Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 22

Shades Of Gray

Aired Unknown Jul 17, 1989 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • If you watch carefully Riker opens his eyes in the end scene when he's supposed to unconscious.

    • Three quarters of the way through the episode, Dr Kathrine Pulaski makes a Medical Log (Supplemental) entry. As she does so, although the Enterprise is supposed to be in the vicinity of a distant uncharted planet, the shot of the Enterprise in orbit clearly shows North America on the planet surface.

    • Geordi wears absolutely no protective gear when he and Data go back down to the planet to get a sample of the plant that attacked Riker.

  • Quotes

    • Riker: Captain, one of the things I've learned on these voyages and so on this ship and from that most lifeforms act out of an instinct for survival--not out of malice.

    • Pulaski: I just want to be certain you still know who you are.
      Riker: Of course I know who I am - I'm Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise.
      Picard: (joking) I'm delighted that you are feeling better, Captain. The Admiral and I were worried about you.
      Data: Captain, I do not believe you have the authority to promote me to the rank of Admiral.

    • (while Riker is scanned by a medical assistant)
      Riker: This bug is persistent, I'll admit that. But I'm not worried. We Rikers are ornery, too. As a matter of fact, my great grandfather once got bit by a rattlesnake. After three days of intense pain...snake died.

  • Notes

    • This is the only episode in the series to contain both Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher) and Diana Mulder (Dr. Pulaski), although McFadden only appears in stock footage.

    • The writer's strike affected the number of episodes shot in the second season. There were only 22 episodes made while all other seasons had 26 episodes.

    • Worf (Michael Dorn) does not appear in this episode.

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Dr. Katharine Pulaski (Diana Muldaur) on the series.

    • This episode developed as a means to save time and money due to the ongoing writer's strike at the time. It is (to date) the only "clip show" - an episode that showcases clips from previous stories - within any of the Trek series. Due to its strained nature, it ranks on many fans' "least favorite episodes" lists.

  • Allusions

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