Season 6

Select an Episode

 

"Time's Arrow, Part II"

 
Episode Number127 Picard returns to the Enterprise and visits Guinan
 Picard returns to the Enterprise and visits Guinan
Production Number227 
Season
Stardate46001.3  (Calendar Year 2369) 
Original Airdate9/21/1992 
 
StoryJoe Menosky 
TeleplayJeri Taylor 
DirectorLes 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!
 

 

"Realm of Fear"

 
Episode Number128 Barcley overcomes his fear of transporters
 Barcley overcomes his fear of transporters
Production Number228 
Season
Stardate46041.1 
Original Airdate9/28/1992 
 
Story 
TeleplayBrannon Braga 
DirectorCliff 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.
 

 

"Man of the People"

 
Episode Number129 Troi warns Liva away from Alkar
 Troi warns Liva away from Alkar
Production Number229 
Season
Stardate46071.6 
Original Airdate10/5/1992 
 
Story 
TeleplayFrank Abatemarco 
DirectorWinrich 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." :)
 

 

"Relics"

 
Episode Number130 Scotty and Picard on the holodeck NCC-1701
 Scotty and Picard on the holodeck NCC-1701
Production Number230 
Season
Stardate46125.3 
Original Airdate10/12/1992 
 
Story 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorAlexander 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.
 

 

"Schisms"

 
Episode Number131 Riker escapes from the aliens with Ensign Rager
 Riker escapes from the aliens with Ensign Rager
Production Number231 
Season
Stardate46154.2 
Original Airdate10/19/1992 
 
Story 
TeleplayJean Louise Matthias & Ronald Wilkerson 
DirectorRobert 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.
 

 

"True Q"

 
Episode Number132 Amanda Rogers and Q
 Amanda Rogers and Q
Production Number232 
Season
Stardate46192.3 
Original Airdate10/19/1992 
 
StoryMatthew Corey 
TeleplayRené Echevarria 
DirectorRobert 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.
 

 

"Rascals"

 
Episode Number133 Picard, Keiko, Guinan, and Ro as children
 Picard, Keiko, Guinan, and Ro as children
Production Number233 
Season
Stardate46235.7 
Original Airdate10/19/1992 
 
StoryWard Botsford & Diana Dru Botsford and Michael Piller 
TeleplayAllison Hock 
DirectorAdam 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 René 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."
 

 

"A Fistful of Datas"

 
Episode Number134 Data is placed into Worf's holodeck program
 Data is placed into Worf's holodeck program
Production Number234 
Season
Stardate46271.5 
Original Airdate11/8/1992 
 
StoryRobert Hewitt Wolfe 
TeleplayRobert Hewitt Wolfe & Brannon Braga 
DirectorPatrick 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.)
 

 

"The Quality of Life"

 
Episode Number135 Dr. Farallon demos her Exocomp for La Forge and Data
 Dr. Farallon demos her Exocomp for La Forge and Data
Production Number235 
Season
Stardate46307.2 
Original Airdate11/8/1992 
 
StoryL.J. Scott 
TeleplayNaren Shankar 
DirectorJonathan 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".)
 

 

"Chain of Command, Part I"

 
Episode Number136 Jellico gives orders to Troi and Riker
 Jellico gives orders to Troi and Riker
Production Number236 
Season
Stardate46357.4 
Original Airdate12/28/1992 
 
StoryFrank Abatemarco 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorLes 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.
 

 

"Chain of Command, Part II"

 
Episode Number137 Gul Madred asks Picard how many lights he sees
 Gul Madred asks Picard how many lights he sees
Production Number237 
Season
Stardate46357.4 
Original Airdate12/28/1992 
 
StoryFrank Abatemarco 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorRobert 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.
 

 

"Ship in a Bottle"

 
Episode Number138 Moriarty is able to leave the Holodeck
 Moriarty is able to leave the Holodeck
Production Number238 
Season
Stardate46424.1 
Original Airdate1/25/1993 
 
Story 
TeleplayRené Echevarria 
DirectorAlexander 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).
 

 

"Aquiel"

 
Episode Number139 Aquiel and Geordi share a tender moment
 Aquiel and Geordi share a tender moment
Production Number239 
Season
Stardate46461.3 
Original Airdate2/1/1993 
 
StoryJeri Taylor 
TeleplayBrannon Braga & Ronald D. Moore 
DirectorCliff 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). Renée 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.
 

 

"Face of the Enemy"

 
Episode Number140 Troi impersonates Romulan Major Rakal
 Troi impersonates Romulan Major Rakal
Production Number240 
Season
Stardate46519.1 
Original Airdate2/8/1993 
 
StoryRené Echevarria 
TeleplayNaren Shankar 
DirectorGabrielle 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!).
 

 

"Tapestry"

 
Episode Number141 Picard relives his destiny
 Picard relives his destiny
Production Number241 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate2/15/1993 
 
Story 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorLes 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.
 

 

"Birthright, Part I"

 
Episode Number142 A power surge causes Data to dream of his father
 A power surge causes Data to dream of his father
Production Number242 
Season
Stardate46578.4 
Original Airdate2/22/1993 
 
Story 
TeleplayBrannon Braga 
DirectorWinrich 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.
 

 

"Birthright, Part II"

 
Episode Number143 Toq and the Klingons leave with Worf
 Toq and the Klingons leave with Worf
Production Number243 
Season
Stardate46579.2 
Original Airdate3/1/1993 
 
Story 
TeleplayRené Echevarria 
DirectorDan 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, René Echevarria.)
Patrick Stewart misspeaks the stardate in Picard's log as "46759.2"
 

 

"Starship Mine"

 
Episode Number144 Picard is captured by Kelsey
 Picard is captured by Kelsey
Production Number244 
Season
Stardate46682.4 
Original Airdate3/1/1993 
 
Story 
TeleplayMorgan Gendel 
DirectorCliff 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.
 

 

"Lessons"

 
Episode Number145 Picard meets Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren
 Picard meets Lt. Cmdr. Nella Daren
Production Number245 
Season
Stardate46693.1 
Original Airdate4/5/1993 
 
Story 
TeleplayRonald Wilkerson & Jean Louise Matthias 
DirectorRobert 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.
 

 

"The Chase"

 
Episode Number146 Picard successfully decodes the ancient message
 Picard successfully decodes the ancient message
Production Number246 
Season
Stardate46731.5 
Original Airdate4/26/1993 
 
StoryJoe Menosky & Ronald D. Moore 
TeleplayJoe Menosky 
DirectorJonathan 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 RoŽves (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.
 

 

"Frame of Mind"

 
Episode Number147 Riker is confused by his alternating realities
 Riker is confused by his alternating realities
Production Number247 
Season
Stardate46778.1 
Original Airdate5/3/1993 
 
Story 
TeleplayBrannon Braga 
DirectorJames 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.
 

 

"Suspicions"

 
Episode Number148 Dr. Crusher hosts Ferengi scientist Dr. Reyga
 Dr. Crusher hosts Ferengi scientist Dr. Reyga
Production Number248 
Season
Stardate46830.1 
Original Airdate5/10/1993 
 
Story 
TeleplayJoe Menosky and Naren Shankar 
DirectorCliff 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.
 

 

"Rightful Heir"

 
Episode Number149 Worf tries to convince Gowron to embrace Kahless
 Worf tries to convince Gowron to embrace Kahless
Production Number249 
Season
Stardate46852.2 
Original Airdate5/17/1993 
 
StoryJames E. Brooks 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorWinrich 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.
 

 

"Second Chances"

 
Episode Number150 Lt. Riker is reunited with Deanna Troi
 Lt. Riker is reunited with Deanna Troi
Production Number250 
Season
Stardate46915.2 
Original Airdate5/25/1993 
 
StoryMichael Medlock 
TeleplayRené Echevarria 
DirectorLeVar 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.
 

 

"Timescape"

 
Episode Number151 Data, Troi and La Forge board the Romulan warbird
 Data, Troi and La Forge board the Romulan warbird
Production Number251 
Season
Stardate46944.2 
Original Airdate6/14/1993 
 
Story 
TeleplayBrannon Braga 
DirectorAdam 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".
 

 

"Descent, Part I"

 
Episode Number152 La Forge, Picard and Troi are ambushed by the Borg
 La Forge, Picard and Troi are ambushed by the Borg
Production Number252 
Season
Stardate46982.1 
Original Airdate6/21/1993 
 
StoryJeri Taylor 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorAlexander 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 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7

Series Index Home