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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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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Teri Hatcher has an uncredited roll as a transoorter operator in this episode. See more »

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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 »

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[Worf finds Okona in deep embrace with a woman in her quarters]
Lieutenant Worf: You will come with me to the main bridge!
Capt. Thadiun Okona: I'm sure it can wait a few minutes?
[continues kissing the woman]
Lieutenant Worf: NOW!
[Okana turns and has a stare-down with Worf]
Lieutenant Worf: [growls] I'd like that! But I have my orders.
Capt. Thadiun Okona: [smugly] Some other time.
[Okana turns to the woman he was kissing]
Capt. Thadiun Okona: Remember what it took to drag me from your arms!
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Comedy Or Light Drama?
25 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

The Enterprise picks up a colourful ladies man named Okona. Data wants a sense of humour.

One of my favourite second season episodes as it just sort of seems wonderfully out-of-place with the rest of TNG. This sort of story could of been done at sea on a ship when you think about it. Not much sci-fi here.

As another poster noted, it is too bad that Okono did not return to the series every so often, like Harry Mudd, as he would of given us some welcome laughs.

The Data-subplot is less pleasing to me, but that story does not take up too much screen time.


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