Series: The Next Generation
Air Date: May 15, 1989
Written by: Robert L McCullough
Directed by: Les Landau
Geordi gets abducted by the Three Stooges who are all Curly, while Picard gives his heart to the wrong doctor.
So the Enterprise is en route to survey a pulsar cluster, a mission to which Picard was really looking forward, when Pulaski tells him that he needs a new heart. To be clear, this replacement will be his second new heart. His original heart was "damaged" and apparently his first replacement heart was faulty. Picard is none too happy with this turn of events since 1) he'll miss the pulsar cluster and 2) he'll look weak in front of his crew. Reluctantly, he agrees to go to Starbase 515 to have the surgery. Well, guess who else is on his way there! That's right, Wesley Friggin' Crusher!
Wesley needs to go to take his Starfleet Academy exams, so he'll be taking a shuttle and Picard will shuffle off along with him, which surprises Riker because he was so looking forward to that pulsar cluster. Regardless, Picard refuses to confide the reason he's going and Wesley spends the rest of the time trying to think about what the heck he's going to say to the captain on the long trip. After Wesley and Picard are on their way, Riker gets a distress call from the starship Mondor piloted by a group of Pakled aliens who may as well have been piloting the short bus.
|"I like cheese."|
Meanwhile, back on the shuttle, Wesley tries to make conversation with Picard. He asks why Picard has come along and Picard admits it was not his idea, and that he hates the thought of getting another cardiac transplant. This is new information to Wesley, so he handles it the best way he can: by apologizing and shutting up. On the Mondor, as soon as Geordi is finished making repairs to the engine, the Enterprise attempts to beam him up, but finds that the Mondor has raised shields. They stun Geordi and then tell Riker that if he wants Geordi back, he'll hand over all the information in the Enterprise computer banks.
|"And then we will steal your wi-fi."|
Back on the Enterprise, they get word that Picard is having complications with his surgery and they should probably get over to the starbase to help him somehow. But they need to get Geordi back from the Mondor. So they devise a plan to trick the idiots into lowering their shields. They signal to Geordi to make it look like he's giving them weapons, but once they actually get in a "fight" with the Enterprise, they'll fail. The Pakleds fall for it hook, line and sinker. Convinced that they are not as strong as they thought they were, they lower the shields and Geordi beams back to the Enterprise.
|This is when they agreed there's nothing more dangerous than|
stupid people with big sticks.
Here's another example of having two completely disconnected plots in an episode, but for some reason it didn't bother me in this one. Maybe it was because they were both pretty interesting. They didn't feel forced or rushed and held together quite well. What was really interesting, however, was learning about Picard's past and learning more about his character; that he's a man who cares about his image. And the lesson about stupidity being dangerous is also one that many should learn if they ever plan on working with a group. Thumbs up to this episode.