On arriving at a newly identified planetary group, the crew finds that the entire system is unstable. As the person in charge of Wesley Crusher's training and education, Commander Riker wants to put him in charge of the planetary mineral survey, the results of which should explain why the system has become so unstable. He has to command a team for the first time, all of whom are older than himself. Data meanwhile has a pen pal of sorts when he establishes radio contact with Sarjenka, a young girl from a nearby planet. They exchange information for several weeks when Data finally realizes that Sarjenka's world isn't aware of extra-terrestrial life and as a result, he has broken the Prime Directive.
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This is the first episode where Picard actually drinks Earl Grey tea. He had previously ordered a cup of Earl Grey from the replicator in TNG: "Contagion", but because of a computer malfunction he instead received a small potted plant See more
After Data brings Sarjenka with him to the bridge, and Capt. Picard asks Counselor Troi to escort Sarjenka to Sickbay, she resists and raises her hands in front of her face in fear, and when she does so, you can easily see the fake fingertip extensions on her hands. See more
[Data is about to beam down to the planet
Commander William T. Riker
O'Brien, take a nap. You didn't see any of this, you're not involved.
Chief Miles O'Brien
Right, sir, I'll just be standing over here dozing off.
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