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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47 reference: Data estimates that the next time distortion will occur in 28 to 47 minutes. See more »


When Data is putting the antimatter in the stream, he asks for a 27 second count down. Data has an internal chronometer and is notorious for giving arrival times down to the second. He is also capable of handling multiple calculations and thoughts at the same time without distraction. Why would he need an external audio count down? Data requested the external audio count down before the time distortion occurred, because he knew that when it occurred, there would be more than one of him and then could link his chronometer with the correct dimension. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: [after an unsuccessful beaming attempt] What are we doing back here?
Chief Herbert: You're lucky you made it back at all, sir.
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We Will Always Have Paris
27 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise is due a much deserved shore leave (this episode follows the death of Chief of Security Tasha Yar) and instead answer a distress signal from a genius in time distortion who, along with other brilliant minds, has successfully "opened a fabric in time", opening a door to another dimension. In doing so, other star systems light years away can feel the repercussions as odd "time loops" are occurring causing those affected to experience a sort of déjà vu, or, better yet, a repeat of what happened to them in the past! As long as the "time rift" (caused by the time research team who were able to harness energy from the center of their planet and a nearby pulsar star) remains open, this time loop will grow worse (there is an awesome, very surreal scene where Picard, Riker, and Data, in the turbolift, encounter themselves such seconds before entering, discussing the time distortion; both Picards, Datas, and Rikers address and acknowledge that each version is just as real as the other and this is so hard to describe, yet so extraordinary). But this episode isn't only exhilarating for this neat premise alone…Picard's past love life is also examined as Dr. Paul Manheim's (Rod Loomis) wife, Jenice (Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas) was once involved with the Captain! Yes, finally, Picard's past regarding the girl he never met in Paris (an obvious homage to Casablanca), because of fear, a decision he obviously regrets and has thought about for some time, is given credence. Meanwhile, Paul is "caught between dimensions", his health deteriorating the longer the time rift remains open. It is just nice that Picard gets a chance to encounter the "one that got away", and Phillips is positively radiant. Because she is just so stunning and breathtaking, we understand fully why Picard seems excited that she will be beaming aboard the Enterprise (a scene where he claps his hands together and commands vigorously for them to beam her and Paul to sickbay is telling at just what this means to him to see her again after 22 years). "We Will Always Have Paris" also addresses Beverly Crusher's feelings for Picard as Troi offers to talk about the unease that exists when Jenice and the Captain lock eyes and reminisce of the past. The results of Data's trip to the lab to "close the time rift" is also rather cool as he must dodge a laser firing protection system and deal with multiple versions of himself, unsure for a manner of seconds who the right one is that must use anti-matter to "patch up" the time fabric. This is a wonderful episode for the Picard character—it is nice he is allowed a chance to see Jenice once again and know ultimately the right choice was made as she wound up with the right man, Picard captaining the Enterprise was his destiny.

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