After defeating the Borg, the crew of the Enterprise experiences shore leave in various ways. Captain Picard's return to his family's vineyard in France has some extraordinary repercussions.


Les Landau


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data (credit only)
Wil Wheaton ... Ensign Wesley Crusher
Jeremy Kemp ... Robert Picard
Samantha Eggar ... Marie Picard
Theodore Bikel ... CPO Sergey Rozhenko, ret.
Georgia Brown ... Helena Rozhenko
Dennis Creaghan ... Louis
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan


With the Enterprise in spacedock undergoing repairs following its encounter with the Borg, several members of the crew have the opportunity for shore leave. Captain Picard returns to his home village in France to visit his brother Robert, sister-in-law Marie and nephew René. He hasn't been home for 20 years and he has always had a difficult relationship with his older brother who considered him a know-it-all; the captain viewed his brother as a bully. They ultimately find a way to get along. Lieutenant Worf meanwhile welcomes his adoptive parents, CPO Sergey and Helena Rozhenko, on board the Enterprise. Worf still feels the sting of his dishonor on the Klingon homeworld and his parents know he is hurting. As for Wesley Crusher, his mother gives him an old holographic recording his father made just after Wesley was born. Written by garykmcd

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29 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


There have been many Star Trek / Sherlock Holmes crossovers. Guest stars in this episode include Samantha Eggar and Jeremy Kemp, who also appeared in the Sherlock Holmes movie The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976). The source novelist and screenwriter for this move was Nicholas Meyer, who directed Star Trek II and Star Trek VI. See more »


In the final scene Rene' is shown gazing at the constellation Orion. This natural feature is not visible from France in the Spring and Summer. See more »


[last lines]
Marie Picard: [on René] He's still out there.
Robert Picard: Mm-hm.
Marie Picard: Dreaming about starships and adventures... It's getting late.
Robert Picard: Yeah... But let him dream, hm?
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Pen Pals (1989) See more »


Au . . dum, da-da blonde
French folk song
Sung by Patrick Stewart and Jeremy Kemp
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All in the family
7 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'Family' is one of my favorite TNG episodes; partly because it's deceptively uneventful, but mostly because it's a brilliant human drama. The acting is impressive from everyone involved, but especially Patrick Stewart. This shore leave story feels entirely necessary after the dust settles from 'The Best of Both Worlds' and Picard takes this opportunity to reconnect with his roots.

A contentious sibling relationship is something we can all relate to, but Robert is the presence Picard needs to finally come to terms with what he was forced to do:

"You don't know, Robert. You don't know... They took everything I was. They used me to kill and to destroy and I couldn't stop them!"

This is a show-stopping scene and renews the explorer in Picard. And that restless sense of adventure doesn't stop with his generation.

It's an amazingly cathartic episode.


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