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Riker approaches Troi and tells her that heís cancelling the test, saying that sheís taken it three times and seems no closer to passing. Troi is incensed, and says that sheís willing to take it as many times as it takes, but Riker doesnít think that her determination will be enough. She asks him if there even is a solution, or if itís a SecretTestOfCharacter (clearly referencing the famous Kobayashi Maru exam from ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]''). Riker answers that there is indeed a solution to this one. She asks him to give her more time to find it, but he tells her that his first duty is to the ship and he canít allow her to serve as a Bridge Officer if she isnít qualified. But it so happens that the words "My first duty is to the ship" [[EurekaMoment give Troi just the flash of inspiration she needed]]. She returns to the holodeck and runs the test one last time. This time she orders Geordi to make a simple repair to the system, even though doing so will expose him to fatal radiation. Riker walks in, having followed her to the holodeck, and congratulates her on passing the exam. She says that she hesitated to make the hard choice, and that maybe she really isnít cut out for being a Commander, but Riker says that considering all the alternatives first is what any good officer would do.

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Riker approaches Troi and tells her that heís cancelling the test, saying that sheís taken it three times and seems no closer to passing. Troi is incensed, and says that sheís willing to take it as many times as it takes, but Riker doesnít think that her determination will be enough. She asks him if there even is a solution, or if itís a SecretTestOfCharacter (clearly referencing the famous Kobayashi Maru exam ''Kobayashi Maru'' UnwinnableTrainingSimulation from ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]''). Riker answers that there is indeed a solution to this one. She asks him to give her more time to find it, but he tells her that his first duty is to the ship and he canít allow her to serve as a Bridge Officer if she isnít qualified. But it so happens that the words "My first duty is to the ship" [[EurekaMoment give Troi just the flash of inspiration she needed]]. She returns to the holodeck and runs the test one last time. This time she orders Geordi to make a simple repair to the system, even though doing so will expose him to fatal radiation. Riker walks in, having followed her to the holodeck, and congratulates her on passing the exam. She says that she hesitated to make the hard choice, and that maybe she really isnít cut out for being a Commander, but Riker says that considering all the alternatives first is what any good officer would do.


* WideEyedIdealist: Even while sickly and barely able to move, Garvin believes that Data isn't trying to hurt anyone. Of course, he'd done nothing to make her think he was doing them any harm, making it justified.

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* WideEyedIdealist: Even while sickly and barely able to move, Garvin believes that Data isn't trying to hurt anyone. Of course, he'd done nothing to make her him think he was doing them any harm, making it justified.


* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The episode was inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Goiania_accident&redirect=no 1987 Goiânia radiation accident]] in Brazil.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The episode was inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Goiania_accident&redirect=no php?title=Goiania_accident 1987 Goiânia radiation accident]] in Brazil.


* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The episode was inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi%C3%A2nia_accident 1987 Goiânia radiation accident]] in Brazil.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The episode was inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi%C3%A2nia_accident org/w/index.php?title=Goiania_accident&redirect=no 1987 Goiânia radiation accident]] in Brazil.

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* MistakenForDisease: Soon after Data's arrive, villagers begin losing their hair, feeling weak, and developing fevers and burn-like lesions. They assume Data asymptomatically spread a disease to them, but it's actually radiation poisoning from the metal he had in his briefcase.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The episode was inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi%C3%A2nia_accident 1987 Goiânia radiation accident]] in Brazil.


* WideEyedIdealist: Even while sickly and barely able to move, Garvin believes that Data isn't trying to hurt anyone.

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* WideEyedIdealist: Even while sickly and barely able to move, Garvin believes that Data isn't trying to hurt anyone. Of course, he'd done nothing to make her think he was doing them any harm, making it justified.


* AnIcePerson: Talur assumes Data is an 'iceman' to explain his skin colour.



* RightForTheWrongReasons: Skoran was right that Data caused the village to be sick, though not because Data was supposedly an iceman, but because Data unwittingly let Garvin get a radioactive sample.

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* RightForTheWrongReasons: Skoran was right that Data caused the village to be sick, though not because Data was supposedly an iceman, Ice Man, but because Data unwittingly let Garvin get a radioactive sample.

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* DueToTheDead: Upon realizing what Data was really doing with the water, the villagers gave him a proper burial and a marker.


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* WhatTheHellAreYou: When Data is attacked, part of his face is ripped off, revealing the circuitry.
-->'''Skoran:''' What... what are you?! ''[runs away]''\\
'''Data:''' ''[touching his exposed circuits]'' I do not know.
* WideEyedIdealist: Even while sickly and barely able to move, Garvin believes that Data isn't trying to hurt anyone.


* AmnesiaEpisode: Data's malfunction causes him to lose his memory.

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* AmnesiaEpisode: Data's malfunction causes him to lose his memory. It is restored at the end, but he doesn't remember his time in the village.



* TheNeedsOfTheMany: Troi realizes that's the lesson from the exam, that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one, even if that "one" is your best friend.

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* TheNeedsOfTheMany: Troi realizes that's the lesson from the exam, that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one, even if that "one" is your best a close friend.


Garvin and Gia, along with a few others, grow ill from what the audience knows is radiation poisoning, but no one in the town can understand it. The village doctor prescribes fresh air and some unspecified herbs, but Data notices that sheís kind of a dope who doesnít understand anything about how science actually works, and decides to do a more thorough investigation of the illness. He builds a microscope as if that were a perfectly simple thing to do, and uses it to determine that the illness isnít an infection. He soon pieces together that the cause is the metal from the case.

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Garvin and Gia, along with a few others, grow ill from what the audience knows is radiation poisoning, but no one in the town can understand it. The village doctor prescribes fresh air and some unspecified herbs, but Data notices that sheís kind of a dope who doesnít understand anything about how science actually works, and decides to do a more thorough investigation of the illness. He builds a microscope as if that were a perfectly simple thing to do, improves on the primitive instruments on the planet, and uses it to determine that the illness isnít an infection. He soon pieces together that the cause is the metal from the case.



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* AmnesiaEpisode: Data's malfunction causes him to lose his memory.



* AnIcePerson: Talur assumes Data is an 'iceman' to explain his skin colour.

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* AnIcePerson: Talur assumes AppetiteEqualsHealth: The aliens wonder if Data is unwell because he has no appetite. Actually, it's because he's an 'iceman' android, but he couldn't inform them because he didn't know so at the same time: a malfunction had caused him to explain lose his skin colour.memory.



* JerkAss: Skoran, the blacksmith. He tries to cheat Garvin out of the price he agreed to pay for the metal Data was carrying and when Data advises him Garvin is correct in their dispute, immediately dismisses him.

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* JerkAss: AnIcePerson: Talur assumes Data is an 'iceman' to explain his skin colour.
* {{Jerkass}}:
Skoran, the blacksmith. He tries to cheat Garvin out of the price he agreed to pay for the metal Data was carrying and when Data advises him Garvin is correct in their dispute, immediately dismisses him.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Data forgets his name, identity and what 'radioactive' means, yet seems to retain plenty of other scientific information.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he reasons through all of the scientific information himself through experimentation and superhuman intelligence, leaving local SmartGuy Talur, who was probably quite scientifically knowledgeable for her time, utterly dumbfounded.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Data forgets his name, identity and what 'radioactive' means, yet seems to retain plenty of other scientific information.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he
information. He reasons through all of the scientific information himself through experimentation and superhuman intelligence, leaving local SmartGuy Talur, who was probably quite scientifically knowledgeable for her time, utterly dumbfounded.



* SomeoneHasToDie: The solution to the final test.

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* SomeoneHasToDie: The solution to the test. Troi eventually figures it out and succeeds in the final test.test.



* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: Troi's command exam is a variation; rather than the literally unwinnable ''Kobayashi Maru'' previously seen in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', it is possible to succeed, but not without ordering one of her crew to their death.

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* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: Troi's command exam is a variation; rather than the literally unwinnable ''Kobayashi Maru'' previously seen in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', it is possible to succeed, but not without ordering one of her crew to their death.death.
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* DramaticIrony: The audience already knows the solution to both of the mysteries the amnesiac Data is trying to solve: his identity, and the cause of the villagers' mysterious illness.


* DemotedToExtra: Picard only appears in the very last scene, as Patrick Stewart was busy with his one man show of ''A Christmas Carol''.

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* BambooTechnology: Data builds a microscope out of an assortment of magnifying glasses, and a radiation detector out of a cloth soaked in lamp oil.

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