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
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does not provide the voice of the computer, but rather an unidentified female voice. See more
Data uses the words "he's" and "I'd" in the Holodeck in spite of the oft-repeated claim that he cannot use contractions. See more
All right, let's begin. Make your thoughts fruitful and your words eloquent. 'cause I don't have to tell you, your lovely lady friend's life depends upon it.
Spoofs The Maltese Falcon
Out of Nowhere
by Edward Heyman
and John Green See more