Data tries to comprehend the complex emotions between O'Brien and Keiko, who are about to be married.

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Second officer Lt. Commander Data accepted to speak a complete record of a day in his functioning for the benefit of scientific android engineer Commander Maddox and concludes his programming must be improved concerning interaction with human emotions, most puzzling given human practices such as irony. Chief Miles O'Brien's human wedding is amply confusing, even for Worf, bride Keiko Ishikawa's gibbers even more illogical. Learning dances and which is appropriate from Dr. Crusher prove easy. Conan Doyle's logic of elimination Data soon masters, in time to solve a mysterious accident during negotiations with a Romulan admiral... Written by KGF Vissers

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5 January 1991 (USA)  »

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The marriage of O'Brien to Keiko was a result of the desire by writers to portray a shipboard wedding on the series. Producers wanted such a wedding to involve an established character, and even toyed with the idea of Picard becoming permanently married in the episode. It was instead decided for the marriage to include a less peripheral character, with O'Brien seen as filling such a role. Keiko was created for the episode, and was originally developed as Wesley's replacement in the Conn position. See more »

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Obvious body double for Brent Spiner during the final tap lesson. See more »

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Lt. Commander Data: Second Officer's personal log, stardate 44390.1 - Record entry for transmission to Commander Bruce Maddox, Cybernetics Division, Daystrom Institute. Dear Commander Maddox. In reference to your most recent letter, I agree that your study lacks sufficient primary source information on my programming and operation. Therefore, in response to your request, this correspondence will include a complete record of my activities during a normal day, with particular emphasis on my perceptions ...
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Data Dances....and Smiles!
24 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode reminded me of those MASH episodes where one of the characters would write to a relative about what was going on daily in their lives. In this one, Data writes to the Daystrom Institute to tell of his efforts to assimilate himself into the crew by exploring and donning human traits. He has bee chosen to be the best man at Chief Obrien and Keiko's wedding and he experiments with all the intricacies of that process, including the seeming cold feet of the bride. In one of the funniest moments of the series, Beverly Crusher is enlisted to teach him to dance. She doesn't know it's for a wedding and teaches him to tap dance. He is very adept because he need only follow her moves When she realizes he misunderstanding, she tries basic ballroom technique with varied success. He does get it, but is stiff and awkward. She tells him to smile and he gets this plastered-on, ridiculous grin as he dances, first with her and then with a holographic partner.

There is also a serious event going on. A Vulcan ambassador is on board the Enterprise, ready to beam over to a Romulan ship to begin negotiations, representative of the Federation. She is killed as she transports over and the Romulans accuse Picard of underhandedness. It is well worth watching to see how this all plays out.


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