Stardate 44161.2: Dr. Crusher’s old friend, Dr. Dalen Quaice, is leaving his former home on a sStarbase to retire after the recent death of his wife. He mentions his slowly deteriorating memory, a thought which remains on Dr. Crusher’s mind when she visits engineering to watch Wesley finish a warp field experiment. But when the Enterprise becomes ready to leave the starbase, Wes hastily finishes his experiment, but his mother completely disappears. She, however, is on the Enterprise – so she thinks – and she helplessly watches the entire crew disappear one by one. She is, in fact, inside a warp bubble, and the real crew on the real Enterprise must enlist the help of the mysterious alien known as the Traveler to pull Dr. Crusher back into reality before her warp bubble shrinks into nothingness.
written by Lee Sheldon
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Eric Menyuk (The Traveler), Bill Erwin (Dr. Dalen Quaice), Colm Meaney (O’Brien)
Notes: Originally considered as a shipboard B-plot for the episode Family, this story was given its own episode so as not to distract attention from the earlier episode’s central theme.
LogBook entry by Earl Green