Picard and the crew of the Enterprise are set to rendezvous with a Federation scientific vessel studying the collapse of a super red giant star into a white dwarf. As they near the ship however, they receive odd communications from the vessel, almost as if they are all drunk. When one of the crew blows an outer hatch, the crew is killed. An away team investigates but acquire a virus-like disease that makes them appear drunk and removes all inhibitions. As it spreads throughout the ship, Picard and Riker try to maintain discipline while Dr. Crusher tries to find a cure. Riker recalls a similar situation in the history of ships named Enterprise and that gives them a head start but not before an infected Wesley Crusher disables the engines just as the sun explodes leaving the ship in destruction's path. Written by
Did You Know?
A major plot point of this episode is Wesley's "invention" of a re-pulser beam which is treated as an ingenious idea. However in the original Trek episode Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais?
(1967) when the Enterprise is being held in a force field, Kirk orders Sulu to modify their tractor beams to repel against the field. So Wesley's idea was not as out of the box as it appears to be. See more
When Riker and Data are examining the ship, Data corrects one of Riker's statements with "that's blown out." It is established throughout the series that Data cannot use verbal contractions. See more
Lt. Tasha Yar
Data, I'm only going to tell you this just once: it never happened.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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