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Star Trek: The Next Generation: When the Bough Breaks

Stardate: 41509.1 An ancient mythical race, which has been able to cloak their planet from outsiders, is discovered by accident by the Enterprise. However, the crew’s awe at finding this race is soon turned to consternation, as the planet’s inhabitants' abduct several the crews’ children. The crew learns that the inhabitants can no longer procreate, and need their children to continue their population.

Wesley Crusher, along with the other children, decides to fight their abduction by the inhabitants, while Dr. Crusher soon discovers the answer to the planet’s procreation problem.

However, can the crew convince the more technically advanced and powerful race that they have the answer to their dilemma, and get their children back?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 118
Airdate: Monday February 15th, 1988

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Feb 15, 1988
UK (BBC TWO) Jan 23, 1991
FR (BBC TWO) Jan 23, 1991

Guest Stars
Jerry HardinJerry Hardin
As Radue
Paul LambertPaul Lambert
As Melian
Brenda StrongBrenda Strong
As Rashella
Ivy BethuneIvy Bethune
As Duana

Co-Guest Stars
Dan MasonDan Mason
As Accolan
Dierk TorsekDierk Torsek
As Dr. Bernard
Jessica BovaJessica Bova
As Alexandra
Philip WallerPhilip Waller
As Harry Bernard
Vanessa BovaVanessa Bova
As Alexandra
Main Cast
Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan FrakesJonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar BurtonLeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael DornMichael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFaddenGates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina SirtisMarina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Denise CrosbyDenise Crosby
As Lt. Tasha Yar
Wil WheatonWil Wheaton
As Acting Ensign/Ensign Wesley Crusher
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 41509.1. Either by chance or intent we've been led to the planet Aldea which appeared out of nowhere hidden behind a sophisticated shielding device.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. We remain in orbit around Aldea. It's becoming all too evident that talk will not effect the return of our children. We must neutralize the Aldean shield. Until then, we are helpless.
*Captain's Log, Stardate 41512.4. We are 20 hours away from Aldea and no closer to a solution. Their deliberate show of force pushed us out of orbit and could've easily disintegrated the ship.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. It has been three days since the Aldeans pushed us away. We have had no contact with Radue since then.

Episode Goofs
In the beginning when Riker runs into the boy he then steps into the turbo lift. You can see the base of a lighting tripod from the set.

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