Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 19

Manhunt (17 Jun. 1989)

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The Enterprise is transporting delegates to a diplomatic conference dealing with Federation membership. Counselor Troi is more than just a bit embarrassed when her mother Lwaxanna, as outrageous as ever, arrives on board the Enterprise. She is the official Ambassador from Betazed but that isn't the only reason she is there. She is going through 'The Phase', a time in her life when her sexual drive increases fourfold. She's clearly got her eyes on the Captain who decides to take refuge on the holodeck as private detective Dixon Hill. With him away, she announces that Commander Riker is her next target and he soon joins the Captain on the holodeck. She tracks them down but her sudden interest in a holodeck character serves to rescue the Captain and his First Officer. Written by garykmcd

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First Star Trek appearance of actor Robert O'Reilly. He would make numerous appearances (most notably as the Klingon Chancellor Gowron) throughout this series, as well as on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). See more »


Marina Sirtis stumbles and nearly falls towards the end of the show when she, Mr. Homn and Lwaxana leave the turbo-lift. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Well, under the circumstances, I think it would be... prudent if I were to make myself... less available for the duration of the journey.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Big Goodbye (1988) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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I know that comic relief is often needed in a series such as this. But, for me, the appearance of Lwaxana Troi is a bit much. Her character is insufferable as she blusters her way around the ship, making precious comments, teasing Picard. If you remember the Joanne Worley character from Rowan and Martin's Laugh In, she has a similar personality. In this one she is going through Betazoid menopause and is searching for a mate. Picard is her first choice, but as she goes along, it appears that anything with two legs will do. She even looks askance at Wesley, but, thank god, that plot line doesn't develop. She focuses on Riker and even Worf. Meanwhile, there is subplot as Picard hides in the holodeck, playing a guy named Dix who is a Humphrey Bogart prototype private eye. The crew tries to cover for him as Lwaxana makes her merry way around the ship. The other event going on is the arrival of a couple of "frozen fish" who will be thawed out when they reach the planet where a conference is taking place. The look like that shrimp in the Muppet movies. This is a real throwaway episode and shows my prejudices. Keep that woman off the ship!

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