Deanna is impregnated by a unknown alien life-form, and Dr. Katherine Pulaski joins the Enterprise as the ship's new Chief Medical Officer.



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The ship has a new chief medical officer, Dr. Katherine Pulaski, now that Beverley Crusher has been made head of Starfleet Medical. The Enterprise is on an emergency mission to collect plague samples for analysis but Counselor Troi unexpectedly finds herself pregnant. She also finds her pregnancy advancing very quickly with conception to birth expected to take no more than 48 hours. Once born the child, whom Troi names Ian Andrew after her father, grows at a rapid rate proceeding through childhood in a matter of hours. Meanwhile Guinan, who tends the bar in Ten Forward, a crew lounge, gives Wesley Crusher some advice. Written by garykmcd

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19 November 1988 (USA)  »

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[Dr. Pulaski mentions that in her experience, the fathers were almost always present during their babies' delivery]
Counselor Deanna Troi: Difficult under the circumstances.
Lt. Commander Data: Perhaps *I* could serve in that capacity.
Dr. Kate Pulaski: Counselor Troi is going to need the comfort of a human touch and not the cold hand of technology.
Counselor Deanna Troi: Doctor, I think Commander Data will do very nicely.
Dr. Kate Pulaski: Your choice.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Offspring (1990) See more »


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14 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ST:TNG:27 - "The Child" (Stardate: 42073.1) - this is the 1st episode of the 2nd season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. This episode marks the first of many firsts.

1. Dr. Beverly Crusher has gone off to head Starfleet Medical and won't come back until season 3 (trivia: this is a position she will later hold after Star Trek: Nemesis).

2. In her place is Dr. Kate Pulaski (played by Diana Muldaur - who is a Star Trek veteran, having starred as Lt.Cmdr.Ann Mulhall/Thalassa and Dr. Miranda Jones - 2 separate characters in 2 separate episodes of the Original Series). She is very much like Dr. McCoy in her disdain for technology - this is made apparent with her initial disregard for Data.

3. Geordi La Forge is now chief engineer (after the rotating chief engineers of the 1st season) and now has a yellow uniform instead of red.

4. Worf is now also upgraded to chief of security, filling the spot that Tasha Yar had until she died. Worf also has a yellow uniform in place of red now, AND better makeup effects for his face than in the first season.

5. Commander Riker now has a beard - he won't be clean-shaven again until Star Trek: Insurrection - a good 10 years from now!

6. Whoopi Goldberg makes her first of many appearances as the bartender Guinan - she is a mysterious figure supposedly a friend of Picard's - this mystery will slowly unravel itself as the seasons progress.

7. In the same vain, Ten Forward, the bar that Guinan runs is shown for the first time. Ten Forward will be seen in many of the episodes.

8. Troi gets the hairstyle we're accustomed to from this episode on - "Old Bunhead" as she was known in season 1 is no more.

9. Troi names her "child" Ian Andrew, after her father.

10. Colm Meany returns, this time in charge of the transporters - he wasn't seen since the pilot episode "Encounter At Farpoint".

11. You can see many new Enterprise shots, including seeing the Enterprise physically go into warp from the point of view of inside the ship (in this case in Ten Forward).

Indeed, the second season slowly but surely feels more like the series we will come to know as it becomes more comfortable being a series of its own, and not one that relies on Star Trek's past.

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