|Series:||The Next Generation|
|Written by:||Lee Sheldon|
|Directed by:||Cliff Bole|
|First aired:||22 October 1990|
The Enterprise arrives at Starbase 133 for crew rotation, and Doctor Beverly Crusher is excited by the arrival of her friend and mentor Doctor Dalen Quaice. As soon as Dr. Quaice beams aboard, Beverly is there to greet him and walk him to his quarters. Along the way, Beverly expresses her condolences for the recent passing of Patricia Quaice. Then Dalen talks about how as you grow older, you have less and less friends to talk to.
Meanwhile, Wesley Crusher is running an experiment with the warp core. Geordi demands him to stop, so he can get the warp engines online. Beverly arrives to watch the experiment. Wesley begins, and a flash of light occurs. Geordi then tells him that he's going to turn the engines back online. Wesley looks up to speak to his mother, but she is gone.
Beverly then goes to Dr. Quaice's quarters to visit him, but he isn't there. After searching for a few moments, Beverly asks the computer to locate Dr. Quaice. However, it tells her that he is not onboard. Beverly is shocked by this announcement.
Worf then arrives in his quarters and is brought up to speed about Dr Quaice by Beverly. However, Worf hadn't heard that Dr. Quaice was brought onboard. Beverly told him that she thought that he was supposed to be informed. Worf confirms that that is true. She then thanks Worf for agreeing to find him.
Later, Data, Worf, Captain Picard, and Beverly are all in Picard's office discussing Dr Quaice's disappearance. After Data and Worf leave, Picard tells Beverly that he never remembered approving that Dr. Quaice's coming onboard. This surprises her, since she sent the request and got approval. Picard then suggests that they make sure that Dr Quaice had no enemies. They go out onto the bridge, where Data then informs them that they can't find any record. Beverly is shocked by this and tells them that the records are wrong. Worf then tells them no one saw Dr Quaice either. Riker then suggests that they go check the transporter.
Chief O'Brian then tells them that he doesn't remember beaming aboard, despite Beverly's insistence that he was on duty. Riker and Beverly discuss this development on the turbolift to the bridge. Beverly decides to run tests on the Chief to check things out.
Beverly Crusher arrives in Sickbay to run tests on O'brian. He insists that he doesn't remember. She then tries to call Doctor's Hill and Selar, but doesn't get a response. She asks the computer to find them, but to her shock, she find out that they are not onboard at all.
Beverly briefs the Captain that 6 of her staff are missing now along with Dr Quaice. They then learn that Wesley was experimenting with warp bubbles, and that it might be the cause of Dr Quaice's disappearance. Soon, Beverly finds that her entire staff has disappeared and that the crew is down to only 230, which everyone but her finds normal. Picard then has Beverly come into his office.
Picard tries to confort Beverly. She agrees to talk to Deeana Troi. Beverly then persuades Picard to go back to Starbase 133.
Beverly returns to sick bay, and walks over to a table full of supplies. As she is picking through the materials, a strange blue light begins to flash and a strange roaring noise develops behind Beverly. Beverly then turns around to investigate what is going on. Suddenly a heavy wind rips through sickbay and Beverly's hair and labcoat is blown forward, leaving her stunned. Then, out of no where, a swirling blue vortex forms before Beverly's eyes. As the vortex forms, the winds pick up in intensity and continue to batter Beverly, and the roar of the rushing air increases. Beverly soon finds herself in the middle of a violent maelstrom. A vaccuum quickly gains and objects in sickbay are being drawn into the vortex. The winds continue to increase in intensity until, to her shock, even Beverly is being blown forward. She is forcefully dragged forward by the strong pull. Before she could react, she was already to the door frame, less than a foot from the vortex. Upon realizing that she is about to be sucked into the vortex itself, a horrified Beverly screams wildly as she is dragged forward. She then manages to grab onto the door frame and hangs on desperpately for her life. The winds continue to grow in intensity, and continue to relentlessly assault Beverly, blowing her hair all over her face, and leaving her barely able to hold her grip. One hand is torn away and she is nearly blown clear of the doorway, but she manages to grip a hole in the wall and manages to maintain her grip, despite nearly being lifted off her feet. Then, just as suddenly as it appeared, the vortex vanished. Beverly was left breathless, and nearly collapsed unto the floor. She wiped the hair from her face and walked forward and stared at where the vortex had been, and shook her head in disbelief and shock over what happened to her.
Later, during a staff meeting, Geordi tells them that there was no trace of the vortex, despite Beverly's protest of how she barely escaped from it. She then learns that the crew is down to 114 people and that Worf is gone as well. After the meeting she catches Deeana and talks to her. After this she looks for Wesley and gets him to help her. However he soon disappears and upon reaching the bridge, discovers that everyone but her and Picard have disappeared. Desperate, Beverly tries to get through to Picard. Eventually, he relents and let her scan him until he disappears. They begins to talk to each other, and after Beverly turns her head for a moment, Picard disappears. Beverly says that she won't forget them.
Beverly then stands up and turns her back on the viewscreen and looks at the bridge. Then a strange noise appears and Beverly turns around. The sides of her hair are pulled forward. Then the vortex from sickbay appears and the vaccuum pulls the helm and op consoles forward. Beverly's hair is blowing all over her face as the vacuum's power grows quickly. Beverly is quickly overpowered by the strong air current and is blown off her feet and sucked across the bridge towards the vortex. She flies through the air briefly before landing on the floor. Beverly is left dazed as she is forcibly dragged forward. Once she recovered, Beverly realizes her situation and screams in fright as she desperately tries to grip the floor. Eventually she manages to grip Data's chair. Beverly is swept off the ground and is pulled vertical. She is now only inches from being sucked into the powerful vortex, and she struggles to maintain her grip. One of her hands is pulled away and the horrified Beverly is forced to gaze into the vortex. In a final desperate attempt to save herself, Beverly swings her loose arm across her body and makes her grip hold until the vortex begins to fade. Beverly falls to the ground and is left terrified as she stares into the vortex as it vanishes. Beverly wipes her hair from her face and climbs into Data's chair with her labcoat falling off of one shoulder.
However we learn that the vortex is the result of Geordi and Wesley trying to retrieve Beverly. We learn that it was she who got trapped in the bubble, then the Traveler arrives to assist them.
Meanwhile, Beverly begins to piece the information together and figures out that she is trapped in the warp bubble. However she soon realizes that the bubble has begun to collapse and the vortex is her only way out. Wesley and the Traveler then begin a final attempt. Beverly takes a turbo lift to try to get to enginneering. As soon as it stops, the collapsing warp bubble consumes it and Beverly begins running for her life. Eventually, she finds the vortex. After some hesistation, she jumps through and fall on the ground on the other side. Then the bubble collapses. She is then informed of the crew number by Data and is relieved by it.
- Beverly Crusher • Wesley Crusher • Data • Geordi La Forge • Miles O'Brien • Jean-Luc Picard • Dalen Quaice • William T. Riker • The Traveler • Worf • Deanna Troi
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- Jack Crusher • Cara Hill • Richard Hill • Kosinski • Patricia Quaice • Selar • Lwaxana Troi
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