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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Imaginary Friend (1992)

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Original Air Date:
2 May 1992 (Season 5, Episode 22)
Young Clara Sutter, like many girls her age, has an imaginary friend. She recently come on board with her father... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Tiresome, Preachy, Episode See more (6 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Patrick Stewart ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes ... Commander William T. Riker

LeVar Burton ... Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge

Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf

Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi

Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data

Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Noley Thornton ... Clara Sutter

Shay Astar ... Isabella
Jeff Allin ... Ensign Daniel Sutter

Brian Bonsall ... Alexander Rozhenko

Patti Yasutake ... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Sheila Franklin ... Ensign Felton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rachen Assapiomonwait ... Crewman Nelson (uncredited)
Michael Braveheart ... Crewman Martinez (uncredited)
Carl David Burks ... Ensign Russell (uncredited)
John Copage ... Gardener (uncredited)
Lanier Edwards ... Command Division Officer (uncredited)

Eben Ham ... Operations Division Ensign (uncredited)

Christi Haydon ... Starfleet Ensign (uncredited)
Arvo Katajisto ... Ensign Torigan (uncredited)

Mark Lentry ... Science Division Officer (uncredited)
Lorine Mendell ... Crewman Diana Giddings (uncredited)
Keith Rayve ... Command Division Ensign (uncredited)
Gina Saadi ... Nurse (uncredited)
Richard Sarstedt ... Command Division Officer (uncredited)

Mikki Val ... Crewman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Gabrielle Beaumont 
Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (created by)

Edithe Swensen (teleplay by) and
Brannon Braga (teleplay by)

Jean Louise Matthias (story by) &
Ronald Wilkerson (story by) and
Richard Fliegel (story by)

Produced by
Rick Berman .... executive producer
Peter Lauritson .... co-producer
David Livingston .... producer
Joe Menosky .... co-producer
Ronald D. Moore .... co-producer
Wendy Neuss .... associate producer
Michael Piller .... executive producer
Gene Roddenberry .... executive producer
Jeri Taylor .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Dennis McCarthy 
Cinematography by
Marvin V. Rush (director of photography) (as Marvin Rush)
Film Editing by
Stephen M. Tucker  (as Steve Tucker)
Casting by
Junie Lowry-Johnson 
Ron Surma 
Production Design by
Richard D. James 
Set Decoration by
Jim Mees 
Costume Design by
Robert Blackman 
William Ware Theiss (original costumes)
Makeup Department
Patricia Miller .... hair stylist (as Patty Miller)
Gerald Quist .... makeup artist
June Westmore .... makeup artist (as June Abston Haymore)
Michael Westmore .... makeup designer
Michael Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Joy Zapata .... hair designer
Production Management
Merri D. Howard .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Dean III .... first assistant director (as Doug Dean)
Rose Dolfi .... dga trainee
Adele Simmons .... second assistant director (as Adele G. Simmons)
Art Department
Jason German .... props
Andrew Neskoromny .... assistant art director (as Andy Neskoromny)
Michael Okuda .... scenic art supervisor
Alan Sims .... property master
Al Smutko .... construction coordinator
Gary Speckman .... set designer
Rick Sternbach .... senior illustrator
Cari Thomas .... scenic artist
Herman F. Zimmerman .... original set designer (as Herman Zimmerman)
Ed Miarecki .... props (uncredited)
Michael W. Moore .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alan Bernard .... sound mixer
Wilson Dyer .... sound editor
Alfred T. Ferrante .... adr mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor
James Wolvington .... sound editor
Dan Yale .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Dick Brownfield .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Paul Hill .... visual effects artist
Adam Howard .... visual effects compositor
Gary Hutzel .... visual effects supervisor
David Takemura .... visual effects associate
Gregory Jein .... model maker (uncredited)
Dennis Madalone .... stunt coordinator
Tracee Cocco .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Chess .... camera operator
William L. Peets .... chief lighting technician (as William Peets)
Robert Sordal .... first company grip (as Bob Sordal)
Joey Genitempo .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Helen Mossler .... casting executive
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jerry Bono .... key costumer
Carol Kunz .... wardrobe supervisor
Philip Maldonado .... key costumer
Maurice Palinski .... costumer
Editorial Department
Wendy Knoller .... post-production coordinator (as Wendy Rosenfeld)
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... composer: main title theme
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: main title theme
Gerry Sackman .... music editor
Other crew
Peter Allan Fields .... executive script consultant
Cosmo Genovese .... script supervisor
Heidi Julian .... production associate
Terri Martinez .... production associate
Mark Miller .... technical director: Unitel
Michael Okuda .... technical consultant
Diane Overdiek .... production coordinator
Rick Sternbach .... technical consultant
Eric A. Stillwell .... pre-production associate
Brannon Braga .... show staff writer (uncredited)
Michael Piller .... showrunner (uncredited)
Dennis Tracy .... stand-in: Patrick Stewart (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gene Roddenberry  created by

Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist
R. Christopher Biggs .... special makeup effects artist
Dean Jones .... makeup artist
Michael R. Jones .... makeup artist
Nina Kent .... makeup artist
Michael Key .... makeup artist
Mike Smithson .... makeup artist
Rick Stratton .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Dempsey .... dga trainee
Bruce Sears .... dga trainee
Richard 'Dub' Wright .... assistant director
Art Department
Lloyd A. Buswell .... construction foreman (seasons 1-7)
Sharon Davis .... graphics assistant
Dragon Dronet .... weapons, specialty props and miniatures
Jim Dultz .... assistant art director
Gregory A. Weimerskirch .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Marty Church .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Edward J. Franklin .... special effects
John Palmer .... special effects coordinator
Robert Cole .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Les Bernstien .... motion control
C.W. Fallin .... motion control operator
Simon Holden .... digital compositor
Bruce Jones .... visual effects producer
Gray Marshall .... motion control operator
Karl J. Martin .... digital artist
Chris B. Schnitzer .... motion control technician (seasons 6 and 7)
Steven J. Scott .... digital compositor
Ken Stranahan .... visual effects
Greg Stuhl .... miniatures: Greg Jein, Inc.
Peter Webb .... digital compositor
Peter W. Moyer .... visual effects compositor (uncredited)
LaFaye Baker .... stunts
Chuck Borden .... stunts
Ericka Bryce .... stunts
John Cade .... stunts
Anthony Cecere .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
Alex Daniels .... stunt creatures
Nick Dimitri .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Terry James .... stunts
Maria R. Kelly .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Dan Koko .... stunt double: Jonathan Frakes (1987-1991)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Scott Leva .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
John Nowak .... stunt double
Rex Pierson .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Michael J. Sarna .... stunts
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Block .... director of photography: second unit
Brian S. Cooper .... electrician
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Frederick Iannone .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Editorial Department
Alan Chudnow .... assistant editor
Tim Tommasino .... assistant editor
Music Department
Scott Cochran .... scoring mixer: advertising music
John Debney .... conductor
Other crew
Gregory Benford .... scientific consultant
Hala Gabriel .... production accountant
Dolores Hundley-Arce .... assistant accountant
Suzie Shimizu .... production accountant
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

45 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

In early drafts, Isabella was much more benign and curious than she is in the finished episode.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Around 27 minutes, after Issabella knocks over the hot chocolate, you see a crewman in gray clothes crawling trough the set.See more »
[first lines]
Clara Sutter:I like to cook all kinds of stuff. Like yoghurt and raisin salad, chocolate chip pancakes and... purple omelettes.
Counselor Deanna Troi:[disgusted] Purple omelettes?
Clara Sutter:You put grape juice in the eggs. Isabella doesn't like it very much. She says it tastes funny.
Counselor Deanna Troi:I can see her point.
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Tiresome, Preachy, Episode, 4 September 2014
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

I love children. I was a teacher for over forty years. I don't like this episode. Every tired bromide that one can use finds its way here. The little girl who is alone (even though she has a father who loves her and people who treat her with great joy) who has an imaginary friend. She eats with her friend and talks with her to the point her father calls in Troi to intervene. So when some force (as usual, a kind of Tinkerbell of light, enters the ship, it takes on the role of her friend. Apparently, she is visible to anyone who happens to be around when she shows up, but the bad, mean Enterprise crew forgets what it is like to be a child. This "child" proves to be a bad seed and has designs on the engineering section. She becomes furious, threatening the lives of the crew. She is annoyed that the little girl, Clara, can't do whatever she wants. She is domineering and pushy and possessive, yet she decides to punish them. She is part of a force in the nebula that is investigating the worthiness of the crew. Are all of them merely children, shortsighted and selfish. Anyway, the conclusion is absolutely as bad as anything I can imagine. I did think the choice of the little girl to play the nasty friend has a great face and a formidable presence.

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