“Workforce” (Part 1)
Written by Kenneth Biller & Bryan Fuller
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 7, Episode 16
Production episode 262
Original air date: February 21, 2001
Captain’s log. We open on Quarra in a large industrial complex, where we see Janeway reporting for her first day at a new job, monitoring the primary reactor coils. She was also late, as she boarded the wrong transport. Her new supervisor is understanding—it’s easy for newcomers to get lost—and sets her up at her work station.
She soon meets a coworker named Jaffen, who helps her fix a mistake she made that would have resulted in a core overload. Once that’s done, they start flirting like whoa until Seven interrupts, telling them that fraternizing is not permitted on the job. She introduces herself as Annika Hansen, the new efficiency monitor. Janeway insists that Jaffen was helping her with her console, as it’s her first day, which placates Hansen. Then Janeway turns down Jaffen’s request for a date, as she says she’s too busy with her new job to socialize.
Meanwhile, Paris is trying to convince Umali, the manager of a bar, to hire him as a waiter. He apparently got fired from the plant after only half a day (he didn’t get along with the new efficiency monitor), which Umali thinks is a neat trick during a labor shortage, and hardly a testimonial to the quality of his work. However, he charms his way into a job anyhow.
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