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"The Child"

 
Episode Number27 Deanna Troi and her son, Ian
 Deanna Troi and her son, Ian
Production Number127 
Season
Stardate42073.1  (Calendar Year 2365) 
Original Airdate11/21/1988 
 
StoryJaron Summers & Jon Povill 
TeleplayMaurice Hurley 
DirectorRob 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.
 

 

"Where Silence Has Lease"

 
Episode Number28 Nagilum studies the Enterprise
 Nagilum studies the Enterprise
Production Number128 
Season
Stardate42193.6 
Original Airdate11/28/1988 
 
Story 
TeleplayJack B. Sowards 
DirectorWinrich 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).
 

 

"Elementary, Dear Data"

 
Episode Number29 Moriarty becomes sentient
 Moriarty becomes sentient
Production Number129 
Season
Stardate42286.3 
Original Airdate12/5/1988 
 
Story 
TeleplayBrian Alan Lane 
DirectorRob 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.
 

 

"The Outrageous Okona"

 
Episode Number30 Picard negiotiates with Okona's accusers
 Picard negiotiates with Okona's accusers
Production Number130 
Season
Stardate42402.7 
Original Airdate12/12/1988 
 
Story 
TeleplayLes Menchen, Lance Dickson & David Landsberg 
DirectorRobert 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.
 

 

"Loud as a Whisper"

 
Episode Number31 Riva and his Chorus
 Riva and his Chorus
Production Number132 
Season
Stardate42477.2 
Original Airdate1/9/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayJacqueline Zambrano 
DirectorLarry 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.
 

 

"The Schizoid Man"

 
Episode Number32 Data speaks with Graves while Selar runs scans
 Data speaks with Graves while Selar runs scans
Production Number131 
Season
Stardate42437.5 
Original Airdate1/21/1989 
 
StoryRichard Manning & Hans Beimler 
TeleplayTracy Tormé 
DirectorLes 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.
 

 

"Unnatural Selection"

 
Episode Number33 Pulaski and Kingsley on Darwin Station
 Pulaski and Kingsley on Darwin Station
Production Number133 
Season
Stardate42494.8 
Original Airdate1/30/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayJohn Mason and Mike Gray 
DirectorPaul 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.
 

 

"A Matter of Honor"

 
Episode Number34 Rikers serves on the Klingon cruiser Pagh
 Rikers serves on the Klingon cruiser Pagh
Production Number134 
Season
Stardate42506.5 
Original Airdate2/6/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayWanda M. Haight, Gregory Amos & Burton Armus 
DirectorRob 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.
 

 

"The Measure of a Man"

 
Episode Number35 Data formally rejects Maddox's experiment
 Data formally rejects Maddox's experiment
Production Number135 
Season
Stardate42523.7 
Original Airdate2/13/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayMelinda M. Snodgrass 
DirectorRobert 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.
 

 

"The Dauphin"

 
Episode Number36 Salia in humanoid form entices Wesley
 Salia in humanoid form entices Wesley
Production Number136 
Season
Stardate42568.8 
Original Airdate2/20/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayScott Rubenstein and Leonard Mlodinow 
DirectorRob 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
 

 

"Contagion"

 
Episode Number37 The Enterprise and Romulan warbird
 The Enterprise and Romulan warbird
Production Number137 
Season
Stardate42609.1 
Original Airdate3/20/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplaySteve Gerber and Beth Woods 
DirectorJoseph 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.)
 

 

"The Royale"

 
Episode Number38 The Away Team is trapped in the Hotel Royale
 The Away Team is trapped in the Hotel Royale
Production Number138 
Season
Stardate42625.4 
Original Airdate3/27/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayKeith Mills (Tracy Tormé) 
DirectorCliff 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....)
 

 

"Time Squared"

 
Episode Number39 Pulaski cares for the duplicate Picard
 Pulaski cares for the duplicate Picard
Production Number139 
Season
Stardate42679.2 
Original Airdate4/3/1989 
 
StoryKurt Michael Bensmiller 
TeleplayBurton Armus 
DirectorJoseph 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
 

 

"The Icaris Factor"

 
Episode Number40 Kyle Riker and Will Riker
 Kyle Riker and Will Riker
Production Number140 
Season
Stardate42686.4 
Original Airdate4/24/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayDavid Assael and Robert L. McCullough 
DirectorRobert 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.
 

 

"Pen Pals"

 
Episode Number41 Pulaski prepares to wipe Sarjenka's memory
 Pulaski prepares to wipe Sarjenka's memory
Production Number141 
Season
Stardate42695.3 
Original Airdate5/1/1989 
 
StoryHannah Louise Shearer 
TeleplayMelinda Snodgrass 
DirectorWinrich 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
 

 

"Q Who"

 
Episode Number42 The Enterprise trapped by a Borg cube
 The Enterprise trapped by a Borg cube
Production Number142 
Season
Stardate42761.3 
Original Airdate5/8/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayMaurice Hurley 
DirectorRob 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".
 

 

"Samaritan Snare"

 
Episode Number43 La Forge is held hostage by the Pakleds
 La Forge is held hostage by the Pakleds
Production Number143 
Season
Stardate42779.1 
Original Airdate5/15/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayRobert L. McCullough 
DirectorLes 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".
 

 

"Up The Long Ladder"

 
Episode Number44 The Bringloidi make themselves at home
 The Bringloidi make themselves at home
Production Number144 
Season
Stardate42823.2 
Original Airdate5/22/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayMelinda M. Snodgrass 
DirectorWinrich 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 animé and a "diplomatic mission to Alderan."
 

 

"Manhunt"

 
Episode Number45 Lwaxana Troi enjoys a quiet dinner with Picard
 Lwaxana Troi enjoys a quiet dinner with Picard
Production Number145 
Season
Stardate42859.2 
Original Airdate6/19/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayTerry Devereaux (Tracy Tormé) 
DirectorWinrich 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 Tormé 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.
 

 

"The Emissary"

 
Episode Number46 K'Ehleyr and Worf prepare to mate
 K'Ehleyr and Worf prepare to mate
Production Number146 
Season
Stardate42901.3 
Original Airdate6/26/1989 
 
StoryRichard Mannin & Hans Beimler 
TeleplayThomas Calder 
DirectorCliff 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.
 

 

"Peak Performance"

 
Episode Number47 Ferengi Maurader approaches Enterprise & Hathaway
 Ferengi Maurader approaches Enterprise & Hathaway
Production Number147 
Season
Stardate42923.4 
Original Airdate7/10/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayDavid Kemper 
DirectorRobert 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.
 

 

"Shades of Gray"

 
Episode Number48 Pulaski treats Riker's disease while Troi watches
 Pulaski treats Riker's disease while Troi watches
Production Number148 
Season
Stardate42976.1 
Original Airdate7/17/1989 
 
Story 
TeleplayMaurice Hurley, Richard Manning & Hans Beimler 
DirectorRob 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).
 

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