Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 7

Rascals

7
Aired Unknown Nov 02, 1992 on CBS
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A transporter accident transforms Picard, Ro Laren, Guinan and Keiko O'Brien into small children who appear to be about 12 years old. Matters become complicated when the Ferengi seize the Enterprise.

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Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

David Birkin

David Birkin

Young Picard

Guest Star

Isis Jones

Isis Jones

Young Guinan

Guest Star

Caroline Junko King

Caroline Junko King

Young Keiko

Guest Star

Brian Bonsall

Brian Bonsall

Alexander

Recurring Role

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Guinan

Recurring Role

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Upon scanning the now young Picard, Dr. Crusher states that "...their DNA structure is now consistent with those of pre-adolescence." This statement is invalid, since DNA does not change with puberty. Their DNA structure would be the same no matter if they were children or elderly.

    • In the scene in the O'Brien's quarters following the transporter accident, the young Keiko collects a black cup of coffee from the replicator in her right hand and a white cup of coffee in her left hand. As the shot changes to her sitting down, the cups have suddenly switched hands.

    • Unfortunately, the writers of the Star Trek series are repeatedly under the impression that altering DNA alters the host instantly. Even if every fragment of DNA in an organism was manipulated in exactly the same way simultaneously (which would be necessary, since many changes would cause the body's immune system to quickly kill the affected cells), the transporter system would have to selectively excise extra cells from the body (hence the drop in mass). Additionally, other changes (such as the fact that Picard had suddenly sprouted more hair) would, at the very least, take time to happen. In short, the whole transporter event is the usual ST bad science.

    • The characters in this episode capture the Ferengi by attaching comm badges to them and then beaming them into a contained area. Why are the comm badges necessary? If they have access to the computer systems, can't they just scan for Ferengi bio signs and site-to-site transport them from inside of the classroom?

    • The Ferengi say they are not affilliated with the Ferengi Alliance--that they are renegades--yet they also say they claim the Enterprise in accordance with Ferengi Salvage Codes.

    • When young Picard asks "Daddy Riker" to turn on the computers in the classroom, he identifies the classroom as schoolroom 8. However, when Picard is at the computer, the computer identifies itself as being in Classroom 7.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • 12-year old Picard: I want to see my Father! I want to see him now! Now now now now now!

    • Guinan: That's the thing about crayons... they can take you more places than a starship.

    • Riker: (confusing the Ferengi) So, one more time. The remastat kiloquad capacity is a function: square-root the intermix ratio times the sum of the plasma injector quotion.

    • Troi: I came to see how you're doing.
      12 year old Picard: Well, I'll have to speak to my tailor, but otherwise I'm well. Thank you. (looking in the mirror) It's just so ridiculous. I can't take myself seriously like this.

  • NOTES (8)

    • The shot of the Enterprise firing from its saucer section as well as those of the Birds Of Prey are recycled FX from "Yesterday's Enterprise."

    • This is the second time on the series that Riker has had a "son" named Jean-Luc. Neither times were they his real son.

    • Riker mentions the name of the computer on the Enterprise. It's likely taken from the German physicist Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976). Heisenberg won a Nobel Prize for physics in 1932 and in World War II he headed the German's unsuccessful nuclear weapons project. Life under the Nazis was unbearable for Jewish and non-Jewish scientists like Albert Einstein, Max Born, Lise Meitner, and Wolfgang Pauli so they left, but Heisenberg and others chose to remain in Germany.

    • Last appearance of Rosalind Chao as Keiko O'Brien on TNG.

    • David Tristan Birkin (young Picard) played Jean Luc's nephew, Rene Picard, in Season 4's "Family."

    • This was Colm Meaney's final appearance in the series due to the character transferring to sister series Deep Space Nine. He would reappear in the two-part finale "All Good Things..."

    • This would be Ensign Ro's last appearance on the show until the final season. The creators of Deep Space 9 wanted Ensign Ro to be in the series. Michelle declined, opting for a movie career.

    • Adam Nimoy, the son of Leonard Nimoy who played Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series, directed this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Computer: I'm sorry, but I can't do that. Would you like to play a game?
      The 12-year-old Picard gets allusions from two different classic sci-fi movies from his ship's computer. The first sentence comes from HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The second comes from the computer in WarGames.

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