Episode 250: "Second Chances" 

The U.S.S. Enterprise returns to the planet Nervala IV to retrieve data left behind by Starfleet researchers when they were forced to evacuate eight years ago. It has taken this long for a transport window to open in the planet's distortion field, finally allowing a brief attempt for people to beam down. Riker led the evacuation operation while a lieutenant on the U.S.S. Potemkin, and returns to oversee the retrieval. However, when he beams down to the surface, he is met with an unexpected surprise a man who appears to be his identical twin. Both Rikers claim they led the evacuation eight years ago, but while the Enterprise's Riker says he was transported back safely, Lieutenant Riker claims his transport failed, and the planet's distortion field kept him on the surface. Lieutenant Riker beams up to the Enterprise, and Beverly pronounces the two men genetically indistinguishable. Geordi then fills them in on the reason for the unusual situation - a second containment beam was initiated to get Riker transported through the distortion field, but that beam reflected back to the surface, materializing another Riker. From that moment on, two different Will Rikers both very real lived two separate lives.
Lieutenant Riker is ready to pick up his life where he left off in the middle of a romance with Troi. But Troi's broken relationship with Commander Riker, who returned only to choose career over love, forced her to move on with her life. Lieutenant Riker is disappointed, but not ready to give up. Later, he agrees to help the crew retrieve the data from the computer system on Nervala IV, but when they can't access the computer core, he and Commander Riker clash over possible options during the mission. Lieutenant Riker feels resentment when the superior-ranking double gives him a direct order.

Back on the Enterprise, Lieutenant Riker romances Troi by leading her on a treasure hunt that brings them together in Ten-Forward. They talk, and Troi admits how disappointed she was when the love affair ended. Meanwhile, tension mounts between Riker and his double when Picard chooses the lieutenant's computer retrieval plan over that of the first officer. Later, with Beverly's encouragement, Troi gives in to her feelings for Lieutenant Riker, seeing his arrival as a second chance at their relationship.

Soon afterward, she talks with Commander Riker, worried that her relationship with his double will upset him. He says he accepts their romance, but warns Troi to be careful. Whatever part of his personality drove them apart since his return from Nervala IV also exists within Lieutenant Riker, and she could end up being hurt again. Troi keeps this in mind when Lieutenant Riker returns with news he's been posted on the starship Gandhi. He asks Troi to accompany him on this exciting appointment, but Troi is unsure she can give up the life she has built without him.

The two Rikers beam down to Nervala IV, entering the dangerous underground caverns to access the computer core directly. The scaffolding they attempt to cross collapses, but despite their differences, Commander Riker saves Lieutenant Riker from plunging to his death. Later, they return to the Enterprise to prepare for their rendezvous with the Gandhi. Lieutenant Riker approaches Troi for her answer, and she gently explains that she won't be coming with him at least not yet. Commander Riker enters the lieutenant's quarters to see his double off, and gives him a memento of his past the old trombone on which he first learned to play. Troi and the double reluctantly part, but Commander Riker promises to watch over her.

Production: 250
Season: 6 Episode: 24
Air Date: 05.24.1993
Stardate: 46915.2
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
Dr. Mae Jemison as Lt. Palmer
Originally, Will Riker was going to be killed off in this episode. Will's transporter created duplicate, Thomas, would have joined the crew of the Enterprise as a low-ranking officer, with Data moving up to the first officer position. The idea was abandoned.

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                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                       "Second Chances" 
                          #40276-250 
                              
                            Story by
                         Mike Medlock 
                              
                          Teleplay by 
                        Rene Echevarria 
                              
                          Directed by 
                         LeVar Burton 
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                         FINAL DRAFT
                        MARCH 17, 1993
         STAR TREK: "Second Chances" - 3/17/93 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "Second Chances" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                       PICARD      PALMER
                       RIKER       
                       (LIEUTENANT RIKER)
                       DATA        
                       BEVERLY     
                       TROI        
                       WORF        
                       GEORDI 
     
                       Non-Speaking
                         N.D SUPERNUMERARIES
                         N.D. WAITERS
                         TWO N.D. TECHNICIANS
                         TWO SECURITY GUARDS
         STAR TREK: "Second Chances" - 3/17/93 - SETS 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "Second Chances" 
                       
                             SETS 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
          
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              BRIDGE
              TEN FORWARD
              TRANSPORTER ROOM
              ENGINEERING
              CORRIDOR
              READY ROOM
              SHIP'S GYMNASIUM
              SICKBAY
              OBSERVATION LOUNGE
              RIKER'S QUARTERS
              TROI'S QUARTERS
          
              LT. RIKER'S QUARTERS
          
              RESEARCH STATION
              CAVERN
    STAR TREK: "Second Chances" - 03/17/93 - PRONUNCIATION 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                       "Second Chances" 
                         
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
                 NERVALA         ner-VAHL-uh
                 IMZADI          im-ZAHD-ee
                 JANARAN         jn-AIR-'n
                 TAI-CHI-CHUAN   tie-chee-chwahn
                 KOH-MAN-ARA     koh-mahn-ARE-uh

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