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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This takes place in 2364. See more »


One of many incidents which contradict the notion that Data cannot use contractions 1st when being asked to go to the lab, he replies "Times flies when you're having fun" and 2nd, when he drops the anti-matter in the time rift he says, "It's me!". Data also uses bad grammar - the line should read, "It is I!". See more »


Commander William T. Riker: [about the time distortion] The captain of the Lalo described it as a hiccough.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Hiccough?
Lt. Commander Data: Actually, sir, that may be an incorrect analogy.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: How so, Data?
Lt. Commander Data: A hiccough is a spasmatic inhalation with closure of the glottis, accompanied by a peculiar sound. If we were to continue this analogy to a body function, what occurred would be best represented by...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Enough, Data.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Picard Chooses the Enterprise
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This is an excellent episode, addressing unrequited love and the fabric of space. An old friend and super scientist invokes his old friend's good nature to try to repair the results of experimentation in time. Because of this rift, a series of events take place where things become sort of stacked. This also brings in the character of a beautiful woman that Picard loved back in the day. As with Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, she chose the great man, the man going places, even if she didn't love him. Because things are able to be repeated, Picard is given a second chance. He can let his friend die and get the girl or try to solve the problem. There are some wonderful scenes where events test the quick thinking of the crew as reality and time are chopped up. We get to see the lonely captain, wanting something so bad, an opportunity one never gets. We are also again able to see Beverly's true feelings for Jean-Luc. Of course, some believe that Picard's arbitrariness led to the doctor's husband losing his life. A very good episode with lots of implications.

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