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Dr. Crusher puts her career on the line to prove a scientist's theoretical new shielding technology which may have cost him his life.


Cliff Bole


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Episode cast overview:
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
Patti Yasutake ... Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Peter Marx ... Dr. Reyga (as Peter Slutsker)
Tricia O'Neil ... Kurak
James Horan ... Dr. Jo'Bril
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Dr. Christopher
Joan Stuart Morris Joan Stuart Morris ... Dr. T'Pan
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


Dr. Crusher is suspended and faces dismissal after taking the side of Ferengi scientist Dr. Reyga to persuade an inter-race research panel to allow a colleague to test his invention, the "metaphasic shield", during a shuttle flight into a star's extremely dangerous corona. After Dr. Crusher declares him dead, although quite unfamiliar with his race's physiology, Reyga dies too, in an on-board test of his invention. After consulting Data on the technology involved, Crusher suspects Reyga was killed by sabotage; realizing several fellow panel members had both motive and opportunity, she tries to find out if the shuttle accident was also sabotage, and if so who committed it... Written by KGF Vissers

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8 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dr Reyga is the first example of a sympathetic Ferengi--one who isn't motivated entirely by profit. This would later be explored further in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) with Rom and Nog (and to a lesser extent, Quark). See more »


Because the security of the ship might be at stake due to a potential murder, Picard should have allowed an autopsy on this matter. However, Picard himself states to Beverly that her theory about a murder isn't enough evidence to support overruling the Ferengi customs. See more »


[first lines]
Doctor Beverly Crusher: [after her door has chimed twice] All right, come in!
[Guinan enters]
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Guinan. What's wrong?
Guinan: I need a doctor. Geordi beat me in straight sets today; I think I've developed tennis elbow.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Well, you'd better go to sickbay. I think Dr. Selar is on duty.
Guinan: I don't wanna see Dr. Selar, I always see you. I'm very particular about my doctors.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Well, you'd better get a new one, because I'm not a doctor on this ship anymore.
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Referenced in Star Trek Timelines (2016) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Dr. Crusher before the bar
3 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Gates McFadden is front and center in this episode as she awaits a Star Fleet medical board review of her recent conduct on board the Enterprise vis a vis a number of visiting scientists of different humanoid races. She narrates a good deal of this episode in flashback in a conversation with Guinan.

There's a new shielding system being tested by a group of scientists visiting the Enterprise. As chief medical officer Beverly Crusher is on the team.

One alien is killed flying a 'shielded' vessel. Then the Ferengi scientist who developed the technology also is killed. What's put Dr. Crusher in the jackpot is that Ferengi culture proscribes autopsies. She violates the family's express wishes and learns nothing.

The solution is a bit of a surprise which makes the episode good viewing.

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