Written by Keith Mills
Directed by Cliff Bole
Season 2, Episode 12
Original air date: March 27, 1989
Star date: 42625.4
A Klingon cruiser alerts Enterprise to some strange debris orbiting around Theta 8, an unmapped, poisonous ball of nitrogen and methane. They beam a chunk of the debris over and it’s a panel from a 21st-century spaceship, with the American flag and NASA’s logo emblazoned on it. But we’re too far from home! How can this be?
PICARD: We’ve got ourselves a puzzle, Number One.
Do we? Must we? Can’t we just tape the pieces together, pat ourselves on the back, then maybe dissolve it in acid over a live flame?