Episode 206: "The Game" 

During a romantic respite on Risa, Riker's lady friend Etana Jol gives him an interesting present. She introduces him to an electronic mind game that rewards the player with a pleasurable sensation when he achieves his goal. Eager to share his discovery, Riker passes the game on to Troi when he returns to the U.S.S. Enterprise. At the same time, the crew happily welcomes Wesley Crusher, who is on vacation from Starfleet Academy, with a surprise party. Troi introduces Beverly to the game, while Wesley meets a young ensign named Robin Lefler. He feels an immediate chemistry with the attractive young woman, and Robin is also drawn to Wesley. Soon, the two young people make plans to meet for dinner. A short time later, Beverly summons Data to Sickbay to help with a problem. But when the android arrives, Beverly, Riker and Troi inexplicably attack and deactivate him, laying him on an examination table.
Beverly asks Picard and La Forge to come to Sickbay, ostensibly to help with Data. But when they arrive, she, Riker and Troi lie about what happened, claiming that the android just collapsed. Picard leaves Data in the group's hands, and Riker is able to convince Geordi that Dr. Crusher can take care of Data. He then introduces Geordi to the game. Afterwards, Wesley goes to meet his mother in her quarters and finds her engrossed in the game. She invites him to play, and when he refuses, she becomes more insistent. He and Robin talk about it at dinner, and Robin tells him that the game's popularity is increasing. She and Wesley decide to find out what all the fuss is about by hooking the game up to a computer. After disassembling its parts, they are shocked to discover that the game has chemical affects on the brain that cause the player to become physiologically addicted and interrupts higher reasoning processes. Wesley rushes to fill Picard in on his discovery, unaware that the Captain has already fallen victim.

Wesley and Robin soon realize that Data's malfunction coincided with the game's introduction. They examine the android, discover that he has been tampered with and attempt to repair him. Wesley tells Robin that Beverly and Geordi are the only crew members who know enough about Data to have damaged him in this way. Since Data is the only crew member immune to the game's affects, they begin to wonder if Data was deactivated for a reason, and if the game has a purpose other than fun. With horror, they realize that they may be the only people on the board who aren't already addicted. They decide to pretend to play the game in order to fool the rest of the crew.

Back on the bridge, Picard and the crew meet with Etana, the alien woman who first gave Riker the game. She instructs them to distribute the game to another vessel, and the crew readily agrees with her plan to take over the Federation. Soon afterward, Wesley barely escapes when Riker and Worf try to force him to play the game. He goes into hiding, but Robin is not so lucky, and after being forced to play the game, helps the rest of the crew locate Wesley. Just as they force him to play, Data appears and reverses the game's affect on the crew. With the Enterprise out of danger, Wesley bids his friends farewell and returns to the Academy.

Production: 206
Season: 5 Episode: 6
Air Date: 10.28.1991
Stardate: 45208.2
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Colm Meaney as Miles O'Brien
Katherine Moffat as Etana
Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher
Ashley Judd as Ensign Robin Lefler
Diane M. Hurley as Woman
Jonathan Frakes Trivia:

Daughter, Elizabeth Francis, born. [30 May 1997]

Marched trombone in Blue Band at Penn State University.

Son, Jameson Ivor, born 20 August 1994

Educated at Penn State University and Harvard University

Nickname: "Two-Takes Frakes", for his efficent filming style on the set of Star Trek: First Contact (1996).

Has a cow-shaped mailbox, and retrieving the mail involves inserting one's hand into the cow's hindquarters. Frakes recorded trombone tracks for Phish's "Hoist" album. Unforunately, his horn parts didn't come out all that well - certainly not as well as the horn parts recorded by the Tower of Power horn section. As sort of a consolation prize, a brief interlude on the album is called Riker's Mailbox.

Is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.

Ellen J. Hornstein is his personal assistant/story editor for his production company, Goepp Circle Productions.

Shares a birthday with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

Son-in-law of actor Ivor Francis.

He and Leonard Nimoy have both directed two Star Trek movies. In both cases, one of the films was a time travel story. In addition, both he and Nimoy were best known as the first officer of the USS Enterprise from their respective Star Trek series/movies.

In some of the first season episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), his character, 1st officer William Riker, was called "Bill". In the seasons that followed, he was generally referred to as either Will or "Number One".

His trademark beard was acquired during the filming of "North and South, Book II" (1986) (mini). It was patterned after a style popular during the American Civil War. He liked it so much, he continued to wear it after he returned to "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) for its second season.

Has appeared in episodes of four different series with Marina Sirtis: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), "Gargoyles" (1994), "Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles" (1996) and "Enterprise" (2001).

Is the only 'Star Trek' regular to appear in four different 'Star Trek' series: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993), "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) and "Enterprise" (2001). As well as narrate the 1996 "Star Trek: TNG" audio-book "Crossover", featuring Ambassador Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Captain Scott (James Doohan), and Admiral McCoy (DeForest Kelley).

Along with Marina Sirtis, Armin Shimerman, John de Lancie, Michael Ansara and Richard Poe, he is one of six actors to play the same character on three different 'Star Trek' series. He played Commander William T. Riker in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) and "Enterprise" (2001). He also played the transporter double of this character, Lieutenant W. Thomas Riker, in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993).

Along with Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Colm Meaney and Jeffrey Combs, he is one of only six actors to appear in the finales of two different "Star Trek" series ("Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) and "Enterprise" (2001)).

Has appeared with Kate Mulgrew in four different productions: Camp Nowhere (1994), "Gargoyles" (1994), "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

Godmother of his son Jameson is Elizabeth Berman (wife of Rick Berman-Star Trek producer/writer/creator)

Is the only actor who has appeared on "Star Trek" to share scenes with regulars from all five series ("Star Trek" (1966), "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993), "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) and "Enterprise" (2001)): James Doohan in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) episode "Relics", the entire cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) in every episode of the series, Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor, Terry Farrell and Colm Meaney in the "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) episode "Defiant", Armin Shimerman in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) episodes "Haven", "The Last Outpost" and "Firstborn", Kate Mulgrew and Tim Russ in the "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) episode "Death Wish" and the entire cast of "Enterprise" (2001) in the series finale "These Are the Voyages...".

Along with Tim Russ, he is one of only two actors who have appeared in "Star Trek" to share scenes with four of the five captains: Patrick Stewart in every episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), Avery Brooks in the "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) episode "Defiant", Kate Mulgrew in the "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) episode "Death Wish" and Scott Bakula in the "Enterprise" (2001) finale "These Are the Voyages...".

He has played the same character, Commander William T. Riker, in four different series: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995), "Enterprise" (2001) and "Family Guy" (1999).

When preparing for his audition for the role of Commander William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, he had to watch videotapes from the original episodes because he knew nothing about the original Star Trek series.

Was interviewed and cast for Cdr. Riker personally by Gene Roddenberry. He told Frakes that he saw a certain, authoritative "glint" in his eye for that part which reminded him of his self, years ago, while in the LAPD and Air Force.

Shares first and last name with mid-20th Century aviator and stunt man Jonathan Frakes.

Along with Marc Alaimo, Rosalind Chao, Jeffrey Combs, John de Lancie and Tim Russ, he is one of only six actors to appear in ten different seasons of "Star Trek": "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) Seasons One through Seven, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) Season Three, "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) Season Two and "Enterprise" (2001) Season Four.


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                          "The Game" 
                           Story by 
                 Susan Sackett & Fred Bronson 
                         Brannon Braga 
                          Teleplay by 
                         Brannon Braga 
                          Directed by 
                          Corey Allen 
Copyright 1991 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights
Reserved. This script is not for publication or
reproduction. No one is authorized to dispose of same. If
lost or destroyed, please notify the Script Department.
                         FINAL DRAFT
                       AUGUST 23, 1991
             STAR TREK: "The Game" - REV. 8/27/91 - CAST               
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION                  
                          "The Game"   
                PICARD             WESLEY CRUSHER
                RIKER              ROBIN LEFLER
                DATA               ETANA JOL
                TROI               A WOMAN IN TEN FORWARD
                COMPUTER VOICE     
                  N.D. ENGINEERING PERSONNEL
                  TWO SECURITY GUARDS
          STAR TREK: "The Game" - REV. 8/27/91 - SETS 
                          "The Game" 
            INTERIORS                  EXTERIORS
            USS ENTERPRISE             USS ENTERPRISE
              MAIN BRIDGE
              CORRIDORS                PHOENIX CLUSTER
              TRANSPORTER ROOM
              TEN FORWARD
              ENGINEERING LAB
              BEVERLY'S QUARTERS
              GUEST QUARTERS
              JEFFERIES TUBE
              RIKER'S GUEST ROOM
            KTARIAN SHIP
        STAR TREK: "The Game" - 8/23/91 - PRONUNCIATION 
                          "The Game" 
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 
           KTARIAN                     kuh-TAR-ee-un
           PSYCHOTROPIC                sigh-koh-TRO-pik
           SEROTONIN                   ser-oh-TONE-in
           "O" as in "so", "Y" as in "dry", "AH" as in "father"  
           OPPIDO BONUM                OPP-ih-dough BOW-noom
           PRAESTAT QUAM PRIUS         PRY-staht kwahm PREE-uhs
           QUOMODO TUA LATINITAS EST   kwo-MOW-dough TOO-ah
                                        la-TEE-knee-tahs ehst


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