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The Enterprise is transporting delegates to a diplomatic conference dealing with Federation membership. Counselor Troi is more than just a bit embarrassed when her mother Lwaxanna, as ... See full summary »


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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. Commander 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


The Enterprise is transporting 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 on board the Enterprise. 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 on 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

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17 June 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the first episode that the dress uniform has rank pips. See more »


If Lwaxana is a powerful telepath, then there is no need for Deanna Troi to have a conversation in the hallway when she and her mother could communicate by thought. She simply prefers this method of communication at times. See more »


Counselor Troi: It's so like my mother to do the unexpected.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Haven (1987) See more »


Moonlight Serenade
Written by Glenn Miller
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
1941 Radio music
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Lwaxana Troi has an itch that needs scratching
5 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Enterprise picking up a pair of diplomats from an unknown alien species has them also picking up Majel Barrett who is a Betazoid ambassador. And as she is going through that race's version of menopause she has a heightened sexuality. To put it bluntly as her daughter Marina Sirtis explains, Lwaxana Troi has an itch that needs scratching.

First Patrick Stewart and then Jonathan Frakes are stalked like prey. Jean-Luc Picard takes to the holodeck to get away from her. Of course she moves in on his Dixon Hill, Sam Spade like fantasy detective program.

It all works out and even Barrett gets her itch scratched, albeit vicariously.

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