Star Trek: The Next Generation/When the Bough Breaks

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When the Bough Breaks
Airdate February 15, 1988
Production Number 118
Written by Hannah Louise Shearer
Directed by Kim Manners
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When the Bough Breaks is the seventeenth episode of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the seventeenth episode overall.

Guest Stars: McKenzie Westmore (Rose), Jerry Hardin (Radue), Jandi Swanson (Katie), Jandi Swasnon (Katie), Brenda Strong (Rashella), Paul Lambert (Melian), Amy Wheaton (Tara), Jeremy Wheaton (Mason)


Plot Overview

After following a faint energy trail. The Enterprise encounters Aldeia, a mythical civilisation supposedly thousands of years more advanced than the Federation. The Aldeians have been experiencing problems maintaining their population, and have not been able to reproduce for many decades. They propose a trade of technology for children.


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The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

There are two Grimm fairy tale allusions in this episode. The Enterprise crew refer to a "trail of bread crumbs" which is originally from Hänsel and Gretel. Later the children being removed is an allusion to The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Memorable Moments



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