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The Schizoid Man 

A dying anti-social scientist unintentionally comes upon the perfect vessel in which to preserve his intellect and arrogant personality - Data.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Tracy Tormé (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data / Dr. Ira Graves
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
William Morgan Sheppard ... Dr. Ira Graves (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Suzie Plakson ... Lt. Selar, M.D.
Barbara Alyn Woods ... Kareen Brianon


The Enterprise responds to a request for medical assistance from Dr. Ira Graves, considered by many to be the greatest living mind in the universe. Graves didn't want any help. The Enterprise was summoned by his assistant, Kareen. Graves, a crotchety old man who doesn't really like people, is now in the terminal stage of an illness. Having taught Data's creator, Dr. Soong, everything he knows, he fancies himself Data's grandfather. Knowing his end is near, he transfers all of his knowledge and intellect into Data. As a result, Data begins to act irrationally, becoming a cause of concern to Picard and others. Written by garykmcd/edited by statmanjeff

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In a never-filmed scene in the script, Data was to have a bald head, mimicking Picard, after his Riker-like beard proved unpopular with Geordi and Deanna. See more »


Dr. Graves' beard on the chin-lower lip area is visibly different in the funeral than in previous scenes. See more »


Dr. Ira Graves: Well, well, well, what have we got here? Another lovely specimen of womanhood.
Counselor Deanna Troi: I thought you didn't like people.
Dr. Ira Graves: Women aren't people - they're women.
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Data Stars Again!
5 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Our favorite Android finds a worthy companion in Dr. Graves, one of the most brilliant beings in the galaxy. He has a masterful scientist, actually being the mentor of Data's creator, Dr. Soong. Unfortunately, his great career is about to end. He has an incurable disease that is fatal. In a comic, but touching scene, the old man insists that date refer to him as "Grandpa." They talk for long periods of time. The acerbic old goat is condescending and sarcastic and will not go gentle into that good night. He refuses to recognize the illness but it has obviously taken a foothold in his body. Things get interesting when Graves dies and his demise is announced by Data. From this point forward, Data changes completely. He becomes an android Graves. A hilarious scene is when they have the burial service and Data delivers a eulogy that is hilarious. However, the new android/Graves begins to become dangerous and could also be compromising Data's programming. Violence begins to dominate, not the seeking for knowledge that Grave's imagined, particularly when it comes to a young woman that he has raised and loved his whole life (a May/September situation). This whole episode is played with aplomb and is very entertaining.

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