Series: The Next Generation
Air Date: March 11, 1991
Written by: Maurice Hurley and Thomas Kartozian
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Geordi gets friend zoned while Crusher delivers a space baby.
It starts off innocently enough. Picard tells Geordi that Dr. Leah Brahms is coming on board to look at the engines, and Geordi admits he's studied her work, but he's trying to keep it on the DL that he actually fell in love with a holographic projection of her while they were in the "Booby Trap." He especially tries to keep that secret when she comes on board and says "So, you're the one who mucked up my engines." See, Brahms was the designer of the engines that the Enterprise used, but Geordi needed to make some adjustments while they were out exploring. She is not pleased. So you can imagine how she would feel if she knew Geordi was stalking her.
Alas, she won't find out very soon. She gets right down to business and takes a look around, pointing out all the stuff that's "wrong," while Geordi justifies every modification he made. This is a frustrating process for the both of them. And it's not really fun to watch frustration for too long, so let's cut to the B plot: the bridge crew comes upon a gigantic space-born being orbiting a nearby planet and they go to check it out, but evidently the being feels threatened and attacks. Well, Picard's not about to let the thing destroy the Enterprise, so he fires a warning shot... that kills it. He feels horrible about it, but soon, Data reports that there are some energy readings coming out of it again. Fainter, but clearly there. Is it alive? No... it's pregnant.
|The face of a pregnant mother killer.|
Speaking of the girl, the bridge crew has to figure out what to do with that mother they just killed and the unborn child inside her. In a meeting, Geordi says they can use the phasers as a scalpel and give it a C-section, and Crusher's all on board with that. Worf worries about the threat the newborn child would pose, but, screw that, it's just a kid. They work out their plan and it works perfectly! ...Until "Junior" attaches itself to the hull and starts sucking on all the Enterprise's energy. Now it's up to Geordi and Brahms to work together to get the kid off.
|"I think I can eat it."|
Despite this social awkwardness, they still have to work together to save the Enterprise. But first, Geordi goes to 10 Forward to try and shake it off. Now that he knows she's married, Geordi tells Guinan that Brahms is stubborn and difficult and generally doesn't play well with others. When he made the hologram, the computer didn't offer up the information that she's married, so he just assumed she was single. Meanwhile, Brahms is checking out more modifications and the computer offers up the information that there's a program Geordi has in the holodeck that she might be interested in. She goes to check it out... Geordi finds out about it... he runs off to stop her... it's too late.
|Get ready for trouble, and make it double!|
Working off of this idea, they figure everything in space works at the same frequency, so if they change the frequency of the energy that Junior is eating, it'll taste bad. Thankfully, it works, because this would be a pretty crappy series finale. Junior loses interest in the Enterprise and goes to join his kin in an asteroid field where he's got all the energy he can eat. Meanwhile, it's time for Brahms to go home. But, first, she meets Geordi in 10 Forward. They exchange apologies and agree to be friends, but then she awkwardly leaves when her husband calls. Leaving Geordi alone... so... very alone...
This is pretty much the episode that really establishes that Geordi never gets the girl. In the entire series I don't think he ever gets to have anyone. Ah, well. This episode wasn't too bad, but just kinda heightens the creep factor on Geordi a little bit. I mean, I guess it's not entirely his fault... but maybe he should have done some extra research on the girl before he actually met her. Or maybe he should have brought up the holoprogram in a non-threatening way? In any case, they seem to have worked it out, and the writing in the episode is pretty solid. Thumbs up from me!