In the Star Trek Voyager episode "Message in a Bottle" (which is the 14th episode of the fourth season), the following dialogue takes place:

The Doctor: I'm as close to a sentient life-form as any hologram could hope to be. I socialize with the crew, fraternize with aliens. I've even had sexual relations.

EMH #2: Sex? How's that possible? We're not equipped...

The Doctor: Let's just say, I made an addition to my program.

EMH #2: Before you leave, maybe you could download those subroutines into my database.

The Doctor: We'll see.

What prior episode is this an allusion to? The only episode I can recall which may have involved the Doctor having sex is "Lifesigns", where he falls in love with Denara Pel. However I don't recall any explicit or implicit references to sex in that episode.

  • The holodeck can make more than a simple opera house or a bar in France.
    – Xantec
    Feb 19, 2016 at 15:38
  • Could it be "Real Life"? I haven't seen that episode in years so I can't confirm, but he did have a wife in that episode, albeit a holographic one. Feb 19, 2016 at 15:59
  • Blink of an Eye -- EMH: Find out what happened to a boy named Jason Tabreez. He lived in the Central Protectorate. GOTANA-RETZ: Jason? An unusual name. EMH: Yes. He was my son. GOTANA-RETZ: But you're a hologram. EMH: It's a long story. He's dead by now, but perhaps you could discover what happened to him. Maybe he had children or grandchildren. You could tell them about me.
    – Tasos
    Feb 21, 2016 at 10:16
  • but Blink of an Eye is not a prior one i guess
    – Tasos
    Feb 21, 2016 at 10:19

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Per the memory alpha article on Voy: Lifesigns

It was intended by the writers (at least by the time of Voyager's fourth season) that – in the Mars holodeck program, shortly after they kiss – The Doctor and Denara Pel would have an unseen sexual experience together, an encounter that constituted the first time that The Doctor has sexual relations. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 30, No. 9/10, p. 85)

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