Star Trek: Voyager

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Season 7, Ep 20, Aired 4/18/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 54732.3A means of direct communication is established with Voyager allowing each crew member to speak with family and friends. The Doctor sends a holo-novel for publication based on a lost starship with a doctor who is treated like a slave, which causes controversy among the members of the ship.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Picardo

    The Doctor

  • Kate Mulgrew

    Captain Kathryn Janeway

  • Robert Beltran

    Commander Chakotay

  • Roxann Dawson

    Lt. B'Elanna Torres

  • Ethan Phillips


  • Fan Reviews (2)
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    By TrueTvWatcher, Nov 08, 2011

  • Reginald Barclay and Admiral Paris are able to contact Voyager using a com link. Barclay informs the crew that the com link will only work for 11 minutes a day. Janeway decides three people a day will be able to use the com link.

    By Pink_Floyd_AL, Oct 02, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • The Doctor: Sorry, it's just frustrating to hear that I have no more legal standings than a replicator.

    • Neelix: Doctor, I need your help.
      The Doctor: Unless you're suffering acute symptoms, go away.

    • Paris: Your program is about as subtle as a Ferengi mating dance!

    • Neelix: (an old Talaxian expression) 'When the road before you splits in two, take the third path.'

    • Janeway: (on screen) I'd made myself clear, but the Doctor disobeyed my direct orders. In the process, he endangered the ship and crew. Arbitrator: That's hardly commendable behaviour. Janeway: No, it wasn't. But it was human. Starfleet had programmed him to follow orders. The fact that he was capable of doing otherwise proves that he can think for himself. Your honour, centuries ago in most places on Earth, only landowners of a particular gender and race had any rights at all. Over time, those rights were extended to all humans and later, as we explored the galaxy, to thousands of other sentient species. Our definition of what constitutes a person has continued to evolve. Now we're asking that you expand that definition once more, to include our Doctor. (small pause, as Janeway stands up and moves over to a console) Janeway: When I met him seven years ago, I would never have believed that an EMH could become a valued member of my crew. And my friend. The Doctor is a person as real as any flesh and blood I have ever known. If you believe the testimony you've heard here, it's only fair to conclude that he has the same rights as any of us.

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    Notes (1)

    • Roxann Dawson appears out of makeup as Lt. Torrey.

    Trivia (3)

    • Trivia: The events in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Measure Of A Man" are mentioned in this episode.

    • Nitpick: After running the Photons Be Free program, Janeway orders the Doctor to her ready room, yet the next scene takes place in the briefing room.

    • Nitpick: Admiral Paris says in the communication with Voyager that it is cold and raining in San Francisco, yet the live image of Earth displayed only moment later shows very little cloud cover over that area. Indeed, Barclay even acknowledges that there is little cloud over North America.

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