Star Trek: Voyager: Season 6, Episode 24

Life Line (10 May 2000)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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 The Doctor finds his maker to be his most difficult patient; Zimmerman insists The Doctor's program is obsolete.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 Meribor

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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 »


The Doctor: Undercover insects? Talking iguanas? This isn't a research station; it's a three... ring... circus! You should charge admission!
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"You're Both Jerks!"
25 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Picardo and Robert Picardo are The Doctor and Lewis Zimmerman in this great Comedy, Howlin Mad Broccoli and Counselor Deanna Troi add to the ruckus.

Using the Midas Array and The Pathfinder Project, The Doctor finds out that his creator Lewis Zimmerman is rotting away on Jupiter Station. This must have happened a couple of years after Looey tried to entice Leta away from Deep Space Nine's Dabo Tables. So, she's not there (And neither is Rom her husband). Too bad.

So Seven of Sixty-Nine pares down The Doctor's main program, compresses him into a huge ZIP file (Or, was it an RAR file or even a 7Zip file?) and ejaculates him out to the Alpha Quadrant.

But when The Doctor arrives, Zimmy is none to pleased to see him. It appears that all of the Original EMH's have been recalled and now are doing splendid service - Cleaning reactor conduits and scraping up sludge in pits.

The Doctor can fix Zimmy, but only if Zimmy allows him to get one Tricorder scan. But he won't - Not even when The Doctor changes his appearance into an attractive alien Masseuse.

Howlin Mad Barclay calls in the troops: Deanna Troi. But she can't get anywhere with either Zimmerman or The Doctor - "You're Both Jerks!"

So Broccoli and Troi come up with a plan - They trick Zimmy and The Doctor.

This was a fun romp over to Jupiter Station - Where were the Dom-Jot tables? We also get to meet a speaking Iguana and a nosy Fly.

Any excuse to get a guest appearance by Dwight Schulz and Marina. But it was worth it. Dwight may as well have been a permanent cast member by this time, he was in Voyager more than he was ever in Next Generation.

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