A vital part of engineering has broken down on the Enterprise.
It's the laundry machine.
Without this, over 1000 people are going to be without their regular snazzy uniforms that look so good when we have our pictures taken.
As Geordi works feverously through the hours, Lieutenant Commander Data has thought of a solution.
"In the holodecks, Captain" he suggests, "We could have Laundromat machines set up there so that everything could be cleaned."
It sounds a great idea.
When I get to the holodeck, I realise that Laundromats don't exist in the 24th Century. I address the computer..
"Please create typical Laundromat late 20th Century-early 21st Century."
As a lot of Earth citizens went to a Launderette at this time in history, I think this would be a good period.
I get the uniform that I want cleaning and go in with Beverly, Worf and Jadzia.
There are a few machines with clothes spinning around. Some holographic characters are in front of them, watching their clothes spin round. They take no notice of us.
I go to my machine and put my clothes in; the others do the same.
Then we realise we haven't got any money to start our machines going.
Worf hits the machine in frustration and breaks it.
"Oi!" says a man in the corner, "You'll have to pay for that!"
He must be the holographic owner.
"Computer" I say, "Produce small change suitable for the 20th Century"
A pile of coins appear on the machine, suitable for us all.
I put my money in the machine and start it going; in the meantime, I see Beverly putting her uniform and several small items of underwear. She blushes when she sees me. I hurriedly pick up a magazine to read.
We are all reading our magazines when looking at our clothes circulating in the machine.
A ping suddenly goes off. We empty our machines and put them in the basket. Worf is looking very irritated by it all.
"Klingons are warriors!" he says, "They do not go to a Laundromat to clean their clothes!"
Jadzia tries to suppress her giggle.
Geordi comes in.
"Captain" he exclaim, "I've managed to repair the laundry machine a lot earlier than expected. You can all come out now."
"That's great!" says Beverly, "Of course, Jean-Luc, you could always come back here next week...providing you can get the computer to give us some coins!"