15 user 8 critic


A midlife Betazoid condition renders Ambassador Troi hot on the hunt for romance and wedlock with Captain Picard - or any man.


Rob Bowman


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Tracy Tormé (as Terry Devereaux) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge (credit only)
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
Majel Barrett ... Lwaxana Troi / Enterprise Computer Voice
Robert Costanzo ... Slade Bender
Carel Struycken ... Mr. Homn
Rod Arrants Rod Arrants ... Rex
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Robert O'Reilly ... Scarface
Rhonda Aldrich Rhonda Aldrich ... Madeline


As the Enterprise transports delegates to a diplomatic conference dealing with Federation membership, Counselor Troi is more than just a bit embarrassed when her mother Lwaxanna, as outrageous as ever, arrives. She is the official Ambassador from Betazed, but that isn't the only reason she is there. She is going through 'The Phase', a time in her life when her sexual drive increases fourfold. She's clearly got her eyes on the Captain, who decides to take refuge on the holodeck as private detective Dixon Hill. With him away, she announces that Commander Riker is her next target, and he soon joins the Captain holed up in the holodeck. She tracks them down, but her sudden interest in a holodeck character serves to rescue the Captain and his First Officer. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


When Dixon Hill takes a look out of his office window, footage from an old movie is used to simulate the street-scape. See more »


In Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Big Goodbye, Picard coughed immediately after lighting a cigarette - a normal reaction for a non-smoker. This time he puffs away without any problem. This may merely be an indication that, after playing Dixon Hill in several (not shown) adventures, Picard has either gotten used to smoking, or at least learned how to puff a cigarette without inhaling the smoke, thus avoiding the coughing. It's also possible that the holodeck has been configured to produce smoke that's only visual and not irritating to Picard. See more »


Lieutenant Worf: Captain, we are being hailed by a small transport vessel just coming into range.
Counselor Troi: [horrified] Oh, my God.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: What's the problem?
Counselor Troi: What's she doing here?
Wesley Crusher: On screen, Captain.
Transporter Pilot: Starship Enterprise, come in.
Commander William T. Riker: We have you on viewer, pilot.
Transporter Pilot: Enterprise, I have a passenger, a VIP passenger who I more...
Lwaxana Troi: [shoving the pilot aside] Oh, let me talk to them. I'm sure I'm more articulate than that.
Counselor Troi: Mother.
See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
See more »

User Reviews

Eccentric mothers, fish headed aliens and madcap romantic-comedy humor ensues
23 April 2020 | by nbrettelSee all my reviews

"Manhunt" is truly a one funny whale-of-an-episode., with Lwaxana Troi, Counselor Deanna Troi's eccentric, yet good natured Betazoid mother, makes her second appearence. Lwaxana is just as brassy, scheming and ourageously funny as ever and this time... she is looking for love - in Jean-Luc Picard!

Lwaxana has entered a Betazoid mid-life crisis where her sex drive dramatically increases and she goes around looking for a new husband - much to Captain Picard's chagrin, as he tries everything he can to avoid the wildly-lovesick Betazoid woman, from having Data crash a dinner party to wisking himself into a virtual pulp-fiction, hard-boiled detective universe.

Adding into the mix of chaotic comedy are the fish-headed Antedeans. Although they spent most of the episode frozen in a weird catatonic state, their bizarre appearences take the brunt of comedic banter, from Wesley Crusher's sightly sickened reaction to the appearence of the Antedeans' food (which looks like raw fish in cold water) to Lwaxana's startled, gasps to their appearence, followed by her comparisons to the Antedeans to seafood ("I still think they look better in sauce" and "I think I've seen something like that... on a plate!") Only Worf seems fascinated by the bizarre Antedeans, calling them a "handsome race" at one point.

In the end, the Antedeans turn out to be assasins (thanks to Lwaxana's super-sharp mindreading abilities). So, while she causes eccentric problems for the crew of the Enterprise, Lwaxana manages to prove herself helpful in saving an upcoming ambassadorial meeting from assasination attempts.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official site





Release Date:

17 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed