"Shades of Gray"
Series Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 2, Episode 22
TNG 2x22 002
Air date July 15th, 1989
Writers Maurice Hurley; Richard Manning; Hans Beimler
Director Rob Bowman
Producers Rick Berman; Maurice Hurley; Peter Lauritson; David Livingston; Robert McCullough; Gene Roddenberry
Starring Patrick Stewart; Jonathan Frakes; LeVar Burton; Michael Dorn; Marina Sirtis; Brent Spiner; Wil Wheaton
Episode guide
"Peak Performance"

"Shades of Gray" is the twenty-second episode of season two of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the forty-seventh episode of the series overall (if one counts the two-part pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint" as two episodes). Combining the episode count of all Star Trek-related TV shows to date, it is the 154th episode of the entire franchise. The episode was directed by Rob Bowman with a teleplay written by Maurice Hurley, Richard Manning and Hans Beimler, based on a story treatment written by Hurley. It first aired in syndication on July 15th, 1989. In this episode, Commander Riker and Geordi La Forge travel to the planet Surata IV, where Riker contracts a deadly alien virus. He is beamed back aboard the Enterprise and taken to Sick Bay where Doctor Pulaski uses neural impulses that cause Riker to relive an ocean of past memories.

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Cast Edit

Principal Cast Edit

Actor Role
Patrick Stewart Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn Lieutenant Worf [1]
Marina Sirtis Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner Lieutenant Commander Data
Wil Wheaton Wesley Crusher [1]

Guest Stars Edit

Actor Role
Diana Muldaur Doctor Katherine Pulaski
Colm Meaney Chief Miles O'Brien
Randy James Ten Forward waiter

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Production code number: 148.
  • "Shades of Gray" is the finale episode of season two.
  • This episode takes place on Stardate: 42976.1 in the year 2365.
  • A large portion of this episode contains archival clips from previous episodes.
  • Michael Dorn and Wil Wheaton are both credited in this episode, but other than archival clips from previous episodes, neither of their characters make an actual appearance.

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Quotes Edit

  • William T. Riker: Captain, one of the things I've learned on these voyages and so on this ship and from you... is that most life forms act out of an instinct for survival - not out of malice.



  • William T. Riker: This bug is persistent, I'll admit that. But I'm not worried. We Rikers are ornery, too. As a matter of fact, my great grandfather once got bit by a rattlesnake. After three days of intense pain... snake died.

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The World of Star Trek

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  1. The actor is credited, but otherwise does not appear in this episode.