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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The script for this episode was one of three originally written for the "Star Trek: Phase II" spin-off series originally set to air in 1978 but ultimately abandoned. In the original script, a being of light impregnates Lt. Ilia (Persis Khambatta) to experience life as a Deltan. The Lt. Ilia character from this defunct series went on to appear in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), based on "In His Image," one of the other Phase II scripts. The third story was called "Devil's Due," and elements of it were later used in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Devil's Due (1991).) Will Decker from Phase II and ST:TMP was the basis for Will Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »


When Picard and Wesley are in the turbolift Wesley's arms are at his sides. But when they disembark, his arms are folded. See more »


Counselor Deanna Troi: [Data encounters Counselor Troi in the corridor, breathing heavily and holding her stomach] Data? Would you help me to Sickbay?
[Data acknowledges and takes Deanna by the arm, helping her]
Counselor Deanna Troi: [the doors open to Sickbay, Data and Deanna enter] It's time!
Dr. Kate Pulaski: [runs up] Oh, you bet it is! Let's get you to maternity!
[takes Deanna by the arm]
Lt. Commander Data: [clicks his combadge] Security team to sickbay.
Dr. Kate Pulaski: Is that really necessary?
Lt. Commander Data: Yes, Doctor. Captain's orders.
Dr. Kate Pulaski: I don't see the need for *armed guards* in the delivery room.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Offspring (1990) See more »


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The Interconnectedness of the Universe
4 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is certainly interesting if one doesn't think too much. Sometimes this series goes over into realms beyond speculative physics. I guess the convoluted nature of the plan here has some acceptable parameters. But the whole childbirth thing and all its implications seems pretty far fetched, even for an alien intervention. It is interesting watching Data's fascination with the human (well, almost human) birth. He seems to wired to certain emotional connections. The virus being managed takes on a minor role throughout, and that is at times disappointing. What is even more disappointing is when dumb luck, not based on any actions of the crew or the captain come into play. A couple of other things thrown in. Diana Muldaur and her Dr. Pulaski serving as Crusher's replacement and the maybe/maybe not of Wesley's staying on board the Enterprise. Ho hum!

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