Episode 214: "Conundrum" 

After being scanned by an unidentified alien ship, the entire crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, even Data, sustains complete memory loss. Strangely, however, while they have forgotten who they are and what they do, they still possess skills that enable them to operate the ship. All outside communication has been disrupted, but the crew assumes they are in battle due to the remains of a small alien ship located outside.
The crew accesses the ship's computer, which provides them with the name, photo and rank of all personnel responsible for primary operation of the ship. Since learning who they are sparks no memories, no one is surprised when an Executive Officer Commander Keiran MacDuff is listed as second-in-command. Later, Geordi and Data discover information regarding their mission they have been ordered to cross into Lysian territory and destroy its central command center. The information suggests that the Lysians are responsible for the crew's memory loss. The orders also require the Enterprise to maintain absolute radio silence.

On the Bridge, the crew is uncomfortable with the thought of destroying a small Lysian ship, especially when they discover that the Enterprise is far more powerful than the "enemy" vessel. Picard wants to contact the Federation for verification, but MacDuff insists he cannot, reminding him that their orders state that they are at war with the Lysians and must not contact anyone. Seeing no other choice, Picard fires on and destroys the ship.

Still uneasy, Picard searches for a way to restore the crew's memories. He sends Data and Geordi to access the crew's medical records, but the pair are unable to. They also discover that the mission reports, crew records and personal logs are missing, and are disturbed by the specific nature of the missing information. MacDuff, however, points out that everything that is happening is consistent with their information on the Lysians. Desperate, the crew decides that Dr. Crusher should attempt a dangerous memory-restoring treatment without the benefit of her patients' medical records. MacDuff immediately volunteers for the treatment, during which he appears to suffer a seizure. Afterwards, he tells Dr. Crusher he still remembers nothing.

As Picard prepares to attack the Lysian central command, he learns that the Lysians are so technologically inferior to the Enterprise that they are virtually defenseless. Morally unable to justify the attack, he orders Worf to open the communications channel. MacDuff lunges for tactical control in order to fire on the Lysians, but Riker stuns him with a phaser. The phaser blast reveals that MacDuff is actually an alien. Later, after Dr. Crusher has restored the memories of most of the crew, Picard discovers that MacDuff is a member of a race that has been at war with the Lysians for decades. Although he had the power to manipulate computers and suppress memories, his weapons technology was inferior, so he attempted to use the Enterprise as a puppet.

Production: 214
Season: 5 Episode: 14
Air Date: 02.17.1992
Stardate: 45494.2
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Erich Anderson as MacDuff
Michelle Forbes as Ro Laren
Liz Vassey as Kristin
Erick Weiss as Crewman
Majel Barrett as Computer Voice
Continuity: The crew manifest lists Dr. Crusher's rank as "Lieutenant Commander", but her insignia has already shown her to be a Commander.

Boom mike visible: At 24 Minutes 10 seconds, a boom mike is visible on the bridge between Picard and Ensign Ro.

 

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 STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                          "Conundrum" 
                          #40275-214 
                              
                          Teleplay by 
                          Joe Menosky 
                              
                          Directed by 
                          Les Landau 
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Copyright 1991 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights
Reserved. This script is not for publication or
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                        FINAL DRAFT
                     NOVEMBER 14, 1991
           STAR TREK: "Conundrum" - 11/14/91 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                          "Conundrum" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                PICARD             KEIRAN MACDUFF
                RIKER              KRISTIN
                DATA               MALE CREWMEMBER
                BEVERLY            
                TROI               
                GEORDI             
                WORF               
                ENSIGN RO          
                Non-Speaking       
                  FEMALE CREWMEMBER  
                  SUPERNUMERARIES    
           STAR TREK: "Conundrum" - 11/14/91 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                          "Conundrum" 
                       
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              MAIN BRIDGE
              CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM     ALIEN (SATARRAN) SHIP
              OBSERVATION LOUNGE
              TEN FORWARD              LYSIAN DESTROYER
              SICKBAY
              TURBOLIFT                LYSIAN CENTRAL COMMAND
              ENGINEERING
              CORRIDORS                LYSIAN SENTRY PODS
              TROI'S QUARTERS
              RIKER'S QUARTERS
       STAR TREK: "Conundrum" - 11/14/91 - PRONUNCIATION 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                          "Conundrum" 
                            
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                  KEIRAN           KEER-in
                  LYSIAN           LISS-ee-n
                  SATARRAN         suh-TAHR-n


 

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