Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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The Doctor creates a holographic family, but B'elanna Torres thinks the Doctor's simulation is too "nice" (in a "Leave It To beaver" sort of way). She introduces some alterations to the ... See full summary »


Anson Williams


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway
Robert Beltran ... Commander Chakotay
Roxann Dawson ... Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Jennifer Lien ... Kes
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Lieutenant Tom Paris
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor
Tim Russ ... Lieutenant Tuvok
Garrett Wang ... Ensign Harry Kim
Wendy Schaal ... Charlene
Glenn Walker Harris Jr. ... Jeffrey
Lindsey Haun ... Belle
Stephen Anthony Ralston ... Larg (as Stephen Ralston)
Chad Haywood Chad Haywood ... K'Kath


The Doctor creates a holographic family, but B'elanna Torres thinks the Doctor's simulation is too "nice" (in a "Leave It To beaver" sort of way). She introduces some alterations to the program to make the simulation more accurate to real life: a wife who often disagrees, a rebellious teenage son, and a daughter who is sure she knows better than her doting father. When his daughter is critically injured the Doctor must make a choice, run back to his Voyager life, or face the harsh "reality" of losing a loved one. Written by Meribor

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23 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was directed by Anson Williams (Potsie from Happy Days). See more »


B'Elanna has dinner with the Doctor and his family and seems to satisfy any hunger she may have from the meal. In other episodes, the crew has to save energy and is rationed to use the food replicator or else suffer the cuisine of Neelix. If the crew can freely use the holodeck, they could easily have scenarios where they get well fed and bypass the replicator rations. Also if the ship has to ration their energy, and assuming the replicators use the same energy source as the holodeck, why do they make such frivolous use of the holodeck? Furthermore, why does a utility hologram appliance such as the Doctor even need to use the holodeck wasting more ship energy? See more »


Charlene: We think we have just about the most wonderful husband and father in the quadrant, don't we, children?
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: Computer, freeze program!
JeffreyBelle: Yes, we d...
The Doctor: Lieutenant, what're you doing?
Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: I'm stopping this before my blood sugar levels overload.
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Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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7 January 2019 | by dougp01See all my reviews

When this episode began I thought it was a bit corny but stayed with it. Eventually, the storyline hit on some real life family concerns and did a pretty good job of it for the available time of one episode. I especially liked the versatility of Lindsey Haun in her role.

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