Searching to replenish their dilithium supplies, Voyager encounters the Viidans who assault other races for their organs. Neelix is attacked and his lungs taken. Now it's a race against time to retrieve the stolen lungs and save his life.



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With dilithium reserves running low, Janeway follows Neelix's advice and proceeds to the nearest known supply. When they arrive in orbit, scans reveal a massive supply; however when the away team transports down to the planet there is none there. Completely confused, Commander Chackotay orders the away team back to Voyager but before they return to Voyager, Neelix is attacked by an alien who removes his lungs. The EMH then comes up with a solution - holographic lungs, but this means that Neelix has to stay in a restraint whilst he has the lungs and he is unable to move no more then 0.2 nanometers in any direction. Captain Janeway along with Commander Tuvok and a security attachment return to the planet to find the alien who did this and they make a very gruesome discovery; a laboratory full of alien organs and then realize that there was a life in that very room less then 10 minutes ago. Scans detect the life form and when they catch up with him, Tuvok knocks the alien's weapon out of... Written by Anonymous

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The replicators are supposed to offline and not accessible, although Tom is able to replicate a medical instrument for the doctor. Although this most probably is just the 'food' replicators that are offline. This is the system of organic foodstuffs replicators, that includes food and the captains' coffee. The crew is on emergency rations because of this. The inorganic replicators such as those that would replicate a medical instrument are obviously unaffected. See more »


Neelix: [about Paris] He's just... one big hormone walking around the ship.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Voyager: Macrocosm (1996) See more »


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Neelix and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
3 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The newest (and most talkative) member of the Voyager crew, Mr. Neelix, is trying to be helpful. So he informs Captain Janeway that there is a planet nearby rich in dilithium. Not surprisingly, they stop to mine the rare mineral. But what IS a surprise is that this is actually a trap--and a weird alien pops out of a wall and steals Neelix's lungs! Stealing the body part isn't the only weird thing-- but how quickly end efficiently. As for Neelix, the holo-doctor is able to temporarily keep him alive--but it's only temporary and they need to find his missing lungs. The trail leads to some freaky folks who steal body parts-- and you'll see more of these folks in future shows.

Although the show does have a plot hole, the idea of intergalactic body part thieves is pretty cool. These morally questionable beings and their plight are very interesting and I enjoyed the episode completely. As for the plot hole, you sure would think that by the 24th century that they'd be able to synthesize organs. After all, scientists today have already had some success in experiments in this area and talk is that the production of replacement organs could occur in the next decade or two. So, you'd THINK that the Voyager folks could have quickly replaced Neelix's lungs AND helped the freaky aliens with their viral plight.

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