After a visit to a cybernetics conference on an asteroid belt, Data returns and presents the human crew to the android Lal, which he considers his child. Captain Jean-Luc Picard is appalled, to Data's utter surprise, that life was created without prior permission of any kind. Meanwhile Lal is allowed to choose, advised by Data and Troi, its own gender and racial appearance - human female. Data and others find educating and refining her software fascinating, but she makes progress no-one anticipated. Admiral Anthony Haftel comes to investigate, is impressed but wants this unique specimen removed from her 'parent', which proves no lesser drama than in a human family.
Did You Know?
The name "Lal" is explained by Picard in a supplemental log as coming from the Hindi for 'beloved'. While it is a term of endearment, it is more appropriately translated as 'dear' or 'darling', and used when addressing males, specifically children. The origin and the endearment context of the word arguably lies in Persian where it means Garnet or Ruby. See more
Data teaches Lal how to blink, but earlier when Data and Wesley are discussing Lal she is already visibly blinking. See more
[Wesley is visiting Data and Lal in the Cybernetics Lab
Doctor Beverly Crusher
Dr. Crusher to Ensign Crusher. Aren't you supposed to be getting a haircut, Wesley?
I'm on my way.
[upon reflection, to Data
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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