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Captain's Holiday 

After mediating a difficult trade agreement, Captain Picard is encouraged to take a much needed rest on a vacationing planet, where he's visited by a strange race from the future, in search of a dangerous weapon.


Chip Chalmers


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ira Steven Behr | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge (credit only)
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf / Risa Tourist
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher (credit only)
Jennifer Hetrick ... Vash
Karen Landry ... Ajur
Michael Champion ... Boratus
Max Grodénchik ... Sovak
Deirdre Imershein Deirdre Imershein ... Joval


After Doctor Beverly Crusher insists that Captain Picard is in need of recreation after exhausting negotiations between two hostile planets, the crew manages to make him accept a stay on a well-reputed holiday planet where Commander William T. Riker gets him to pick up a local souvenir statue, without telling him it is the accepted means to call for sexual gratification. After he brushes off obliging females, Picard is approached by several people, including two aliens from the future, who draw him into a quest for a mythical weapon - just the adventure he needs to refresh and revive him. Written by KGF Vissers / corrected by selmovero

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Picard's backpack is not adjusted to his body. Patrick Stewart is visibly holding up the pack by hanging onto the padded shoulder straps. See more »


[first lines]
Risian Computer: Welcome to Risa. All that is ours is yours.
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A nice little bit of escapism
17 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Captain's Holiday" is a nice little piece of escapism. Additionally, it is very unique in style, as it primarily concerns Captain Picard and you see very, very little of the crew otherwise.

When the show begins, the Doctor is concerned because the Captain has been under a lot of stress and he keeps refusing to take a vacation. So, with the help of the crew, they are ultimately able to get him to go for this long needed break. However, instead of rest and relaxation, Picard wanders into the middle of a treasure hunt--sort of like Indiana Jones, except that this relic is from the FUTURE! Along the way, he meets up with an annoying Ferengi, some time travelers and a hottie named Vash (Jennifer Hetrick). Vash is interesting because this is the first indication that the Captain MIGHT just have a libido after all!

I liked this one because it was such a change of pace. Additionally, they did this without invoking the holodeck--something I really appreciated. Well worth seeing and rather fun.

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31 March 1990 (USA) See more »

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