On its way to the unchartered Phoenix cluster, the Enterprise gets a visit by shuttle from Starfleet Academy Cadet Wesley Crusher on leave, all help being welcome now the research time has been cut to two weeks. Everyone is happy to see the popular, brilliant boy back and hear about his faring, some exchanging some of their own cadet memories. New Ensign Lefler, about his age, takes a personal interest in him and vice versa. Wesley wisely wonders why the computer game Riker brought back from shore leave so quickly became popular or rather addictive before he tries it as they all insist. He discovers it stimulates the pleasure center but affects the higher brain functions, and Data wasn't incapacitated by accident but disconnected by players because androids' computer brains are immune for the game. Alas by now Wesley is the only unaffected human, all the others hunt him down after Picard took orders for the game's distribution to other ships and bases from tailing Kitarean ship ... Written by
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Though Molly O'Brien was born in the previous episode, she is first named in this episode. See more
At time index 5:32 Picard informs Riker that Wesley will be joining the Enterprise via shuttle for vacation from the academy. At 9:16 Wesley arrives via an Oberth class starship, not a shuttle. See more
Lt. Commander Data
Geordi, a conflict has arisen between the planetary evolution team and the stellar physicists. Each wishes to be the first to use the thermal imaging array.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Well, tell 'em to flip a coin. We've got to work together on this mission, otherwise we're never gonna get it done.
Lt. Commander Data
A coin? Very good. I will replicate one immediately.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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