Charming Thadiun Okona is lucky that Geordi repairs his ship while he is free to make friends among the female Enterprise crew members. Picard, however, faces a small dilemma when two ships from the planets Atlec and Straleb appear and both demand Okona's extradition. Kushell, Straleb's ruler, accuses Okona, who used to be a friend of his son Benzan, of stealing their sacred Jewel of Thesia. Atlec's Debin raves that Okona impregnated his daughter Yanar.

Picard calls a meeting of the struggling factions where Okona persuades the children of the leaders to tell the truth. Yanar is carrying Benzan's child, and the two used Okona only as a go-between because they were afraid their families would never agree with their relationship.

Errors and Explanations

Internet Movie Database

Character error

  1. At the end, when Data is feeling low following his attempt at stand-up comedy, Guinan misquotes William Shakespeare saying "being able to laugh is not the end-all and be-all of being human." The correct saying is "be-all and end-all." Words and phrases do get modified over time.

The Nitpicker's Guide
Next Generation Trekkers
Volume 2

Plot Oversights

  1. Does it strike anyone else as odd that Data goes to Guinan for advice on humor? True, Whoopi Goldberg is a comic, but Guinan? Perhaps Data considers her to have a unique perspective, which will provide him with greater insight. Rodney Hrvatin Nit Central entry for Sunday, September 19, 1999 - 4:37 pm: How do we know?? We see her humor streak in a few episodes (The Dauphin comes to mind). She is an old woman apparently, she hangs out with Uncle Turkel ("The only one with a sense of humor"). I think she would be as good as any.

Continuity and Production Problems

  1. The background of the vessel that carries the delegation from Altec looks suspiciously like the main viewer on the battle bridge. Possibly an emergency viewscreen.

Nit Central

  1. Keith Alan Morgan on Thursday, May 13, 1999 - 6:16 am: So Altec & Straleb are both part of the Coalition of Madena in the Omega Sagitta system. The proper name for a star in the constellation Sagitta is Sagittae. Omega Sagitta could be the offical local name for the system.
  2. The Enterprise is supposed to be intercepting the Erstwhile, but the scene shows the Enterprise traveling in a straight line while Okona's ship turns to come up behind the Enterprise. Also who was controlling the Erstwhile? When the main viewer first shows Okona he is facing away and bent over working on his ship. I suppose that could be where his controls are, but it seems like an uncomfortable way to fly a ship. Okona could be using an emergency autopilot.
  3. Why did Riker make such a big deal about Wesley lining the ship up right, when all they are doing is grabbing it with a tractor beam? If they were attempting to dock then I could understand the fuss, but many episodes have shown tractor beams capable of grabbing objects anywhere around the ship. He dosn't want to risk overstressing the other ship's hull.
  4. Several times in this episode Picard uses a gesture to tell Worf to mute the main veiwscreen. So why in the next episode will Worf react to sign language as if he is unfamiliar with "gestural language?" Perhaps Worf is unfamilier with the concept of hand gestures being used in place of speech.
  5. Teral on Friday, July 20, 2001 - 4:03 pm: The post as chief of security gives some neat privileges. When Worf goes to collect Okona, after the Straleb's and Altec's show up, he just storms into the quarter where Okona is. If it's the crewmembers quarters he goes into, it's extremely rude just to waltz right in, and it also has to be illegal. If it's Okona's quarters it really wouldn't make any difference, it would still be rude and illegal. Not necessarily - it's an emergency, and he is acting under da direct order from the captain.R on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 8:52 pm: It's not illegal. The right to privacy is much more limited in Starfleet when ship's security is involved. Tuvok read people's mail from home in 'Repression'. He would have the right to enter people's quarters to apprehend someone. Acting ensign crusher (Acting_ensign_crusher) on Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 11:21 am: The right to privacy is limted in any military when a ships security is involved. Don F (TNG Moderator) (Dferguson) on Monday, May 31, 2010 - 7:26 am: I suppose technically speaking the ship's security was involved, there were alien ships "threatening" the Enterprise so Okona was needed ASAP to resolve the matter.
  6. After Okona agrees to go see Picard and leave the room Worf gives the crewmember a quite angry/disapproving look. Why, she didn't do anything wrong. Worf may disapprove of blatant fratenisation.

Ex Astris Scientia

  1. Okona's ship is surely too large for a single person to maintain. Perhaps it is heavely automated.

The Next Generation Season 2
The Child I Where Silence Has Lease I Elementary, Dear Data I The Outrageous Okona I The Schizoid Man I Loud as a Whisper I Unnatural Selection I A Matter of Honor I The Measure of a Man I The Dauphin I Contagion I The Royale I Time Squared I The Icarus Factor I Pen Pals I Q Who I Samaritan Snare I Up the Long Ladder I Manhunt I The Emissary I Peak Performance I Shades of Gray
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.