The Enterprise respond to a request for medical assistance from Dr. Ira Graves, considered by many to be the greatest living mind in the universe. Graves didn't want any help and the Enterprise was summoned by his assistant Kareen. He is a crotchety old man who doesn't really like people but is now in the terminal stages of his illness. He taught Data's creator, Dr. Soong, everything he knows and describes himself as the android's grandfather. Knowing that the end is near, he transfers all of his knowledge and intellect into Data. As a result, Data begins to act differently and becomes a cause of concern to Picard and others. Written by
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Dr. Ira Graves whistles a tune from The Wizard of Oz
(1939), "If I Only Had a Brain/Heart/Nerve." Dr. Graves does reference the song directly, as well as the character, the Tinman who sings the Heart version of the song. See more
Lt. Selar plans to transfer Dr. Graves to the Enterprise "as soon as possible" even though his life expectancy is "a week". There is no explanation for the rush, let alone the transfer plan. See more
Lt. Cmdr. Data
I have noticed, Grandpa, that you keep repeating the same notes of a musical phrase I am unfamiliar with.
Dr. Ira Graves
Oh, it's a, it's an ancient little tune called "If I Only Had a Heart" - a plaintive lament sung by a mechanical man who longs to be human. It's his only wish.
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