Gates McFadden Files
Star Trek: The Next Generation (Season Five – Episodes)
5.01 – Redemption, Part II
September 23, 1991
Directed by: David Carson | Written by: Ronald D. Moore

As Worf fights in the Klingon Civil War, Captain Picard and his crew must stop the Romulans from helping their pawns achieve victory.
5.02 – Darmok
September 30, 1991
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe | Written by: Philip LaZebnik, Joe Menosky

Picard must learn to communicate with a race that speaks in metaphor under a difficult set of circumstances.
5.03 – Ensign Ro
October 7, 1991
Directed by: Les Landau | Written by: Rick Berman, Michael Piller

Captain Picard foils a plot against the Bajorans with his new Bajoran officer, Ensign Ro.
5.04 – Silicon Avatar
October 14, 1991
Directed by: Cliff Bole | Written by: Lawrence V. Conley

The Crystalline Entity returns, and the Enterprise takes aboard a scientist to help track it down, but her personal agenda does not match Capt. Picard’s.
5.05 – Disaster
October 21, 1991
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont | Written by: Ron Jarvis, Philip A. Scorza

Collision with a quantum filament leaves Troi in charge of a damaged and endangered Enterprise with emergency bulkheads cutting off sections of the ship.
5.06 – The Game
October 28, 1991
Directed by: Corey Allen | Written by: Susan Sackett, Fred Bronson, Brannon Braga

Wesley Crusher returns to the Enterprise on vacation from the Academy only to discover a mysterious alien game infiltrating and controlling the crew.
5.07 – Unification, Part I
November 4, 1991
Directed by: Les Landau | Written by: Rick Berman, Michael Piller

Picard and Data follow Spock into Romulan space on a dangerous mission.
5.08 – Unification, Part II
November 11, 1991
Directed by: Cliff Bole | Written by: Rick Berman, Michael Piller

On Romulus, Picard finds Spock, as well as an underground peace movement, a double agent, a bold ulterior motive against the Federation, and a familiar foe.
5.09 – A Matter of Time
November 18, 1991
Directed by: Paul Lynch | Written by: Rick Berman

Reaching Penthara IV after an asteroid wreaks havoc of catastrophic proportions, the Enterprise crew deals with trying to save the planet as well as deal with someone who claims to be a historian from the future.

You’re not supposed to be influencing the past, remember? And I am beginning to feel just a little bit influenced. Anyway, I could be your great-great-great-great-grandmother.

5.10 – New Ground
January 6, 1992
Directed by: Robert Scheerer | Written by: Sara Charno, Stuart Charno

Geordi can barely curtail his enthusiasm at being able to test out a new theory of transportation, as Worf’s mother boards the Enterprise with his son and news that Worf’s Earthly parents can no longer care for him.
5.11 – Hero Worship
January 27, 1992
Directed by: Patrick Stewart | Written by: Hilary J. Bader

Data rescues an orphaned boy named Timothy from a damaged ship. As a way to repress his own pain, Timothy begins to mimic Data’s personality.
5.12 – Violations
February 3, 1992
Directed by: Robert Wiemer | Written by: Shari Goodhartz, T. Michael, Pamela Gray

Transporting three Ullian mind-probing historians, the Enterprise crew is stymied when some of its members fall into a coma. Deanna Troi, the first crew member to come through it, cannot recall anything surrounding the incident.
5.13 – The Masterpiece Society
February 10, 1992
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe | Written by: James Kahn, Adam Belanoff

Working together to prevent the annihilation of a perfectly balanced, isolated society (with no contingency for outside visitors) may, in fact, destroy it.

5.14 – Conundrum
February 17, 1992
Directed by: Les Landau | Written by: Paul Schiffer

When an approaching alien ship wipes their memory, the crew struggles to put back together what happened.
5.15 – Power Play
February 24, 1992
Directed by: David Livingston | Written by: Paul Ruben, Maurice Hurley

A long-lost ship is found on a planet where cosmic storms prevented detection for 200 years. When a surface landing goes wrong, the away team is beamed back…with a few extra surprises.
5.16 – Ethics
March 2, 1992
Directed by: Chip Chalmers | Written by: Sara Charno, Stuart Charno

After an accident that leaves him no longer able to walk, Worf asks Riker to help him commit suicide.

You scare me, Doctor. You risk your patients’ lives and justify it in the name of research. Genuine research takes time – sometimes a lifetime of painstaking, detailed work in order to get any results. Not for you. You take shortcuts – right through living tissue! You put your research ahead of your patients’ lives. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s a violation of our most sacred trust. I’m sure your work will be hailed as a stunning breakthrough. Enjoy your laurels, Doctor. I’m not sure I could.

5.17 – The Outcast
March 16, 1992
Directed by: Robert Scheerer | Written by: Jeri Taylor

While aiding an androgynous race who lost a couple of members in an unmapped region of space, Riker falls for one of them, which can lead to trouble if detected, since the alien race does not endorse gender specificity.
5.18 – Cause and Effect
March 23, 1992
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes | Written by: Brannon Braga

The Enterprise gets caught in a time loop which always has one result: total destruction of the ship, itself.
5.19 – The First Duty
March 30, 1992
Directed by: Paul Lynch | Written by: Ronald D. Moore, Naren Shankar

Wesley Crusher’s team has an accident at Starfleet Academy. Picard offers to help a Starfleet investigation as to what happened, and begins to suspect they are hiding something.
5.20 – Cost of Living
April 20, 1992
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe | Written by: Peter Allan Fields

As undetectable parasites devour the ship, Deanna’s mother arrives, taking young Alexander under her wing en route to meeting a man she’s blindly agreed to marry.
5.21 – The Perfect Mate
April 27, 1992
Directed by: Cliff Bole | Written by: René Echevarria, Gary Perconte

Ferengi machinations unleash a diplomatic gift aboard the Enterprise – the rare, empathic perfect mate, ready to bond with any male around her.
5.22 – Imaginary Friend
May 4, 1992
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont | Written by: Jean Louise Matthias, Ronald Wilkerson, Richard Fliegel

Ferengi machinations unleash a diplomatic gift aboard the Enterprise – the rare, empathic perfect mate, ready to bond with any male around her.
5.23 – I, Borg
May 11, 1992
Directed by: Robert Lederman | Written by: René Echevarria

The Enterprise finds a lone Borg drone, separated from the collective, and brings him aboard. The drone begins to reassert his individuality, but his presence causes differing levels of fear and sympathy from various crew members.

When I look at my patient, I don’t see a collective consciousness, I don’t see a hive. I see a living, breathing boy who has been hurt and who needs our help. And we’re talking about sending him back to his people as an instrument of destruction.

5.24 – The Next Phase
May 18, 1992
Directed by: David Carson | Written by: Ronald D. Moore

A transporter malfunction, combined with a Romulan ship under stress and a damaged cloaking device, creates the illusion that Ensign Ro and Geordi are dead, but Geordi doesn’t believe it to be so, and he acts accordingly.
5.25 – The Inner Light
June 1, 1992
Directed by: Peter Lauritson | Written by: Morgan Gendel

Picard awakes to find himself living in a small village where he is a well-known member of the community who is suffering from a delusion of being a starship captain.
5.26 – Time’s Arrow, Part I
June 15, 1992
Directed by: Les Landau | Written by: Joe Menosky

Captain Picard and his archaeological curiosity are called upon by scientists from Earth when they find evidence to support beliefs that aliens had visited Earth in the late 1800s.