worf teaches Alexander the value of honor
Production Number210 
Season
Stardate45349.1 
Original Airdate11/11/1991 
 
StorySara Charno & Stuart Charno 
TeleplayGrant Rosenberg 
DirectorRobert 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."
 

 

"Hero Worship"

 
Episode Number111 Timothy is operating within normal parameters
 Timothy is operating within normal parameters
Production Number211 
Season
Stardate45397.3 
Original Airdate1/27/1992 
 
StoryHilary J. Bader 
TeleplayJoe Menosky 
DirectorPatrick 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.
 

 

"Violations"

 
Episode Number112 Jev supposedly helps Deanna identify her attacker
 Jev supposedly helps Deanna identify her attacker
Production Number212 
Season
Stardate45429.3 
Original Airdate2/3/1992 
 
StoryShari Goodhartz & T. Michael Gray & Pamela Gray 
TeleplayJeri Taylor & Pamela Gray 
DirectorRobert 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.
 

 

"The Masterpiece Society"

 
Episode Number113 Aaron gives Troi and Riker a tour of Genome Colony
 Aaron gives Troi and Riker a tour of Genome Colony
Production Number213 
Season
Stardate45470.1 
Original Airdate2/10/1992 
 
StoryJames Kahn and Adam Belanoff 
TeleplayAdam Belanoff and Michael Piller 
DirectorWinrich 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.
 

 

"Conundrum"

 
Episode Number114 MacDuff and Picard give a status report to Worf
 MacDuff and Picard give a status report to Worf
Production Number214 
Season
Stardate45494.2 
Original Airdate2/17/1992 
 
StoryPaul Schiffer 
TeleplayBarry M. Schkolnick 
DirectorLes 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.
 

 

"Power Play"

 
Episode Number115 Troi, Data and O'Brien sieze Ten Forward
 Troi, Data and O'Brien sieze Ten Forward
Production Number215 
Season
Stardate45571.2 
Original Airdate2/24/1992 
 
StoryPaul Ruben and Maurice Hurley 
TeleplayRene Balcer and Herbert J. Wright & Brannon Braga 
DirectorDavid 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".
 

 

"Ethics"

 
Episode Number116 Crusher and Ogawa assist Russell in Worf's surgery
 Crusher and Ogawa assist Russell in Worf's surgery
Production Number216 
Season
Stardate45587.3 
Original Airdate3/2/1992 
 
StorySara Charno & Stuart Charno 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorChip 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.
 

 

"The Outcast"

 
Episode Number117 Soren admits her feelings to Riker
 Soren admits her feelings to Riker
Production Number217 
Season
Stardate45614.6 
Original Airdate3/16/1992 
 
Story 
TeleplayJeri Taylor 
DirectorRobert 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.
 

 

"Cause and Effect"

 
Episode Number118 Captain Bateson of the Federation Starship Bozeman
 Captain Bateson of the Federation Starship Bozeman
Production Number218 
Season
Stardate45652.1 
Original Airdate3/23/1992 
 
Story 
TeleplayBrannon Braga 
DirectorJonathan 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 déjà 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 déjà 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.
 

 

"The First Duty"

 
Episode Number119 Nova Squadron Cadets Locarno, Crusher, Sito, Hajar
 Nova Squadron Cadets Locarno, Crusher, Sito, Hajar
Production Number219 
Season
Stardate45703.9 
Original Airdate3/30/1992 
 
Story 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore and Naren Shankar 
DirectorPaul 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").
 

 

"Cost of Living"

 
Episode Number120 Lwaxana and Alexander escape from their loneliness
 Lwaxana and Alexander escape from their loneliness
Production Number220 
Season
Stardate45733.6 
Original Airdate4/20/1992 
 
Story 
TeleplayPeter Allan Fields 
DirectorWinrich 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.
 

 

"The Perfect Mate"

 
Episode Number121 Kamala bonds with Picard for life
 Kamala bonds with Picard for life
Production Number221 
Season
Stardate45761.3 
Original Airdate4/27/1992 
 
StoryRené Echevarria and Gary Perconte 
TeleplayGary Perconte and Michael Piller 
DirectorCliff 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 Grodénchik 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.
 

 

"Imaginary Friend"

 
Episode Number122 Worf reprimands Clara and imaginary friend Isabella
 Worf reprimands Clara and imaginary friend Isabella
Production Number222 
Season
Stardate45852.1 
Original Airdate5/2/1992 
 
StoryJean Louise Matthias & Ronald Wilkerson and Richard Fliegel 
TeleplayEdithe Swenson and Brannon Braga 
DirectorGabrielle 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.
 

 

"I, Borg"

 
Episode Number123 Beverly and Geordi work on 'Hugh'
 Beverly and Geordi work on 'Hugh'
Production Number223 
Season
Stardate45854.2 
Original Airdate5/25/1992 
 
Story 
TeleplayRené Echevarria 
DirectorRobert 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".
 

 

"The Next Phase"

 
Episode Number124 Ro and La Forge are relieved to be solid to each other
 Ro and La Forge are relieved to be solid to each other
Production Number224 
Season
Stardate45892.4 
Original Airdate6/1/1992 
 
Story 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorDavid 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.
 

 

"Inner Light"

 
Episode Number125 'Kamin' plays a song at his son's naming ceremony
 'Kamin' plays a song at his son's naming ceremony
Production Number225 
Season
Stardate45944.1 
Original Airdate6/8/1992 
 
StoryMorgan Gendel 
TeleplayMorgan Gendel & Peter Allan Fields 
DirectorPeter 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.
 

 

"Time's Arrow, Part I"

 
Episode Number126 Guinan and Data find Clemens eavesdropping
 Guinan and Data find Clemens eavesdropping
Production Number226 
Season
Stardate45959.1 
Original Airdate6/8/1992 
 
StoryJoe Menosky 
TeleplayJoe Menosky and Michael Piller 
DirectorLes 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....
 

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