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 running narration of this episode is a log entry recorded by Data for Commander Bruce Maddox, who wished to disassemble Data in a risky procedure to experiment on him in TNG: "The Measure Of A Man". After the trial on his right to choose, Data remained open to future collaboration, told Maddox to continue his work and said that he found some of what he proposed "intriguing." His reference to Maddox's "most recent letter" suggests that he and Data have had a continuing correspondence. See more »


When Spot begins to eat from the cup of replicated cat food, a small insect inside the cup is disturbed and can be seen running across the food. In Star Trek: TNG, the food replicators are not programmed to materialize living tissue. 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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Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) See more »


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Way to go Sherlock!
18 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode consists of Data making a personal log in order to send to Dr. Maddox--the android scientist who would like to one day make his own version of Data. In it, Data talks about two main topics--- the upcoming wedding of Keiko and Mile O'Brien as well as the odd occurrences surrounding the Vulcan ambassador's time on the Enterprise. As for Keiko and Miles, Data is completely clueless that Keiko's hesitance to marry is based on a case of nerves and he feels that he must fix this 'problem'. And, the mystery concerning the Vulcan ambassador's death--which, to me, was a VERY simple mystery to solve and which I figured out INSTANTLY. The crew, inexplicably, was clueless and Data only figured it out when he began thinking like Sherlock Holmes. Way to go, Sherlock!

So is this worth seeing? Yes. However, the second plot involving the Romulans and Vulcan ambassador was very weak. As for the rest, it's mildly diverting and nothing more--enjoyable but not exactly memorable.

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