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Episode Title: "ELOGIUM"

Production Number: 818
Original Air Date: 09-18-95
Stardates: 48921.3

Synopsis: Commander Chakotay sees two officers kissing in the turbolift, but Captain Janeway is reluctant to establish regulations for crew fraternization. Meanwhile, Neelix is becoming jealous of the time Kes is spending with Tom Paris.

The Voyager encounters a swarm of space-dwelling lifeforms, which starts to pull the ship towards it. Triggered by the electrophoretic field of the lifeforms, Kes begins prematurely to undergo the Ocampan reproductive cycle, the elogium, which usually does not happen until after the age of four, but Kes is not yet two years old; the elogium happens only once, so if Kes will ever have a child, it has to be now. Neelix and Kes must decide whether they are ready to become parents.

Ensign Samantha Wildman informs the captain that she is pregnant. Her husband is still at Deep Space Nine.

  • Factoid: Spawn-beetles cross-pollinate Oblissian cabbage.

  • Factoid: Tuvok has four children -- three sons and one daughter.

  • Factoid: In a species known as the Gree, stimulating follicles on the proboscis results in a swelling of the auricular canal.

  • Factoid: Among the Breen, pregnancy at a young age is common. The Breen are among the most warlike of species.

  • Factoid: Among the Scathos, any woman who conceives a child before her fourth decade is summarily executed.

  • Guest Characters: *Ensign Samantha Wildman
    Alien Races: *Spawn-beetles

    KEY: [brackets]=illusions   *star=first appearance

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