Episode 219: "The First Duty" 

While en-route to Starfleet Academy, where Picard is scheduled to deliver the year's commencement address, the crew learns of a devastating in-flight accident involving Wesley Crusher and his squadron. While all five ships involved were destroyed, Wesley, his squadron leader and two other crew members managed to transport to safety. However, the fifth team member, Wesley's good friend Joshua Albert, was killed instantly.
Picard, Dr. Crusher and the rest of the cadets' parents watch as Admiral Brand, the Academy superintendent, begins an investigation, questioning the four surviving cadets about the fatal flight. When the admiral finds discrepancies between their testimony and the flight plan they had filed, the squadron's leader, Nicholas Locarno, steps in. He reluctantly tells the investigating panel that Albert panicked and lost control during the maneuver and caused the accident. Albert's father, a Starfleet officer, is especially devastated by this news.

Because the U.S.S. Enterprise is Wesley's home, Admiral Brand allows Picard and the crew to begin their own, independent investigation of the accident. Meanwhile, Wesley meets with Locarno and the other squadron members to discuss the earlier inquiry. The three cadets are clearly upset with their leader for placing blame on Albert when the accident was not really his fault. Locarno tries to convince them that they aren't lying by omitting crucial details that will explain what really happened, and that they must go along with his plan in order to save their careers. Stressing the importance of working together as a team, he gets his squadron to agree with him. Later, when the hearing resumes, Wesley is questioned about the surviving data from his flight recorder. He and his comrades are shocked when the panel produces evidence that clearly contradicts Wesley's testimony. However, while he appears to be caught in a lie, Wesley refuses to explain.

Shaken by what is happening, Wesley subtly indicates to Beverly that he is lying. She shares her feelings with Picard, and the two join Geordi and Data to try to reach a conclusion. Together, they use all the data they have recovered to conclude that instead of the formation the squadron claimed to be practicing, Wesley and his comrades were working on an extremely dangerous maneuver.

Picard summons Wesley and tells the young man that he and the crew know what is going on. They know Wesley's squadron was working on a spectacular maneuver so dangerous it has been forbidden a move they planned to perform at Starfleet Academy's commencement ceremony. Had they succeeded, Locarno would have graduated as a living legend. Unfortunately, their failure cost Albert his life. Picard tells Wesley that if he can't tell the truth, Picard himself will. Wesley immediately meets with the rest of his squadron, but Locarno again convinces them to stick together, reminding that Picard has no concrete proof. At the hearing, however, Wesley tells the truth, unable to allow Albert's father to go on believing his son was a coward. Locarno takes the blame and is expelled, while the rest of the squadron are told they must repeat the school year.

Production: 219
Season: 5 Episode: 19
Original Air Date: 03.30.1992
Stardate: 45703.9
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
Ray Walston as Boothby
Ed Lauter as Lt. Commander Albert
Jacqueline Brookes as Admiral Brand
Richard Fancy as Captain Satelk
Shannon Fill as Sito
Richard Rothenberg as Cadet
Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher
Walker Brandt as Hajar
Robert Duncan McNeill as Nicholas Locarno

Ray Walston was born on December 2, 1914 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and began his acting career in 1939, receiving his first big break when cast as the reporter in the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur classic "The Front Page". Later, he came to the New York critics' attention with the play, "The Alchemist". Prominent in Walston's career was an association with director George Abbott which included appearing in five productions over a span of 20 years. They began working together in 1949, around the time Walston was cast in "South Pacific". Then, in 1955, Walston won a Tony award as best male musical comedy star in the Abbott production of "Damn Yankees". Walston came to Hollywood in 1957 for Kiss Them for Me (1957). Since then, his other films have included The Apartment (1960), Portrait in Black (1960), Paint Your Wagon (1969), The Sting (1973), Popeye (1980), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and O'Hara's Wife (1982). In 1963, he began the TV series "My Favorite Martian" (1963), which ran for three years.

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 STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                       "The First Duty" 
                          #40275-219 
                              
                          Written by 
                Ronald D. Moore & Naren Shankar 
                              
                          Directed by 
                          Paul Lynch 
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Copyright 1992 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights
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                         FINAL DRAFT
                       JANUARY 22, 1992
         STAR TREK: "The First Duty" - 1/22/92 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "The First Duty" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                PICARD             NICHOLAS LOCARNO
                RIKER              JEAN HAJAR
                DATA               SITO
                BEVERLY            ADMIRAL BRAND
                TROI               CAPTAIN SATELK
                GEORDI             BOOTHBY
                WORF               LIEUTENANT COMMANDER
                                   ALBERT
                WESLEY     
        
                Non-Speaking       
                  CADETS             
                  TEACHERS           
                  YOUNG MALE CADET   
                  PARENTS            
                  SUPERNUMERARIES    
       STAR TREK: "The First Duty" - REV. 1/23/92 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "The First Duty" 
                      
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              BRIDGE
              READY ROOM               STARFLEET ACADEMY
              ENGINEERING              GROUNDS
              CORRIDOR
              SICKBAY
              BEVERLY'S OFFICE
          
            STARFLEET ACADEMY
              WESLEY'S DORM ROOM
              HEARING ROOM
  STAR TREK: "The First Duty" - REV. 1/23/92 - PRONUNCIATION 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "The First Duty" 
                      
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
              Hajar               ha-ZHAR
              Kolvoord            kol-VORD
              Locarno             la-CAR-no
              Mimas               MEE-mas
              Pareses Squares     pah-REE-seez Squares
              Satelk              suh-TELK
              Sito                SEE-to
              Titan               TY-tan
              Yeagar              YAY-ger


 

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