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Recap: Star Trek The Next Generation S 4 E 14 Clues

The Enterprise investigates a remote system with an unstable wormhole, during which they are knocked out for thirty seconds. However, as they go about their day, they begin to uncover evidence suggesting they were out for far longer, and Data is the only one who knows why.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Picard's claim that Data would be "stripped down to the wires" as a consequence of his deception flies in the face of "The Measure of a Man", where Data was legally acknowledged to have the rights of an individual (a judgment that Picard himself argued in favor of).
  • Beware the Honest Ones: Data does his utmost to ensure the masquerade and try to throw the crew off the scent.
  • Spotting the Thread: The potted moss and Worf's broken wrist are the first clues to suggest the crew was out for far longer than Data claims.
  • Techno Babble: Humorously lampshaded. Data gives a long-winded technobabble explanation for why the moss grew much larger than it would have and after he leaves, Picard asks Geordi if he believes him. Despite all their technobabble solutions, they do not.
  • Wham Line:
    Picard: Who gave you the order [to lie]?
    Data: You did, sir.