Season: 4

Original Airdate: 6/1/1991

Writer(s): Joe Menosky and Ronald D. Moore
Director(s): Patrick Stewart

Guest Stars
Colm Meaney as Miles O’Brien
Rosalind Chao as Keiko O’Brien
Michele Scarabelli as Jenna
Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan
Pamela Winslow as Ensign

Stardate: 44923.3

Synopsis: A crewman who recently broke up with her boyfriend starts making passes at Data and he tries to understand about love, dating and relationships. Even advice from his fellow shipmates in unhelpful in understanding the complexity his new-found relationship with DeSaura. Meanwhile, the Enterprise attempts to cope with mysterious “dark matter” which causes portions of the ship to desolidify at random. This episodes is one of the more subtly humorous of this season’s stories. Data’s attempts at understanding love reminds us all of how awkward our own first attempts were and how complex and confusing the situation is. Data, as an android without the capacity to exhibit emotion is hilariously stiff and mechanical in dealing with the situation.

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