Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 6, Episode 22

Suspicions (8 May 1993)

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Dr. Crusher puts her career on the line to prove a scientist's theoretical new shielding technology which may have cost him his life.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Reyga (as Peter Slutsker)
Tricia O'Neil ...
John S. Ragin ...
Dr. Christopher
Joan Stuart Morris ...
Dr. T'Pan


Dr. Crusher is suspended and faces dismissal after taking the side of Ferengi scientist Dr. Reyga to persuade an inter-race research panel to allow a colleague to test his invention, the "metaphasic shield", during a shuttle flight into a star's extremely dangerous corona. After Dr. Crusher diagnoses him dead, although quite unfamiliar with his race's physiology, Reyga dies too, in an on-board test of his invention. After consulting Data on the technology involved, Crusher suspects Reyga was killed by sabotage; realizing several fellow panel members had both motive and opportunity, she tries to find out if the shuttle accident was also sabotage, and if so who committed it... Written by KGF Vissers

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Dr Reyga is the first example of a sympathetic Ferengi--one who isn't motivated entirely by profit. This would later be explored further in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) with Rom and Nog (and to a lesser extent, Quark). See more »


Though Dr. Crush was able to prove Dr. Reyga correct, she still disobeyed orders in preforming an autopsy (really a necropsy) on Reyga's body. See more »


[first lines]
Doctor Beverly Crusher: [after her door has chimed twice] All right, come in!
[Guinan enters]
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Guinan. What's wrong?
Guinan: I need a doctor. Geordi beat me in straight sets today; I think I've developed tennis elbow.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Well, you'd better go to sickbay. I think Dr. Selar is on duty.
Guinan: I don't wanna see Dr. Selar, I always see you. I'm very particular about my doctors.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Well, you'd better get a new one, because I'm not a doctor on this ship anymore.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Descent: Part 2 (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Gates McFadden is outstanding.
31 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gates McFadden is showcased in this tremendously dramatic episode. Ms. McFadden's performance is outstanding. She absolutely carries the story and in the process demonstrates the depth and breath of her talent. In this episode, her character puts her reputation and life on the line to prove a point. Her character is brave, courageous, valiant, and successful. Ms. McFadden invests her character with a dignity and determination that is admirable and worthy of note. The story itself is plausible as the good doctor investigates what seems to be the results of a tragic experiment that has failed. Yet, acting on her suspicions, and without the support of the captain who wants to put the matter to rest, she investigates further and uncovers the truth which vindicates the work of a discredited colleague and exposes a nefarious plot to steal a scientific discover for aggressive purposes. This episode is wonderful and Gates McFadden is great.

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