When the Enterprise enters the uncharted Mar Oscura dark matter nebula, Data is in charge of scientific observations, together with young Lieutenant Jenna D'Sora, who shows a romantic interest in him. The human crew is clearly unable and/or reluctant to give Data reliable advice, and Troi warns him against trusting in literature on the subject, but since Riker says nothing beats true love Data decides to try 'running' a romantic program with her, yet method is madness in a human lover's eyes. Arriving at an M-class planet's coordinates, the Enterprise finds it inexplicably gone, while Worf fears disappearances and unexplained entries aboard constitute a major security risk. Indeed, the next strikes take victims among machines and crew, but according to Data all can result from proximity of so much dark matter causing gaps of space, which the ship phases in and out of. The plan is to send an observational shuttle ahead, which Picard decides to pilot himself.
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Data seems to break his contraction rule a few times in the episode, when he says "Honey, I'm home!" and "You're not my mother!" It is conceivable, though, that Data has drawn those phrases from his cultural and literary sources and integrated them into his program for romantic relationships. This becomes evident particularly when he explains the line "You are not my mother" (without the contraction!) as the appropriate response in the given situation. See more
Data, if I didn't know you better, I would say you were a little... preoccupied.
Lt. Cmdr. Data
Lieutenant D'Sora just gave me what could be considered a very passionate kiss in the torpedo bay.
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