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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.


Robert Becker


Gene Roddenberry (created by), Burton Armus (teleplay by) | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Billy Campbell ... Capt. Thadiun Okona (as William O. Campbell)
Douglas Rowe ... Debin
Albert Stratton Albert Stratton ... Kushell
Rosalind Allen ... Yanar (as Rosalind Ingledew)
Kieran Mulroney ... Benzan
Joe Piscopo ... The Comic
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan


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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There is a scene when the alien ship locked lasers on the Enterprise and Picard comments that lasers wouldn't penetrate the navigational deflectors. When this episode originally aired, the scene went slightly differently. Picard asks if the lasers could penetrate the shields and Worf responds that the lasers wouldn't penetrate the navigational deflectors. The scene has since been changed to how it is now. See more »


When the computer is listing comics for Data, he says "that one" and the computer starts clearing the other names before Data can identify the one that he meant. See more »


Lt. Cmdr. Data: Then, there was the one about the girl in the nudist colony, that nothing looked good on.
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Referenced in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Data 10--Okona 1
5 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I seem to enjoy the episodes where Commander Data goes on a quest of understanding of the human mind. In this one, he enlists the help of Joe Piscopo (what ever happened to him?) to figure out how to be funny. Of course, he would have the capacity to memorize every joke in the universe if he wished, but this doesn't explain why some people get laughs and others are silenced out. He is so diligent, trying to copy old routines and tell stale jokes in front of a holodeck audience. Meanwhile, a really worthless major plot is going on. Some young stud, zooming around in a cargo ship, has found himself aboard the enterprise when his ship breaks down. He is a free spirit and starts to put the make on every interplanetary fashion model on board the ship. He starts to become a real nuisance, when it gets worse. There are leaders of two warring planets that are after his hide. It seems that he may have impregnated a beautiful young woman, the daughter of one of the planet's emissaries. The other leader accuses him of stealing an heirloom gem of great value. Picard is caught in the middle of a fight he has no interest in. However, Okona, who is jumping from bed to bed, is on his ship and, he feels, his responsibility. This could have been a hillbilly drama or a nouveau Romeo and Juliet. The main story is much weaker than the comedic Data.

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