Pen Pals
Episode 15 of 22 within Season Two. Item 40 of 182 overall.
Production number 141.
366 votes

Stardate: 42695.3--Enterprise is on a survey mission to monitor a system of planets, when it is learned that Data has secretly been communicating with a “pen pal” on Drema IV, one of the planets being investigated. Although he was contacted by accident by the little girl, his response back was still a major breach of protocol, and Picard is quite displeased.

However, Data has learned through his contact, that conditions on Drema IV are deteriorating and the planet’s life is about to be extinguished.

Meanwhile, as part of his ship board studies to become a full officer, Riker puts Wesley in charge of the team performing the mineral studies being done on the planet. Wesley finds that being in charge of a team composed of more senior adults a big challenge, as they begin to dismiss his directions and instead try to convince him to follow their lead.Will Data be allowed to rescue his new found friend on the planet, and will Wesley be able to reign in the scientists under his temporary command?

original airdate: May 01,1989 rating: 9.7 million

network: Syndication

music: Feature music by Dennis McCarthy


Alien races: Dreman

Goof: When Riker is Talking to Wesley in Ten Forward Riker picks up his glass by the handle and takes a drink when the camera angle changes not 2 seconds later the glass has turned around and he is holding it on the opposite side of the glass and not the handle.


[Voice of Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean Luc Picard]

"Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It's continuing voyages to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before!"

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Pen Pals
Amici per la pelle
Amigos por correspondencia