A man called Gar kidnaps the Doctor and sells him to a hospital on an alien planet. While Voyager is trying to track down Gar, the Doctor learns that the hospital is controlled by a computer, the Allocator, that decides about the treatment of the patients depending on their assessed value for the society. The Doctor smuggles redundant cytoglobin from the privileged "Level Blue" to "Level Red" where the medicine is urgently needed. When his covert actions are exposed, he infects the bureaucrat Chellick with a virus to force him to change the medicine allocation policy. The Voyager crew locates the hospital ship and retrieves the Doctor. Later, the Doctor asks Seven of Nine to check his ethical subroutines for any failures or changes, admitting that he had deliberately poisoned a man. Seven informs him that, unfortunately, he has "a clean bill of health."
Errors and Explanations
- PaulG on Wednesday, November 01, 2000 - 8:39 pm: Janeway sure became frustrated very quickly with the Denali voicemail. I generally do not throw my hands in the air after fifteen seconds. She was acting like she KNEW that she was not going to get through to a live person before she possibly could. Dustin Westfall on Thursday, November 02, 2000 - 1:08 am: I don't think Janeway was frustrated at just the voice-mail like message when she threw up her arms. She had been looking for the Doctor for a while, dealing with all sorts of oddball people (Anyone else find the jokes in the sub-plot strained, considering the seriousness of the main plot?), and, after finally finding him, all the computer would tell her is that the person she has to talk to is unavailable.
- D.W. March on Wednesday, November 01, 2000 - 10:45 pm: How many backup doctors does Voyager have? They lost one a couple of years back and now when the con man steals theirs, he manages to replace it with some kind of trainer module. TomM on Wednesday, November 01, 2000 - 11:31 pm: The training module is not a fully functioning holodoc, that's why it was detected so easily. It was more like a free demo version of new software package or a movie trailer: just enough to make you realize that you want it, but no truly useful functionality.
- Strgzr 47 on Wednesday, November 01, 2000 - 11:08 pm: Did we ever see Chellek (sp) on screen? TomM on Wednesday, November 01, 2000 - 11:31 pm: Chelik (sp?) was the administrator that the Doctor injected with the virus. The main reason that he was unavailable when Janeway contacted the Allocator was that it thought he was a different person.
- trekkerxphile on Thursday, November 02, 2000 - 12:10 am: Y'know, the last time a crewmember singlehandedly ignored the prime directive and tried to save a civilization all by himself that HE felt was bad, regardless of local customs and ethics, he was demoted and put in the brig for thirty days. Nothing happens to Doc. Was it all okay because he was kidnapped? Does that mean he's allowed to do whatever? Or is it just that Janeway likes him better than Paris? Or that he has no rank to take away? Probably a combination of the kidnapping and lack of rank.
- Brian Lombard on Thursday, November 02, 2000 - 5:17 am: What happened to Doc's hippocratic oath? He wouldn't harm Tuvix to benefit a greater good. TomM on Friday, November 03, 2000 - 7:02 am: In fact he brought up the Oath in this episode, when, just after refusing to cooperate, the critical patients are wheeled in and he immediately reverses himself and starts treating them. And the Oath is interwoven into his ethical subroutines, which is why he was hoping that Seven would find a malfunction. Unfortunately, as he discovered, real life, and real life-and-death decisions, are not simple black-or-white yes/no propositions. He has grown beyond his programming, and in a way he is not sure is for the better. He is becoming more human.
- Brian Lombard on Friday, November 03, 2000 - 6:54 am: When Doc first arrives in the hospital, he asks for a hypospray, yet no one knows what a hypospray is. Later, he tells Chellek that he might as well put a phaser to a patient's head, and Chellek seems to know what a phaser is. He probably guessed, via the tone of HoloDoc’s voice, that the term Phaser referred to a weapon of some kind.
- According to the startrek.com episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 54157.
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