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)
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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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When choosing a comedian in order to study humor, the name on the comm panel of the comic that Data chooses is Ronald B Moore, visual effects artist. According to Mission Log Podcast many mistake that it reads Ronald D Moore, who in real life was to join writing team of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) the next year. See more »

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It's well established that the Holodeck exit only appears when explicitly requested. However, when Data and Guinan exit at the end the exit sound effect occurs without either character requesting it. See more »

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[Data is attempting to tell a joke]
Lt. Cmdr. Data: A monk, a clone and a Ferengi decided to go bowling together...
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Comedy episode
5 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a humorous episode of Star Trek NextGen. Although it has been bashed heavily, it is really a lighthearted story. It does get sappy at certain moments, but it's good for a few laughs. Okona is a good character for a single episode, as rakish rogues go.

This episode contains one of the rare moments in which we get to see Guinan in a place other than Ten-Forward.

All in all, it is a good step away from the usual Trek story lines and the creators had the good form to not make another one exactly like it. It stands as a fairly unique episode, quite funny, but if the creators had modeled another story after it, that would have been walking into a big bear trap.


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