Lefler's parents were plasma specialists that were in short supply in a certain sector. This meant they were traveling from base to base during her childhood. Lefler therefore could neither call a place 'home' nor develop friendships, jokingly claiming her first friend had been a tricorder. She graduated from Starfleet Academy in the 2360s and, in 2368, was posted on the USS Enterprise-D. (TNG: "The Game")
Lefler served as mission specialist for a mission exploring the Phoenix Cluster. During this time, she had a brief romance with Wesley Crusher while he was on vacation. She and Wesley foiled a plot by the Ktarians to take over the Enterprise (and subsequently, Starfleet), using an addictive game to get control over the crew. She helped to analyze the game's effects and in examining Data when he was deactivated. She eventually succumbed to the game, but Wesley had enough to go on to foil the plot. (TNG: "The Game")
Lefler's Laws Edit
Robin created a set of 102 "Laws" to live by. "Every time I learn something essential," she explained, "I make up a law about it, so I never forget."
- You can only count on yourself.
- When all else fails, do it yourself.
- You gotta go with what works.
- Life isn't always fair.
- Always watch your back.
- A couple of light years can't keep good friends apart. (suggested by Wesley Crusher)
Background information Edit
Robin Lefler was played by Ashley Judd.
Originally, Lefler did not appear in "Darmok". This is evidenced by the call sheet for 18 July 1991, which listed an "uncast actress" in the role of Lieutenant Larson, which could also be an earlier name for Lefler which was then changed.
In April 2002, ZENtertainment (a now-defunct Hollywood news source) reported, "Ashley Judd was on Letterman the other night to promote her new movie, High Crimes. Dave surprised her with a clip of her appearance on TNG, where she went on a date with Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton). Judd mentioned that she was reprising the role (of Robin Lefler) in Star Trek Nemesis as Wesley's wife."   This was also reported by About Sci-Fi, which added to the report, "Wil Wheaton, however, says he's heard nothing about that. Somehow, I'm not surprised Wesley doesn't know he's married." Later on, "Judd's spokesperson denied this cameo appearance."  In August 2002, Wil Wheaton found out and reported that his scene had been cut from Star Trek Nemesis. There was no mention (by him) about Judd or Lefler.
According to the video game Star Trek: Starship Creator, Lefler was born in Trenton, New Jersey to parents Morgan and Mark Lefler. However, the short story Lefler's Logs states that her father's name is Charles.
In Peter David's New Frontier series, Lefler was the chief operations officer of the USS Excalibur, under the command of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun (M'k'n'z'y of Calhoun). Her mother was an immortal, who went by the name "Morgan Primus" and seemed to have been nearly every character portrayed by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. Various novels have also added laws, which include:
- Execution is nine-tenths of the job.("Old Debts")
- Never lie, not even when it's easier than telling the truth.("Separation Anxiety!")
- The sightseeing's just as good on the way home.(All Good Things..., p. 153)
- If life hands you lemonade, don't try to make lemons out of it.(Fire on High, p. 20)
- Any joke that has to be explained isn't worth explaining.(Treason, p. 62)
- Never underestimate a man's ability to make you laugh.(Martyr, p. 143)
- Whenever you've eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.(End Game, p. 125)
- It's not over until it's over, and sometimes not even then.(Fire on High, p. 105)
- When someone is trying to kill you, it's okay to sweat.("Old Debts")
- Never send a Klingon a Tribble.("Old Debts")
- Getting information out of Zak Kebron is like interrogating a statue.(Into the Void, p. 41)