Stardate: 44012.3
Rating: ***

Edited Length: 45:28
U.S. Airdate: October 14, 1990
Nielsen Rating/Rank: [9.6/3]

This Episode was Nominated for Emmy(s)!

Guest Stars
Jeremy Kemp: [Robert Picard]
Samantha Eggar: [Marie Picard]
Theodore Bikel: [Sergey Rozhenko]
Georgia Brown: [Helena Rozhenko]
Dennis Creaghan: [Louis]
Colm Meaney: [O'Brien]

and Special Guest Star
Whoopi Goldberg: Guinan

Co-Producer: Peter Lauritson
Producer: David Livingston
Producer: Lee Sheldon
Supervising Producer: Jeri Taylor
Executive Producer: Michael Piller
Written By: Ronald D. Moore
Directed By: Les Landau

[end credit]
Executive Producer: Gene Roddenberry
Executive Producer: Rick Berman

[closing credits]
Associate Producer: Wendy Neuss
Executive Story Editor: Ronald D. Moore
Executive Story Editor: Joe Menosky
Based In Part On A Premise By: Susanne Lambdin & Bryan Stewart

David Tristan Birkin: René Picard
Doug Wert: Jack [R.] Crusher


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Extended Synopsis (by Tim Lynch) ------------------------------------

With the Enterprise still undergoing repairs, many family reunions take place. Worf is surprised, and a bit distressed, to find that his parents are coming to visit, as Jean-Luc, insisting to Deanna that he's "fine" following his abduction (to wit: his physical injuries have healed, and at least his nightmares are gone) prepares to visit his brother Robert, who still lives in Jean-Luc's home village, and whom he hasn't seen in almost twenty years. Meanwhile, Beverly looks through some old keepsakes- including a message that Jack recorded for Wesley not long after Wes was born.

While Worf deals with his parents (his mother's just like any mother who hasn't seen a son in a long time, and his father's an old Starfleet man who has all the specs and diagrams to the Enterprise at home, as he tells everyone), Jean- Luc arrives, meeting Robert's wife Marie and son René, and we quickly see that Robert and Jean- Luc are not the best of friends. Robert is as oriented towards the past as Jean-Luc is toward the future, and is firmly against any invasion of technology into his life. It seems that Jean-Luc, by leaving the village for Starfleet, was something of an aberration in the family, though a well-loved one.

While Sergey and Helena (Worf's parents) discuss some of their concerns about Worf with Guinan (who tells them they've done a wonderful job as parents, and that he really does care for them), Jean-Luc finds from his old friend Louis that the Atlantis project, designed to raise some of the ocean floor, is in need of a director...and is disturbed to find himself interested. Not long after, Beverly gives Wes the message, and Sergey and Helena tell Worf that despite his discommendation (which he'd told them about in a letter home), he is not alone- they are with him, they are proud of him, and they love him.

Relations between Jean-Luc and Robert worsen, particularly as the subject of Jean-Luc's recent problems comes up. They argue, bringing up old jealousies (Robert, the "responsible" older brother, always resented that Jean-Luc broke all the rules and got away with it), and even get into a fight in the vineyard. It quickly leaves both brothers laughing, and the openness allows Jean-Luc to truly show his anger and frustration at what the Borg did to him. Robert reassures him, telling him that he's just human like everyone else. Jean-Luc, much heartened, decides that it's time for him to go back to the Enterprise.

After we see Wes watching Jack's message (apologizing for all the mistakes he knows he'll make as a father, and hoping Wes'll understand why Starfleet is so important to him), we see Jean-Luc leave, and all is mostly smiles. He arrives back on board just as Sergey and Helena are leaving, and Robert and Marie watch René out on the lawn, looking up at the sky, dreaming of "starships and adventure."

Highlight Listing:
"Family" - While the Enterprise undergoes repairs on Earth, crew members reunite with family as Picard comes face to face with his jealous brother.
Advertising Headline:
PICARD VS. PICARD! The Captain visits Earth to face off with his jealous older brother!
TV log listing:
Picard reunites with bitter brother on Earth/ STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
Operation SNAFU
Jack Crusher is shown (not wearing a communicator pin), then they show him again and a comm badge has magically appeared. (UV) At the end of the episode, there is a scene of Picard's young nephew, Rene, sitting under a tree and gazing up at the stars (presumably imagining following in his uncle's footsteps). Appearing clearly in the middle of the sky is the constellation Orion. But while the episode appears to be set in the summer months, Orion is only visible in the early evenings in the dead of winter. Either the 24th century terraforming teams have conveniently rearranged Earth's seasons (after all, they did make France look a lot like the Sonoma Valley), or the post-production people goofed up.

Editor's Note:
We learn that O'Brien's full name is Miles Edward O'Brien.

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