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The Outrageous Okona 

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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When Worf gets off the turbolift on Deck 10 to collect Okona, the doors of quarters of the female crewmember read Deck 7. When Worf and Okona enter the turbolift, the doors read Deck 11. See more »

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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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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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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 have 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 have 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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