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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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Episode complete credited cast:
... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
... Cmdr. William Riker
... Lt. Geordi La Forge
... Lt. Worf
... Counselor Deanna Troi
... Lt. Commander Data
... Wesley Crusher
... Capt. Thadiun Okona (as William O. Campbell)
... Debin
Albert Stratton ... Kushell
... Yanar (as Rosalind Ingledew)
... Benzan
... The Comic
... 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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Billy Campbell, who plays Thadiun Okona here, shares a name with William Campbell who played two popular Star Trek (1966) villains: Squire Trelane in Star Trek: The Squire of Gothos (1967) and Star Trek: Judgment Rites (1993), and Klingon Captain Koloth in Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Blood Oath (1994). He is also first cousin to B movie legend, Bruce Campbell. See more »


The captain agrees that Okona should be given limited access to the ship, yet he's free to roam the decks unescorted to go to various female crew members' quarters. See more »


Lt. Cmdr. Data: I come from a town so small, we had a fraction for a zip-code. -... - It was so small, in fact, we didn't have a godfather of crime, we had a nephew.
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Frivolously entertaining
6 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Data doesn't get jokes and spends his free time in he holodeck being schooled by Joe Piscopo. That's how you know you're in for a comedy episode. That and the crew runs into a pirate who needs repairs (a pre-Rocketeer Bill Campbell) and also has a knack for attracting the finest ladies on the ship and getting a feud going between two royal families. It's all serious business onboard this ship.

Lightweight comedy isn't usually TNG's forte, but this mostly works. Campbell is dashing, the women are gorgeous (hellooo, Teri Hatcher) and Guinan ends up filling in for an absent Pulaski in coaching Data in the ways of humans (and does a much better job of it, too).

Watching it again, I was actually kinda bummed this was a one-off for Okona. Thought for sure they'd follow in the Mudd footsteps from The Original Series.


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