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* RomanticCandlelitDinner: Data prepares one for Jenna and himself in the final act. He's so clueless that he expects they'll continue with dinner after she dumps him.

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* FakeRelationship: Data is only able to imitate a romantic relationship, and badly at that.


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* ReplacementGoldfish: Jenna ultimately admits that Data was just a substitute for her emotionally distant ex-boyfriend, whom she still pines after.

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* DoubleDate: Jenna treats her drinks with Data, O'Brien and Keiko this way. After Keiko tells a funny story about O'Brien, Jenna immediately tries to tell a funny story about Data.

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* OnTheRebound: Jenna is so desperate after her breakup that she dates an emotionless android.


* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHerL Worf says that, as Jenna is under his command, he will be very angry if Data ever does anything to hurt her while dating her.

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* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHerL IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Worf says that, as Jenna is under his command, he will be very angry if Data ever does anything to hurt her while dating her.


* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHerL Worf says that, as Jenna is under his command, he will be very angry if Data ever does anything to hurt her while dating her.



* PapaWolf: Worf reveals himself to be this towards the security officers under his command, giving Data an implied IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer when he seeks advice.

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* RedShirt: A random security officer dies when she phases through the floor. No one seems particularly broken up about it.


Meanwhile, something strange has been happening on the ship. Things are turning up missing, temporarily disappearing or getting broken with no explanation. Picard jokes that the ship might have a poltergeist and advices cautious observation before putting the whole ship on high alert. When they arrive at their destination in the nebula, they discover that the M-class planet they expected is nowhere to be found.

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Meanwhile, something strange has been happening on the ship. Things are turning up missing, temporarily disappearing or getting broken with no explanation. Picard jokes that the ship might have a poltergeist and advices advises cautious observation before putting the whole ship on high alert. When they arrive at their destination in the nebula, they discover that the M-class planet they expected is nowhere to be found.

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: Jenna quickly learns that Data isn't good at pretending to have emotions, so it's easy to pick up on the fact that he doesn't actually care about her.


* CallBack: In his quarters, Data still has ''Tableau 1'', by Piet Mondrian, which he show to Lal in "The Offspring."

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* CallBack: In his quarters, Data still has ''Tableau 1'', by Piet Mondrian, which he show showed to Lal in "The Offspring."

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* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: Even though Riker is the AcePilot and volunteers to man the shuttlecraft, Picard insists on doing it himself. He doesn't even give a justification for it, saying only, "I must do this."


* TheComicallySerious: Jenna mistakes Data's blunt observations for dry wit.



** In the final scene, Jenna says her [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall last relationship]] [[MythologyGag was with an unemotional man]]. Of course InUniverse, she's talking about her [[TheGhost unseen ex-boyfriend]].



* TwoLinesNoWaiting / TrappedByMountainLions: The B-story of the ''Enterprise'' experiencing anomalies while exploring a nebula is entirely disjoint from the main plot, and was written just to add some action to the episode.

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* TwoLinesNoWaiting / TrappedByMountainLions: TwoLinesNoWaiting: The B-story of the ''Enterprise'' experiencing anomalies while exploring a nebula is entirely disjoint from the main plot, and was written just to add some action to the episode.


Data enters a romantic relationship with security officer Jenna D'Sora in an attempt to understand humanity. Meanwhile, the ''Enterprise'' is exploring a nebula and experiencing strange events.

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The ''Enterprise'' is about to enter a "dark nebula," so Data enters a romantic relationship is working with security officer Jenna D'Sora in to modify a photon torpedo into a probe to study the nebula. Jenna has just broken up with her boyfriend, and Data lends an attempt ear to understand her troubles. Jenna finds Data's attentiveness to her drama as sweet. After the pair perform as part of a musical performance, Data provides further support to her insecurities and have what is effectively a double date with O'Brien and Keiko. It becomes clear that Jenna has developed a crush on Data.

Although Data lacks emotions and is therefore incapable of love, he would like to pursue a romantic relationship to explore that aspect of
humanity. He seeks advice from all the major crewmembers aboard the ship. Word warns Data to treat Jenna right. Troi cautions Data that his experiment could hurt Jenna. Riker tells Dara to go for it. Picard refuses to comment. Data ultimately decides to do it. He invites Jenna to his quarters and tells her that he has devoted a considerable amount of his processing power to writing a romantic program for her. She is flattered and yields to his passionless, robotic advances.

Meanwhile, the ''Enterprise'' is exploring a nebula and experiencing something strange events.has been happening on the ship. Things are turning up missing, temporarily disappearing or getting broken with no explanation. Picard jokes that the ship might have a poltergeist and advices cautious observation before putting the whole ship on high alert. When they arrive at their destination in the nebula, they discover that the M-class planet they expected is nowhere to be found.

Data continues his relationship with Jenna. She frequently has to correct his behavior when he's InnocentlyInsensitive, such as when she arrives at his quarters with a gift and he continues painting rather than give her his full attention. It becomes more and more clear that a romantic relationship with an android who feels no romance is untenable. Data suddenly begins yelling at Jenna during one disagreement. When she questions why he's behaving this way, he drops his act and calmly states that his studies indicate that a "lover's quarrel" brings people together. Jenna is left very unsure of this whole dating-an-android thing.

But more important things are happening around the ship. The disturbances are increasing in frequency and severity. A security officer winds up dead after she phases partially through the floor. Data concludes that dark matter from the nebula is warping space, putting the whole ship at risk. Further, the ''Galaxy''-class starship is too large to safely maneuver through the pockets of dark matter without hitting them. Worf suggests using a more maneuverable shuttlecraft to chart a course, and Picard volunteers. He zigs and zags through a dark matter slalom course, leading the ship to safety just before his craft is critically damaged. O'Brien manages to beam him out just before the craft explodes. The ship is saved.

Jenna arrives at a romantic dinner planned by Data, but she's tells him that they "need to talk." She admits that her crush on Data was likely just a rebound from her previous relationship with an emotionally distant man. In truth, she needs to be with a partner who genuinely loves her back. Utterly unphased by getting dumped, Data tells her that he'll now delete the romantic program he'd written for their relationship. Data blows out the romantic candles he'd lit as Spot jumps up on his lap and purrs.



* CallBack: While waiting for O'Brien to get the transporter working and beam him out of danger, Picard says, "Now would be a good time." Chekov uses the same line in ''Star Trek IV'' while waiting for Scotty to get the transporter working and beam him out of danger.

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* CallBack: While waiting for O'Brien In his quarters, Data still has ''Tableau 1'', by Piet Mondrian, which he show to get the transporter working and beam him out of danger, Picard says, "Now would be a good time." Chekov uses the same line Lal in ''Star Trek IV'' while waiting for Scotty to get the transporter working and beam him out of danger."The Offspring."

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* RealityEnsues: According to WordOfGod, Jenna D'Sora was inspired by the female fans of ''TOS'' that expressed romantic feelings for Spock. This episode was written to explore what would happen if such a woman got her wish and found herself in a relationship with a man with no emotions.
** In the final scene, Jenna says her [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall last relationship]] [[MythologyGag was with an unemotional man]]. Of course InUniverse, she's talking about her [[TheGhost unseen ex-boyfriend]].

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* CallBack: While waiting for O'Brien to get the transporter working and beam him out of danger, Picard says, "Now would be a good time." Chekov uses the same line in ''Star Trek IV'' while waiting for Scotty to get the transporter working and beam him out of danger.

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