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Someone to Watch Over Me (Star Trek: Voyager)

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"Someone to Watch Over Me"
Star Trek: Voyager episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 22
Directed byRobert Duncan McNeill
Story byBrannon Braga
Teleplay byMichael Taylor
Featured musicDennis McCarthy
Production code216
Original air dateApril 28, 1999 (1999-04-28)
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"Someone to Watch Over Me" is the 116th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the 21st episode of the fifth season. It was directed by cast member Robert Duncan McNeil.

In this episode, the ship's holographic Doctor makes a bet with Ensign Tom Paris that he can teach ex-Borg, Seven of Nine about romance. The episode has many similarities to the George Bernard Shaw 's 1913 play Pygmalion, which inspired both the 1964 musical My Fair Lady and the 1999 film She's All That.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway and Tuvok leave the ship as official guests of a nearby colony; Neelix is assigned the task of escorting the colony's guest, Tomin, aboard the ship. Neelix is surprised that Tomin is quick to break the strict regime set by his people to sample everything from food to entertainment that Voyager has to offer.

Meanwhile, Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres become upset after discovering Seven of Nine observing and documenting their romantic interactions. The Doctor offers to help teach Seven on human courting rituals through an elaborate educational course, including such elements as singing. Seven works her way up from interactions with holodeck men and eventually ends up on a date with another human crewman. When they attempt to dance, Seven's strength strains the crewman's arms, prematurely ending the date. Seven comes to believe that she is unsuitable for dating. The Doctor has become somewhat smitten with her, and on a bet with Paris, offers to take her to Tomin's reception. Seven's behavior is perfectly appropriate for the event but upon learning of The Doctor's bet, she storms off.

The crew finds that Tomin's physiology is unable to handle the synthahol used in drinks and becomes highly intoxicated on the night prior to the return of his elder, on the night a shipwide reception is due to take place for him. Neelix works with The Doctor and Seven to use Seven's Borg nano-probes to process the synthahol. Tomin, though still unsteady on his feet, is collected enough to greet his elder, Janeway, and Tuvok with Neelix's help in the same regiment he initially arrived with. To their surprise, the elder thought that Tomin would have taken time to sample what Voyager had, in moderation. Neelix is commended for his duties.

The Doctor, alone, practices wooing Seven in the holodeck. He is interrupted by the real Seven. She presents the Doctor with an enhanced tricorder as a gift for his help, but admits that she believes there is no suitable mate on board and says she may seek his "guidance" in the future. The Doctor is unable to express his feelings and only tells Seven that the last few days have been "unforgettable". After she leaves, the Doctor begins to play George Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me" on piano in one of the hologram simulations of Sandrine's Bar.


The episode was directed by Robert Duncan McNeill who plays Tom Paris. McNeill was happy with how the episode turned out, and he felt lucky to have the chance to direct a more comedic episode, that also included romantic elements.[1]

Reception rated the episode 5 out of 10.[2]Jammer's Reviews gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars and called it "A delightfully pleasant, hilarious, and sincere hour."[3]

In 2011, included this as one of six episodes of Star Trek: Voyager that are worth re-watching.[4] The episode was ranked as one of the top 10 episodes of Star Trek: Voyager in 2018.[5]

In 2016, The Hollywood Reporter rated "Someone to Watch Over Me" in the top 100 of all Star Trek episodes.[6]

In 2016, Vox rated this one of the top 25 essential episodes of all Star Trek.[7]


This episode was released on LaserDisc in Japan on June 22, 2001, as part of 5th Season vol.2, which included episodes from "Dark Frontier" to "Equinox, Part I".[8] The episode had two audio tracks, English and Japanese.[8][9] This set had 6 double sided 12" optical discs giving a total runtime of 552 minutes.[10]

"Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Juggernaut" were released together on one VHS tape.[11]

On November 9, 2004,this episode was released as part of the season 5 DVD box set of Star Trek: Voyager.[12] The box set includes 7 DVD optical discs with all the episodes in season 5 with some extra features, and episodes have a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound audio track.[12]


  1. ^ STARTREK.COM STAFF (November 9, 2019). "Trek Director's School: Robert Duncan McNeill". Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  2. ^ DeCandido, Keith R. A. (March 29, 2021). "Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: "Someone to Watch Over Me"".
  3. ^ "[VOY] Jammer's Review: "Someone to Watch Over Me"". Jammer's Reviews. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  4. ^ Britt, Ryan (July 14, 2011). "I Like My Coffee Black and My Crew Lost: Six Voyager Episodes Worth Re-Watching". Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Nigel Mitchell. "Must-Watch Episodes of "Star Trek: Voyager"". LiveAbout.
  6. ^ ""The Andorian Incident" - 'Star Trek': 100 Greatest Episodes". The Hollywood Reporter. September 8, 2016.
  7. ^ Siede, Caroline (September 6, 2016). "Star Trek, explained for non-Trekkies". Vox. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "LaserDisc Database - Star Trek Voyager: 5th Season vol.2 [PILF-2459]". Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  9. ^ "Star Trek: Voyager on VideoDisc". Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  10. ^ "LaserDisc Database - Star Trek Voyager: 5th Season vol.2 [PILF-2459]". Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  11. ^ "Star Trek: Voyager 5.11 - JuggernautSomeone to Watch Over Me". Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  12. ^ a b "DVD Talk". Retrieved February 21, 2021.

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