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Stardate 41997.7: Captain Picard is tasked with making a very important “first contact” meeting with a xenophobic alien race. After tirelessly working on his opening speech (in their alien language), he decides to take some time off in the holodeck. However, when the alien’s probe the Enterprise, it causes the holodeck to malfunction, leaving those inside in great danger. The crew must rescue Picard and the others from the holodeck, while at the same time trying to delay the alien race’s demand to begin their exchange.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 113
Airdate: Monday January 11th, 1988

Director: Joseph Scanlan
Writer: Tracy Tormé

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Jan 11, 1988
UK (BBC TWO) Dec 05, 1990
FR (BBC TWO) Dec 05, 1990

  • Currently 7.1/10
7.1/10 (8 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
David SelburgDavid Selburg
As Whalen
William BoyettWilliam Boyett
As Dan Bell
Gary ArmagnacGary Armagnac
As Lt. McNary
Harvey JasonHarvey Jason
As Felix Leech
Lawrence TierneyLawrence Tierney
As Cyrus Redblock

Co-Guest Stars
Rhonda AldrichRhonda Aldrich
As Secretary
Carolyn AllportCarolyn Allport
As Jessica Bradley
Dick MillerDick Miller
As Vendor
Erik CordErik Cord
As Thug
Mike GenoveseMike Genovese
As Desk Sergeant
Main Cast
Patrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Denise Crosby
As Lt. Tasha Yar
Wil Wheaton
As Acting Ensign/Ensign Wesley Crusher
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*First Officer's Log, Stardate 41997.7. We are about to make a brief but necessary contact with the Jarada a reclusive, insect-like race known for its idiosyncratic attitude toward protocol. The Jarada demand a precise greeting in this case from Captain Picard. Their language is most unusual. The slightest mispronunciation is regarded as an insult.
*Captain's Personal Log: I'm entering the ship's holodeck where images of reality can be created by our ship's computer. Highly useful in crew training. Highly enjoyable when used for games and recreation.
*Captain's Personal Log: I am delighted with how the holodeck has created the fictional world of Dixon Hill the 20th century detective who's been a hero of mine since childhood. The characters are generated by the computer, of course yet they feel real...they seem real in every way.

Episode Goofs
While in the Holodeck, Picard is kissed by a female hologram. He then leaves the Holodeck and walks into the ship briefing room, where Dr Crusher then starts to wipe the lipstick off his face, but as holograms cannot exist outside the Holodeck, the holographic lipstick would have vanished the moment he walked out through the Holodeck doors.

Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 1 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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