The Pathfinder Project makes use of a pulsar and the MIDAS Array allowing a data stream to reach Voyager - and Voyager to reply - every 32 days. Lieutenant Barclay (guest star Dwight Schultz) sends a letter to The Doctor asking for a second opinion for his dying friend. The eccentric genius Dr. Lewis Zimmerman (Robert Picardo) who created the template for The Doctor's program is terminally ill with no known cure in the Alpha Quadrant. After reviewing the medical record The Doctor believes he can cure Zimmerman, and convinces Captain Janeway to risk sending him through the data stream. The Doctor finds his maker to be his most difficult patient; Zimmerman insists The Doctor's program is obsolete. Barclay recruits Deanna Troi to convince the two before Zimmerman's time runs out. Written by
Did You Know?
About 16 minutes in, The Doctor is introduced to Dr Louis Zimmerman's iguana "Leonard", to which he replies "I'm a doctor not a zoo keeper". The iguana's name and the line are references to Dr. Leonard McCoy from the original Star Trek
(1966) series, who made the "I'm a doctor not a ___" line famous as a running gag. See more
Dr. Zimmerman orders the computer to deactivate the EMH, but as has been established, the EMH from Voyager has the ability to ignore that command. See more
Undercover insects? Talking iguanas? This isn't a research station; it's a three... ring... circus! You should charge admission!
References Star Trek
Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway See more