Did Data ever do a facepalm?

I'm open to anything in the series, the bloopers, the movies, or even just Brent Spiner in costume in other contexts such as conventions.

I've been researching this and I've found every major TNG Starfleet officer facepalming, except for Data.

For example:

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    Although Picard does facepalm, I'm pretty sure that that shot is edited to make him appear with a facepalm.
    – Xantec
    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:33
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    @Xantec The Picard part of it is real, but the Riker facepalm is photoshopped in from a totally different episode. I have a version of it with Worf too.
    – Hack-R
    Oct 30, 2016 at 2:50
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    Picard in this shot looks entirely unreal - it would make sense for Riker to be facepalming in this episode (where he is on trial for murder)
    – NKCampbell
    Oct 30, 2016 at 3:40
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    “I've been researching this and I've found every major TNG Starfleet officer facepalming except Data” — grant money well spent +1. Oct 30, 2016 at 12:04
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    I think you should re-open your Vulcan question. It's answerable. Be brave :-)
    – Valorum
    Nov 4, 2016 at 22:47

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In the beginning of this video, at 0:09, you can see him putting his hand to his face, but he goes offscreen and I can't tell if he actually touches.

  • Enough time has gone by that I think we can edit this to say "No he doesn't, but this is the closest thing" and then it can be the answer.
    – Hack-R
    Nov 12, 2021 at 15:07

I remember an old interview with Brent Spiner (Maybe Starlog magazine). He said in Data makeup he had to learn not to touch his face. So maybe he never did a facepalm because it would mess up all the hard work of the makeup crew.

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    A quote would turn this from good to excellent
    – Valorum
    Dec 20, 2016 at 18:56
  • I can't see anything about the makeup in the Starlog interview with Brent Spiner.
    – Mithical
    Aug 23, 2017 at 10:32
  • This is a good answer and I would mark it as accepted if it had a solid reference.
    – Hack-R
    Nov 12, 2021 at 15:08

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