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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Ménage à Troi (TV Episode 1990) Poster

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First Star Trek appearance of Ethan Phillips who played the Ferengi Dr. Farek in this episode. Phillips would go on to play the Talaxian morale officer Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager (1995). He would also don the Ferengi makeup two more times: Star Trek: Voyager: False Profits (1996) and Star Trek: Enterprise: Acquisition (2002).
The ship that is supposed to carry Wesley to Star Fleet Academy is called the Bradbury after pioneering SF author Ray Bradbury.
This episode is the origin of a snapshot of Picard with a stretched-out hand which circulates the web as an Internet meme. It is the sequence where Picard is reciting the love sonnet to Lwaxana (specifically when he recites the line "shall I compare thee to a summer's day?").
This episode marks the first time that the cochrane, the unit of subspace distortion is mentioned. The term was coined by Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda as a reference to Zefram Cochrane.
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The Ferengi sexual practice of oo-mox makes its first appearance in this episode.
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The scenes on Betazed were filmed at the Huntington Library Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California, where Star Trek: The Next Generation: Justice (1987) was also filmed, two and half years earlier.
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The beginning of DaiMon Tog's security code was stated as "Kei-ee Yuri Dah-the-ee" before being interrupted by his medical officer. This is one of TNG's many references to the Japanese anime Dirty Pair (1985) and its numerous spin-offs. The main characters of Dirty Pair are named Kei and Yuri.
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The Ferengi torture chair seen in this episode was a dental chair.
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Portions from one of the scenes in Ten Forward were edited into Star Trek: Enterprise: These Are the Voyages... (2005).
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Lwaxana later recalls this adventure in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Forsaken (1993).
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The Ferengi hand phaser makes its first appearance in this episode.
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This is the first episode in which Betazed itself is shown on screen, the planet scenes were previously used to depict Mintaka III in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Who Watches the Watchers (1989). Star Trek: The Next Generation: Dark Page (1993) also shows the Troi home on Betazed, but only in flashback, making its appearance here the only "real" depiction in Trek lore.
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This takes place in 2366.
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Deanna Troi debuts her gray and lavender casual attire in the final scene of this episode.
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Frank Corsentino has played three different roles in Star Trek. He played Bok in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Battle (1987), Tog in "Ménage à Troi" and Gegis in Star Trek: Voyager: Inside Man (2000).
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The title is from the expression Ménage à trois where there is a relationship or domestic arrangement in which three people share a sexual relationship.
A large piece of equipment in DaiMon Tog's room was previously seen as the warp core of the USS Hathaway in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Peak Performance (1989).
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The irregularly-shaped opening of the Ferengi holding cell was later re-used on the Talarian observation craft.
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Acting Ensign Crusher's com badge appears to be all silver and not the gold and silver that everyone else wears.
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Ethan Phillips plays the Ferengi scientist in this episode and goes on to play Neelix on Star Trek Voyager (where in one episode he ironically is altered once again to look like a Ferengi).
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Despite previous instances where Troi indicates that she is able to empathically sense Ferengi, (Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Last Outpost (1987), Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Battle (1987), Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Price (1989)), this episode establishes that Betazoids cannot read Ferengi. This inability is later referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Loss (1990) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Forsaken (1993).
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Peter Marx (then know as Peter Slutsker) has played the roles of Nibor in "Ménage a Troi", Dr. Reyga in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Suspicions (1993), Birta in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Bloodlines (1994), and Krenim Commandant in Star Trek: Voyager: Year of Hell: Part 2 (1997).
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Majel Barrett's first nude scene in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Majel Barrett would appear nude again in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Cost of Living (1992).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Picard tries to "win back" Lwaxanna at the end, he recites two William Shakespeare sonnets: 141 and 18.
After his character's promotion on the show, Gene Roddenberry gave Wil Wheaton the second lieutenant bars he earned in the Army Air Corps (second lieutenant being equivalent to an ensign in the US Navy). Present at the ceremony was General Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who later became Secretary of State.
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Wesley Crusher is given a field commission at the end of this episode and is made a full ensign. It is the first episode where he is seen wearing a Starfleet uniform in the regular timeline. An alternate version of Wesley wore the uniform in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Yesterday's Enterprise (1990). The uniform is similar to the two-piece uniforms the senior staff normally wears, rather than the spandex version (with the colored piping on the shoulders) that was still worn by most crew members at this point in the series.
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