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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" In Theory (TV Episode 1991) Poster

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This is the first episode to be directed by Patrick Stewart, the second cast member after Jonathan Frakes to direct an episode.
In an interview in 2014, Patrick Stewart chose this episode as his favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
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The Woodwind Quintet in E-flat by Anton Reicha was published in 1818. Reicha, Czech-born & later a naturalized French citizen, was a long-time friend of Ludwig van Beethoven.
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This is the last episode featuring Data's cat, Spot, as a Somali cat. After this episode, the Somali was replaced by an orange short-hair tabby.
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After the observation room's brief exposure to space, Data makes note of changes in the transparent aluminum alloy of the windows, a reference to the same alloy that Montgomery Scott introduced as a bargaining chip in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).
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This takes place in 2367.
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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.
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While having a "lovers' quarrel", Data says angrily "You're not my mother", using a contraction. When Jenna questions him, he explains calmly "You are not my mother." This might indicate that the initial phrase was specifically programmed with the contraction, but the repeat without a contraction is a unique form of the "no contractions" contradiction. Data also says "Honey, I'm home!" when he enters Jenna's quarters, and "I'll join you", when asking Jenna which drink she would prefer. These may also have been programmed phrases.
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The nebula appears to be a recolored version of the Mutara Nebula from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
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This is the only episode with scenes inside one of the torpedo bays of the Enterprise-D.
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Patrick Stewart directed several TNG episodes including "In Theory", "Hero Worship", "A Fistful of Datas", "Phantasms" and "Preemptive Strike".
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