Re: Paris + B'Elanna scene, absolute cop-out
It's possible that the Doctor (in the beginning with basic factory settings.) may not have been able to initiate anything to do with Pon far, which if that was programmed badly enough as some politically correct protocol to spare the Vulcans any shame or embarrassment, he may not have even been able to think about Pon Far or be aware that it exists until a patient "asks" for help.
Thinking is not singing.
"Glitter is the herpes of arts and craft."
Troy Yingst. My Life as Liz