TNG Episode Overview: Season 3

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 3x01 EVOLUTION

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While Picard and the crew of the Enterprise races against the clock to launch a probe, a culture of experimental nanites accidentally released by Wesley threatens to render the Enterprise uninhabitable.
   
 3x02 THE ENSIGNS OF COMMAND

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Data attempts to convince the leader of an endangered colony that his people must evacuate the planet or face extinction at the hands the Sheliak who are claiming the planet to colonize.
   
 3x03 THE SURVIVORS

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The Enterprise visits Delta Rana IV in response to a distress call and tries to persuade two colonists who are apparently the only survivors of an obliterated population their mysterious assailants have returned.
   
 3x04 WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS

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A hidden outpost on Mintaka III is revealed after an essential holographic generator malfunctions, polluting the primitives' religious and ethical beliefs and causing one of them to identify Picard with God.
   
 3x05 THE BONDING

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Worf's conscience struggles with a fatality under his command. Meanwhile, the deceased crew member's son must confront an alien life form that attempts to take on the physical form of his mother.
   
 3x06 BOOBY TRAP

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After taking the Enterprise into a mysterious asteroid belt to examine the only known relic of a long-dead race, Picard discovers that the belt is actually a lethal snare and assigns La Forge the impossible task of finding a way out before it's too late.
   
 3x07 THE ENEMY

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Trapped without the aid of his VISOR, Geordi is aided and abetted in his attempts to send a distress signal to the Enterprise by a shipwrecked Romulan.
   
 3x08 THE PRICE

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Federation and Ferengi delegates vie for control of a unique stable wormhole allowing instantaneous travel across space and Troi makes discoveries both interesting and dangerous regarding one of the negotiators.
   
 3x09 THE VENGEANCE FACTOR

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Riker and Picard run up against an age-old wall of mafia-like blood feuding, almost certain to ruin the first negotiations between a clan of vicious pirates and a race of civilized if arrogant beings in centuries.
   
 3x10 THE DEFECTOR

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A legendary Romulan strategist races to warn the Federation of a massive Romulan invasion in the near future, but his attempts are thwarted by the crew's prejudice and suspicions.
   
 3x11 THE HUNTED

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The Enterprise is faced with a destructive challenge in the form of the biologically altered war veteran whose mind allows no mercy in the face of danger, but all he and his fellow soldiers want is their freedom.
   
 3x12 THE HIGH GROUND

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While tending to innocent bystanders, Doctor Crusher is taken hostage by a ruthless freedom fighter who is blind to the fate of his rebellion and refuses to hear any argument from the Starfleet officers or the local law enforcers.
   
 3x13 DEJA Q

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Q returns to the Enterprise, but this time his immortality and his powers have been rescinded by the members of the Continuum, and he must help the crew to deal with an asteroid that threatens to devastate an entire civilization.
   
 3x14 A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE

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Riker is accused of murder after the apparent sabotage and destruction of a science station, but Picard and Troi gamble on using the Holodeck to recreate testimonies from all the surviving parties.
   
 3x15 YESTERDAY'S ENTERPRISE

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The derelict Enterprise-C emerges through a temporal rift, rewriting history for the crew of the Enterprise-D. The Federation is losing a war to the Klingons, Tasha is still alive, and the crew of the Enterprise-C must return to their own past to restore the timelines.
   
 3x16 THE OFFSPRING

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Data is inspired by a cybernetics conference and announces that he has created Lal, an android 'daughter' - which does not please the captain at first, but when Admiral Haftell arrives with the intention of taking Lal, she experiences an irreversible malfunction.
   
 3x17 SINS OF THE FATHER

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The Enterprise receives a Klingon first officer on the Federation exchange program who is actually Worf's brother. When Worf learns that their father has been charged with betraying the Khitomer Outpost, he sets off on a mission to clear his family name.
   
 3x18 ALLEGIANCE

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Picard is kidnapped and deposited in a laboratory maze with three other captives, while a replica of the Captain begins to wreak havoc with the crew of the Enterprise, leaving Riker no choice but mutiny.
   
 3x19 CAPTAIN'S HOLIDAY

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Picard is pressed into taking a vacation on Risa where he is tangled up in a plan by 27th century aliens to retrieve a weapon that has made its way back in time to the 24th century.
   
 3x20 TIN MAN

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The Enterprise is called on to transport first-contact specialist Tam Elbrun to Beta Strongren to make initial contact with an alien life form. However, things go disastrously wrong when Romulan attackers show up and the Beta Strongren sun goes supernova.
   
 3x21 HOLLOW PURSUITS

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Reginald Barclay neglects his duties in favor of spending time on the holodeck, where he has constructed programs simulating members of the crew. When the senior crew of learns of Barclay's holo-addiction, he must come to terms that he has a problem.
   
 3x22 THE MOST TOYS

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Kivas Fajo, an 'antique collector', considers Starfleet's only android officer Data, a prize for his collection and fools the crew of the Enterprise into thinking that Data has been killed in a freak shuttle accident.
   
 3x23 SAREK

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Vulcan Ambassador Sarek, father of Spock, beams aboard the Enterprise to be transported to his final diplomatic duty. But he is suffering the initial symptoms of a mind-deteriorating disease and his telepathic skills project violent, irrational impulses in the crew's minds.
   
 3x24 MENAGE A TROI

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Ferengi DaiMon Tog decides that Troi's mother is the woman for him, and kidnaps her along with Deanna and Riker. On the Enterprise, Wesley forgoes an opportunity to travel to the Academy to help locate the Ferengi ship and recover the three captives.
   
 3x25 TRANSFIGURATIONS

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The Enterprise rescues the lone survivor of an escape pod who has lost his memory. Crusher soon discovers not only is the alien recuperating with incredible speed, but is mutating as well.
   
 3x26 THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, PART 1

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Lt. Cmdr. Shelby, joins the crew as they investigate the latest planet victimized by the Borg. The Borg soon intercepts the Enterprise and does critical damage, later boarding the ship and kidnapping Picard.