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Fionnula Flanagan is an accomplished violinist in real life, and performed her own viola playing at the ship's concert.
Fionnula Flanagan played other characters in Star Trek franchises Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dax (1993) and Star Trek: Enterprise: Fallen Hero (2002).
Picard only gets four minutes of screentime. Aside from two captain's logs which are done in voice-over, and his brief appearance at the concert, where he doesn't get any dialogue at all.
Fionnula Flanagan (Julianna) played Enina Tandro in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Dax" and Ambassador V'Lar in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Fallen Hero".
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Final appearance of Brent Spiner as Dr. Noonien Soong.
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Data says the line "his wishes are not necessarily *Paramount*," the studio that produces the show.
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This takes place in 2370.
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Several costumes from this episode were later sold off at the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay including the costumes of Brent Spiner, William Lithgow, Fionnula Flanagan, Jonathan Paley, and Christine Anne Baur.
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Several members of the production staff are referenced in the passenger manifests of the commercial transport database.
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The planet's surface used in this episode is the Persian Gulf of Earth, showing Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
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Data's painting of Spot was made by scenic art artist Wendy Drapanas and can also be seen in Star Trek Generations.
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As Geordi and Dr. Crusher are examining Julianna, Geordi remarks that "she age[s] in appearance like Data". This is the first mention of Data's physical appearance being able to age, and was likely included as a means of explaining why Brent Spiner looked considerably older in Data makeup by the 7th season.
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Juliana Tainer was named after mountain bike racer Juli Furtado.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Dr. Soong's creations in chronological order are: Two unnamed prototypes, B-4, Lore, Data, and Juliana Soong.
Dr. Juliana Tainer (Data's mother) states that there were 3 prototypes that preceded Lore, making Data the 5th android created by Dr. Soong. It can be assumed that one of these prototypes was the "B-4" of Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
In "Heart of Glory" (1988), it is shown that through his VISOR, Geordi can see some sort of halo or aura around Data; the explanation given is because "he's an Android". While at that point he'd not yet seen another android to confirm that hypothesis, and it's never discussed whether he sees one around Lore or not, it can be assumed that the advanced technology in Julianna also causes the android "halo" to not be visible. Otherwise Geordi could have told Data early on that his mother was also a Soong android.
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