Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 11

Data's Day

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Aired Unknown Jan 07, 1991 on CBS
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Stardate: 44390.1 A Vulcan ambassador being escorted by the Enterprise starts exhibiting suspicious behavior. Miles O'Brien marries his fiancé, Keiko Ishikawa, in Ten-Forward. The events of the day are depicted as related in Commander Data's personal log to Commander Bruce Maddox at the Daestrom Cybernetic Institute.

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  • A day in the life....

    9.5
    .... If one could not guess from the episode's title, "Data's Day" centers around Data's life on the Enterprise. The audience gets to live out a great episode of TNG through Data and all of the work, fun and danger that goes with it. Data himself narrates the episode as he learns about humanity through his friendships while he also carries out his duties as a highly skilled Starfleet officer. Brent Spiner does an extraordinary job in "Data's Day," simply one of his finest works on the show. The story itself is wonderfully balanced between the thematic elements of Data's steps towards understanding humanity, the well-conceived political thriller aspects of the world of Star Trek and the more all-out fun and funny aspects that makes this episode entertaining. "Data's Day" is an exceptional episode of Star Trek: TNG and easily one of the finest of Season 4.moreless
  • A marriage and a death mark the day in the life of Data

    8.5
    This "day in the life of the Enterprise" story is shrewdly written and features yet another great performance by Brent Spiner ("Data"). While the story weaves in issues of friendship, romance, and life and death, the focus always remains on Data's unique reactions to these situations, turning this one of the most successful character-driven episodes Star Trek has ever done. Included is one of the most memorable Data scenes ever, a dance sequence with Data and Dr. Crusher.moreless
  • Probably the best "fun" episode of TNG. Hats off to Brent Spiner.

    9.0
    While there were certainly plenty of humorous bits (not all intentional) throughout the run of TNG, there were not many light-hearted episodes and most of them were weak. This, of course, is a major exception.



    Somehow, halfway into the show's life, the writers managed to wring yet another clever idea out of Data's character - a "Dear Diary" episode. Data's naivete adds a fresh charm even to the obvious.



    Despite the obvious focus on Data, we get additional insight into the other crew members through his eyes. Chief O'Brien in particular gets additional dimension.



    There are no slow points in this story. The dancing sequence is tough to beat in terms of sheer hilarity.moreless
  • Data is the man.. Sorry, the android..

    9.6
    This episode maybe lacks the usual hassle and action which takes most of ~45 minutes run time, and what's left is used for special life of characters.. But this episode makes a rare U-turn and brings an ordinary day of Enterprise from the eyes of maybe one of the best characters ever created: Data.. Reporting his human interactions to Lt. (?) Maddox (who previously tried to apply lobotomy to Data, as far as I can remember) the show makes a nice mix of Data's android naiveness without crossing any lines of absurdness. Nice dance sequence too with Dr. Crusher. A nice, easy to watch episode, something new but still something TNG..moreless
  • Data's day - simple but absolutely brilliant!

    9.6
    This episode has to be one of the best comical episodes written for the show. Data's innocence and unique outlook on life is brilliantly portrayed by Brent Spiner. I question anyone who doesn't laugh outloud when Data learns to tap dance, an absolute classic moment. Of all the Star Trek moments, that for me is a true gem. Data is of course struggling to become more human but his attempts to do so are often misplaced and amusing. A top 10 TNG episode and Spiner's best episode.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Sierra Pecheur

Sierra Pecheur

T'Pel/Sub-Cmdr. Selok

Guest Star

Alan Scarfe

Alan Scarfe

Admiral Mendak

Guest Star

Shelly Desai

Shelly Desai

V'Sal

Guest Star

April Grace

April Grace

Transporter Chief

Recurring Role

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Trivia: The dress uniforms seen in this episode differ slightly from those seen previously. In earlier episodes, the dress uniform jacket extended almost to the knee; in this episode, however, the jacket length is a bit shorter and extends only to mid-thigh.

    • When Beverly is teaching Data to tap dance on the holodeck, the shots from above are very obviously a stand-in. This is even more apparent when they briefly switch to a frontal view. They attempt to camouflage this by having the dancer look down and to the left.

    • When Data sets the dish of "feline supplement 74" down for Spot to eat, you can see a gnat (or other small flying bug) fly up from the bowl.

    • Trivia: Mr. Mot tells Geordi, "I'm just a barber, not a miracle worker." This mirrors McCoy's famous lines, "I'm a doctor, not a ..." from TOS.

    • Trivia: We learn that Dr. Crusher was a competitive dancer.

    • When Data enters the holodeck for the dancing lessons, he is not wearing tap shoes. However, when he steps on the hardwood floor, the metal on his soles can be clearly heard.

    • During a conference in the Observation Lounge, Data explains the reasons behind the dark matter anomalies. Everyone seems to be concentrating on what Data is saying, but while he talks away, Worf seems to be completely uninterested and spends the majority of the time gazing into space and looking at the wall. Perhaps this is intended though, since such scientific and dry briefings would be a waste of time to a fearsome warrior.

    • Dr. Crusher asks Data to keep the dancing lessons just between them, and he agrees, yet in "The Game" he tells Wesley about them.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Data: If being human is not simply a matter of being born flesh and blood, if it is instead a way of thinking, acting and feeling, then I am hopeful that one day I will discover my own humanity. Until then, Commander Maddox, I will continue learning, changing, growing and trying to become more than what I am.

    • Data: I am not nervous, I am confused.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of the ship's barber Mr. Mot.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Keiko Ishikawa/O'Brien. She recurred several times on the series, as well as on DS9.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Data's cat, Spot. For Spot's first appearances, the cat was "played" by a male Somali cat. Later episodes would show a female orange tabby.

    • The initial speech that Picard gives during Keiko and O'Brian's wedding is the same as that given by Kirk in the beginning scenes of the episode "Balance of Terror".

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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