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A Happy Refrain 

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Claire's personal life takes an unexpected turn; Gordon makes an unusual grooming suggestion to Bortus.


Seth MacFarlane


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Capt. Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki ... Cmdr. Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes ... Lt. Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon ... Lt. Cmdr. Bortus
Jessica Szohr ... Lt. Talla Keyali
J. Lee ... Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Chad L. Coleman ... Klyden
Mike Henry ... Dann
Chris Johnson ... Cassius
Norm MacDonald ... Yaphit
Kai Wener ... Ty Finn (as Kai Di'Nilo Wener)
BJ Tanner ... Marcus Finn
Blesson Yates Blesson Yates ... Topa


Claire's personal life takes an unexpected turn; Gordon makes an unusual grooming suggestion to Bortus.

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There are several past examples of episodic science fiction television setting precedent for human-robot relations as explored in this episode. In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) episode The Naked Now (1987), android Lt. Cmdr. Data engages in casual sexual activity with human Lt. Tasha Yar, and in the episode In Theory (1991), Data enters into a full romantic relationship with a human woman. In the "Futurama" (1999) episode Proposition Infinity (2010), robot Bender has sex with, and then enters into a relationship with human Amy Wong, spurring a debate about robot/human marriage rights. See more »


Isaac says "Reset table" while in the holodeck, but fails to ask the computer to do it, so how would the computer know he's talking to it? See more »


Dr. Claire Finn: It's three in the morning.
Isaac: Surprise.
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


Performed by J. Geils Band.
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Boy meets Girl, Boy loses Girl
1 February 2019 | by d.rustSee all my reviews

Trek has never done this kind of story before and really done it justice. It tried to, back with Kirk and Miramanee and again with Edith Keeler, but it was never as successful as what Seth MacFarlane accomplished.

Dr Finn has been developing a relationship with Isaac over some months, and now armed with Kelly's encouragement she broaches the offer of a date after her son has a successful piano recital due to Isaac's tutelage.

The pair attend an absolutely wonderful orchestral concert in the company of the crew. The scene is pure genius on MacFarlane's part. A slightly more awkward encounter in the simulator as Isaac reveals he knows literally everything about Claire. Eventually through various crew members offering advice, the two consummate their relationship in a unique way.

Their relationship goes south when Isaac reveals he has come to the end of his data gathering and Dr Finn is furious. And we come to the second plateau: boy loses girl.

The resolution of the matter is so heart-warming, so romantic, so human that it is clear that Seth MacFarlane didn't want just an homage to Trekery. He wanted to surpass it and go far beyond the Roddenberry vision.

He has succeeded.

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Release Date:

31 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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