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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Elementary, Dear Data

Stardate 42286.3 While en route to rendezvous with the USS Victory, and with a bit of time to kill, Data and Geordi enter the holodeck. Slipping into their respective guises of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson, the two begin one of the adventures of the Sherlock Holmes novels. However, since Data knows all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works on Sherlock Holmes, Geordi has the holodeck computer create a new challenge for Data, and not Sherlock Holmes. This leads to a holodeck creation that threatens the entire ship. Can their new holodeck Moriarty be defeated?

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x3
Production Number: 129
Airdate: Monday December 05th, 1988

Director: Rob Bowman
Writer: Brian Alan Lane

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Dec 05, 1988
UK (BBC TWO) Apr 17, 1991
FR (BBC TWO) Apr 17, 1991

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (5 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Diana Muldaur
As Dr. Katharine Pulaski

Guest Stars
Daniel Davis
As Moriarty
Alan Shearman
As Lestrade

Co-Guest Stars
Anne Elizabeth Ramsay
As Assistant Engineer Clancy
Biff Manard
As Ruffian
Diz White
As Prostitute
Richard Merson
As Pie Man

Majel Barrett
voiced Computer
Main Cast
Patrick Stewart
As Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes
As Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton
As Lieutenant/Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge
Michael Dorn
As Lieutenant Worf
Marina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 42286.3. We have arrived on station at coordinates 3629 by 584 three days early for our rendezvous with the USS Victory. There is nothing to do now but hold this position and wait.

Episode Goofs
Geordi must be looking at the picture of the Enterprise, which Moriarty drew, upside down. He flips it over to show it right side up to Data.

Despite the fact that the computer has a female voice, that of Majel Barrett, Moriarty dubs it "Mr. Computer."

After Geordi tells the Captain that he programmed the holodeck computer for an opponent that could defeat Data, Picard says the word 'merde', which is a vulgar term in French. The way Picard says the word defines its meaning. Merde, the way that Picard says it, would mean 'crap'.

Warning: Star Trek: The Next Generation season 2 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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