This episode and the things I'm going to talk about involve rape/sexual violence and I guess it's also a spoiler if you haven't watched Voyager.
I heard somebody say it was "the episode where B'Elanna tries to rape Tom Paris" and I am going to break down that willfully sexist misreading of this episode right now, because this episode, in fact, (as a lot of you may know) ranks as number two on my 'Most Feminist Star Trek Episodes of All-Time' list.
The episode begins with B'Elanna Torres talking to a Vulcan engineer named Vorik about something and they were getting along and he basically propositioned her for sex, and she said thanks but NO thanks. He persisted, despite B'Elanna's protestations, and eventually proceeded to get physically violent toward her, which resulted in B'Elanna LITERALLY KNOCKING HIM TO THE FLOOR IN ONE PUNCH which is quite possibly one of the coolest things I have ever seen happen in my entire existence.
However, because Vorik touched B'Elanna, he transferred his Pon Farr to her against her will and without her consent and before you can even think the thought, "well he was in Pon Farr and didn't have control", let me just stop you and remind you that neither Spock nor Tuvok nor any of the other good Vulcans in the entire Star Trek universe (I say good Vulcans meaning Vulcans who are good characters and good people, because there are certainly Vulcans who do awful things, let's all remember back to the ENT episode where that awful Vulcan dude forced a mind meld on T'Pol) have ever tried to physically force sex on another individual, even when they were in Pon Farr. So don't even think about trying to say that to me because you're already wrong. So back to B'Elanna, that despicable Vulcan transferred his Pon Farr to her which led to B'Elanna experiencing a lot of awful things which culminated in her attempting to seduce Tom Paris.
Now, before you start to say that B'Elanna behaved the same way as that awful Vulcan dude, let me remind you of a couple of things. B'Elanna was only in this situation as a direct result of her being physically violated by Vorik. Tom and B'Elanna already had a lot of previously established ~sexual tension~, which means that the situation between the two of them is drastically and fundamentally different from the situation between B'Elanna and Vorik, because there was nothing established between Vorik and B'Elanna. B'Elanna, in her approach to Tom, never got violent with Tom after he protested, which WAS what happened between the Vulcan dude and B'Elanna. I forgot the exact exchange of words but I believe B'Elanna said something to the effect of "NO" and "STOP" and Vorik refused to get his hands off of her. This is where the distinction lies, this is the difference between approaching someone and forcing yourself on them, and this is why B'Elanna's actions can be justified whereas Vorik's cannot be.
So, B'Elanna tried to come on to Tom who had a big fat crush on her and at this point it would have been SO easy for them to start a relationship, but that's not what happened. Those of you who know me well know that as a feminist I grow tired of explaining feminism and sexism to men, and you know that I firmly stand behind and applaud men teaching other men about it so that I don't have to. This is a lot of why I truly love this episode because the person who everyone should be learning from and who sets a good example for other men is Tom Paris. When B'Elanna approached him, HE RESISTED EVEN THOUGH HE LOVED B'ELANNA BECAUSE HE KNEW B'ELANNA WAS NOT IN HER RIGHT MIND. I am all about this and I see parallels between this and situations where men see a drunk woman and take advantage of her because it's "easy", but Tom's route is the one to take. Tom basically said to B'Elanna, "you're my friend and you're not in your right mind and it would be wrong for this to continue even if I want it to", and explored the fact that she was unable to consent in her condition and how he was uninterested in taking advantage of her in that way. The beauty of it is that Tom was written as this frat-dude womanizer type and I appreciate that he was the character who they chose for this episode because I know that men idolize and relate to that type of character for all of the wrong reasons, and this is a good reason for anyone to like Tom Paris. It's beautiful, and it's progressive in a way that modern TV still isn't.
So no, this is not "the episode where B'Elanna tries to rape Tom Paris", this is the episode where B'Elanna was physically violated by a Vulcan man and as a result had to experience something she did not consent to and as a result of that thing she approached a man who turned her down who she did NOT grow violent toward OR physically violate OR continue her pursuit of despite pleas of "no" and "stop" from the man being approached.
Whether the writers intended for all of these subtleties to exist or not, I don't know. I just know that this episode is amazing.