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Stardate: 44085.7 Data takes over control of the Enterprise, and takes the ship to his creator, Dr. Soong. This action endangers a child on Enterprise who must be quickly treated at a Starbase, or he will die from a deadly poison he ingested earlier.

Data is unaware of his actions until he meets his creator. Dr. Soong has called Data back to receive an emotion chip which will make him more human. However, in a strange twist, Lore turns up too, as he also had the recall program.

Lore finds it strange that his creator has not worked on a fix for him, and decides to take an action which will lead to great future repercussions for Data, and the crew.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x3
Production Number: 177
Airdate: Monday October 08th, 1990

Director: Rob Bowman
Writer: Rick Berman

Alternate Airdates:

CA (Télé-Québec) Oct 08, 1990
FR (BBC TWO) Apr 20, 1994
UK (BBC TWO) Apr 20, 1994

  • Currently 9.7/10
9.7/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Colm Meaney
As Miles O'Brien
Adam Ryen
As Willie Potts
Cory Danziger
As Jake Potts
James Lashly
As Ensign Kopf

Co-Guest Stars
Brent Spiner
As Lore / Dr. Noonien Soong
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
Gates McFadden
As Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis
As Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner
As Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton
As Acting Ensign/Ensign Wesley Crusher
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
*Captain's Log, Stardate 44085.7. Due to a medical emergency we have been forced to cut short a two-day liberty on Ogus II and set course for Starbase 416. It seems a young man's practical joke has come dangerously close to a lethal conclusion.

Brent Spiner effectively plays three different roles in this episode, as Data, his brother Lore, and as their creator, Dr. Noonien Soong. Though there are similarities between Data and Lore, there are subtle differences, too, which no doubt made this challenging to Spiner as an actor.

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