While ''Voyager'' is in the middle of a blackout, Neelix is put in charge of keeping the ship's children calm. He does this by telling them a story about "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Haunting of Deck 12.]]"
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!! This episode contains examples of the following tropes:
* AbandonShip: The (possessed) computer forces the crew to do this.
* AttackHello: Tal Celes does this to Harry Kim, thinking that he's a hostile alien.
* ContinuityNod: Back in [[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS1E5TheCloud "The Cloud,"]] Neelix raged at Janeway for taking ''Voyager'' into a nebula that he would've steered clear of. In this episode, he reveals a bit of backstory to Tuvok that would help explain why he hates nebulae.
* CowardlyLion: Neelix. In spite of being so terrified that even Tuvok's attempts at guided meditation don't calm him, when the Vulcan is injured, he does what needs doing to get him to engineering.
* CreepyChild: The children Neelix is put in charge of sport odd stares and are not in the slightest disturbed by topics like cannibalism.[[JustifiedTrope They]] ''[[JustifiedTrope are]]'' [[JustifiedTrope former Borg.]]
* ElevatorFailure: Almost kills Chakotay.
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: Not actually ''explosive'', but the helm shoots an energy bolt that catches Tom Paris in the face.
* FramingStory: Most of the episode is a story Neelix is telling the children.
* GoingDownWithTheShip: Janeway almost does this before the alien relents.
* HypocriticalHumor: the last couple lines of the episode:
-->'''Janeway''': So, how'd you do it? Told them fairy tales?
-->'''Neelix''': Oh, no. Some of those stories can be very scary. Ogres and goblins.
* IHaveThisFriend: When Neelix asks Tuvok how long the particle-collecting procedure will take, he claims that he wants to reassure an on-edge crew. In reality, Neelix is the one who's on edge and in need of reassurance.
* ImAHumanitarian: The children (who are former Borg) suggest that after a catastrophe, the survivors of the Talaxian ship ''Salvoxia'' survived by turning cannibal. Neelix is obviously uncomfortable with the idea.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: [[TheHeart Neelix]] to [[TheSpock Tuvok]].
-->'''Tuvok''': I am injured. Logic dictates that you take the mask and proceed to main engineering.
-->'''Neelix''': I don't care what logic dictates! This isn't the ''Salvoxia''. We're not drawing lots.
-->'''Tuvok''': [[ThatsAnOrder I am giving you an order.]]
-->'''Neelix''': [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight And I'm disobeying it.]] You're coming with me if I have to drag you by your pointy little ears!
* TechnoBabble: Icheb calls Neelix on the improper use of tech talk, and because of this doesn't believe that the story really happened.
* ThatCloudLooksLike: When ''Voyager'' approaches the nebula in the teaser:
--> '''Paris:''' Now, ''there's'' a creepy image. Reminds me of something out of Edgar Allan Poe.\\
'''Kim:''' Looks like a vampire bat. You can make out the wings, even the ears. What do you see, Tuvok?\\
'''Tuvok:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Two Starfleet officers with juvenile imaginations.]]\\
'''Paris:''' Come on, Tuvok! Haven't you ever looked up at the clouds and seen an animal?\\
'''Tuvok:''' I will never understand the human need to find imagery in something as innocuous as a cloud.