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After defeating the Borg, the crew of the Enterprise experiences shore leave in various ways. Captain Picard's return to his family's vineyard in France has some extraordinary repercussions.


Les Landau


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data (credit only)
Wil Wheaton ... Ensign Wesley Crusher
Jeremy Kemp ... Robert Picard
Samantha Eggar ... Marie Picard
Theodore Bikel ... CPO Sergey Rozhenko, ret.
Georgia Brown ... Helena Rozhenko
Dennis Creaghan ... Louis
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan


With the Enterprise in spacedock undergoing repairs following its encounter with the Borg, several members of the crew have the opportunity for shore leave. Captain Picard returns to his home village in Labarre (France) to visit his older brother Robert, sister-in-law Marie and nephew René. He hasn't been home for 20 years and he has always had a difficult relationship with his brother who considered him a know-it-all; the captain viewed his brother as a bully. They ultimately find a way to get along. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Worf welcomes his adoptive parents, CPO Sergey and Helena Rozhenko, on board the Enterprise. Worf still feels the sting of his dishonor on the Klingon homeworld and his parents know he is hurting. As for Wesley Crusher, his mother gives him an old holographic recording his father made just after Wesley was born. Written by garykmcd

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29 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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Paramount expressed initial concern over the casting of Theodore Bikel and Georgia Brown, feeling that the two, who were best known for work in Yiddish theatre, would be too comedic or stereotypical for the roles. See more »


The direction of the sunlight during the scenes in the vineyard keeps changing. See more »


[repeated line, while visiting the Enterprise]
CPO Sergey Rozhenko, ret.: I have all the specs and diagrams at home.
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Au . . dum, da-da blonde
French folk song
Sung by Patrick Stewart and Jeremy Kemp
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Definitely One Of The Strongest Episodes
2 February 2017 | by M_ExchangeSee all my reviews

This story was PERFECTLY timed for a release after the Borg crisis. It reminded us of humans' and klingons' superiority over the Borg in the form of three dimensional, sentient beings who aren't under the thrall of collectivized thinking. It also connected us even further into Worf and Picard's backgrounds. Patrick Stewart delivered a convincing and passionate note of closure (until "First Contact") about his traumatic Borg experience, which his character needed desperately and is probably why he visited his family in the first place.

Every every actor who was involved with this episode delivered well, including the guest actors who played Worf and Picard's relatives.

It's definitely a great start to season four.

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