The Enterprise is sent on a diplomatic mission where Captain Picard has to master a very difficult language and deliver a welcome address faultlessly or face the end of any hope of establishing relations. Stressed and tired from his efforts, he decides to take Counselor Troi's advice and spend some time on the holodeck. He chooses his favorite program, that where he plays a private detective named Dixon Hill in 1940's San Francisco. Accompanied by the ship's historian, Dr. Crusher and Data they live out the wonderful world created for them in the holodeck but when they are scanned by aliens, it causes a malfunction that traps them there. Not only that, but the safety mechanisms malfunction as well leading to one of the participating crewmen being seriously injured. With the clock ticking away, time is growing short for Picard to make his address to their hosts. Written by
Did You Know?
One of the headlines Captain Picard reads from the holodeck generated newspaper is "DiMaggio streak reaches 37." According to the Baseball Almanac, Joe DiMaggio
reached that number on June 25, 1941. See more
For a large portion of this episode Geordi and Wesley are right outside the holodeck door working on fixing the unit and getting the captain and the others out, yet when the doors finally open, they are nowhere to be seen; the hallway is empty. See more
[on Redblock's gang
Nice company you're keeping, Dix. You forget to take the trash out this morning?
References The Long Goodbye
Out of Nowhere
by Edward Heyman
and John Green See more