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Imaginary Friend 

A powerful, potentially dangerous energy life form, intent on scouting out the Enterprise, steps into the role of a girl's imaginary friend.

Director:

Gabrielle Beaumont

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Edithe Swensen (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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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. Cmdr. Data
Noley Thornton Noley Thornton ... Clara Sutter
Shay Astar ... Isabella
Jeff Allin ... Ensign Daniel Sutter
Brian Bonsall ... Alexander Rozhenko
Patti Yasutake ... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Sheila Franklin ... Ensign Felton
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
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Storyline

Young Clara Sutter, like many girls her age, has an imaginary friend. She recently came on board with her father, an engineering officer, and hasn't yet made any real friends. Counselor Troi assures Clara's father that it's perfectly normal and he has nothing to worry about. While playing one day, Clara is shocked to see her friend Isabella suddenly appear before her. In fact, Isabella is a sentient being that has taken human form only to scout the ship and learn more about it. For Picard and the crew, determining the being's intent is key to determining the next step. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

Sheila Franklin makes her fifth and final appearance as Ensign Felton. See more »

Goofs

When Troi confronts "Isabella" and Clara tells Troi "Isabella's" threatening response, Clara is clearly scared--and Troi, being an empath, should be able to sense Clara's fear. Yet in the next scene, she acts as if Clara was just acting out. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clara Sutter: I like to cook all kinds of stuff, like yogurt and raisin salad, chocolate chip pancakes and... purple omelets.
Counselor Deanna Troi: [disgusted] Purple omelets?
Clara Sutter: You put grape juice in the eggs. Isabella doesn't like it very much. She says it tastes funny.
Counselor Deanna Troi: I can see her point.
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Connections

References Lost in Space: My Friend, Mr. Nobody (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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A bit of an embarrassment
25 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It's unfortunate that after trying to get my daughter to watch "Star Trek: The Next Generation" that THIS was the first episode she saw. It's clearly sub-par and the ending is even a bit embarrassing to watch, as you know the actors must have winced when delivering some of this drivel.

The show begins with a little girl, Clara, is in a counseling session and her father. It seems he's worried that she has some imaginary friend, but Troi assures him that this is normal and he should just go with it! However, a bit later, the girl's friend comes to life for real--and this 'friend' is a bit of a jerk. In fact, when Clara goes off to play by herself later, the friend informs Clara that she's going to killer her along with the rest of the people on the ship! Some friend!

So why is this one so bad? Well, the resolution is downright embarrassing. This malevolent force is incredibly easily mollified and in the end the girl and her new friend make up and bit each other goodbye. YICK! Sickly sweet and dumb...I think this sums it up.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

2 May 1992 (USA) See more »

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