Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 4, Episode 25
Original Air Date: June 3, 1991
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Data has a girlfriend. Lt. Jenna D'Sora (Michele Scarabelli) has taken a shine to our favorite android. While Data has had sex before, this is his first attempt at a deeper relationship. While it can be more than a little uncomfortable to watch the two of them stumble through the inevitable awkwardness, we learn a lot about Data in this adventure. We also learn a lot about his shipmates' varying attitudes towards romance as he seeks out their advice. Unfortunately for Jenna, Data's eagerness to please her can't make up for the impossibility of a genuinely reciprocal relationship.
It's not a bad episode but certainly not a great one. It was Patrick Stewart's first turn in the director's chair and given the basic simplicity of the story and the opportunity to work with Brent Spiner in a new context, the experience was gratifying for him. There's a mostly forgettable subplot about a nebula encounter. It feels tacked on and, interestingly, the writers themselves thought so, too. They knew they needed one to meet TNG's expected A-B plot format but didn't feel it actually added anything.
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Michele Scarabelli was born April 11, 1955 in Montreal. She is best known for the role of Susan Francisco in the Alien Nation franchise. Other television work has included Airwolf, Dallas and Superman & Lois. Big screen credits include The Hotel New Hampshire and Perfect Timing. Her most prominent voice-over work has been with The Journeyman Project video games.