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Rascals
Stardate 46235.7
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 133 (6.7)

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
Guest Cast:
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Rosalind Chao   IMDB   Keiko Ishikawa O'Brien
Michelle Forbes   IMDB   Ensign Ro Laren
Whoopi Goldberg   IMDB   Guinan
David Tristan Birkin   IMDB   Young Picard
Megan Parlen   IMDB   Young Ro
Caroline Junko King   IMDB   Young Keiko
Isis J. Jones   IMDB   Young Guinan
Mike Gomez   IMDB   DaiMon Lurin
Tracey Walter   IMDB   Berik
Michael Snyder   IMDB   Morta
Brian Bonsall   IMDB   Alexander Rozhenko
Morgan Nagler   IMDB   Kid
Hana Rebecca Hatae   IMDB   Molly O'Brien
Majel Barrett Roddenberry   IMDB   Computer Voice
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Adam Nimoy   IMDB
Teleplay:
Allison Hock   IMDB
Story:
Ward Botsford   IMDB
Diana Dru Botsford   IMDB
Michael Piller   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 67
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 6.2
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #133: Rascals

A bizarre transporter mishap transform Picard and three other staff members into children just as Ferengis invade and disable the ship.
Synopsis
En route back from vacation, Picard, Ensign Ro, Keiko and Guinan run into danger aboard their shuttlecraft. O'Brien manages to transport the group onto the U.S.S. Enterprise, but a molecular mishap brings them back as12-year-old children. Beverly examines the group and finds that while their bodies have changed, their minds remain intact. However, when young Picard attempts to resume his command and lead his crew as though nothing has happened, his staff has trouble taking him seriously. Because of this, Beverly gently convinces him to temporarily relinquish command to Riker.

Later, Geordi tells Beverly that the transformed crewmembers were affected by a molecular reversion field, and that the transporter can be used to reverse the effects and bring the group back to normal. But before they can begin the process, the ship is attacked without warning by two Klingon warships.

The crew attempts to retaliate, but the enemy ships manage to take out the Enterprise's power systems. Suddenly, Worf picks up transporter signatures in three cargo bays. As the crew prepares to defend the ship against the invaders, two Ferengi materialize on the Bridge. Their leader, Lurin, arrives and informs Riker and the others that he has declared the Enterprise to be a loss and is beginning salvage operations according to Ferengi law. If the crew refuses to comply, they will be executed.

Young Guinan points out to young Picard and the transformed crew members their unusual appearance gives them a chance to put plans into motion without the Ferengis' knowledge. Using the computer in the schoolroom, they obtain a diagram of the ship's inner workings and use it to sneak around and collect phasers and other small weapons. Guinan and Ro crawl through a Jeffries Tube to wait to try out their plan near Main Engineering. The only problem remaining is the need to obtain access to the Bridge.

To accomplish this, young Picard throws a tantrum and forces a Ferengi to take him to Riker in the Observation Lounge, pretending that Riker is his father. During their conversation, the young captain subtly communicates to Riker to grant him systems access through the school computer. Unfortunately, the Ferengi are also demanding access to the computer, and threaten to kill all the children on board if Riker falls to comply. The children manage to capture all of them with the "weapons" they have stolen, and when the action subsides, Beverly and O'Brien use the transporter to restore the group to their adult states.
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