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The Outrageous Okona
Stardate 42402.7
Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode 30 (2.4)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Patrick Stewart   IMDB   Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes   IMDB   Commander William T. Riker
Levar Burton   IMDB   Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lieutenant Worf
Marina Sirtis   IMDB   Lt. Commander Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Lt. Commander Data
Wil Wheaton   IMDB   Wesley Crusher
Guest Cast:
William O. Campbell   IMDB   Captain Thaduin Okona
Douglas Rowe   IMDB   Debin
Whoopi Goldberg   IMDB   Guinan
Albert Stratton   IMDB   Kushell
Rosalind Ingledew   IMDB   Yanar
Kieran Mulroney   IMDB   Benzan
Joe Piscopo   IMDB   The Comic
Teri Hatcher   IMDB   Lieutenant Bronwyn Gail Robinson
Music:
Ron Jones   IMDB
Director:
Robert Becker   IMDB
Teleplay:
Burton Armus   IMDB
Story:
Les Menchen   IMDB
Lance Dickson   IMDB
David Landsberg   IMDB
Published
Laser Disc   ST:TNG LaserDisc Volume 15
DVD   ST:TNG DVD 2.1
VHS   ST:TNG VHS 2.2
Teaser
The Next Generation Teaser #030: The Outrageous Okona

While the Enterprise crew play host to a witty renegade captain, Data struggles to acquire a sense of humor.
Synopsis
While traveling through the Omega Sagitta system, the U.S.S. Enterprise aids a disabled cargo ship and plays host to its sole occupant, Captain Okona.

Once on board the Enterprise, the handsome, roguish Okona charms the crew - particularly the women - with his quick wit and mischievous manner. Data, however, is unable to understand Okona's jokes and looks to Guinan and the holodeck for lessons in human humor.

Meanwhile, two small interplanetary vessels lock their lasers on the U.S.S. Enterprise, demanding Okona's surrender. First, Debin accuses Okona of getting his daughter, Yanar, pregnant; then Kushell, with his son Benzan at his side, charges the dashing Captain with stealing his nation's prized Jewel of Thesia.

Knowing that releasing Okona to either Debin or Kushell would cause a war between their respective homelands, Picard agrees to help Okona make a fast getaway. However, a discussion with Wesley convinces Okona to change his mind and turn himself in.

When all of the parties are beamed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise to discuss the matter, Okona proposes to Yanar, which prompts an outburst from Benzan, who confesses that he fathered Yanar's child and took the jewel to present to the girl as his pledge of marriage. Okona also admits that he's been acting as a go-between for the couple, whose families have been feuding for years. Once everything is out in the open, Yanar agrees to marry her beloved Benzan.

The ordeal resolved, Data returns to the Holodeck to try out some jokes he's learned in front of an audience. After a disappointing attempt, Data reaches the sad conclusion that he is incapable of being funny. But as the crew bids good-bye to Okona, Data is caught off guard by a question from Okona and delivers a response that leaves everyone on the bridge laughing.
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