Stardate not given: On Earth, Lt. Reginald Barclay, late of the Enterprise, has just been dismissed from Project Pathfinder, an unsuccessful attempt to achieve contact with the wayward Starfleet vessel U.S.S. Voyager. Barclay has had brushes with holo-addiction and hypochonrdia before, but his release from the Pathfinder project could be the blackest mark on his record – the introverted engineer has gone from researching ways to contact Voyager to spending all of his available time on the holodeck with simulations of the ship’s crew, to the point that it interferes with his work. He even calls his old friend Deanna Troi for help. But even her counseling can’t get Barclay’s mind off of contacting Voyager’s crew – and finally, he puts everything on the line and becomes an actual security risk to Starfleet to achieve his far-fetched goal.
teleplay by David Zabel & Kenneth Biller
story by David Zabel
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Dwight Schultz (Lt. Barclay), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Richard Herd (Admiral Paris), Richard McGonagle (Commander Pete Hawkins), Victor Bevin (Security guard), Marc Daniel Cade (Technician), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)
LogBook entry by Earl Green