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Episode Number49 Dr. Crusher visits Wesley in the science lab
 Dr. Crusher visits Wesley in the science lab
Production Number150 
Stardate43125.8  (Calendar Year 2366) 
Original Airdate9/25/1989 
TeleplayMichael Piller & Michael Wagner 
DirectorWinrich Kolbe 
Wesley's science project accidentally releases microscopic Nanites into the ship's computer core, where they are causing system failures and threaten Dr. Stubbs' lifelong experiment.
Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard)
Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker)
LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge)
Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf)
Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher)
Marina Sirtis (Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi)
Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data)
Wil Wheaton (Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher)
Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Ken Jenkins (Dr. Paul Stubbs)
Dr. Crusher returns from Starfleet Medical and Dr. Pulaski is gone for good. Gene Roddenberry said of Diana Muldaur "The chemistry we had hoped for did not develop....Our producers were happy with her and hope she will be available for future guest roles." There were also the rumors that she did not get along with the rest of the cast and crew. Rather than look for another doctor, they asked Gates McFadden if she was interested.
No explanation is given for Dr. Crusher's return to the Enterprise.
Geordi La Forge has been promoted to Lt. Commander; Worf has been promoted to full Lieutenant (from Lieutenant junior grade).
The uniforms now have a small, raised collar and no zipper down the front. For the men, the top is now separate from the bottom as opposed to the one-piece spandex jumpsuit; the female officers still wear a one-piece uniform. The pips (rank insignia) are now on the collar.
Beginning in Season 3, Gene Roddenberry hands over day-to-day operations to Rick Berman. Michael Pillar takes over the writing staff.
The opening sequence has also changed. Instead of zooming out from Earth to the Enterprise, the camera starts outside of the galaxy and zooms to the Enterprise.


"The Ensigns of Command"

Episode Number50 Data tries to convince the colonists to evacuate
 Data tries to convince the colonists to evacuate
Production Number149 
Original Airdate10/2/1989 
TeleplayMelinda M. Snodgrass 
DirectorCliff Bole 
Data must convince reluctant colonists to evacuate the planet Tau Cygna V they settled on within four days, or the entire population will be annihilated by the Sheliak, who own that planet by Federation treaty.
Guest Cast
Eileen Seeley (Ard'rian McKenzie)
Mark L. Taylor (Haritath)
Richard Allen (Kentor)
Grainger Hines (Gosheven)
Colm Meaney (Chief O'Brien)
Mart McChesney (Sheliak)
This episode was produced before "Evolution" but aired afterwards, hence the out-of-order production numbers.
Mart McChesney also played Armus in "Skin of Evil".
Gosheven's voice was dubbed over by another actor and Grainger Hines asked that his name be removed from the credits.
The shuttle Onizuka is named for Ellison Onizuka, one of the Challenger astronauts who died in the 1986 accident.


"The Survivors"

Episode Number51 Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge
 Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge
Production Number151 
Original Airdate10/2/1989 
TeleplayMelinda M. Snodgrass 
DirectorCliff Bole 
The Enterprise responds to a distress call from a colony on Rana IV. A man and his wife, Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge, are the sole survivors of a planetary massacre by the Husnak. The man turns out to be a Douwd, a super-being disguised as a human and causes Troi to hear loud, unbearable music in order to prevent her from discovering who he is.
Guest Cast
John Anderson (Kevin Uxbridge)
Anne Haney (Rishon Uxbridge)


"Who Watches the Watchers?"

Episode Number52 The Mintakans give Picard a tapestry as a gift
 The Mintakans give Picard a tapestry as a gift
Production Number152 
Original Airdate10/16/1989 
TeleplayRichard Manning and Hans Beimler 
DirectorRobert Wiemer 
The Enterprise races to Mintaka III to aid a Federation anthropology team tudying the native primitive proto-Vulcan humanoids. When the lab's holo-generator fails, the Away Team is exposed to one of the Mintakans, who believes that Picard is a god. He must convince them he is not in order to avoid returning them to their primitive beliefs in "overseers."
Guest Cast
Kathryn Leigh Scott (Nuria)
Ray Wise (Liko)
James Greene (Dr. Barron)
Pamela Segall (Oji)
John McLiam (Fento)
James McIntire (Hali)
Mary Warren (Dr. Lois Hall)
The Federation anthropolgy team was studying the Mintakans in a duck-blind mission.
Exterior scenes on Mintaka III were filmed at Vasquez Rocks, near Los Angeles.
Dr. Crusher uses Dr. Pulaski's memory wipe technique on Liko, but it does not work on Mintakan physiology. (Dr. Pulaski used the technique in the episode "Pen Pals".)
The tapestry that the Mintakans give Picard can later be seen on his chair in his Ready Room throughout the rest of the series and in the motion pictures.


"The Bonding"

Episode Number53 Worf and Jeremy perform the r'uustai ritual
 Worf and Jeremy perform the r'uustai ritual
Production Number153 
Original Airdate10/23/1989 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorWinrich Kolbe 
A routine mission to explore the ruins of the Koinonian civilization ends in tragedy when a bomb left over from that people's long war explodes, killing the ship's archaelogist Lt. Marla Aster. Back on the Enterprise, she suddenly reappears to take her son Jeremy down to the planet.
Guest Cast
Gabriel Damon (Jeremy Aster)
Susan Powell (Lt. Marla Aster)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O'Brien)
Raymond Turner (the Teacher)
The Klingon r'uustai ceremony -- the bonding -- unites Worf and Jeremy as brothers.
This is the first episode written by Ronald D. Moore, who will go on to write many Trek episodes.


"Booby Trap"

Episode Number54 Geordi La Forge creates a holographic Leah Brahms
 Geordi La Forge creates a holographic Leah Brahms
Production Number154 
Original Airdate10/30/1989 
TeleplayRon Roman, Michael Piller and Richard Danus 
DirectorGabrielle Beaumont 
The Enterprise becomes trapped by energy draining, radiation emitting devices in an asteroid field. Geordi creates a holodeck image of Dr. Leah Brahms, a senior design engineer of the Galaxy-class Enterprise-D, to find a solution.
Guest Cast
Susan Gibney (Dr. Leah Brahms)
Julie Warner (Ensign Christy Henshaw)
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O'Brien)
Albert Hall (Galek Dar)
Guinan states that she is attracted to bald men. A kind, bald man once took care of her. (see "Time's Arrow, Part I")
The real Dr. Brahms comes aboard the Enterprise in the episode "Galaxy's Child".
Geordi gets a second shot with Christy Henshaw in "Transfigurations".
The script originally had Picard becoming "involved" with Dr. Brahms, however it was changed to Geordi because it made more sense.
This was the first Next Generation episode directed by a woman.
Julie Warner went on to play Michelle in the movie Tommy Boy.


"The Enemy"

Episode Number55 The Enterprise rescues La Forge and Bochra
 The Enterprise rescues La Forge and Bochra
Production Number155 
Original Airdate11/6/1989 
TeleplayDavid Kemper and Michael Piller 
DirectorDavid Carson 
Stranded on Galorndon Core, Geordi is captured by a Romulan. The electro-magnetic storms numb the injured Romulan's legs and render Geordi's VISOR useless. The Enterprise sends a beacon and they are forced to collaborate to find it in order escape.
Guest Cast
John Snyder (Centurian Bochra)
Andreas Katsulas (Commander Tomalok)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O'Brien)
Steve Rankin (Patahk)
This is the first appearance of Romulan Commander Tomalok, who will appear 3 more times.
Galorndon Core is located approximately 0.5 light years from the Neutral Zone. The Romulans' interest in Galorndon Core is brought up again in "Unification, Part 2".
Worf allows the Romulan to die by refusing to donate blood plasma.
Dr. Crusher's hair has grown by at least 6 inches since the previous episode.


"The Price"

Episode Number56 Devinoni Ral seduces Deanna Troi
 Devinoni Ral seduces Deanna Troi
Production Number156 
Original Airdate11/13/1989 
TeleplayHannah Louise Shearer 
DirectorRobert Scheerer 
During negotiations for the Barzan wormhole, Troi becomes involved with delegate Devinoni Ral. Troi finds out that he is secretly using his Betazoid abilities to manipulate the other delegates to his advantage.
Guest Cast
Matt McCoy (Devinoni Ral)
Elizabeth Hoffman (Premier Bhavani)
Scott Thompson (DaiMon Goss)
Castulo Guerra (Seth Mendoza)
Dan Shor (Dr. Arridor)
Leslie Jordan (Koll)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O'Brien)
Professional negotiator Devinoni Ral is 1/4 Betazoid, but he keeps it a secret.
We first get to see Counselor Troi's office in this episode. Troi first mentions she loves chocolate.
Arridor and Koll are found in the Delta Quadrant by the U.S.S. Voyager in the episode "False Profits".
This episode introduces the concept that the Galaxy is divided into 4 quadrants: Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta.
This wormhole isn't stable; the endpoint randomly moves around. The Barzan data set the endpoint as somewhere in the Gamma Quadrant, but during the test, the endpoint was located in the Delta Quadrant.
The first stable wormhole is found in the Deep Space Nine pilot "Emissary", which does indeed lead to the Gamma Quadrant.


"The Vengeance Factor"

Episode Number57 Riker beams down to stop Yuta from killing Brull
 Riker beams down to stop Yuta from killing Brull
Production Number157 
Original Airdate11/20/1989 
TeleplaySam Rolfe 
DirectorTimothy Bond 
Picard and Riker assist in the reconciliation of clans on Acamar III that have been warring for a century, but an assassin is killing the delegates.
Guest Cast
Nancy Parsons (Sovereign Marouk)
Lisa Wilcox (Yuta)
Joey Aresco (Brull)
Stephen Lee (Chorgan)
Nancy Parsons is famous for playing Coach Ballbricker in the Porky's series.
Lisa Wilcox previously starred in Nightmare on Elm Street IV and V.


"The Defector"

Episode Number58 Jarok leads the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone
 Jarok leads the Enterprise into the Neutral Zone
Production Number158 
Original Airdate1/1/1990 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorRobert Scheerer 
Sub-Lieutenant Setal, a Romulan defector tries to lead the Enterprise to Nelvana III in the Neutral Zone to prevent a war. Picard is skeptical, but Setal finally admits that he is Romulan Admiral Jarok and claims the Romulans have created a secret base on Nelvana III and are preparing an invasion.
Guest Cast
James Sloyan (Sub-Lieutenant Setal/Admiral Alidar Jarok)
Andreas Katsulas (Commander Tomalok)
James Sloyan also plays Dr. Mora Pol, a recurring character on Deep Space Nine.
The Romulans have been feeding Jarok false information in order to expose him as a traitor.
Jarok commits suicide after he learns that the data was false.


"The Hunted"

Episode Number59 Danar demands to return home
 Danar demands to return home
Production Number159 
Original Airdate1/8/1990 
TeleplayRobin Bernheim 
DirectorCliff Bole 
The Enterprise arrives at Angosia III, who has petitioned for Federation membership. When one of their prisoners escapes from a maximum security prison, the crew attempts to capture him -- only to discover that he is a former solider who has been chemically programmed for war by the Angosians.
Guest Cast
Jeff McCarthy (Roga Danar)
James Cromwell (Prime Minister Nayrok)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O'Brien)
J. Michael Flynn (Zayner)
James Cromwell went on to play Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact.


"The High Ground"

Episode Number60 Finn forces Crusher to care for the Ansatans
 Finn forces Crusher to care for the Ansatans
Production Number160 
Original Airdate1/29/1990 
TeleplayMelinda M. Snodgrass 
DirectorGabrielle Beaumont 
While delivering medical supplies to Rutia IV, Ansata terrorists kidnap Dr. Crusher and Captain Picard to negotiate for advantages.
Guest Cast
Richard Cox (Kyril Finn)
Kerrie Keane (Police Chief Alexana Devos)
Marc Buckland (Waiter Katik Shaw)
Fred G. Smith (Policeman)
Christopher Pettiet (Boy)
The Ansatans want independence from the Rutians.
The Ansatans are dying from their use of subspace transporters. Finn kidnaps Crusher to care for them.
Data states that Northern Ireland was successfully reunited with Ireland in 2024 through terrorism. (This episode has never aired on the UK's BBC because of this.)


"Déjà Q"

Episode Number61 Guinan tells Q he is a pitiful excuse for a human
 Guinan tells Q he is a pitiful excuse for a human
Production Number161 
Original Airdate2/5/1990 
TeleplayRichard Danus 
DirectorLes Landau 
Q returns as a mortal without his powers, pursued by an alien force wishing to kill him and attacking the Enterprise in order to reach him. Meanwhile, the Enterprise tries to keep Bre'el IV's moon from crashing into the planet.
Guest Cast
John De Lancie ("Q")
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Corbin Bernsen ("Q2")
Richard Cansino (Dr. Garin)
Betty Muramoto (Bre'el Scientist)
This is the first appearance of another member of the Q Continuum, who is also named "Q".
Q's departing gift to Data for saving his life: a laugh.


"A Matter of Perspective"

Episode Number62 Enterprise arrives at the Tanuga Science Station
 Enterprise arrives at the Tanuga Science Station
Production Number162 
Original Airdate2/12/1990 
TeleplayEd Zuckerman 
DirectorCliff Bole 
After Commander Riker is accused of murdering a scientist after the Tanuga IV Space Station explodes, conflicting reports are recreated on the holodeck.
Guest Cast
Craig Richard Nelson (Chief Investigator Krag)
Gina Hecht (Manua Apgar)
Mark Margolis (Dr. Nel Apgar)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O'Brien)
Juli Donald (Tayna)
Dr. Apgar was developing a weapon that used krieger waves, not an energy source.
Apgar tried to kill Riker as he beamed out, but the wave reflected off the beam and hit the krieger converter, which caused the station to explode.


"Yesterday's Enterprise"

Episode Number63 Guinan senses that Tasha Yar does not belong here
 Guinan senses that Tasha Yar does not belong here
Production Number163 
Original Airdate2/19/1990 
StoryTrent Christopher Ganino & Eric A. Stillwell 
TeleplayIra Steven Behr & Richard Manning & Hans Beimler & Ronald D. Moore 
DirectorDavid Carson 
A time rift brings the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-C 22 years into the future, thereby changing events: Lt. Tasha Yar has returned and the Federation is now at war with the Klingons -- and losing. Guinan senses that something is wrong and convinces Picard that the Enterprise-C must return to repair the timeline. Knowing that she dies a senseless death in the proper timeline, Yar decides to go back in time with the Enterprise-C.
Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar)
Christopher McDonald (Lt. Richard Castille)
Tricia O'Neil (Captain Rachel Garrett)
The Enterprise-C was destroyed helping to defend Klingon outpost on Narendra III from a Romulan attack.
When the Enterprise-C appears, Worf and Troi disappear from the bridge and Lt. Tasha Yar appears in Worf's place. Wesley Crusher wears a Starfleet uniform with rank of ensign. All officers carry phasers as standard issue.
The captain's log begins with "Military log, Combat Date..." instead of "Captain's log, Stardate..." The warship (not starship) Enterprise-D is capable of transporting over 6,000 troops.
Guinan is very insistant that Picard restore the timeline, but does not protest when Picard allows Tasha to transfer to the Enterprise-C (though she may not have known he did this at the time).
This episode sets up Denise Crosby's return as Commander Sela in "Redemption, Part I".
Guinan gives Worf his first taste of prune juice ("A Warrior's Drink™"). It becomes his drink of choice throughout the series and on DS9.
Troi has no speaking lines in this episode.
Dr. Selar is heard being paged to sickbay. (See "The Schizoid Man".)


"The Offspring"

Episode Number64 Data creates an android daughter, Lal
 Data creates an android daughter, Lal
Production Number164 
Original Airdate3/12/1990 
TeleplayRené Echeverria 
DirectorJonathan Frakes 
Based on his own circuits, Data creates an android "offspring," Lal, who chooses female form. Admiral Haftel comes to take her away for study at the Starfleet Daystrom Institute cybernetics lab on Galor IV. When confronted with being forced to leave her father, Lal experiences emotional awareness -- fear and confusion -- and suffers a breakdown of her neural pathways. Before shutting down, Lal expresses her love for Data and thanks him for her life.
Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Hallie Todd (Lal)
Nicholas Coster (Admiral Anthony Haftel)
Judyanne Elder (Lieutenant Ballard)
Diane Moser (Ten Forward crew #1)
Hayne Bayle (Ten Forward crew #2)
Maria Leone (Ten Forward crew #3)
James G. Becker (Ten Forward crew #4)
Leonard John Crowfoot (Android Lal)
This is the first episode directed by actor Jonathan Frakes, and is also one of my personal favorites.
Lal is Hindi for "beloved."
After Lal's shutdown, Data transfers her memories into his own.
Admiral Haftel seems to have forgotten that Data was given the full rights of a Federation citizen in the episode "The Measure of a Man", where Commander Maddox tried to have Data transferred to the Daystrom Institute for study.


"Sins of the Father"

Episode Number65 Worf, son of Mogh, appears before the High Council
 Worf, son of Mogh, appears before the High Council
Production Number165 
Original Airdate3/19/1990 
StoryDrew Deighan 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore & W. Reed Moran 
DirectorLes Landau 
As part of an exchange program, the Enterprise plays host to Klingon officer Kurn. Kurn hands Worf the surprise of his life when he informs the lieutenant that they are brothers, separated after their parents were killed in the Romulan assault on the Khitomer Outpost. Evidence has surfaced that indicates their late father Mogh may have aided the Romulans, and now Worf, the eldest son, must go before the Klingon High Council to defend his family's honor. After the trial begins, Kurn, who is serving as his brother's cha'Dich, is attacked and severely injured by Klingon assassins. Worf shocks the council when he appears with his new cha'Dich: Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Picard must prove that Mogh was innocent, or surrender Worf to meet the punishment for his father's treason: death by execution.
Guest Cast
Charles Cooper (Chancellor K'mpec)
Tony Todd (Commander Kurn)
Patrick Massett (Duras)
Thelma Lee (Kahlest)
When Kurn is injured, Picard becomes Worf's cha'Dich ("second").
Duras' father Ja'rad was actually the traitor at Khitomer. To protect the honor of the Empire and to prevent cival war, Worf accepts discommendation.
The U.S.S. Intrepid NCC-38907 was the first Federation starship to respond to the Romulan attack on Khitomer on Stardate 23859.7. Captain Drew Deighan was the commanding officer.
This is the first time we see the Klingon Homeworld, Kronos (transliterated as Qo'noS from the Klingon script).
The Klingon language was developed by linguist Marc Okrand and was used first in this episode, and is used all future episodes and movies.



Episode Number66 Picard is held captive
 Picard is held captive
Production Number166 
Original Airdate3/26/1990 
TeleplayRichard Manning and Hans Beimler 
DirectorWinrich Kolbe 
Picard is kidnapped and held in a room with three other aliens. Meanwhile, a look-alike imposter is leading the Enterprise into danger to test their idea of allegiance.
Guest Cast
Jocelyn O'Brien (Cadet Mitena Haro)
Stephen Markel (Kova Tholl)
Reiner Schone (Esoqq)
Cadet Haro's uniform is the first time the new cadet uniform is shown. Haro pretends to be a 1st year cadet (Cadet 4th Class), but is actually an alien studying the other three. She takes the form of a Bolian female, and her homeworld is Bolarus IX.
Picard visited Esoqq's homeworld of Chalna 12 years ago, when he was the Captain of the U.S.S. Stargazer.
The aliens are testing the concepts of authority, leadership, and allegiance.
The fake Picard engages in drinking songs in Ten Forward and begins to seduce Beverly, but then suddenly tells her to leave his quarters.


"Captain's Holiday"

Episode Number67 Picard meets Vash on Risa
 Picard meets Vash on Risa
Production Number167 
Original Airdate4/2/1990 
TeleplayIra Steven Behr 
DirectorChip Chalmers 
Picard's vacation on Risa is disrupted by a woman, Vash, who is searching for an artifact from the future called the "Tox Uthat," pursued by a Ferengi and two Vorgons from the 27th century who also want the device.
Guest Cast
Jennifer Hetrick (Vash)
Michael Grodénchik (Sovak)
Karen Landry (Ajur)
Michael Champion (Boratus)
Dierdre Imershein (Joval)
Vash returns to haunt Picard again in the fourth season's story "Qpid", and appears in Deep Space Nine's first season episode "Q-Less".
This is the first mention and appearance of the pleasure planet Risa.


"Tin Man"

Episode Number68 Tin Man (Gomtuu) in orbit around Beta Stromgren
 Tin Man (Gomtuu) in orbit around Beta Stromgren
Production Number168 
Original Airdate4/23/1990 
TeleplayRobert Bischoff & David Putman Bailey 
DirectorRobert Scheerer 
The Enterprise is assigned to contact a newly discovered lifeform, code-named "Tin Man," with the aid of Tam Elbrun, a Betazoid first contact specialist, before two Romulan ships destroy it.
Guest Cast
Harry Groener (Tam Elbrun)
Michael Cavanaugh (Captain Robert DeSoto)
Colm Meaney (Lieutenant O'Brien)
Peter Vogt (Romulan Commander)
Tin Man's name is Gomtuu in its native form; it is a space-borne organism that can function as a starship.
On one of Tam Elbrun's previous first contact missions on Ghorushda, 47 Starfleet officers were killed. Riker knew several of the officers and holds Tam Elbrun directly responsible for their deaths.
Starbase 123 detected two D'Deridex-class cruisers en route to Beta Stromgren. This is the class of Romulan Warbird that was first seen in "The Neutral Zone".
A Betazoid's empathic/telepathic abilities usually develop during adolescence. Occasionally, if they are present at birth, it can cause emotional trauma growing up because they hear other's thoughts simultaneously and are unable to cope, as in Tam Elbrun's case. Most Betazoids with this problem can never lead normal lives, due to pain and stress. Like the other Betazoids we have seen (Deanna and Lwaxana), Tam Elbrun's irises are black, like his pupils.
Counselor Troi helped care for Tam Elbrun while studying psychology at the University of Betazed.
Commander Riker was Captain DeSoto's first officer before transferring to the Enterprise.


"Hollow Pursuits"

Episode Number69 Lt. Reginald Barclay
 Lt. Reginald Barclay
Production Number169 
Original Airdate4/30/1990 
TeleplaySally Caves (Sarah Higley) 
DirectorCliff Bole 
Geordi tries to help a shy diagnostic engineer, Lt. Reg Barclay, who escapes reality in the holodeck. Meanwhile, while transporting medical samples, mysterious malfunctions begin to plague the Enterprise.
Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Dwight Schultz (Lt. Reginald Barclay)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O'Brien)
Charley Lang (Lt. Duffy)
This is the first appearance of Lt. Barclay, who will appear several more times throughout the series. His next appearance is in Season 4's "The Nth Degree".
Wesley Crusher's nick-name for Barclay is "Broccoli". He apparently thinks it's funny. Data points out that nick-names usually indicate fondness, diminutives between friends.
Barclay previously served on the U.S.S. Zhukov under Captain Gleason, where he received high ratings.
Sally Caves is writer Sarah Higley's pseudonym.


"The Most Toys"

Episode Number70 Data faces the choice of killing Fajo to escape
 Data faces the choice of killing Fajo to escape
Production Number170 
Original Airdate5/7/1990 
TeleplayShari Goodhartz 
DirectorTimothy Bond 
Data is kidnapped by Kivas Fajo, a Zibalian trader who collects unique things. After Data's shuttle apparently explodes, the crew assumes Data to be dead, and they proceed to an emergency mission on Beta Agni II.
Guest Cast
Saul Rubinek (Kivas Fajo)
Jane Daly (Varria)
Nehemiah Persoff (Palor Toff)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O'Brien)
When Data is assumed dead, Worf is moved to Data's position as Operations Manager ("Ops").
At this point in time, Data has never killed anyone. While holding Fajo at bay with a Varon-T disrupter, Data is beamed to the Enterprise at the last minute. O'Brien detects his weapon was discharged during transport; Data notes that it must have been a malfunction.
Fajo owns four of the five Varon-T disrupters in existence, which are outlawed by the Federation.
Famous little person David Rappaport was originally cast as Fajo. Unfortunately, he committed suicide two days into filming.



Episode Number71 Ambassador Sarek departs the Enterprise
 Ambassador Sarek departs the Enterprise
Production Number171 
Original Airdate5/14/1990 
StoryPeter S. Beagle 
TeleplayMarc Cushman & Jake Jacobs 
DirectorLes Landau 
Sarek, the venerable Vulcan ambassador, joins the Enterprise for his final diplomatic task at age 202 to establish ties with the Legarans, but he is uncharacteristically moody. Meanwhile, mysterious outbreaks of violence plague the Enterprise.
Guest Cast
Mark Lenard (Ambassador Sarek)
Joanna Miles (Perrin)
William Denis (Ki Mendrossen)
Rocco Sisto (Sakkath)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O'Brien)
John H. Francis (Science Ensign)
Sarek is Mr. Spock's father. Perrin is Sarek's second (human) wife.
Sarek suffers from Bendii Syndrome, which causes elderly Vulcans over the age of 200 to lose emotional control. Sarek mind-melds with Picard to share Picard's mental control in order to complete the negotiations. The negotiations are to take place on the Enterprise in orbit around Legara IV.
Sarek and Perrin will return in the 5th season episode "Unification, Part I".
During the "Mozart Concert," the second piece was actually by Brahms, the Andante in D-minor movement of Brahm's "Sextet #1 in B-flat Major" with four players performing a six piece. (The first piece was Mozart's "String Quartet No. 19 in C Major (The Dissonant)".)
Dr. Crusher slaps Welsey really hard. (Awesome!) There is also a huge "bar brawl" in Ten Forward, started by O'Brien.


"Ménage à Troi"

Episode Number72 Lwaxana negotiates for Deanna and Riker's release
 Lwaxana negotiates for Deanna and Riker's release
Production Number172 
Original Airdate5/28/1990 
TeleplayFred Bronson & Susan Sackett 
DirectorRobert Legato 
While attending the biannual Betazed Trade Conference, Ferengi Daimon Tog abducts Commander Riker, Counselor Troi, and her mother Lwaxana Troi to use Lwaxana's telepathic powers for profit.
Guest Cast
Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi)
Frank Corsentino (DaiMon Tog)
Ethan Phillips (Dr. Farek)
Peter Slutsker (Nibor)
Rudolph Willrich (Reittan Grax)
Carel Struycken (Mr. Homn)
This is the first episode we see the planet Betazed, both planetary orbit view and the surface.
According to Deanna, the Sacred Chalice of Rixx is "an old clay pot with mold growing inside it."
Wesley figures out a way to track the Ferengi ship and misses the final ship (the U.S.S. Bradbury NX-72307) to Starfleet Academy. Captain Picard gives him a field promotion to full Starfleet ensign.
Picard quotes Shakespeare to win Lwaxana back from Tog.
The Ferengi have a four-lobe brain, which makes it difficult for Betazoids to read their thoughts and emotions.
The Ferengi enjoy having their ears stroked as foreplay, which they call "oo-mox."
Ethan Phillips will go on to play Neelix on Star Trek Voyager.
Episode co-writer Susan Sacket was Gene Roddenberry's personal assistant.



Episode Number73 'John' heals Lt. Worf's lethal injury
 'John' heals Lt. Worf's lethal injury
Production Number173 
Original Airdate6/4/1990 
TeleplayRené Echevarria 
DirectorTom Benko 
The Enterprise rescues an injured alien who has amnesia and the crew discovers that he has remarkable healing powers. A Zalkonian ship intercepts the Enterprise, claiming that the man is a wanted criminal.
Guest Cast
Mark LaMura ("John Doe")
Charles Dennis (Commander Sunad)
Julie Warner (Ensign Christy Henshaw)
Colm Meaney (Lt. Miles O'Brien)
Patti Tippo (Nurse Temple)
Geordi had a disastrous first date with Christy Henshaw in the episode "Booby Trap".
This is the first episode Dr. Crusher uses the new medical tricorder.
"John Doe" is transforming into an energy being. The Zalkonians have been killing anyone who exhibits the symptoms in an effort to stop evolution. "John Doe" is the first one to escape and make the transformation.


"The Best of Both Worlds, Part I"

Episode Number74 ''Resistance is futile''
 ''Resistance is futile''
Production Number174 
Original Airdate6/18/1990 
TeleplayMichael Piller 
DirectorCliff Bole 
When the Borg begin attacking within Federation space, Borg specialist Lt. Commander Shelby joins the Enterprise. After a short battle, the Enterprise retreats into a nebula. Hidden in the nebula, the crew works to turn the main deflector dish into a high-energy weapon. The Borg kidnap Picard, transform him into a Borg ("Locutus") to be their spokesman and set a direct course for Sector 0-0-1 -- Earth. When a rescue attempt fails, Riker orders "Mr." (To be continued...)
Guest Cast
Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)
Elizabeth Dennehy (Lt. Commander Shelby)
George Murdock (Admiral J.P. Hansen)
Colm Meaney (Chief Miles O'Brien)
The Season 3 finale cliffhanger; continued in the 4th season premiere "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II".
Lt. Commander Shelby is the head of Starfleet's Borg tactical analysis team.
The Borg were introduced in Season 2's "Q Who".
Riker is offered command of the U.S.S. Melbourne NCC-62043. He decides to stay on the Enterprise. (Good thing, because the Melbourne is destroyed by the Borg in Part II.) This is the third time he's turned down a promotion to captain. The first two were the U.S.S. Drake and the U.S.S. Aries.
Elizabeth Dennehy is actor Brian Dennehy's daughter.
George Murdock previously played "God" in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
"The Best of Both Worlds" was voted the most popular episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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