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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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Data is summarizing the Comic's joke about Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill and the briefcase that looks like a fish by stating, "So the juxtaposition of gender and an amphibian briefcase..." Data should know the difference between fishes and amphibians. See more »


The Comic: You, pal, are a tough room.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: "Tough room"?
[accesses his data bank]
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Ah! A colloquialism, meaning a severe, rigid, close-minded audience. I understand. I will attempt to be an easy room.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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quality episode
4 April 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

although this greatly differs from the usual format,this still has quality acting and an interesting storyline.

Data steals the show trying to search for the most endearing human quality-humour.Assisted by guinan he attempts in his own original way to discover it.With the aid of the holodeck a comedy club is created complete with comic(joe piscopo)and an audience.Original use of the hollow deck like this showed why it's addition to the series was a fantastic idea.Also the appearance of the lovable rogue Captain Okona is a breath of fresh air for this episode.without a doubt data's performance in the comedy club is one of my favourite star treking moments

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