Gates McFadden Files
Star Trek: The Next Generation (Season One – Episodes)
1.01/1.02 – Encounter at Farpoint
September 28, 1987
Directed by: Corey Allen | Written by: D. C. Fontana, Gene Roddenberry



On the maiden mission of the U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-D), an omnipotent being known as Q challenges the crew to discover the secret of a mysterious base in an advanced and civilized fashion.
1.03 – The Naked Now
October 5, 1987
Directed by: Paul Lynch | Written by: D. C. Fontana, John D. F. Black



The crew of the Enterprise is infected with a virus that causes them to behave as though they were intoxicated.
1.04 – Code of Honor
October 12, 1987
Directed by: Russ Mayberry | Written by: Katharyn Powers, Michael Baron



When the leader of an alien culture takes a romantic interest in Lt. Yar, he claims her for his own, to the dismay of his own wife, who, in turn, challenges Tasha in a fight to the death.
1.05 – The Last Outpost
October 19, 1987
Directed by: Richard Colla | Written by: Katharyn Powers, Michael Baron



The Enterprise makes a confrontational first contact with the piratical Ferengi race as their two ships are ensnared by a presumed dead planet ready to judge them.
1.06 – Where No One Has Gone Before
October 26, 1987
Directed by: Rob Bowman | Written by: Diane Duane, Michael Reaves



Everyone accurately pegs a visiting propulsion scientist as a charlatan, but only Wesley Crusher recognizes his alien assistant as the real deal.
1.07 – Lonely Among Us
November 2, 1987
Directed by: Cliff Bole | Written by: Michael Halperin



While distracted by two antithetical races applying for Federation membership, the Enterprise picks up a sentient entity that can alternately possess either man or machinery.
1.08 – Justice
November 9, 1987
Directed by: James L. Conway | Written by: John D. F. Black, Worley Thorne



On an alien planet, young Wesley Crusher commits a transgression – small by our standards but mandatorily punishable by death in theirs.

Your God is unfair. My son had no warning that his act was criminal.

1.09 – The Battle
November 16, 1987
Directed by: Rob Bowman | Written by: Larry Forrester



Beware Ferengi bearing gifts. Capt. Picard receives the Stargazer, a ship considered lost that he once commanded.
1.10 – Hide and Q
November 23, 1987
Directed by: Cliff Bole | Written by: Maurice Hurley



The Enterprise encounters Q again, and he tempts Riker by endowing him with the powers of the Q.
1.11 – Haven
November 30, 1987
Directed by: Richard Compton | Written by: Lan O’Kun, Tracy Tormé



While on a mission to a planet called Haven, Counselor Troi meets her husband to be, a marriage arranged by her father years before, as the Enterprise encounters a ship far deadlier than any combat could provide.
1.12 – The Big Goodbye
January 11, 1988
Directed by: Joseph L. Scanlan | Written by: Tracy Tormé



Captain Picard and some of his crew are caught in a deadly trap in the holodeck as the result of a ship-wide scan from an alien race.
1.13 – Datalore
January 18, 1988
Directed by: Rob Bowman | Written by: Maurice Hurley, Robert Lewin



The Enterprise visits the planet where Data was created and discovers another android like him, but when he’s assembled, he’s not exactly like him.
1.14 – Angel One
January 25, 1988
Directed by: Michael Rhoades | Written by: Patrick Barry



Riker, Troi, Data and Yar beam down to a planet ruled by a matriarchal government in the hopes of locating a missing freighter crew.
1.15 – 11001001
February 1, 1988
Directed by: Paul Lynch | Written by: Maurice Hurley, Robert Lewin



The Enterprise docks at a starbase for repairs where it is commandeered by a race of technologically-linked aliens intent on using the vessel for their own purposes.
1.16 – Too Short a Season
February 8, 1988
Directed by: Rob Bowman | Written by: Michael Michaelian



The Enterprise transports an elderly Starfleet Admiral to negotiate a hostage crisis. When the Admiral takes a de-aging drug, he endangers both his life and the mission.
1.17 – When the Bough Breaks
February 15, 1988
Directed by: Kim Manners | Written by: Hannah Louise Shearer



A planet that was able to cloak itself for thousands of years suddenly reveals itself, with its inhabitants proposing peace. But, after initial negotiations, children of the Enterprise are kidnapped due to the infertility of the inhabitants.
1.18 – Home Soil
February 22, 1988
Directed by: Corey Allen | Written by: Karl Geurs, Ralph Sanchez, Robert Sabaroff



On Velara III, Geordi and Data discover a microscopic life form responsible for the death of an engineer stationed on the base.
1.19 – Coming of Age
March 14, 1988
Directed by: Mike Vejar | Written by: Sandy Fries



Picard finds himself facing a strenuous test of his loyalty to Starfleet, one which the other members of the crew are struggling to cope with, whilst Wesley faces an equally challenging entrance exam at Starfleet Academy.
1.20 – Heart of Glory
March 21, 1988
Directed by: Rob Bowman | Written by: Herbert Wright, D. C. Fontana, Maurice Hurley



The Enterprise searches for answers as to why three Klingon warriors were the only survivors aboard a freighter just inside the Neutral Zone which was seemingly attacked by a Ferengi ship.
1.21 – The Arsenal of Freedom
April 11, 1988
Directed by: Les Landau | Written by: Maurice Hurley, Robert Lewin



The Enterprise encounters a planet long dead, but technical equipment still functions for the purpose of selling off its arsenal, along with self sufficiency.
1.22 – Symbiosis
April 18, 1988
Directed by: Win Phelps | Written by: Robert Lewin



The Enterprise encounters two neighboring cultures, one suffering from a plague, the other marketing a cure, and learns that nothing is as simple as it seems.

No! Don’t do it! Jean-Luc, this is not a symbiotic relationship! This is exploitation, pure and simple! The Brekkians have caused all of this suffering and hardship only to make their pitiful lives easier! And all of it based on a lie! No! Deny them this shipment! It is the least we can do!

1.23 – Skin of Evil
April 25, 1988
Directed by: Joseph L. Scanlan | Written by: Joseph Stefano



Counselor Troi is held captive on a deserted planet by a slick, black, oily, sentient and immortal puddle of evil.
1.24 – We’ll Always Have Paris
May 2, 1988
Directed by: Robert Becker | Written by: Deborah Dean Davis, Hannah Louise Shearer



A scientist’s experiment in time goes awry, reuniting Picard with an old flame, now married to the scientist.

I don’t think I wanna talk about what I think you mean. […] I can’t compete with a ghost from his past. No one could. […] She may be in the here and now, but it’s the ghost he sees.

1.25 – Conspiracy
May 9, 1988
Directed by: Cliff Bole | Written by: Robert Sabaroff



After diverting to a secret meeting with an old friend and some of Starfleet’s finest commanders, Picard finds the Horatio blown to bits just hours after the meeting and he returns the Enterprise to Earth looking for answers.
1.26 – The Neutral Zone
May 16, 1988
Directed by: James L. Conway | Written by: Deborah McIntyre, Mona Clee



While assigned to investigate missing outposts in the Neutral Zone, the Enterprise revives three cryogenically frozen people found aboard a wayward derelict Earth vessel.