Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 23

We'll Always Have Paris (30 Apr. 1988)

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Puzzled, the Enterprise follows the enigmatic trail of distress messages left behind by the vessel of reputed time-space-continuum researcher Dr. Paul Manheim, which went missing years ago ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lieutenant Tasha Yar (credit only)
Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Jenice Manheim
Rod Loomis ...
Dr. Paul Manheim
Isabel García Lorca ...
Gabrielle (as Isabel Lorca)
Dan Kern ...
Lt. Dean
Jean-Paul Vignon ...
Kelly Ashmore ...


Puzzled, the Enterprise follows the enigmatic trail of distress messages left behind by the vessel of reputed time-space-continuum researcher Dr. Paul Manheim, which went missing years ago during his last experiment. It went terribly wrong, causing a time-distorting ripple to spread from a binary star system and pulsar's tapped-into unimaginable energy, which already affects the Enterpise crew. To prevent the galaxy being ripped open, the process must be reversed, although gravely, maybe fatally, injured Mannheim can only give unreliable instructions to Data. Picard is largely focused on Paul's younger wife Jenice, once Jean-Luc's fiancée, whom he dumped in Paris for his Starfleet dream. Written by KGF Vissers

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30 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Jenice Manheim: Why didn't you come to meet me that last day in Paris?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I was afraid.
Jenice Manheim: Oh! I didn't want *this*!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: What?
Jenice Manheim: The truth.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, you want me to lie?
Jenice Manheim: Of course! A nice, soft, painless lie.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, I got the days confused, I thought it was Tuesday when it was Wednesday. I went to the Café Moulin instead of the Café des Artistes.
Jenice Manheim: Ah! That's better. It was raining and you couldn't find a cab.
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I had trouble keeping my eyes open with this one....
11 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is a rather poor one--mostly because the show features two plots and one of them is frankly very dull. As for the other, it is decent...but nothing to get excited about either. Overall, it left me very flat.

The Enterprise notices a space wrinkle where things repeat themselves for an instant. This distortion is investigated--and it takes the ship right in the path of a woman who Picard abandoned many years ago in order to go to space. Michelle Phillips stars as the woman and this part of the show isn't bad. But the time distortion is so very dull and uninteresting. It really was just an excuse to bring Picard and his old flame together--and it should have been a lot better. Overall, sort of like a soap opera and as far as the sci-fi goes, it was a bust.

By the way, while many viewers will recognize the phrase "we'll always have Paris". If you don't, it's from "Casablanca".

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