The Enterprise is kept waiting for days on a mysterious rendezvous with Ferenge 'daimon' (captain) Bok's spaceship, then receives a gift which stuns Picard: the USS Stargazer, the lost ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
... Commander William T. Riker
... Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
... Lieutenant Tasha Yar
... Lt. Worf
... Dr. Beverly Crusher
... Counselor Deanna Troi
... Lt. Commander Data
... Wesley Crusher
... DaiMon Bok
Douglas Warhit ... Kazago (as Doug Warhit)
... Rata


The Enterprise is kept waiting for days on a mysterious rendezvous with Ferenge 'daimon' (captain) Bok's spaceship, then receives a gift which stuns Picard: the USS Stargazer, the lost vessel he commanded in a legendary battle, won by inventing a now classic maneuver. He goes aboard to recover some belongings and takes it in tow, but suffers worrying headaches and starts behaving erratically, until he leaves the Enterprise for it. Data works out Bok's motivation for the gift against his race's mercantile attitude, which even gets him removed from command. Wesley notices very peculiar waves. Written by KGF Vissers

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14 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Larry Forrester's script, his second for The Next Generation, originally featured several scenes on board the Ferengi ship to cast further light on their culture but they were all ultimately cut before filming. See more »


Picard is looking into a trunk that contains some of his positions, as if they had been packed. Picard had been forced to abandon the Stargazer so quickly it was very unlikely he had had time to pack anything. And if he HAD had time he would have taken those things with him. See more »


[Daimon Bok has offered Picard his old ship, the Stargazer, as a gift]
DaiMon Bok: Consider it... an act of friendship.
Rata: At no cost? Oh, ugly, very ugly!
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Bloodlines (1994) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Give? the Ferengi?
18 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Back in his younger days Captain Picard commanded a smaller starship not as powerful or as grand as the Enterprise but one with which he defeated a more powerful Ferengi vessel at like John Paul Jones the cost of that selfsame ship the Constellation.

Now it is being offered to the Federation and to Patrick Stewart in particular as a gift by the Ferengi. That alone is enough to raise a few eyebrows among humans and Ferengi.

This out of character gift is being offered by Daimon Bok played here by Frank Cosentino. But Cosentino has a most ulterior motive in wanting Picard to take the ship in tractor beam tow. In fact Picard starts behaving rather strangely once that happens.

This business with Captain Picard and Daimon Bok would be continued in another episode in TNG's last season. The two really ought to be seen back to back.

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