The Enterprise docks at Starbase 74 for 48 hours for what is supposed to be a computer upgrade. The upgrade is in the hands of the Binars, an advanced race whose minds work in binary code. For Picard and the crew it's an opportunity to relax and have a bit of R and R. Commander Riker is never quite sure what to do with himself on these layovers so he decides to spend some time on the holodeck in a New Orleans jazz bar. There he meets the beautiful Minuet and if it's possible to fall in love with a computer image, he practically does so. Picard soon joins them but the holodeck party is oblivious to what is happening on the ship. When the warp containment field begins to fail, Commander Data orders the evacuation of the ship and sends it off into the far reaches of space not realizing Riker and the Captain are still aboard.
Did You Know?
Despite the dire emergency, no one seems to think to use the starbase's transporters, or any of the shuttlecraft to escape from the Enterprise, or to chase it, or to beam onto it as it leaves. And while it's conceivable that a Starfleet starbase only owns 3 non-functional ships, there would have to be several functional ships (if privately-owned) at the base to carry supplies & products to & from the base. Any of them might have been used to chase the Enterprise. See more
Commander William T. Riker
What's a knockout like you doing in a computer-generated gin joint like this?
Out of Nowhere
Written by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
(uncredited) See more