Star Trek: Voyager

Season 2 Episode 16


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 1996 on UPN



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: In the scene where Tuvok and Neelix are discussing Vulcan holidays in the mess hall, Ethan Philips' color contacts are misaligned, making it appear as though Neelix is cross eyed.

    • Goof: At times through this episode, Suder is referred to as an Ensign, and at others he's called a Crewman.

  • Quotes

    • The Doctor: Vulcan mind melds. Utter foolishness. Anybody with an ounce of sense wouldn't share his brain with someone else. Would you? I certainly wouldn't. And of course, when something goes wrong, and believe me it does more often than they'd like to admit, the first thing they call out is DOCTOR!

    • Tuvok: (to The Doctor) ou are not invulnerable, hologram. A few well chosen commands to the computer, and you will cease to exist.

    • Neelix: I will not rest until I see you smile.
      Tuvok: Then you will not rest.

    • The Doctor: (to recovering Tuvok) You're on your way back to being normal, although I'm not sure how the word normal applies to a species that supresses all their emotions.

    • Tuvok: A crime must have a logical purpose.
      The Doctor: Ah yes, I see. How to close the case without understanding the logic of the crime? For a Vulcan that would be a dilemma, wouldn't it?

    • The Doctor: All of us have violent instincts, we have evolved from predators. Well, not me of course, I've just been programmed by you predators.

    • Tuvok: Why did you kill him, Mr. Suder?
      Suder: No reason.
      Tuvok: That is not a satisfactory answer, you must have had some motive.
      Suder: I didn't like the way he looked at me.

    • Neelix: I don't suppose you've ever heard of the Vulcan Rumarie?
      Tuvok: The Rumarie is an ancient pagan festival.
      Neelix: Full of barely-clothed Vulcan men and women, covered in slippery Rillan grease, chasing one another.
      Tuvok: That has not been observed for a millennium.
      Neelix: Well, time to bring it back!
      B'Elanna: (over the com) Lieutenant Tuvok, report to engineering immediately!
      Tuvok: Acknowledged. (walks away)
      Neelix: (shouting after Tuvok) I've been thinking of a Rumarie theme for the mess hall next week. Lots of high fat greasy foods, and if people want to take off their clothes and chase one another... well, it certainly wouldn't hurt morale around here.

  • Notes

    • In a 2010 interview, Tim Russ admitted that he had included the scene from this episode wherein Tuvok loses control of himself in sickbay in a performance reel he could show when seeking acting work.

    • This was one of Ethan Phillips' favorite episodes to watch from the first two seasons of Voyager. It was also Robert Picardo's favorite from the second season.

    • A scene involving Chakotay "dressing down" Tuvok for not knowing about Paris' gambling operation was cut from the episode.

    • When this episode was originally pitched, the killer Tuvok was to mind meld with was a generic alien serial killer. Then it was changed during the script writing to a Human. It was Tim Russ (Tuvok) who suggested the killer be made a Betazoid, since it would make more sense for someone from another telepathic race to adversely effect Tuvok than just a Human, no matter how psychotic.

    • When this episode is broadcast in syndication, a brief scene is cut after Chakotay tells Paris that he's on report, in which Paris sarcastically replies that it must be a tough job to fill out reports and Ensign Kim sarcastically tells Paris "thanks."

  • Allusions