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Captain's Holiday
Stardate 43745.2
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 67 (3.19)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden   IMDB   Commander Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
Jennifer Hetrick   IMDB   Vash
Karen Landry   IMDB   Ajur
Michael Champion   IMDB   Baratus
Michael Grodenchik   IMDB   Sovak
Deirdre L. Imershein   IMDB   Joval
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Chip Chalmers   IMDB
Author:
Ira Steven Behr   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 34
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 3.5
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 3.7
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #067: Captain's Holiday

While on a much-needed holiday, Picard becomes entangled in the search for a weapon stolen from the future.
Synopsis
At the crew's insistence, Picard reluctantly agrees to take a week-long vacation to Risa, a tropical resort. However, following his arrival, the captain's peace is disturbed by Sovak, a Ferengi who accuses Picard of conspiring with Vash, a woman in possession of a mysterious optical disc.

Although Picard knows nothing about the disc, Vash implicates him by slipping it into his pocket without the captain's knowledge. Returning to his room, Picard is also confronted by two Vorgons, Boratus and Ajur, who have been shadowing him.

The duo reveals that they're a security team from the 27th century in search of the Tox Uthat, a powerful secret weapon. According to their history books, the scientist who invented the Uthat traveled back in time to hide the device from criminals who tried to steal It. What's more, Vorgon records indicate that it's Picard's destiny to find the missing object on Risa.

Although skeptical of the Vorgons' story, Picard discovers he has Vash's disc and confronts her. She claims the disc was given to her for safekeeping by the archeologist who discovered the location of the Uthat, just prior to his death. She hid the disc in Picard's pocket to prevent it from failing into Sovak's hands, since he plans to find the Uthat and sell it to the highest bidder.

With Sovak hot on their trail, Picard and Vash use the information on the disc to locate the Uthat's reputed hiding place, where they begin digging for the weapon. When It doesn't turn up, the trio surmises that the archeologist's findings must have been flawed. But when Picard later catches Vash sneaking out of town, he realizes that she already has the weapon, having found it long before she led Picard and Sovak on a wild goose chase to the hiding place in order to throw the Ferengi off track.

When Vash shows the Uthat to Picard, the Vorgons appear, demanding the weapon. But having learned from Vash that it was the Vorgons whom the inventor had originally hidden the Uthat from, Picard grabs the device and then signals to Riker, who, based on prior orders, beams the device away and blows it up. The disappointed Vorgons reveal that Picard did fulfill his destiny by destroying the Uthat and they concede defeat... this time.
Reviews

By Dark Materia on 13 Dec 2002 20:32:28
Indiana Jones-ish Picard story. This is quite different from what we've seen earlier in the series. Nice to see Picard finally get some (and some action as well). Max Grodénchik makes his first Trek appearance, and gets punched in the nose by Picard. Great fun!

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