On Federation planet Atrea IV, Data encounters the former wife of his creator Noonian Soong who claims to be his "mother".

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Helping Etria to deal with its volcanic core, cooling it down by phaser-beam, the Enterprise hosts its top geology doctors Pran Tainer and Juliana Tainer. She claims to have assisted Dr. Noonien Soong, as his secret wife, creating Data and his 'childhood' after which his memory was wiped. He has difficulties verifying her story and dealing with her 'maternal' emotions, actually not just for him, until an accident reveals her physiological secret -which he guessed already- and is faced with his designing dad's wishes. Written by KGF Vissers

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This takes place in 2370. See more »

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Dr Soong created his wife (Juliana ) before he created Data. Juliana has more advanced capabilities than Data has. She has the ability to sweat and feel emotions. In previous episodes it has been made clear that Dr Soong did not invented the emotion chip, in the episode Brothers for example he invented the emotion chip for Data. Lore had also an emotion-chip but that chip was a failure. See more »

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Lt. Commander Data: [Data has just found out about his early years and - to his surprise - about his "mother"]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I can understand that this might all be a little disconcerting for ya Data... It came out of the blue, and it doesn't fit into your logical processors.
Lt. Commander Data: That is true.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: But that's life, Data. Part of being human is learning how to deal with the unexpected - to risk new experiences, even when they don't fit into your preconceptions.
Lt. Commander Data: I admit I am finding it difficult to accept the possibility of a past about ...
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Offspring (1990) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Mom's the Word
10 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked that this episode kept me engaged. It could have been maudlin, or it could have been the story of a couple of con-artists. As it is, Data begins to accept his "mother" as worthy of that name. It seems, on the surface, that this woman was married to Dr. Soong privately, away from her parents. This secrecy is necessary to the plot. She was there at Data's inception, and even had to make a harsh decision to leave him to his fate in a crisis. She has always regretted this. There is a subplot where his mother and her current mate are trying to stabilize underground links on the planet. She seems to be smarter than her son when it comes to this technology. She also has an outstanding musical talent and plays a really difficult piece with Data. This episode is nicely played out and quite acceptable in the canon. It appears that the producers of the show decided to make this season about personal turmoil and inner awareness. This is certainly a positive.


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