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Ménage à Troi 

When Deanna's mother spurns advances made by a Ferengi Daimon, he takes it upon himself to kidnap the two of them, along with Commander Riker and steal them away aboard his ship.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
... Cmdr. William Riker
... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
... Lieutenant Worf
... Dr. Beverly Crusher
... Counselor Deanna Troi
... Lt. Commander Data
... Wesley Crusher
... Lwaxana Troi
... DaiMon Tog
... Dr. Farek
... Nibor (as Peter Slutsker)
Rudolph Willrich ... Reittan Grax
... Mr. Homn


At the closing reception of a biennial trade conference, for the first time attended by the Ferengi race, Counselor Deanna Troi's mother, a full-blood Betazoi, scorns the advances of a Ferengi. When mother, daughter and Commander William T. Riker take shore-leave during a routine mapping voyage, he seizes his chance to kidnap them, and is found to have a practical motive beyond sexual attraction. Meanwhile young Wesley Crusher passes his tests for promotion to field ensign, but only then realizes he's rather likely to be assigned to another starship for further training... Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


Peter Marx (then know as Peter Slutsker) has played the roles of Nibor in "Ménage a Troi", Dr. Reyga in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Suspicions (1993), Birta in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Bloodlines (1994), and Krenim Commandant in Star Trek: Voyager: Year of Hell: Part II (1997). See more »


When Lwaxana Troi beams out she is sitting on the Ferengi captain's lap, but when she materializes on Enterprise's bridge she is standing. However this can be explained by the fact that, if the transporter can remove weapons from hostiles in transit, there is no reason to doubt that they can receive a sitting person in a standing position. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: When I have pluck'd the rose, I cannot give it vital growth again. It needs must wither.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Lonely Among Us (1987) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Has its moments, but you've gotta work for them.
1 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Menage a Troi"'s greatest offense is that (for the most part) it's just as much of a groaner as that wordplay in the title Lwaxana's back, she spars with Deanna about female responsibility, and that's before they're abducted (along with Riker) by a horndog Ferengi. Put simply, it's dull and the lighthearted stuff isn't funny.

. . . Until the last few minutes or so, wherein Picard summons his inner Shakespearean in a standoff with the Ferengi ship. This however is very funny because Patrick Stewart's going for broke. He completely livens up this sleepy episode. And it's no wonder that that image of him hamming it up has been co-opted into Internet meme infamy.


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