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The Dauphin 

Wesley falls for the young future leader of Daled IV, unaware just how dangerous the girl's protective and overly restrictive guardian can be.


Rob Bowman


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Scott Rubenstein | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
Paddi Edwards ... Anya
Jaime Hubbard ... Salia (as Jamie Hubbard)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Peter Neptune Peter Neptune ... Aron
Mädchen Amick ... Teenage Girl
Cindy Sorenson Cindy Sorenson ... Furry Animal (as Cindy Sorensen)


Ens. Wesley Crusher suffers the pangs of first love when the Enterprise is tasked to transport a young woman, Salia, back to her home world where she is to become the leader of her people. Traveling with her is her guardian and teacher, Anya, who is more than just a bit overprotective. Wesley very much wants to be with Salia - likewise she with him - but there are few opportunities under Anya's watchful eye. Guinan and others provide Wesley with advice, but when Salia reveals her true self to him, he re-evaluates his feelings. Written by garykmcd

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Wesley Crusher's superconductor magnet prop, slightly modified, appears again in Star Trek: Voyager: Prime Factors (1995) as the spatial trajector matrix. See more »


As the Enterprise approaches Salia's home world the ship is contacted by a Terawatt source on the planet to which the crew responds with 'that's more power than the Enterprise can generate' and 'it means we can't respond' (due to atmospheric interference) The message gives beam down coordinates. How can the Enterprise transporters punch through interference that Coms cannot? There are many example throughout the series of the crew talking to but unable to beam to the ship due to interference. See more »


[Worf gives Wesley advice on romance from a Klingon perspective]
Wesley Crusher: Are you telling me to go yell at Salia?
Lieutenant Worf: No. Men do not roar. Women roar. Then they hurl heavy objects... and claw at you.
Wesley Crusher: What does the man do?
Lieutenant Worf: [dreamily] He reads love poetry...
Lieutenant Worf: [back to his serious self] He ducks a lot.
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Wesley's Crush
1 April 2021 | by TundrorockSee all my reviews

Not sure why this gets such a low rating? Really enjoyed the episode. Wesley is immediately stunned by the beauty of a new visitor on the enterprise. As the romance progresses the visitors are not what they seem. Side plots however are a bit weak in this episode, those being the mutual respect between Anya and Warf and the warring factions. There's just not enough time to develop those subplots properly. The romance between Wesley and Salia is a charming one and carries the episode well enough.

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18 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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