The Enterprise docks at Starbase 74 for 48 hours for what is supposed to be a computer upgrade. The upgrade is in the hands of the Binars, an advanced race whose minds work in binary code. For Picard and the crew it's an opportunity to relax and have a bit of R and R. Commander Riker is never quite sure what to do with himself on these layovers so he decides to spend some time on the holodeck in a New Orleans jazz bar. There he meets the beautiful Minuet and if it's possible to fall in love with a computer image, he practically does so. Picard soon joins them but the holodeck party is oblivious to what is happening on the ship. When the warp containment field begins to fail, Commader Data orders the evacuation of the ship and sends it off into the far reaches of space not realizing Riker and the Captain are still aboard. Written by
Did You Know?
While this episode's title probably is a concatenation of the names of the four binars, binary is very cumbersome to work with and computer people use hexidecimal, base 16, to write it in a more manageable system. Thus, this title could have been expressed as C9. 1100 in hex is C and 1001 is 9. See more
The Enterprise had already undergone a computer upgrade shortly after the events in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Datalore
. It is very unlikely that another up-grade would be preformed so soon. In addition Enterprise has been operational less than a year. As the ship is designed extended missions lasting several years it is never explained why extensive routine maintenance is needed so soon. See more
Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Believe it or not, Worf is developing a sense of humor.
Commander William T. Riker
I hope so, for their sake.
Out of Nowhere
Composed by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
(uncredited) See more