Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4, Episode 25

In Theory (1 Jun. 1991)

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When a female crew member is infatuated with Lieutenant Commander Data, he decides to give a romantic relationship a try. Also, the Enterprise finds itself having to maneuver through a dangerous nebula.

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When the Enterprise enters the unchartered Mare Obscura ('dark sea') dark matter nebula, Data is in charge of scientific observations, together with young Dr. Lieutenant Jenna D'Sora, who shows a romantic interest in him. The human crew is clearly unable and/or reluctant to give Data reliable advice, and Troi warns him against trusting in literature on the subject, but since Riker says nothing beats true love Data decides to try 'running' a romantic program with her, yet method is madness in a human lover's eyes... Arrived at an M class planet's coordinates, the Enterprise finds it gone, inexplicably, while Worf fears disappearances and unexplained entries aboard constitute a major security risk. Indeed next strikes make victims among machines and crew, but according to Data all can result from proximity of so much dark matter causing gaps of space, which the ship phases' in and out of. The plan is to send an observational shuttle ahead, Picard decides to pilot it himself... Written by KGF Vissers

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47-reference: When Picard - in the shuttle ahead of the Enterprise - asks about the estimated distance to the nebula's perimeter, Data indicates it as being 4.7 million kilometers. See more »

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Data seems to break his contraction rule a few times in the episode, when he says "Honey, I'm home!" and "You're not my mother!" It is conceivable, though, that Data has drawn those phrases from his cultural and literary sources and integrated them into his program for romantic relationships. This becomes evident particularly when he explains the line "You are not my mother" (without the contraction!) as the appropriate response in the given situation. See more »

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[Jenna visits Data in his quarters with a sculpture as a gift]
Lt. Cmdr. Data: You have often expressed dissatisfaction with the spartan nature of my quarters. Is this an attempt at embellishment?
Lt. Jenna D'Sora: The cat's out of the bag.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: [looking around for his cat] Spot?
Lt. Jenna D'Sora: No, I mean I... you've caught me in the act.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Phantasms (1993) See more »

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29 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This offering is really ludicrous. While Commander Data is a fascinating creation, for someone to want a romantic involvement has got to push the envelope. A young ensign, on the rebound from a relationship with a jerk, finds Data's byplay amusing and fun. She actually kisses him on the lips. He processes this and decides it would make an interesting investigation of human dating ritual. Of course, he now feels he needs to look into historical depictions of the process of couples getting along. In a priceless scene, he shows up at her quarters, announcing, "Honey, I'm home." He then dotes on her for a while and then creates a confrontation where he treats her badly. In his search, he has found that often relationships thrive after a fight. This episode also involves a kind of entity that is aboard the ship and part of an area of space where the Enterprise is vulnerable. Data continues to do what he does, ignoring his new experiences, and helping to save the Enterprise. A very odd episode.


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