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A weapons merchant named Kovin is on board Voyager, trying to convince Captain Janeway to purchase some of his goods. She agrees, but while Kovin is helping the engineering team install them, Seven of Nine suddenly attacks him. The Doctor tries to help Seven understand why she did what she did, and she eventually becomes convinced that Kovin had (prior to the episode's start) incapacitated her and removed some of her Borg nanoprobes, presumably to study and incorporate in new weapons.

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  • Aesop Amnesia: The Doctor again modifies his program without thinking of the consequences.
  • Arms Dealer: Kovin, though he's also interested in advanced technology.
  • Blatant Lies: Seven attacked Kovin "like an animal" after he gave her a "gentle push".
  • Continuity Nod: Chakotay points out that Seven had violated the Captain's trust, a reference to "Prey". Seven is also working on decoding the Starfleet message sent in "Hunters".
  • Defiled Forever: Kovin is so adamant about the accusation because trade is so important in his culture that merely getting a public accusation of improper behavior would destroy his career, regardless of whether he was acquitted. He nevertheless agrees after Tuvok promises that Voyager will conduct a completely impartial investigation. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The story plays out like an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, with Seven saying that Kovin "violated" her and Kovin continually protesting his innocence and stating that just her accusation is enough to ruin him. The Doctor comes across like an overzealous social worker, convincing Seven to be even more upset than she already was.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: Even Kovin acknowledges Janeway's skill in this area (justified given all the times Voyager would have negotiated for supplies). They settle on detailed astrometric charts spanning 12 sectors and 125 isolinear processing chips. Plus five more for Kovin's services in installing the cannon.
  • Foreshadowing: Kovin warns Janeway that even Voyager is easy meat for what's out there. The next episode opens with Voyager captured by the Hirogen.
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  • Jerkass: Part of the reason the Voyager crew immediately believes Seven is that Kovin is not a particularly pleasant person.
  • Made of Indestructium: The target used to test the isokinetic cannon is made of "solid monotanium", and protected by a forcefield as well. One shot punches straight through it.
  • More Dakka: Faced with the Hirogen threat, Voyager upgrades its firepower. As the next episode shows it didn't do them much good, though with Kovin's death perhaps the weapon was never installed.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The Doctor offers to purge his program after realising he mishandled the situation, but Janeway thinks it's better to let him learn from a mistake.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Particularly bad in this respect, being designed around the line "He violated me" in such a way as to make it sound very much as though Seven was going to be raped by a crew member; the trailer even featured a "Who did it?" sequence with flashes of various male crew members' faces. The actual episode, however, was just about an alien culture trapping her in a laboratory for study and stealing some of her nanoprobes. The plot does play at Does This Remind You of Anything?, with Borg nanoprobes replacing date rape, but it was still incredibly misleading.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Seven breaks Kovin's nose when he shoves her away from a console. Given that everyone finds Kovin annoying, her behavior doesn't seem that unusual, until Seven has a panic attack while confined on the biobed.
  • Papa Bear: The Doctor examines the man who was punched by Seven noticeably harsher as Kovin talks about her hitting him for no reason.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Seven isn't interested in the Doctor's doubts once the Doctor has encouraged her to feel anger and demand punishment accordingly.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Seven to have her nanoprobes removed.
  • Super Doc: Subverted; the Doctor adds a psychiatric subroutine to his programme, but that doesn't make him a good psychiatrist.
  • The Un-Reveal: Kovin's guilt or innocence is never established, although the fact that he was driven to commit suicide by starship seems to lean heavily towards innocence.
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