Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 19

Captain's Holiday (31 Mar. 1990)

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After mediating a difficult trade agreement, Captain Picard is encouraged to take a much needed rest on a vacationing planet, where he's visited by a strange race from the future, in search of a dangerous weapon.



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Episode cast overview:
Lieutenant Worf / Risa Tourist
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
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After Doctor Beverly Crusher insists that captain Picard is in need of recreation after exhausting negotiations between two hostile planets, the crew manages to make him accept a stay on a well-reputed holiday planet where Commander William T. Riker gets him to pick up a local souvenir statue, without telling him it is the accepted means to call for sexual gratification. After he brushes off obliging females, Picard is approached by several people, including two aliens from the future, who draw him into a quest for a mythical weapon - just the adventure he needs to eat his heart out? Written by KGF Vissers / corrected by selmovero

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In the opening sequence, Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf) makes a brief cameo appearance walking across the frame without his Klingon makeup. See more »


Picard's backpack is not adjusted to his body. Patrick Stewart is visibly holding up the pack by hanging onto the padded shoulder straps. See more »


[first lines]
Risian Computer: Welcome to Risa. All that is ours is yours.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Past Prologue (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A Holiday with Benefits
17 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Picard is tired and everyone knows it. The problem is that he doesn't like recreation. His job is his recreation. After the crew won't leave him alone, he grudgingly heads for Risa, a pleasure planet, where there are half clothed women and sunshine from two suns. Instead of getting rest, he gets hooked up with bad girl Vash, who is one of those people who sparkle with joy, but are incredibly dangerous. She is sort of an Indiana Jones in space and can't stay out of trouble. Picard is immediately attracted to her and they become allies in some intrigue over an artifact, a weapon that is the stuff of mythology. She has ticked off a Ferengi, cheating him out of a lot of money. The neat thing about this episode is the parrying and thrusting of the two characters. Both are formidable and anticipate the moves of the other. If this were not Star Trek, they would make a neat kind of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, using deception and betrayal to get what they want. Now, where exactly is that planet?

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