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Stardate: 45156.1 Enterprise is hit by a quantum filament leaving the ship disabled and the crew in distress. Capt. Picard becomes trapped with three children, while Worf must deliver Keiko O'Brien’s baby in Ten Forward.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x5
Production Number: 205
Airdate: Monday October 21st, 1991


Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Oct 21, 1991
IE (SETANTA IRELAND) Jan 18, 1995
FR (BBC TWO) Jan 18, 1995
UK (BBC TWO) Jan 18, 1995

  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Colm MeaneyColm Meaney
As Miles O'Brien
Recurring
Jana Marie HuppJana Marie Hupp
As Lt. Monroe
Recurring
Michelle ForbesMichelle Forbes
As Ensign Ro Laren
Recurring
Rosalind ChaoRosalind Chao
As Keiko O'Brien
Recurring
Cameron ArnettCameron Arnett
As Ensign Mandel
Erika FloresErika Flores
As Marissa Flores
Max SuperaMax Supera
As Paterson Supra
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
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 45156.1. Our mission to Mudor V has been completed and since our next assignment will not begin for several days, we are enjoying a welcome respite from our duties.
*Captain's log, supplemental. We are en route to Starbase 67 to undergo repairs. Life aboard the Enterprise is slowly returning to normal.

The events of this episodes - specifically the fact that it was Worf who delivered Molly O'Brien - are referred to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Accession". Moreover, Chief O'Brien mentions having missed his daughter's birth in a subsequent episode of that series, "The Begotten".



Episode Quotes
Worf: (to Keiko) Congratulations, you are fully dilated to ten centimetres. You may now give birth.

Keiko: I'm going into labour!
Worf: You cannot! This is not a good time, Keiko!

Worf: The computer simulation was not like this. That delivery was very orderly.
Keiko: (exasperated; sarcastically) Well, I'm sorry!

Worf: Push, Keiko! Push. Push! PUSH!
Keiko: I am pushing!

Captain Picard: You have the bridge, Number One.
Commander Riker and Marissa: Aye, sir!



Analysis
O'Brien: I believe Counselor Troi is the senior officer on the Deck. She carries the rank of Lt. Commander.

While one may argue that Starfleet organization is different from modern military organization, in actual fact this part of it is unlikely. Many officers are given a certain rank which allows them to command others, but for any ship there is a structure called "line officers", which are people specifically trained in ship's command and operation. Troi, while officially a Lieutenant Commander, is almost certainly not a Line Officer but a ranking specialist. In the given situation, Ensign Ro would almost certainly be the ranking line officer on the bridge until someone of higher rank was found.

To quote the wiki entry on this:
Within combat units, line officers are in the chain of command, but officers in specialist fields (such as medical, dental, legal, supply and chaplain) are not, except within their own specialty. For example, a medical officer in an infantry battalion would be responsible for the combat medics in that unit, but would not be eligible to command the battalion or any of its subordinate units.

As noted above, though the Enterprise may not be considered, strictly speaking, a combat vessel, it can, as an exploratory vessel, find itself in combat at any point, and would almost certainly retain this element of modern organizational structure, or some variant thereof. Such manner of which system would almost certainly not place an untaught, command-inexperienced officer, such as Troi, in charge instead of a trained line officer such as Ro. The difference in rank is irrelevant. The granting of officer rank in line of command means you are expected to be able to perform at least the basic duties of such, even if a mere ensign. Ro, especially due to her inexperience, would also be expected to lean heavily on a mature and highly experienced chief petty officer (the naval equivalent to an army sergeant) such as Chief O'Brien, given his presence and wide experience. The final decisions would be hers, but he would be the one giving advice and counsel as to how best to proceed.



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