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| wsTeleplayBy = [[Burton Armus]]
 
| wsTeleplayBy = [[Burton Armus]]
| wsStoryBy = [[Les Menchen]] & [[Lance Dickson]] and [[David Landsberg]]
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| wsStoryBy = [[Les Menchen]] [[Lance Dickson]] [[David Landsberg]]
 
| wsDirectedBy = [[Robert Becker]]
 
| wsDirectedBy = [[Robert Becker]]
 
| nNthProducedInSeries = 29
 
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:"''Captain's Log, Stardate 42402.7. We are traveling in the [[Omega Sagitta system]], traversing between the twin planets that form the [[Coalition of Madena]]. Both worlds are populated by a [[humanoid]] race which colonized the planets two centuries ago and which now coexist under a precarious but successful [[treaty]].''"
 
:"''Captain's Log, Stardate 42402.7. We are traveling in the [[Omega Sagitta system]], traversing between the twin planets that form the [[Coalition of Madena]]. Both worlds are populated by a [[humanoid]] race which colonized the planets two centuries ago and which now coexist under a precarious but successful [[treaty]].''"
   
The {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-D|-D}}, while traveling in the [[Omega Sagitta system]] between two twin [[planet]]s inhabited by [[Human]]s who have created a pact called the Madena Coalition, stumbles upon a [[Class 9 cargo vessel|Class 9]] [[starship]] with one humanoid inside. The ship is the [[cargo freighter]] ''[[Erstwhile]]'' commanded by {{dis|Captain|rank}} [[Thadiun Okona]], who has problems with the [[guidance system]]. The ''Enterprise'' offers Captain Okona help repairing his faulty guidance system. [[Deanna Troi]] establishes that he displays rogue-like characteristics, making him a suspicious character who should not be taken lightly.
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The {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-D|-D}}, while traveling in the [[Omega Sagitta system]] between two twin [[planet]]s inhabited by [[Human]]s who have created a pact called the Madena Coalition, stumbles upon a [[Class 9 cargo vessel|Class 9]] [[starship]] with one humanoid inside. The ship is the [[cargo freighter]] ''[[Erstwhile]]'' commanded by [[Captain]] [[Thadiun Okona]], who has problems with the [[guidance system]]. The ''Enterprise'' offers Captain Okona help repairing his faulty guidance system. [[Deanna Troi]] establishes that he displays rogue-like characteristics, making him a suspicious character who should not be taken lightly.
   
 
===Act One===
 
===Act One===
 
[[File:Okona meets Data.jpg|thumb|''"You don't know what a joke is?"'']]
 
[[File:Okona meets Data.jpg|thumb|''"You don't know what a joke is?"'']]
Upon entry to the ship, Okona meets [[William T. Riker|Riker]], [[Data]], [[Worf]] and [[Wesley Crusher|Crusher]] and also the [[transporter chief]], [[Lieutenant]] [[B.G. Robinson|Robinson]], and begins to display characteristics of a scoundrel and a {{dis|rake|slang}}, charming Robinson. While the others observe this, Okona soon leaves the transporter room and he accompanies Data and Wesley to [[main engineering]] to observe the repairs to his guidance system. Okona questions Data's ability to comprehend [[humor]] and other [[Human]] characteristics, apparently finding the concept of an emotionless [[android]] fascinating. He then goes to spend time with Robinson.
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Upon entry to the ship, Okona meets [[William T. Riker|Riker]], [[Data]], [[Worf]] and [[Wesley Crusher|Crusher]] and also the [[transporter chief]], [[Lieutenant]] [[B.G. Robinson|Robinson]], and begins to display characteristics of a scoundrel and a rake, charming Robinson. While the others observe this, Okona soon leaves the transporter room and he accompanies Data and Wesley to [[main engineering]] to observe the repairs to his guidance system. Okona questions Data's ability to comprehend [[humor]] and other [[Human]] characteristics, apparently finding the concept of an emotionless [[android]] fascinating. He then goes to spend time with Robinson.
   
 
===Act Two===
 
===Act Two===
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The story unfolds when they discover that Kushell's ''son'' [[Benzan]] has actually impregnated Yanar, rather than Okona, and that Okona was the go-between for Yanar and Benzan's courtship (which was disapproved by both families). The jewel was stolen to be used in the wedding between Yanar and Benzan, who agree to marriage, and their fathers continue their quarrels in a more light-hearted manner (this time about the details of the wedding) as Picard invokes the [[Prime Directive]] as an excuse to make a discreet exit from what has now officially become an internal matter of the respective families' governments.
 
The story unfolds when they discover that Kushell's ''son'' [[Benzan]] has actually impregnated Yanar, rather than Okona, and that Okona was the go-between for Yanar and Benzan's courtship (which was disapproved by both families). The jewel was stolen to be used in the wedding between Yanar and Benzan, who agree to marriage, and their fathers continue their quarrels in a more light-hearted manner (this time about the details of the wedding) as Picard invokes the [[Prime Directive]] as an excuse to make a discreet exit from what has now officially become an internal matter of the respective families' governments.
   
[[File:Data as a comic.jpg|thumb|left|''"Being able to make people laugh, or being able to laugh, is not the end all and be all of being Human."'']]
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[[File:Data as a comic.jpg|thumb|left|''"Being able to make people laugh, or being able to laugh, is not the end all and be all of being human."'']]
 
Data and Guinan participate in a comedy show with the holo-comedian. They resolve the issues of Data's ability to deliver a joke by giving Data an audience. Unfortunately, Data discovers that the [[Charnock's Comedy hologram audience|holographic audience]] is programmed to laugh at ''anything'' he says or does, regardless of whether or not it's actually humorous, and that his delivery is still flawed. Data asks the computer to erase the audience as well as the comic. Guinan assures Data that being able to laugh or to make people laugh is not the final result to becoming Human. Data agrees, but notes that there is nothing more "''uniquely Human.''"
 
Data and Guinan participate in a comedy show with the holo-comedian. They resolve the issues of Data's ability to deliver a joke by giving Data an audience. Unfortunately, Data discovers that the [[Charnock's Comedy hologram audience|holographic audience]] is programmed to laugh at ''anything'' he says or does, regardless of whether or not it's actually humorous, and that his delivery is still flawed. Data asks the computer to erase the audience as well as the comic. Guinan assures Data that being able to laugh or to make people laugh is not the final result to becoming Human. Data agrees, but notes that there is nothing more "''uniquely Human.''"
   
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"''Lasers can't even penetrate our navigation shields. Don't they know that?''"<br />
 
"''Lasers can't even penetrate our navigation shields. Don't they know that?''"<br />
 
"''Regulations do call for yellow alert.''"<br />
 
"''Regulations do call for yellow alert.''"<br />
"''Hmm, a very old regulation. Well, make it so Number One. And, reduce speed&hellip; drop main shields, as well.''"<br />
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"''Hmm, a very old regulation. Well, make it so Number One. And, reduce speed... drop main shields, as well.''"<br />
 
"''May I ask why, sir?''"<br />
 
"''May I ask why, sir?''"<br />
"''In case we decide to surrender to them, Number One&hellip; ''"
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"''In case we decide to surrender to them, Number One... ''"
 
: - '''Worf''', '''Riker''', and '''Picard'''
 
: - '''Worf''', '''Riker''', and '''Picard'''
   
   
"''So&hellip; if you put funny teeth in your mouth and jump around like an idiot, that is considered funny!''"
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"''So... if you put funny teeth in your mouth and jump around like an idiot, that is considered funny!''"
 
: - '''Data'''
 
: - '''Data'''
   
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"''Take my Worf&hellip; please!''"
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"''Take my Worf... please!''"
 
: - '''Data''', making a bad joke
 
: - '''Data''', making a bad joke
   
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* According to [[Joe Piscopo]], he was allowed to improvise much of his own jokes and dialogue as the holographic comic, including the [[Jerry Lewis]] impersonation. {{st.com|joe-piscopo-looks-back-with-laughter||article}}
 
* According to [[Joe Piscopo]], he was allowed to improvise much of his own jokes and dialogue as the holographic comic, including the [[Jerry Lewis]] impersonation. {{st.com|joe-piscopo-looks-back-with-laughter||article}}
 
* {{w|Jerry Lewis}} himself was approached to play the comic, but there was a scheduling conflict caused by Lewis' guest role on {{wt|Wiseguy}}. (''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion]]'' 2nd ed., p. 70)
 
* {{w|Jerry Lewis}} himself was approached to play the comic, but there was a scheduling conflict caused by Lewis' guest role on {{wt|Wiseguy}}. (''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion]]'' 2nd ed., p. 70)
* This is the first of two second-season episodes in which Dr. [[Katherine Pulaski|Pulaski]] [[TNG main character non-appearances|doesn't appear]]. The other is {{e|Q Who}}.
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* This is the first of two second-season episodes in which Dr. [[Katherine Pulaski|Pulaski]] [[Main character non-appearances|doesn't appear]]. The other is {{e|Q Who}}.
   
 
=== Sets and props ===
 
=== Sets and props ===
 
[[File:Roddenberry during Outrageous Okona.jpg|thumb|[[Gene Roddenberry]] visits the set during filming]]
 
[[File:Roddenberry during Outrageous Okona.jpg|thumb|[[Gene Roddenberry]] visits the set during filming]]
* The holodeck terminal lists the name of the comic as {{dis|Ronald B. Moore|comedian}}, a reference to Visual Effects Supervisor [[Ronald B. Moore]], who helped assemble the graphic. ({{ste|1|54}}) He is not to be confused with writer and producer [[Ronald D. Moore]], who had not yet joined the staff.
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* The holodeck terminal lists the name of the comic as {{dis|Ronald B. Moore|comedian}}, a reference to Visual Effects Supervisor [[Ronald B. Moore]], who helped assemble the graphic. (''[[Star Trek Encyclopedia]]'' 1st ed., p. 54) He is not to be confused with writer and producer [[Ronald D. Moore]], who had not yet joined the staff.
 
* The window or display "frame" behind Debin while speaking on the ''Enterprise'' viewscreen is a slightly modified re-use of the [[battle bridge]] viewscreen of the ''Enterprise''-D.
 
* The window or display "frame" behind Debin while speaking on the ''Enterprise'' viewscreen is a slightly modified re-use of the [[battle bridge]] viewscreen of the ''Enterprise''-D.
   
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== Links and references ==
 
== Links and references ==
 
=== Starring ===
 
=== Starring ===
* [[Patrick Stewart]] as {{dis|Captain|rank|Capt.}} [[Jean-Luc Picard]]
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* [[Patrick Stewart]] as [[Captain|Capt.]] [[Jean-Luc Picard]]
 
* [[Jonathan Frakes]] as [[Commander|Cmdr.]] [[William T. Riker|William Riker]]
 
* [[Jonathan Frakes]] as [[Commander|Cmdr.]] [[William T. Riker|William Riker]]
   
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=== References ===
 
=== References ===
[[20th century]]; [[1932]]; [[2165]]; [[23rd century]]; [[2364]]; [[acting ensign]]; [[advice]]; [[alcohol]]; {{revname|Gracie|Allen}}; "[[Idiom|all right]]"; "[[Idiom|all the time]]"; [[amphibian]]; [[android]]; [[anger]]; [[annoyance]]; [[arbitration]]; [[arm]]; "[[Idiom|as well]]"; [[Atlec]]; [[Atlec vessel]]; "[[Idiom|at stake]]"; "[[Idiom|at your service]]"; [[audience]]; [[audio signal|audio]]; [[authority]]; [[bar]]; [[bastard]]; [[bird call]]; [[bon mot]]; [[bowling]]; [[bow tie]]; [[brazen]]; [[briefcase]]; [[brother]]; "[[Idiom|brought the house down]]"; [[burnout]]; {{revname|George|Burns}}; [[cad]]; [[call sign]]; [[canary]]; [[car]]; [[cargo]]; [[cargo carrier]]; [[cargo hold]]; [[cargo ship]]; [[case]]; [[communication channel|channel]]; [[charm]]; [[Charnock's Comedy Cabaret]]; [[choice]]; [[cigar]]; [[Class 7 vessel]]; [[Class 9 cargo vessel]]; [[clone]]; [[colloquialism]]; [[comedian]]; [[complaint]]; [[Coalition of Madena]]; [[Coalition of Madena species]]; [[computer]]; [[conference room]]; [[context]]; [[conversation]]; [[course]]; [[craftsman]]; [[crew complement]]; [[crew quarters]]; [[crime]]; [[criminal]]; [[custody]]; [[danger]]; [[daughter]]; [[Denkir II]]; [[dictionary]]; [[dilemma]]; [[physician|doctor]]; [[dog]]; [[dress]]; [[Earth]]; [[embarrassment]]; [[emergency assistance]]; [[emotion]]; [[engine]]; ''[[Erstwhile]]''; [[evening]]; [[existence]]; "[[Idiom|excuse me]]"; [[exploration]]; "[[Idiom|face-to-face]]"; [[family]]; [[farmhouse]]; [[Federation]]; [[feeling]]; [[Ferengi]]; [[fish]]; "[[Idiom|for once]]"; "[[Idiom|for the record]]"; [[fraction]]; [[French language]]; [[friend]]; [[fun]]; {{dis|gag|joke}}; [[Galaxy class decks|''Galaxy'' class decks]]; [[gender]]; [[gesture]]; ''[[glob fly]]''; [[godfather]]; [[grandson]]; [[Greek]]; [[guest]]; {{dis|guilt|law}}; ''[[Gulliver's Travels]]''; [[hailing frequency]]; "[[Idiom|hands-on]]"; [[heir]]; "[[hello]]"; [[heritage]]; "[[Idiom|hired and fired]]"; [[holodeck]]; [[home]]; [[homeland]]; [[honor]]; [[Human]]; [[Human cannonball]]; [[humanoid]]; [[humor]]; [[idiot]]; "[[Idiom|ill will]]"; "[[Idiom|in case]]"; [[inertial guidance system]]; "[[Idiom|in fact]]"; [[innocence]]; "[[Idiom|in order]]"; [[instruction]]; [[intercept course]]; "[[Idiom|in truth]]"; "[[Idiom|in turn]]"; [[investigation]]; [[Irish]]; [[Jew]]; [[Jewel of Thesia]]; [[jewelry]]; [[joke]]; [[judge]]; [[juggling]]; [[juxtaposition]]; [[kidney]]; [[Klingon]]; [[knave]]; [[language]]; [[laser weapon]]s; [[laughing]]; [[legal right]]; [[legation]]; [[Legation of Unity]]; {{revname|Jerry|Lewis}}; [[liar]]; [[libido]]; [[life sign]]; [[lion]]; [[love]]; [[main shield]]; [[main viewer]]; [[malevolence]]; [[marriage]]; [[mercy killing]]; [[message]]; [[microphone]]; [[Milky Way Galaxy]]; [[minute]]; [[mister]]; [[monk]]; [[month]]; [[morality]]; [[mosquito]]; [[mouth]]; [[mystery]]; [[name]]; [[navigation shield]]; [[neck]]; [[nephew]]; [[New York City]]; [[night]]; [[nudist colony]]; [[number one]]; {{revname|Tip|O'Neill}}; [[obligation]]; "[[Idiom|of course]]": [[office]]; [[Omega Sagitta system]]; "[[Idiom|one at a time]]": [[operation]]; [[operator]]; [[opinion]]; [[order]]; [[owner]]; [[parrot]]; [[performer]]; [[phaser]]; [[pilot]]; [[place]]; [[plan]]; [[planet]]; [[play]]; [[politician]]; [[pork chop]]; [[prestige]]; [[procreation]]; [[problem]]; [[programming]]; [[prop]]; [[quantum mechanics]]; [[quarrel]]; [[race]]; {{dis|rake|slang}}; [[rascal]]; [[reason]]; [[repairs]]; [[reputation]]; {{revname|Stano|Riga}}; [[road]]; [[rogue (slang)]]; [[robot]]; [[room]]; [[Roxy Theatre]]; [[rule]]; [[Saint Peter]]; [[salesman]]; [[seat]]; {{dis|secretary|title}}; [[sector]]; [[security officer]]; [[sensor]]; [[sentence]]; [[sex appeal]]; [[sexual attraction]]; [[shopkeeper]]; [[show]]; [[size]]; [[sound]]; [[spacecraft]]; [[speed]]; [[Starfleet Regulations]]; [[sector]]; [[shame]]; [[smuggling]]; [[son]]; [[star]]; [[status]]; [[stealing]]; [[sting]]; [[shop|store]]; [[Straleb]]; [[Straleb security vessel]]; [[stress test]]; [[subject]]; [[surrender]]; [[talent]]; [[Teaneck]]; [[teeth]]; "[[Idiom|thank you]]"; [[thief]]; [[thing]]; [[tone]]; [[tool]]; [[towing]]; [[town]]; [[tractor beam]]; [[transporter chief]]; [[transporter room]]; [[treasure]]; [[treaty]]; [[tricellite]]; [[truth]]; [[valise]]; [[victimization]]; [[villain]]; [[eyesight|vision]]; [[voice]]; [[war]]; [[warmth]]; [[weapon]]; "[[Idiom|whoa]]"; [[wife]]; [[wild element]]; "[[Idiom|with all due respect]]"; [[witticism]]; [[word]]; [[year]]; [[yellow alert]]; [[zelebium]]; [[ZIP code]]
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[[1932]]; [[2165]]; [[2364]]; [[alcohol]]; {{revname|Gracie|Allen}}; [[Atlec]]; [[Atlec vessel]]; [[bar]]; [[illegitimate child|bastard]]; [[bird call]]; [[bowling]]; [[briefcase]]; [[George Burns|Burns, George]]; [[call sign]]; [[canary]]; [[cargo carrier]]; [[cargo hold]]; [[Charnock's Comedy Cabaret]]; [[cigar]]; [[class 7 vessel]]; [[class 9 cargo vessel]]; [[clone]]; [[comedian]]; [[Coalition of Madena]]; [[Denkir II]]; [[dictionary]]; [[dog]]; [[Earth]]; ''[[Erstwhile]]''; [[Federation]]; [[Ferengi]]; [[fraction]]; [[gesture]]; ''[[glob fly]]''; [[godfather]]; [[Greek]]; ''[[Gulliver's Travels]]''; [[holodeck]]; [[human cannonball]]; [[humor]]; [[inertial guidance system]]; [[Irish]]; [[Jew]]; [[Jewel of Thesia]]; [[joke]]; [[juggling]]; [[Klingon]]; [[laser weapon]]s; [[Legation of Unity]]; {{revname|Jerry|Lewis}}; [[lion]]; [[mercy killing]]; [[microphone]]; [[Milky Way Galaxy]]; [[monk]]; [[morality]]; [[mosquito]]; [[navigational shield]]; [[New York City]]; [[number one]]; [[Omega Sagitta system]]; [[procreation]]; [[quantum mechanics]]; {{revname|Tip|O'Neill}}; [[parrot]]; [[pork chop]]; [[prop]]; {{dis|secretary|title}}; {{revname|Stano|Riga}}; [[Roxy Theater]]; [[Saint Peter]]; [[Starfleet Regulations]]; [[Straleb]]; [[Straleb security vessel]]; [[Teaneck]]; [[tricellite]]; [[tritanium]]; [[yellow alert]]; [[zelebium]]; [[ZIP code]]
   
==== Other references ====
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=== Library computer references ===
*'''Erstwhile graphic:''' [[fusion reactor|fusion propulsion]]; [[gross vehicle mass]]; [[megawatt]]; [[metric ton]]; [[tritanium]]
 
 
*'''Holodeck programming simulations (original version)''': {{dis|Burt Armus|comedian}}; {{dis|Daryl Baskin|comedian}}; {{dis|Dan Curry|comedian}}; {{dis|Monty de Graff|comedian}}; [[Farouk El-Baz]]; {{dis|Sharyl Fickas|comedian}}; {{dis|Sam Freedle|comedian}}; {{dis|Mike Gray|comedian}}; {{dis|Merri Howard|comedian}}; {{dis|Maurice Hurley|comedian}}; {{dis|Gary Hutzel|comedian}}; {{dis|Heidi Julian|comedian}}; {{dis|Jon Koslowsky|comedian}}; {{dis|David Livingston|comedian}}; {{dis|Terri Martinez|comedian}}; {{dis|John Mason|comedian}}; {{dis|Robert Metoyer|comedian}}; {{dis|Ronald B. Moore|comedian}}; {{dis|Wendy Neuss|comedian}}; {{dis|Ernie Over|comedian}}; {{dis|Diane Overdiek|comedian}}; {{dis|Gene Roddenberry|comedian}}; {{dis|Scott Rubenstein|comedian}}; {{dis|Michael Schoenbrun|comedian}}; {{dis|Adele Simmons|comedian}}; {{dis|Tracy Tormé|comedian}}
 
*'''Holodeck programming simulations (original version)''': {{dis|Burt Armus|comedian}}; {{dis|Daryl Baskin|comedian}}; {{dis|Dan Curry|comedian}}; {{dis|Monty de Graff|comedian}}; [[Farouk El-Baz]]; {{dis|Sharyl Fickas|comedian}}; {{dis|Sam Freedle|comedian}}; {{dis|Mike Gray|comedian}}; {{dis|Merri Howard|comedian}}; {{dis|Maurice Hurley|comedian}}; {{dis|Gary Hutzel|comedian}}; {{dis|Heidi Julian|comedian}}; {{dis|Jon Koslowsky|comedian}}; {{dis|David Livingston|comedian}}; {{dis|Terri Martinez|comedian}}; {{dis|John Mason|comedian}}; {{dis|Robert Metoyer|comedian}}; {{dis|Ronald B. Moore|comedian}}; {{dis|Wendy Neuss|comedian}}; {{dis|Ernie Over|comedian}}; {{dis|Diane Overdiek|comedian}}; {{dis|Gene Roddenberry|comedian}}; {{dis|Scott Rubenstein|comedian}}; {{dis|Michael Schoenbrun|comedian}}; {{dis|Adele Simmons|comedian}}; {{dis|Tracy Tormé|comedian}}
   
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