Sector 7 wrote:
...and I disagree with you, Keith1701. While I am fine with Gates McFadden, Diana Muldaur was possibly the best doctor in all of 24th century Trek. Her character made an excellent foil for Picard; finally, someone to stand up to him! There was never any intent for her to stay more than one season. She was there while Gates McFadden had her baby.
They never intended for McFadden to return, she was fired and only came back after Muldaur decided to do a movie and was unavailable for the first few episodes of season 3 (she was offered a contract to become a series regular but refused).
McFaddens pregnancy had NOTHING to do with it, her son was born in 1991, you do the math and tell me what season that was.