The crew of the Enterprise is infected with a virus that causes them to behave as though they were intoxicated.



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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 garykmcd

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3 October 1987 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place eight years, seven months and sixteen days before Star Trek: First Contact (1996). See more »


When Data informs the Captain of a similar event having taken place on Captain Kirk's Enterprise the computer graphic shows a model of the refit-version of a Constitution class Starship. But Kirk had to deal with the Psi-2000 virus on his first five year mission (Star Trek: The Naked Time), way before the refit of the Enterprise, which did not occur until Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This has since been corrected in the 2012 remastered edition, with the correct graphic of the TOS-series Enterprise graphic featured. See more »


Woman on comm channel: Well, hello, Enterprise, welcome. I hope you have a lot of pretty boys on board. Because I'm willing, and waiting. In fact, we're going to have a real blowout here.
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Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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26 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think I caught this one on rerun back in the late '80s. My earliest memory of TNG was Data's high-speed repair of the isolinear chips in main engineering. "What the hell is happening" crossed my young mind - which is actually a great way to describe 'The Naked Now'. It is phenomenally puerile, especially since it's the first series episode. It makes you wonder how the show even made it past the first season at all. An away team brings back an infection that deadens inhibitions - which means the cast, one by one, goes full-on drunk. Wesely hijacks the ship (yeah), the engineering chief takes it apart, Data and Tasha bang, leaving Riker to step in as manly force of leadership - which I'm all for, just not in an episode that's, at best, inadvisable.

Some clunky first steps, to say the least.


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