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?
This was the first episode based on the holodeck in the Star Trek franchise. The holodeck would appear later in the season in Star Trek: The Next Generation: 11001001
(1988), as well as a number of other episodes in various series, and would eventually become a regular feature. See more
When Dr. Crusher is at the police station, a molded plastic bottle sits atop the water cooler. Water bottles in 1941 were all glass. See more
Hey, it's Dix. How's tricks?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Hm? Oh, she's fine.
Spoofs The Maltese Falcon
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more