"Tattoo" - While Chakotay leads an Away Team to drill for minerals on a moon's surface, they accidently disturb a village and encounter its defensive inhabitants - a group with Indian origins. A regretful Chakotay then experiences flashbacks of himself as a defiant 15-year-old who disappoints his father by not embracing the traditions of his tribe, on "Star Trek: Voyager" airing MONDAY, NOV. 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on UPN.
The natives employ a cloaking device to disable Voyager and the endangered Away Team must transport out, leaving Chakotay alone on the planet. When he's confronted by the aliens, they respond to his familiat tattoo marking. Chakotay recognizes the tones of their language as those of his own people and applies what he recalls from his father's teachings on their heritage to assure the natives of Starfleet's peaceful intentions and his sympathetic perspective. Along the way, he reconciles the conflicts he had with his now deceased father.
Meanwhile, while tending to the pregnant Ensign Wildman, The Doctor is challenged by Kes to show more compassion for his patients. So, he programs himself with a simulated flu virus to experience the disconforts living beings can feel.
Starring Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway, Robert Beltran as Chakotay, Roxann Biggs-Dawson as B'Elanna Torres, Jennifer Lien as Kes, Robert Duncan McNeill as Lt. Tom Paris, Ethan Phillips as Neelix, Robert Picardo as The Doctor, Tim Russ as Tuvok, Garrett Wang as Harry Kim.
Guest starring are Henry Darrow as Kolopak, Richard Fancy as an alien, Douglas Spain as Young Chakotay, Nancy Hower as Ensign Wildman and Richard Chaves as the Chief.
The episode was written by Larry Brody and the teleplay is written by Michael Piller. The episode is directed by Alexander Singer.