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Do Not Adjust Your Set! Someone really let Neelix have his own TV show.
Tom Paris elects to leave Voyager, only to get seized by the Kazon-Nistrim. Neelix has just started a shipboard entertainment show, but this event starts him investigating the possibility of a spy on board. Meanwhile Michael Jonas is carrying out Seska's order to sabotage the ship.

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  • The 47 Society: Hogan has Engineering Authorization Omega 47.
  • Bad Liar: As Jonas gets more and more agitated, his lies get sloppier until Neelix can see right through them.
  • Big Bad: Seska returns.
  • Bookends: The episode begins and ends on A Briefing With Neelix.
  • The Bore: The Doctor plans to discuss on ABWN such scintillating topics as "How to keep your nostrils happy", "Uncovering the hidden mysteries of the adrenal gland", and the wonders of the Bolian digestive system.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • The Doctor, as Neelix constantly puts his segments on hold for another day's show.
    • Chakotay discovers that Tom's insubordination (not to mention getting punched in the face) is All According to Plan of Tuvok and Janeway, neither of whom have told him about The Mole. Tom then ends the episode joking on a shipwide broadcast about how giving Chakotay grief wasn't all bad.
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  • The Cameo: King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein of Jordan played a non-speaking role in this episode when he was still just a prince.
  • Conflicting Loyalties: Tuvok and Janeway say they didn't tell Chakotay because they believed the spy would be an ex-Maquis, and they didn't want to put him in a difficult position. As he was the one stopping the Maquis from throwing these two out an airlock in Season One, Chakotay isn't happy.
  • Dull Surprise: Averted; Chakotay is so pissed at being lied to, he actually raises his voice!
  • Enforced Method Acting: In-Universe as the second reason Janeway and Tuvok didn't fill Chakotay in on their plan.
  • Explosive Instrumentation
    • Jonas rigs his own console to explode in his face.
    • Weaponized by Tom Paris on the Kazon ship.
    • Then the shuttle console explodes in Tom's face.
  • Failsafe Failure: Caused by Jonas' sabotage.
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  • Fake Defector: Tom Paris
  • Gambit Pileup
  • Gossipy Hens: Neelix
    "And what Lieutenant in a gold uniform was recently huddled in the Mess Hall with what crewman in blue having a very intimate conversation over a carafe of Silmic wine? Well, I'd never name names, but you know who you are."
  • Gun Struggle: Tom wrestles with a Kazon over his disrupter.
  • He Knows Too Much: Neelix spots where Jonas has erased the subspace communication records. Jonas is sneaking up on Neelix with a laser welder, no doubt to simulate another workplace accident, when the Doctor interrupts on the Video Phone.
  • His Name Is...: Tom has just made contact with Voyager with the identity of the traitor when a console blows up in his face.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: The Doctor initially rejects Neelix's suggestion of appearing on his show.
    EMH: I'm a doctor, not a performer. I don't have time for such nonsense.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Neelix begins using his television show A Briefing With Neelix to unmask spy Michael Jonas, after having been inspired by School Newspaper Newshound Harry Kim to do this.
  • In-Universe Camera
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Neelix manages to sum up this entire trope in his departing speech in honor of Tom Paris.
    • Also shown on-screen by Tom himself. Even while being snippy about his decision to leave Voyager, he assures a downcast Neelix that it's not at all his fault, and even returns his Man Hug.
  • Limited Advancement Opportunities: Tom cites this reason for leaving.
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Turns out it's a test by Seska to see if Tom is a Fake Defector. They really should check he has Nothing Up My Sleeve though.
  • Lured into a Trap: The Kazon have ground troops waiting on the planet Voyager is heading for.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Jonas lets a console blow up in his face, no doubt relying on superior Starfleet medical technology to avoid permanent damage. Sure enough the Doctor soon has him back on his feet again.
  • The Mole: Michael Jonas
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Neelix broadcasting that Tom Paris is the spy on board Voyager.
  • Plummet Perspective: The tool Neelix is using as an Improvised Weapon gets knocked into the plasma flow and vapourised.
  • Railing Kill / Disney Villain Death: Michael Jonas gets vaporized in a plasma flow.
  • Red Herring (In-Universe): Clues are left for Neelix to think that Tom Paris was the spy who was on board Voyager.
  • Reverse Whodunnit: A shocking truth is revealed: Voyager has a mole on board working for the Kazon. But who could it possibly be? Well, okay, it's Michael Jonas. Anyone who's been paying attention for the last seven episodes knows that it's Michael Jonas. The question is whether or not our intrepid voyagers figure it out before they fly into a Kazon ambush.
  • Show Within a Show: A Briefing With Neelix.
  • Some Kind Of Forcefield: Jonas seals off Engineering with forcefields, so it's all up to Neelix who's trapped in there with him.
  • Take Our Word for It: There's a crewman who's practicing some super-awesome juggling off-camera! We promise!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Neelix shows he's not just the Plucky Comic Relief.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Tom on the Kazon vessel.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Just before he leaves the ship, Tom hands his combadge to Harry Kim.
  • We Would Have Told You, But...: Tom's behavior is finally explained to both Chakotay and the audience.
  • Wrench Whack: Neelix grabs an Engineering tool and hits Jonas across the hamstrings with it.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Neelix reveals there's a mole on board, so Janeway and Tuvok adapt this to their plan.
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