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Collision with a quantum filament leaves Troi in charge of a damaged and endangered Enterprise with emergency bulkheads cutting off sections of the ship.


Gabrielle Beaumont


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Ronald D. Moore (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Michelle Forbes ... Ensign Ro Laren
Erika Flores ... Marissa Flores
John Christian Graas John Christian Graas ... Jay Gordon Graas
Max Supera Max Supera ... Patterson Supera
Cameron Arnett ... Ensign Mandel
Jana Marie Hupp ... Lieutenant Monroe


During a period of rest, and just after three elementary school science fair prize winners leave with Capt. Picard for a tour of the ship, the Enterprise hits a quantum filament, trapping its people in different compartments under varying emergencies. Geordi and Dr. Crusher face a plasma fire that begins to destabilize stored supplies into high-yield explosives; Data and Riker face a lethal electrical arc on their only available route to engineering; Worf presides over Keiko O'Brien going into labor; the wounded captain and the school children rally to escape a damaged and dangling turbolift; Troi, as highest in rank on the bridge, faces a crucial decision as the warp core heads toward collapse and ship-wide destruction. Written by KGF Vissers/revised by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

19 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This takes place in 2368. See more »


While Picard and the children are on the turbolift leaving the bridge, the movement of the light outside the window reveals they are moving up, rather than down. See more »


[after the delivery]
Lieutenant Worf: [about Keiko's baby] I believe she looks like Chief O'Brien.
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Frère Jacques
Traditional nursery song
Performed by Patrick Stewart, Erika Flores and John Christian Graas
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Disagreeing with "Good" re: Troi's rank.
8 October 2019 | by voicemark-24504See all my reviews

Among the "Goofs" in the reviews of this episode, one writer claims that Troi would be "out ranked" because she has a "psychologist". However, in the episode, itself, O'Brien has a line of dialogue which speak directly to this issue. He states very clearly - to Ro, in fact - that Counselor Troi "carries the rank of Lieutenant Commander", thereby outranking Ensign Ro.

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