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?
The J in Jarada is pronounced in the Spanish fashion, something rare, and possibly unique, for a Star Trek alien name. See more
Picard, at one point, has trouble describing a city block to his crew. But city blocks make frequent appearances in 24th century Earth in this and other Trek series. There is no reason Picard should have had trouble describing something so common. See more
Commander William T. Riker
So - have a nice vacation?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
It was a nice place to visit, Number One, but... I wouldn't want to die there.
Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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