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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Billy Campbell, who played Okona, was a contender for the role of Commander Riker. Campbell was Gene Roddenberry's preferred choice, but the studio insisted on Jonathan Frakes instead. See more »


The captain agrees that Okona should be given limited access to the ship, yet he's free to roam the decks unescorted to go to various female crew members' quarters. See more »


Capt. Thadiun Okona: [handing Wesley his defective guidance system] Commander, I leave this in your capable hands.
Wesley Crusher: Sir, this is Commander Data. I'm just an acting ensign.
Capt. Thadiun Okona: Well, acting ensigns have names, don't they?
Wesley Crusher: Wesley. Wesley Crusher.
Capt. Thadiun Okona: Nice to meet you, Acting Ensign Wesley Wesley Crusher.
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Data 10--Okona 1
5 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I seem to enjoy the episodes where Commander Data goes on a quest of understanding of the human mind. In this one, he enlists the help of Joe Piscopo (what ever happened to him?) to figure out how to be funny. Of course, he would have the capacity to memorize every joke in the universe if he wished, but this doesn't explain why some people get laughs and others are silenced out. He is so diligent, trying to copy old routines and tell stale jokes in front of a holodeck audience. Meanwhile, a really worthless major plot is going on. Some young stud, zooming around in a cargo ship, has found himself aboard the enterprise when his ship breaks down. He is a free spirit and starts to put the make on every interplanetary fashion model on board the ship. He starts to become a real nuisance, when it gets worse. There are leaders of two warring planets that are after his hide. It seems that he may have impregnated a beautiful young woman, the daughter of one of the planet's emissaries. The other leader accuses him of stealing an heirloom gem of great value. Picard is caught in the middle of a fight he has no interest in. However, Okona, who is jumping from bed to bed, is on his ship and, he feels, his responsibility. This could have been a hillbilly drama or a nouveau Romeo and Juliet. The main story is much weaker than the comedic Data.

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