``Elementary, Dear Data''
Stardate: 42286.3
Rating: ***

Edited Length: 45:22
U.S. Airdate: December 18, 1988

This Episode was Nominated for Emmy(s)!

Special Appearance By
Diana Muldaur: Doctor [Cmdr. Katherine "Kate"] Pulaski

Guest Stars
Daniel Davis: [Moriarty]
Alan Shearman: [Lestrade]

Line Producer: David Livingston
Producer: Burton Armus
Producers: Mike Gray & John Mason
Co-Executive Producer: Maurice Hurley
Co-Executive Producer: Rick Berman
Written By: Brian Alan Lane
Directed By: Rob Bowman

[end credit]
Executive Producer: Gene Roddenberry

[closing credits]
Associate Producer: Peter Lauritson

Biff Manard: Ruffian
Diz White: Prostitute
Anne Elizabeth Ramsay: Assistant Engineer Clancy
Richard Merson: Pie Man


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Extended Synopsis (by Tim Lynch) ------------------------------------

With three days left to wait for a rendezvous, Geordi invites Data to play Sherlock Holmes to his John Watson in the holodeck. Both enjoy the trappings of their respective roles, but Geordi is quickly nonplussed when Data solves the Holmes mystery effortlessly, due to having read and memorized it. In Ten-Forward, Geordi tries to explain to Data that the fun is in trying to solve the mystery, but doesn't seem to be getting through. When Pulaski adds her two cents, and claims that human understanding of that type is beyond Data, Geordi suggests programming the computer to create an original Holmes mystery, and Data invites Pulaski along.

Unfortunately, this second attempt is merely a combination of elements from two different Conan Doyle stories, and fails as miserably as the first. Geordi tells the computer to create an adversary capable of defeating Data, and on the bridge, Worf suddenly detects a power surge. As the three continue wandering the streets of "London", Professor Moriarty appears, and miraculously, calls up the computer arch himself. Shortly afterward, Geordi and Data hear Pulaski scream, and Data quickly deduces Pulaski has been abducted.

Their first attempt to find her leads them to a dead end. When the Inspector gives "Holmes" a mystery to solve, Data quickly does so, but says it does not connect with their search, leading Geordi to conclude that the computer is running an independent program. They find Moriarty, who worries them with his talk of Data being "Holmes-yet not Holmes", and then shocks them by calling for the arch. He gives Data a picture of the Enterprise, and Data and Geordi leave in a panic. They try to shut down the holodeck, but cannot. Apparently, Geordi's instruction to create an adversary worthy of Data, and not Holmes, set up a chain reaction that gives Moriarty both power and consciousness. After examining alternatives, Picard decides the safest approach is for him, with Data, to go back into the holodeck and confront Moriarty.

By the time they reach him, Moriarty has gained a reasonable understanding of the ship's operations, and proves to them that he can cause damage by shaking the ship. Data, attempting to make the program run its course, concedes defeat, but Moriarty does not vanish. He claims to no longer be Moriarty, and says he wants merely to continue to exist...outside the holodeck. Picard sympathizes, as "Moriarty" is no longer evil, but cannot help. Moriarty, admitting failure, cancels the override protocol he'd placed on the holodeck. Picard suggests to Moriarty that they save his program until they find a way to recreate him more permanently. Moriarty is saved, and the Enterprise rendezvouses with the Victory.

Highlight Listing:
"Elementary, Dear Data" - Pretending to be Sherlock Holmes, Data uses the holodeck to solve a mystery that threatens Dr. Pulaski's life.
Advertising Headline:
ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR DATA! He pretends to be Sherlock Holmes - and gets caught in a real-life mystery! T.V. log listing Data becomes Sherlock Holmes on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
TV log listing:
Troi discovers she's pregnant on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION.
Operation SNAFU
Geordi asks, "What's wrong Data?" Data gives him the page. Geordi says, "Data this is impossible," and he flips the paper over so that it faces the camera. At this point we see the drawing right-side-up, which means that Geordi was looking at it upside down. (UV)

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