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Investigating a rogue planetoid for dilithium, Neelix's lungs are removed by an alien race who suffer from a deadly phage that is slowly destroying their population... forcing them to harvest replacement organs from other species...
It was about time we ran into another spacefiaring alien species in the Delta Quadrant and they gave Neelix the opportunity to expand his character as he suffers through a lack of lungs... even in a Talaxian they are very important! Not only Neelix, but The Doctor again got some great screen time as he deals with his new permanent patient.

The Doctor creates an ingenious way of keeping our new cook alive with holographic lungs, and I like to think of this episode as the beginning of him as not just a hologram. I think Kes is the perfect person to help the Doctor with his struggle as she is not biased as our Alpha quadrant characters.
Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway
Robert Beltran
as Commander Chakotay
Robert Picardo
as The Doctor
Tim Russ
as Lt. Tuvok
Roxann Dawson
as Lt. Torres
Robert Duncan McNeill
as Lt. Paris
Garrett Wang
as Ens. Kim
Ethan Phillips
as Neelix
Jennifer Lien
as Kes
Guest Cast:
Cully Fredricksen
Stephen B. Rappaport
Martha Hackett
Teleplay By:
Skye Dent and
Brannon Braga

Story By:
Timothy DeHaas
Directed By:
Winrich Kolbe
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