New-school Trek meets old-school comedy in this lighthearted episode. The Enterprise comes to the aid of dashing, lovable rogue Captain Okona. Okona's easy wit charms the ladies of the crew and inspires Data to learn about the peculiar human trait of humor. Okona is soon in hot water as two different factions demand his surrender, while Data is up to his ears in shtick with the help of Guinan and a holodeck comic played by Joe Piscopo. Piscopo is given alarmingly free reign in defining what is funny, but it is Brent Spiner's playful illustrations of Data's poor comic touch that come off best. Also keep an eye out for a young Teri Hatcher in the transporter room, appropriately cast as an attractive crew member. --Ali DavisFrom the Back Cover:
After coming to the aid of a disabled cargo ship, the Enterprise beams aboard the craft's sole occupant, Captain Okona (William O. Campbell).
Okona quickly charms the crew with his roguish manner and irrepressible wit. Data (Brent Spiner), however, is unable to understand Okona's jokes, and seeks counsel from Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) and a holodeck comic (Joe Piscopo).
Meanwhile, leaders from two interplanetary vessels have contacted the Enterprise to demand Okona's surrender. First, planet Atlec's Debin (Douglas Rowe) accuses Okona of fathering his daughter's child; then Kushell (Albert Stratton) from Stralieb charges Okona with the theft of the prized Jewel of Thalia.
Okona claims his innocence, but can Picard (Patrick Stewart) trust the renegade roui?
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