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The Enterprise finds a deserted planet where a ship has crashed, and, with it, the lone survivor with no memory, but extraordinary healing powers.


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Gene Roddenberry (created by), René Echevarria (as Rene Echevarria) | 1 more credit »




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
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Mark La Mura ... John Doe (as Mark Lamura)
Charles Dennis ... Cmdr. Sunad
Julie Warner ... Christy Henshaw
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Patti Tippo ... Nurse Temple


Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge is in love but too timid to talk to Christy Henshaw. When a space ship's escape pod is found crashed on an uninhabited planet, he is part of the landing party and has his brain connected by Dr. Crusher to the injured sole traveler, but 'John Doe' makes a massive contact and soon recuperates physically at amazing speed by mysterious cell structure mutations. He has amnesia and by instinctively touching a wounded patient proves able to heal instantly. Geordie and Data examine an unusual memory storage capsule from the pod, which allows estimating his origin, but he refuses to return, and causes his powers to manifest themselves differently. At approach, his home planet Zarkon demands his extradition as escaped criminal, to be executed... Written by KGF Vissers

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The Nurse seen in Sickbay assisting Doctor Crusher is Nurse Temple, named as a tribute to Nurse Chapel in Original Star Trek who was played by the late Majel Barrett. Temple/Chapel having a similar meaning. See more »


After Data and the away team beam to the planet to investigate the crashed vessel, Data does a scan and says that the radiation levels are all right. The team did not beam to the planet wearing any special equipment, so the scan should have been done before they transported. See more »


John Doe: [to Picard] Captain, my species is on the verge of a wondrous evolutionary change, a transmutation beyond our physical being. I am the first of my kind to approach this metamorphosis. They tried to convince us it was a sickness we would never survive, that the pain and energy pulses would kill us. They claimed we were dangerous, so they destroyed anyone who exhibited the signs of the transfiguration.
Commander Sunad: We were protecting our society.
John Doe: By murdering us? You saw the mutations as a threat to your ...
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Booby Trap (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Dude with the Junk episode
26 October 2018 | by sparecrow-87785See all my reviews

What can I say? The episode is great, I'm completely distracted by John Doe's junk pack the entire time. Dr. Crusher and Geordi both have a sense of something given to them during this episode, which is strange to reconcile because it feels contrived. Geordi's love affairs have been few and far between and ge's Usually painted as a creep. Dr Crusher (ultimate Hottie Trek girl) again has a sad romantic connection with nothing of consequence leaving her more alone than before. Why do we run into these clunky episodes that can only be rectified by the top notch acting of the cast? It's the next to last episode of the season without any sort of Trek canon propulsion. That's... probably why. It's jam packed with Junk! You've been warned.

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