Gates McFadden Files
Star Trek: The Next Generation (Season Seven – Episodes)
7.01 – Descent, Part II
September 20, 1993
Directed by: Alexander Singer | Written by: René Echevarria

Before Lore can run risky experiments on Geordi, Troi and Picard, the three seek a way to re-boot Data’s ethical program that Lore switched off to pull Data to his side.
7.02 – Liaisons
September 27, 1993
Directed by: Cliff Bole | Written by: Roger Eschbacher, Jaq Greenspon

On a diplomatic mission, Worf, Troi and the Captain deal with three aliens who explore foreign concepts with extreme, singular focus.
7.03 – Interface
October 4, 1993
Directed by: Robert Wiemer | Written by: Joe Menosky

Geordi is distracted by the news of the possible loss of his mother while he uses a new remote probe technology to search for a downed spacecraft.
7.04 – Gambit, Part I
October 11, 1993
Directed by: Peter Lauritson | Written by: Christopher Hatton, Naren Shankar

While investigating the apparent death of Capt. Picard, Riker is abducted by a group of intergalactic archaeological thieves, only to find Picard has apparently joined their ranks.
7.05 – Gambit, Part II
October 18, 1993
Directed by: Alexander Singer | Written by: Naren Shankar

Riker and Picard must find out why this intergalactic gang is looting archaeological sites.
7.06 – Phantasms
October 25, 1993
Directed by: Patrick Stewart | Written by: Brannon Braga

Data deals with his new ability to experience nightmares as the Enterprise deals with the installation of a new warp core that won’t work as expected.
7.07 – Dark Page
November 1, 1993
Directed by: Les Landau | Written by: Hilary J. Bader

While establishing diplomatic relations with an alien race called the Cairn, Deanna’s mother experiences a mental breakdown and falls into a coma, and it seems like Deanna is the only one who is able to help her, even if her mother doesn’t want it.
7.08 – Attached
November 8, 1993
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes | Written by: Nick Sagan

Captain Picard and Dr. Crusher are held hostage by an opposing alien race when the Enterprise has come to allow the planet’s other civilization the choice of being part of the Federation. During their captivity they are implanted devices that allow them to read each other’s thoughts and discover things about one another they didn’t know before.

I didn’t say that you were. I may have thought it, but there’s a difference.

I was awake for several hours, and thanks to the implants, I got to hear some very interesting dreams of yours.

7.09 – Force of Nature
November 15, 1993
Directed by: Robert Lederman | Written by: Naren Shankar

While searching for a missing Federation medical transport, the Enterprise is accosted by two scientists from a nearby planet who claim that cumulative exposure to warp energy is weakening the fabric of space.
7.10 – Inheritance
November 22, 1993
Directed by: Robert Scheerer | Written by: Dan Koeppel

On Federation planet Atrea IV, Data encounters the former wife of his creator Noonian Soong who claims to be his “mother”.
7.11 – Parallels
November 29, 1993
Directed by: Robert Wiemer | Written by: Brannon Braga

On his return from a bat’leth competition in the Klingon Empire, Worf finds himself shifting realities where events and details are in a constant state of flux and only he is aware of the changes.
7.12 – The Pegasus
January 10, 1994
Directed by: LeVar Burton | Written by: Ronald D. Moore

Riker finds out his former commander from the starship Pegasus has orders that entail more than what is revealed to Picard, who thinks the Enterprise is en route to recover the lost ship. And Riker is ordered to secrecy.
7.13 – Homeward
January 17, 1994
Directed by: Alexander Singer | Written by: Spike Steingasser

In an attempt to preserve a race of people on a planet being bombarded by storms that would kill them, Worf’s foster brother violates the Prime Directive, leaving the Enterprise crew in a difficult position.
7.14 – Sub Rosa
January 31, 1994
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes | Written by: Jeri Taylor

I was about to be initiated into a very unusual relationship. You might call it a family tradition. But there’s a part of me that’s a little sad.

Dr. Crusher meets the man in her dead grandmother’s life when she tries to put her affairs in order, whom one of the local people warn her to stay away from by not lighting a candle that has been lit for generations. Eventually she finds out the reason behind that warning.
7.15 – Lower Decks
February 7, 1994
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont | Written by: Ronald Wilkerson, Jean Louise Matthias

A mission of the Enterprise is seen through the eyes of some junior officers who are up for promotions, as questions of duty and honor arise among some of them, such as a Bajoran whom Worf has designated to be promoted to operations.
7.16 – Thine Own Self
February 14, 1994
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe | Written by: Christopher Hatton

Data is sent to follow a probe that has drifted off course and crashed on a primitive planet, only to crash on the planet himself, with no memory of any event prior to crashing on the planet’s surface.
7.17 – Masks
February 21, 1994
Directed by: Robert Wiemer | Written by: Joe Menosky

Investigating a rogue comet that’s been traveling throughout the universe for over 87 million years, Picard discovers alien beings within the comet, which infest the computer systems on the Enterprise, as well as Data.
7.18 – Eye of the Beholder
February 28, 1994
Directed by: Cliff Bole | Written by: Brannon Braga

As a young lieutenant aboard the Enterprise commits suicide, his shipmates deal with the loss and Deanna deals with feelings surrounding her as she and Worf begin to form a relationship.
7.19 – Genesis
March 21, 1994
Directed by: Gates McFadden | Written by: Brannon Braga

When a new torpedo guidance system malfunctions, Picard and Data go chasing after it into an asteroid field, while the crew is left behind to deal with their own strange behaviors.
7.20 – Journey’s End
March 28, 1994
Directed by: Corey Allen | Written by: Ronald D. Moore

After the Federation grants access by the Cardassians to a planet already inhabited by Native American Indians, Picard has the daunting task of relocating them.

I may not be able to stop you from throwing your entire life away, but you are going to stand here and explain it to me first. You owe me that much.

7.21 – Firstborn
April 25, 1994
Directed by: Jonathan West | Written by: Mark Kalbfeld

In an effort to help him accept his Klingon heritage, Worf and his son, Alexander, attend an ancient Klingon ceremony.
7.22 – Bloodlines
May 2, 1994
Directed by: Les Landau | Written by: Nicholas Sagan

Picard races the Ferengi in an effort to track down the son he never knew he had.
7.23 – Emergence
May 9, 1994
Directed by: Cliff Bole | Written by: Brannon Braga

Strange images begin appearing throughout the ship’s decks and holodecks. Data and the rest of the crew begin to investigate only to discover that the ship’s computer itself is exhibiting the strange behavior as it begins to become self-aware.
7.24 – Preemptive Strike
May 16, 1994
Directed by: Patrick Stewart | Written by: Naren Shankar

Following her return from Advanced Tactical Training, Bajoran Ro Laren is sent to infiltrate the Maquis and finds herself torn between her loyalty to Picard and Starfleet, and her sympathy with the Maquis fighting “the good fight”.
7.25/7.26 – All Good Things…
May 23, 1994
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe | Written by: Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga

Capt. Picard finds himself shifting continually into the past, future and present and must use that to discover a threat to humanity’s existence.

(as Captain Beverly Picard) I’ll stay here six hours longer, and then we’re heading home… I want you to remember – if it were anyone else but you, we wouldn’t even be here.

(as Captain Beverly Picard) I understand that you would never have tolerated that kind of behavior back on the Enterprise, and I won’t here. I don’t care if you’re my ex-captain or my ex-husband!

You know, I was thinking about what the Captain told us all about the future. About how we all changed and drifted apart. Why would he want to tell us what’s to come?