==Summary==After they have been beamed off a shuttlecraft that was breaking up in an energy field, Captain Picard, Ro Laren, Keiko O'Brien, and Guinan are turned into the physical equivalents of twelve-year-old children. When Picard notices that the crew have a problem accepting his new appearance, he transfers command of the ship to Riker for the time being. The Enterprise, however, runs into a trap and is captured by renegade Ferengi.

hilee most of the adults are beamed off the ship to work in a mine for the Ferengi, the four apparent children stay on aboard, together with the actual children. Picard poses as "Number One's" son and Riker gets him access to the children's computer in the school room while confusing his Ferengi guard with technobabble. The four "children", supported by Alexander, beam the Ferengi into confinement. O'Brien and Beverly finally find a method to reverse the rejuvenation, using the transporter.

Errors and Explanations

Nit Central

  1. LUIGI NOVI on Thursday, January 03, 2002 - 11:40 am: I know Picard is only physically twelve in this episode, but even so, with his fighting experience, and his knowledge of how to use an opponent’s weight and inertia against him, he could have put up a better show of force with the diminutive Ferengi that captures him. constanze on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - 2:04 pm: It doesn't matter how diminutive the ferengi is, he has a phaser trained on him! Even contemporary self-defense instructors will tell you that trying to disarm someone with a knife is much easier than disarming someone with a gun, because it doesn't need much for the gun to go off. And you stand an even worse chance with a phaser. BTW, where was it established that picard has fighting experience? I know of Riker doing anbo-jitsu with his father, but was picard ever engaged in hand-to-hand combat and did something like karate? In the first eps. it is established that the captain should stay on the ship, as he is too valuable to risk on away missions, and most battles are between ships (and wit) anyway. LUIGI NOVI on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - 2:57 pm: Anyone who’s been trained by Starfleet and achieved the captaincy of the flagship has fighting experience. We saw Picard in hand-to-hand combat in Sins of the Father, The High Ground, and ST Generations.
  2. In the episode In Theory, Data told Geordi that the doors on the Enterprise are programmed to respond to humanoid life forms only. Makes sense. So how is it that the transporter room doors open for Alexander’s toy car? Probably the same way they open for Data!
  3. In Act 5, Picard activates Alexander’s remote controlled car with the comm badge attached to it, bumping it into the Ferengi guard in the transporter room. When it does, we hear the familiar chirp of the comm signal, causing the guard to be transported onto the transporter pad. The only problem is, the comm badge is attached to the rear end of the toy car, not the front end, which is the end that comes into contact with the guard. They must have rigged a connection between the front bumper and the combadge.
  4. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 5:21 am: Attempting to beam Picard, Keiko, Guinan and Ro off the shuttle, O'Brien says, "There's a 40% drop in mass. I may have lost one of them!" Since he was attempting to beam four people off the shuttle I would say he may have lost one and most of another. (It's not like one of the four was Scotty who I could see as 40% of the total mass.) Some of the missing mass could be from the shuttle.
  5. With all that computer technology, why is it so easy for intruders to beam on board the Enterprise? Couldn't they add a scrambling frequency to their shields or when sensors detect an unauthorized transporter beam the pattern gets shunted to the transporter buffer? That could result in those systems failing to work properly.
  6. Why didn't Worf fire when he saw the two Ferengi materializing? He had enough time. (How come we never see anyone firing at a materializing person? Is it considered to be 'cowardly?') Lolar Windrunner on Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 8:39 pm: I think we never see anybody fire at a materializing individual because the ACB would deflect the shot. I think this was established in the episode where Riker was blamed for the murder of a scientist on a power station.Chris Booton (Cbooton) on Friday, April 12, 2002 - 12:26 pm: Or why don't they use force fields that can isolate intruders then pump knock out gas into their area (that assumes you want to take them alive, but since this is the federation that's a given) Seniram Either of those solutions could cause more problems. Mike Ram on Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 4:24 pm: In "By Inferno's Light," (DS9) the Jem'Hadar clearly shoot at a dematerializing Worf, yet the shot goes right through him. Maybe transporting somehow protects you from fire? KAM on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 12:05 am: I suppose there is that scene in A Matter of Perspective to back that up. Still, you see someone beaming in just wait till the sparklies stop & hit them with a stun beam.
  7. Chris Booton (Cbooton) on Friday, April 12, 2002 - 12:26 pm: In the battle I don't get why they didn't try to simply disable the BoP's weapons. I mean a Galaxy class should be able to very quickly disable a B'rel without destroying it. People may complain about Janeway but at least she actually returned fire (even though she did wait too long in some instances , but that was because they could disable their opponent quickly and were trying to solve it peacefully) The Ferengi may have noticeably augmented the shielding around the weapons.
  8. LUIGI NOVI on Friday, April 26, 2002 - 9:53 pm: In the teaser, Picard shows some of the artifacts of ancient Marlonian cookware in his "duffel box" to Guinan, and says they’re "very nearly in perfect condition." They’re in pieces. How is that "very nearly perfect condition?" constanze on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - 2:04 pm: They can easily be glued together. Its rare to find unbroken pottery after a certain amount of time, but if all the pieces are there, and the paint is recognizable, so it only has to be glued together, I would think its nearly perfect.


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