Episode 216: "Ethics" 

Worf is seriously injured when a support beam breaks and causes a heavy container to fall on him. He awakens in Sickbay to shocking news he is paralyzed from the waist down. Dr. Crusher informs her patient that she has sent for a specialist, a neuro-geneticist named Dr. Russell, but stresses to Worf that his chances of gaining full recovery of his legs are minimal at best. This news crushes Worf's Klingon pride, and he refuses to allow anyone, including his son Alexander, to see him.
Discussing Worf's case with Dr. Crusher, Dr. Russell suggests implementing a radical medical technique that is still in the experimental stages. Dr. Crusher refuses, unwilling to risk Worf's life when he is in no danger of dying. Worf, however, believes his life Is already over. He asks Riker to assist in his ceremonial suicide, citing the belief that no Klingon should live as an object of pity or shame, but Riker is torn. Later, Dr. Crusher and Dr. Russell visit Worf to discuss his options. They present him with implants designed to partially restore the feeling in his legs, but Worf refuses, telling them he would rather die than be less than the man he was. At this point, Dr. Russell tells Worf about the experimental surgery that could fully restore his mobility.

This move angers Dr. Crusher, who believes Dr. Russell is trying to use Worf as a sort of guinea pig to test her unproven technique. They argue outside Worf's quarters until they are called to assist with the survivors of the crash of another starship. There, Beverly is further angered when Russell's use of another experimental technique leads to the death of a patient. Unable to trust her colleague, she relieves Dr. Russell from duty.

Worf still refuses to consider the implants and insists he wants to die. Because of this, Picard tries to convince Dr. Crusher to let Dr. Russell perform the experimental surgery, but Beverly stands firm. At the same time, Riker confronts Worf, reminding him that Klingon law dictates that it is Worf's son, and not Riker, who is supposed to assist in Worf's death. Unable to deny this, Worf abandons the idea of killing himself, and asks to try Dr. Russell's surgery instead.

Dr. Crusher reluctantly agrees, and together, she and Dr. Russell perform the operation. While the technique initially appears to be a success, Worf suddenly goes into cardiac arrest and dies on the table. Dr. Crusher tries desperately to revive him, but eventually is forced to acknowledge that he is gone. But thanks to a mysterious Klingon biochemical reaction, Worf suddenly revives a few minutes later and goes on to recover. Dr. Crusher, however, is unable to forgive Dr. Russell for endangering the life of her colleague and friend.

Production: 216
Season: 5 Episode: 16
Air Date: 03.02.1992
Stardate: 45587.3
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
Patti Yasutake as Nurse Ogawa
Brian Bonsall as Alexander
Caroline Kava as Dr. Russell
The Crew Taken Over
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"The Naked Now" - The entire crew gets a virus that is like intoxication.


"Lonely Among Us" - While passing through an energy cloud, an intelligence is picked up, taking over Worf, Beverly Crusher, Assistant Chief Engineer Singh, and Captain Picard.


"The Battle" - A Ferengi "thought-maker" is used by Daimon Bok to cause Captain Picard to relive the Stargazer incident that occurred nine years previous.


"Hide And Q" - Q takes over Data, and tells Riker that he has been given the powers of the Q.


"Conspiracy" - Several members of Starfleet high command are taken over by the "Blue Gill" creatures.


"The Child" - A glowing white sphere enters the Enterprise, and causes Troi to become pregnant with an alien child.


"The Schizoid Man" - Data gets taken over by Ira Graves, who transfers his mind over to Data.


"Contagion" - Data gets infected with an alien virus.


"Allegiance" - Captain Picard gets kidnapped, and is replaced by an evil imposter.


"The Best of Both Worlds" - Captain Picard is kidnapped by the Borg, and is turned into Locutus of Borg.


"Brothers" - A homing program in Data is activated by Data's creator: Dr. Noonian Soong.


"Clues" - Troi gets taken over by an alien race that simply wants to be left alone.


"Identity Crisis" - LaForge and another member of Starfleet gets taken over by a parasite from an earlier away team mission in 40???.?.


"The Nth Degree" - Barclay gains the intelligence of an alien probe.


"The Minds Eye" - LaForge is brainwashed by the Romulans, and made to accomplish a Romulan mission.


"The Game" - Riker brings back an electronic game from Raisa which is not only addicting, but provides a form of mind control for everyone on board ship. Under this mind control, Riker, LaForge, Troi, and Dr. Crusher deactivate Data.


"Violations" - Troi, Riker, and Dr. Crusher face inexplicable comas while a group of aliens are on board. The comas are caused by a nightmare.


"Conundrum" - The entire crew, including Data, is affected by sudden amnesia, and is involved in a war.


"Power Play" - Troi, O'Brien, and Data is taken over by the spirits of cadet prisoners on a penal colony set up by the Ux-Mal.


"The Inner Light" - A space probe interfaces with Captain Picard, and forces him to relive the life of another man.


"Man Of The People" - A visiting mediator uses Deanna Troi to pass on his negative emotions.


"Face Of The Enemy" - Deanna Troi is captured by a Romulan, and is used to help in a defection.

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 STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                           "Ethics" 
                          #40275-216 
                              
                          Teleplay by 
                        Ronald D. Moore 
                              
                          Directed by 
                         Chip Chalmers 
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                         FINAL DRAFT
                       DECEMBER 9, 1991
             STAR TREK: "Ethics" - 12/9/91 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                           "Ethics" 
                             CAST                               
                                
                PICARD                DOCTOR TOBY RUSSELL
                RIKER                 ALEXANDER
                DATA               
                BEVERLY            
                TROI               
                GEORDI             
                WORF               
                                      Non-Speaking
                NURSE OGAWA             INJURED CREW & CIVILIANS
                TRANSPORTER TECHICIAN   AN INJURED MAN
                                        AN INJURED WOMAN
                Non-Speaking       
                  SUPERNUMERARIES    
                  DOCTORS            
                  NURSES             
                  CIVILIAN MEDICS    
             STAR TREK: "Ethics" - 12/9/91 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                           "Ethics" 
                       
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              MAIN BRIDGE
              CAPTAIN'S READY ROOM
              TRANSPORTER ROOM
              CORRIDOR
              CARGO BAY
              SHUTTLEBAY
              TROI'S QUARTERS
              RIKER'S QUARTERS
              SICKBAY
              BEVERLY'S OFFICE
              MEDICAL LAB
              WORF'S SICKBAY ROOM

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