The Enterprise rescues the captain of a broken-down freighter, only to become involved in a dispute between feuding worlds--each demanding custody of their guest. Data seeks help from Guinan in understanding humor.



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Capt. Thadiun Okona (as William O. Campbell)
Albert Stratton ...
Yanar (as Rosalind Ingledew)
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The Enterprise comes to the assistance of Captain Thadiun Okona when his ship malfunctions. Okona is a quick-witted and charming rogue who entertains everyone with his humor and is vastly popular with the ladies. While the Enterprise crew rebuilds the parts he needs to continue his journey, they are approached by the leaders of two planets accusing Okona of being a thief, or worse, and demanding that Picard turn him over to them. One is particularly incensed as he has accused Okona of impregnating his daughter. Not all is as it seems however. Data meanwhile tries to better understand humor. He seeks advice from Guinan and on the holodeck also gets advice from a stand up comic. Written by garykmcd

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10 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


According to some sources, Jerry Lewis was invited to play the holodeck comic. The role eventually went to Joe Piscopo who included a Lewis impersonation. See more »


When the computer is listing comics for Data, he says 'that one' and the computer starts clearing the other names before Data can identify the one that he meant. See more »


Guinan: [explaining to Data why his joke was not funny] Data... you spoiled the joke. But it could have been your timing.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: My timing is digital.
[Guinan laughs softly]
Lt. Cmdr. Data: What?
Guinan: That's funny.
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Frivolously entertaining
6 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Data doesn't get jokes and spends his free time in he holodeck being schooled by Joe Piscopo. That's how you know you're in for a comedy episode. That and the crew runs into a pirate who needs repairs (a pre-Rocketeer Bill Campbell) and also has a knack for attracting the finest ladies on the ship and getting a feud going between two royal families. It's all serious business onboard this ship.

Lightweight comedy isn't usually TNG's forte, but this mostly works. Campbell is dashing, the women are gorgeous (hellooo, Teri Hatcher) and Guinan ends up filling in for an absent Pulaski in coaching Data in the ways of humans (and does a much better job of it, too).

Watching it again, I was actually kinda bummed this was a one-off for Okona. Thought for sure they'd follow in the Mudd footsteps from The Original Series.


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