Stardate 43957.2: The Enterprise crew rescues the injured lone survivor of a shipwrecked escape pod who has lost his memory and all traces of his identity. As the survivor, dubbed “John Doe” by the crew, recovers, he develops a rapport with Doctor Crusher and the rest of the crew, but his recovery almost seems too miraculous and it is discovered that not only is John Doe recuperating with incredible speed, but he is mutating as well. But his presence on the Enterprise is seen by all as a benefit; the Crushers grow close to Doe, Geordi grows close to another Enterprise crew member, and all seems well with the exception of Doe’s occasional mutative side effects until Sunad – obviously of the same race as Doe – arrives to take Doe, who he claims to be a dangerous criminal, prisoner. But it is soon revealed that John Doe is an outcast from his own society because he has been exiled by the normal elements of his people who fear his impending mutation into a higher life form. When Sunad boards the Enterprise to take Doe, Doe completes his mutation and, forgiving his persecutors, sends Sunad back to his ship unharmed and departs from the Enterprise by himself.
written by Rene Echavarria
directed by Tom Benko
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Mark LaMura (John Doe), Charles Dennis (Sunad), Julie Warner (Christy), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Patti Tippo (Nurse Temple)
LogBook entry by Earl Green