Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 5 Episode 5


Aired Unknown Oct 21, 1991 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Even though O'Brien referred to her as Lt. Monroe, Jana Marie Hupp is listed as Ensign Monroe in the episode credits, and is wearing ensign rank pips.

    • This is one of two missions in which Commander Troi is Acting Captain. The second is in Star Trek X: Nemesis.

    • Deanna has no idea what a containment breach is? Even a first year cadet would know that would be the death of everyone.

    • When Picard is handing out his rank insignia to the children in the turbolift, we can see two pinholes on the girl's collar before Picard even begins to remove the rank insignia off his own collar. Obviously it was not the director's first take in that scene.

    • Why is it that the cargo bay can be depressurized by the console nearest the outer bay doors, yet only repressurized by the control panel by the entrance much further away?

    • Dr. Crusher says that the wall is hot. LaForge asks her where. His VISOR can detect infrared. Can't he SEE where it's hot?

    • Dr Crusher tells Geordi that they have to hold their breath when they depressurize the cargo bay. This would kill them both, because their lungs wouldn't be able to withstand the pressure difference. They would have had to exhale in order to survive.

    • It seems strange that opening the hanger door to get rid of the room's oxygen would have had any effect on the "plasma fire." A material existing in the plasma state has nothing to do with combustion, just really high temperatures, which was most likely being caused by the tremendous flow of energy through the ship's systems. Since the power flow would persist even after the air had been removed, there is no reason to expect the plasma fire to go out.

    • Somehow Picard, with a broken ankle, managed to climb out of the turbolift and onto the ladder. It's unlikely the children were strong enough to lift him up through the top of the lift.

  • Quotes

    • Worf: (to Keiko in labor) Congratulations. You are fully dilated to ten centimeters. You may now give birth.

    • Keiko: I'm having contractions.
      Worf: I believe that is not uncommon in late months of pregnancy.
      Keiko: No, I mean contractions! am going into labor!
      Worf: You can not. This is not a good time, Keiko.
      Keiko: It's not open for debate. Like it or not, this baby is coming.

    • (Troi comes onto the bridge and sits down in the Captain's chair)
      Riker: You just can't stay away from the big chair, can you?
      Troi: I don't think I'm cut out to be Captain. First Officer, maybe. I understand there aren't many qualifications.

    • Worf: Dilation has gone to seven centimeters since the start of labor. That did not take very long.
      Keiko: That's easy for you to say.

    • Riker: Let me get this straight. You want me to take off your head!?
      Data: Yes sir.

  • Notes

    • At the end of the episode, the children present Picard a plaque with their full names on it. The last names are the same as the actors who played them.

    • It's rather neat how the umbilical cord on Keiko's baby is used to hide its genitalia, thus preventing any problems with censors. Quite a creative approach, and one that fits with the scene quite well.

  • Allusions