Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 2

Family (29 Sep. 1990)

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After defeating the Borg, the crew of the Enterprise experiences shore leave in various ways. Captain Picard's return to his family's vineyard in France has some extraordinary repercussions... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Commander Data (credit only)
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After defeating the Borg, the crew of the Enterprise experiences shore leave in various ways. Captain Picard's return to his family's vineyard in France has some extraordinary repercussions following his time spent as a member of the Borg collective. Written by Moviedude1

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Brent Spiner (Data) does not appear in this show, the only one of the entire series in which he is absent. See more »


In the final scene Rene' is shown dreaming under the night sky, with the constellation Orion clearly visible. As this is spring/summer in France, Orion wouldn't be visible that time of year. See more »


[last lines]
Marie Picard: [on René] He's still out there.
Robert Picard: Mm-hm.
Marie Picard: Dreaming about starships and adventures... It's getting late.
Robert Picard: Yeah... But let him dream, hm?
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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It's about family.
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:78 - "Family" (Stardate: 44012.3) - this is the 2nd episode (to air) of the 4th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, though it is the 4th episode to go into production.

After the tumultuous events of "The Best Of Both Worlds", the Enterprise and her crew need to recuperate. While the Enterprise docks in Earth orbit to undergo repairs, Picard and crew take time off to visit family.

For Riker and Troi, it's to visit an old romantic spot in Angel Falls, Venezuela.

For Worf, his human parents come to see him because of his dishonor in "Sins Of The Father", only to greet a distant Worf who is uncomfortable with them being there.

For Wesley, it's to meet his father Jack (in the Original Series Star Trek movies uniform) in the form of a hologram made at the time Wesley was 10 months old.

And for Picard, he goes back to the French village where he grew up - to meet his estranged brother Robert (played by Jeremy Kemp) who has a disdain for technology and the future (unlike his captain brother) and also to meet his wife and nephew (a nephew we will see again in Star Trek: Generations along with the mention of Robert and wife).

This is truly a unique TNG episode, in that it's "down to earth".

Trivia note: this episode is the only time you don't see the Enterprise Bridge in all of TNG. You won't see the Picard family vineyard again until "All Good Things . . ." And, Guinan (played by Whoopi Goldberg) asks Worf's parents why they never introduced him to prune juice (referring to her introduction of the drink to Worf in "Yesterday's Enterprise)!

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