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Encounter at Farpoint
- Riker's reaction after seeing the footage of the encounter with Q.
Picard: We'll first bring you up to date on a little adventure we had on our way here, Commander.
[Riker watches the footage]
Riker: [shell-shocked look] ............He calls that "a little adventure"?
- It's a small and innocuous thing but, Riker gently teasing by lampshading Data's desire to be human.
Riker: Nice to meet you, Pinocchio.
- That and helping Data finish "Pop Goes the Weasel". Also counts as a CMOH.
- On the note on Data, after he *ahem* shows Tasha Yar just how fully functional he is, he comes up to the bridge and Picard - seeing his 'I just got laid' look, assumes he's trying to imitate the human crew being drunk (funny in its own right) and then gets called elsewhere.
- Data, after Picard leaves, tries to lean against something...and topples over. The man sitting in the chair looking over his shoulder with a look of total bewilderment cements it.
- Especially because that man is Worf.
- Data: "There was a young woman from Venus, whose body was shaped like a--"
Picard: Captain to Security, come in!Data: Did I say something wrong?Worf: I don't understand their humor, either.
- Beverly Crusher coming onto Picard. He acts stoic like he usually does until he gets the infection too. Later, he went to sickbay, skipping as he comes in (that's right, skipping) and returned the favor.
Picard: I'm still not thinking straight.Beverly: Likewise. Where the hell was I headed?
- At the end...
Tasha: Data, I'm only going to tell you this just once. It never happened. *walks off*Data: O_o
- Picard has been recapping the morality of the situation...
Picard: I'm sorry, this is becoming a speech.Troi: (trying to hide a smirk) You're the captain, sir. You're entitled.
- When Tasha is brought out after Lutan has kidnapped her. Picard asks her if she's being treated well. Tasha replies that she's fine, but "they're showing some signs of wear" while pointedly looking at the guard that just dragged her out. The poor guy is sporting a fresh, swollen left eye.
- Data gives a briefing on the thing that is destroying their ship while playing with a Chinese finger trap. Halfway through the discussion, he pauses, upon finding that his fingers are stuck, and the briefing doesn't resume until Captain Picard leans over and frees him.
Geordi LaForge: (snickering) My hero.
- Captain Picard cursing under his breath in French
- This bit after Riker gets attacked by one of the Selay delegates (a snake-like alien) in a dark hallway (One of many occasions this season in which Number One is assaulted or otherwise attacked.), being mistaken for one of Anticans (a canine-like alien and the Selay's rivals).
Selay delegate: Sorry. Wrong species.
- A blooper from the episode has Brent Spiner, in a flawless imitation of Jimmy Stewart, read the dedication plaque of the USS Stargazer and comment, "For God's sake, Mary! They built this thing in Bedford Falls!"
- Troi gets sick of her mother and mother-in-law-to-be sniping at each other, snaps at them to stop the petty bickering, and storms off.
Data: Could you please continue the petty bickering? I find it most intriguing.
- Three words: Homn is drunk. Throughout the whole dinner scene, he can be seen visibly swaying and grinning like an idiot. Almost every other cut to him shows him taking another drink.
"Thank you for the drinks."
- When Data tries to ask whether he might be part human, Homn sticks his nose in the air. Data, unsure what this is all about, attempts to follow his gaze.
- And what's his only line in all six appearances?
- Picard is describing his first time on the holodeck to his staff and says, "when that woman kissed me...", Riker just stops rocking in his chair and clearly gets an... idea.
- This exchange:
Troi: But you spell knife with a 'k'.Picard: I spell 'knife' with an 'n', but then I never could spell.
- (This ends with Troi laughing, if you couldn't tell.)
- The implication that Picard called a full staff meeting just to gush about his new video game.
- The Adorkable reactions of the crew as they experience mid-20th century San Fransisco. Crusher in particular has a very giddy reaction to the thought of being interrogated, gets hit on by the desk sergeant, and mistakenly swallows a stick of chewing gum.
- Data's attempts to imitate human bodily functions. Namely, in which he continuously practices his sneezing technique, only to fail miserably.
Data: Aah! Aah! *too-long pause* Chooooooooooooo!
- Three classic words from Picard: "Shut up, Wesley!"
- Also Beverly saying it after taking issue with Picard saying it.
- Riker's outfit in "Angel One" [1x14] is bound to have you laughing along with Deanna and Tasha. Ditto Picard getting hit by a snowball.
- Alexandra, the sweet little girl no older than four, from the episode "When the Bough Breaks" was almost wanting hugs from Picard (who admits he's not exactly good with kids). He always accommodates her in spite of his discomfort. At the end of the episode she gives him flowers and sticks a cuddly Tribble to his back, much to his crew's (and the audience's) amusement.
- The Minosian Echo Papa defense system is imitating Paul Rice, the captain of the ship it's already destroyed and an old friend of Riker's. Having been informed by the Enterprise that there's no one else down there aside from Riker's away team, when the hologram starts asking questions about the capabilities of Riker's ship...
Hologram: Tell me about your ship, Riker. It's the Enterprise, isn't it?Riker: No... the name of my ship is the... Lollipop.Hologram: I have no knowledge of that ship.Riker: It's just been commissioned. It's a good ship.
- Picard trying to deal with an alien captain who doesn't know anything about how to fix his ship. (The fact that he's pretty much stoned doesn't help.)
Picard: Captain, we are beaming over a replacement coil.
T'Jonn: That's great! And that'll fix us up?
Picard: Yes, once it's installed.
T'Jonn: Great...and how do we do that?
Picard: ("You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!" Aside Glance to Riker) What is the matter with these people?
- Bonus points for being similar to a lot of real life tech-support calls.
- Data (attempting to laugh at Geordi's joke) breaking into a creepy and highly inappropriate forced giggle that goes on far too long than it should, before going back to his duties as if nothing happened.
- The Running Gag of Data explaining something and rattling off synonyms and various examples until the listener forces him to stop is always worth a few chuckles. "Conspiracy" does one better and has the ship's computer tell him to stop. Data's face is priceless.
- Picard's line: "But Data, they were already dead. I mean, what more could've happened to them?"
- "Welcome to the 24th century", indeed, Picard. Poor Clare. Frozen after she died. Awoken in the 24th century. The first person she sees? Worf! She promptly faints. Picard delivers this line in bemusement while Worf appears a little put-out by her reaction.
- Sonny compliments Beverly. While patting her ass. The look on her face is priceless!
- Wesley has just asked to stay on the Enterprise after Dr. Crusher leaves for Starfleet Medical and Picard is complaining about it:
Riker: [sarcastically] And who will tuck him in at night?Worf: [deadly serious] I will accept that responsibility.
- Worf and Riker use one of Worf's combat programs on the holodeck. When the enemies have been dispatched, Worf's bloodlust causes him to nearly attack Riker, but he snaps out of it.
Riker: [wide-eyed] You do this every day?
Worf: No, Commander. Usually, my calisthenics are more...intense. But those sessions are too personal to be shared.
Riker: .........I'll bet they are.
- Facing the episode's Negative Space Wedgie, Picard and Riker compare it to Age Of Sail superstitions. When Picard mentions that a crew would sometimes threaten to hang its captain from the yardarm if he refused to turn away from the "edge of the world," Riker gives him a look like he's not sure how serious he's being, and reassures him that no one is thinking of doing that here. In perfect captain form, and without looking at him, Picard simply replies, "How comforting, Number One."
- When Picard cancels the self-destruct and the computer asks for Riker's concurrence:
Riker "Yes! Absolutely! I do indeed concur wholeheartedly!"
Picard: [turns to him slowly] A simple "yes" would have sufficed, Number One.
Riker: I didn't want there to be any chance of misunderstanding.
Picard: Of course.
- Geordi and Data are in the holodeck LARPing a Sherlock Holmes novel. Data has memorized them all and so reveals who the villain is in the first scene, so Geordi tells the holodeck to generate 'an adversary capable of defeating Data'. Cut to the bridge.
Worf: What was that?Riker: Lieutenant?Worf: An odd surge of power, sir. It's gone now.
- "Take my Worf, please."
- Through the episode, Data had been trying hard to be funny but lacked the necessary sense of humor. However, as they see Okona off, he accidentally made a funny:
Wesley: Say goodbye, Data.
Data: Goodbye, Data.
(cue chuckles from the bridge crew)
- In the scene between Data and the holographic comic (played by Joe Piscopo), Data is having a hard time imitating the comic's exaggerated gestures. It's astoundingly unfunny—until you realize that Data isn't badly imitating the holo-comic, Brent Spiner is making fun of Joe Piscopo.
- Honestly, I consider the end of Data learning humor from Piscopo to be rather funny. There's a sudden jump-cut from Data being his usual, stoic, studious self to an exaggerated, fast-talking 'funny-man' that's kind of surreal. It helps that the joke he's telling is pretty funny, too.
Data: So the patient goes "Can I get a second opinion?" And the doctor goes "OK, you're ugly, too!"
- Riker Growing the Beard? Awesome. Data Growing the Beard? Hilarious.
Data: It is a beard, Geordi. A fine, full, dignified beard. One which commands respect, and projects thoughtfulness and dignity. Well? Opinions?Troi: (trying not to laugh) It's very.... different.Data: When I stroke the beard thusly... (begins to do so), do I not appear more intellectual?(Geordi snickers)Troi: (Holding in laughter) I-I'm sorry. I have to go now. Goodbye.
- There was another scene left out of the episode in which Data tried a bald head to emulate Picard.
- "Data's" eulogy for Ira Graves and the incredulous reactions from the others are bizarrely hilarious.
- The very surprised look on JAG Officer Louvois's face when Data admits that he and Tasha Yar were "intimate" during his trial to determine his rights as a sentient being.
- The Gilligan Cut to Worf's explanation of the Klingon female's role makes the episode.
Worf: That is how the Klingon lures a mate.
Wesley: [Beat] Are you telling me to go yell at Salia?
Worf: No. Men do not roar. Woman roar. Then they hurl heavy objects... [smiles, lost in thought] and claw at you...
Wesley: What does the man do?
Worf: [still smiling] He reads love poetry... [regains his stoicism] He ducks a lot.
Wesley: Worf, sounds like it works great for the Klingons, but I think I need to try something a little less...dangerous.
Worf: Then go to her door. Beg like a human.
- Wesley asks Riker for some advice on talking to women. Riker requests Guinan assist him. The two get more caught up in role-playing than actually helping Wesley.
Wesley: I don't think this is my style.
Guinan: Shut up kid. [to Riker] Tell me more about my eyes.
- Apart from the romantic subplot, all of the scenes involving that episode's aliens of the week are swimming in so much Stylistic Suck that you can't help but laugh. This scene with the chaperone is the stand-out, but there's another scene where Wesley's love interest goes to her quarters and finds the chaperone in the form of a short, hairy Ewok-like creature who communicates by unintelligibly squeaking...and proceeds to have a serious, straight-faced conversation with said creature.
- The Enterprise is infected with a computer virus that is rewriting the ship's systems. While facing down a Romulan warbird, the weapon systems can't decide if they're up or down.
Riker: If it should become necessary to fight, could you arrange to find me some rocks to throw at them?
- While Geordi and Data are in Engineering trying to sort out their computer problems, Geordi gets electrified by a work station. Data grabs him and flings him backwards. Data visibly cringes before going to check on Geordi, who remains on the floor completely still during the following exchange.
Geordi: Data?Data: Yes?Geordi: What happened?Data: Any answer would be mere speculation. This is yet another example of how our actions have random results.Geordi: Thanks, Data, I noticed.
- An away team is stuck on a planet, having to live out the events of a novel. Picard and Troi look up the novel in order to see if they can find anything that might help the away team out.
Troi: It may get better. [Picard gives her a skeptical look]
- Riker decides to treat several members of the crew to homemade omelets, using some eggs he picked up on a random space station they stopped at. The crew are all appreciative, except for Worf who is being... well, Worf. A single bite, and it's clear from everyone's expressions how horrible they are. Not even Riker can stand the taste. Then, they all look at Worf, who is eagerly snarfing his portion down and, when he sees them all staring at him in disbelief, politely asks for seconds.
- When Riker's father runs into Dr. Pulaski in Ten-Forward, they greet each other like old lovers reunited after many years, with warm words and a kiss and hug. At a nearby table, Riker and O'Brien are looking on.
Riker: (bemused) They know each other.
- Worf yelling at Data, his superior officer, to leave.
Worf: BEGONE! *beat* Sir.
- Despite much of the dark tones, this episode had some of the best Q lines of any episode.
- Like when, after bringing Picard back to the Enterprise, he meets Riker and Worf again.
Q: Ah, the redoubtable Commander Riker! ...And Microbrain! Growl for me; let me know you still care!
- That and poor Ensign Sonja Gomez splattering her new captain with hot chocolate. Then digging herself deeper while trying to apologize. Meanwhile, all Geordi can do is cringe behind her while she's blabbing.
Gomez: (turns to Geordi with a dejected look on her face) First impression. Isn't it what they say? First impressions are the most important?Geordi: I'll tell you this, it's a meeting the Captain won't soon forget.
- Like when, after bringing Picard back to the Enterprise, he meets Riker and Worf again.
- Picard explains why he has to visit Starbase 515, and we discover that he was a bit of a hellraiser as a new officer (and holder of an Idiot Ball):
Picard: ...I stood toe-to-toe with the worst of the three (Nausicaans), and I told him what I thought of him, his pals, his planet, and I possibly made some passing reference to his questionable parentage...(Wesley grins)
Pacled: (happy, and completely oblivious) We have destroyed them!
- "They used their Crimson Force-field!"
- The whole episode, and the evacuation of a long-lost Earth colony of Irish farmers.
- Picard realizes he's not going to have a typical day when O'Brien reports in from the transporter room...and the sounds of farm animals can be heard in the background. And then, as if to accentuate the point, as he and Worf are approaching the transporter room, a chicken flies out the door. The anachronism of the bird standing in the middle of a hallway on a 24th century starship like that is very amusing.
- Picard's reaction to the chaos is quite possibly the best part. His back is to the camera, so Riker assumes that Picard has reached his limit, but then the captain turns around laughing with the biggest grin on his face. Coming from Patrick Stewart just makes it adorable as well as hilarious.
Riker: (somewhere between amazement and relief at Picard's reaction) That's the last thing I expected.Picard: (still chuckling) Sometimes, Number One, you just have to...bow to the absurd.
- Danilo asks Worf about the "lightning bolt" that came from the ceiling.
Worf: Automated fire system. A force field contains the flame until the remaining oxygen has been consumed.
Danilo: Ah, wh-wh-what if I'd been under that thing?
Worf: You would have been standing in the fire.
Danilo: Yeah, well, leaving that aside for the moment, I mean, what would have happened to me?
Worf: You would have suffocated and died.
- The look of pure horror on the uptight Prime Minister's face when Danilo spits into his hand and attempts a handshake.
- Worf introducing Danilo to Klingon booze. But, to Danilo's credit, he complimented the drink and managed to go through the rest of the scene with nothing but a wheeze in his voice.
- This exchange between Worf and Brenna:
Worf: Madam, have you ever considered a career in security?Brenna: Well if it's anything like babysitting, then I'm an authority!
- The episode turns up the funny even before Lwaxana Troi shows up - after other visitors, the Antedians (tall fish people who look nothing like humans or Klingons) are beamed aboard, some of the main crew explain some of their weirdness and Wesley cringes at their food (the aliens themselves are catatonic to avoid space travel "trauma"). Worf just stares in quiet fascination and when everyone else is done commenting, he says, softly: "What a handsome race." He continues to fawn over them (and get annoyed by Wesley's revulsion) - until Lwaxana casually reveals their true colors (they're assassins/terrorists).
- In hindsight, the build-up to the reveal of who's coming aboard.
Deanna: [stands up suddenly] Oh, my god.
Picard: What's the problem?
Deanna: What's she doing here?
Wesley: On screen, Captain.
Ensign: Starship Enterprise, come in.
Riker: We have you on viewer, pilot.
Ensign: Enterprise, I have a passenger. A VIP passenger who I—
Lwaxana: [crowds into the screen] Oh, let me talk to them. I'm sure I'm more articulate than that.
- Lwaxana's actual appearance is a rapid succession of them: harassing her pilot, insinuating on Picard's "naughty thoughts" to draw priceless faces from the captain as well as Riker and her daughter; asking where her own legs are upon being transported; her fright at the Antidian delegates...
- Picard's reaction when Deanna explains her mother's condition (she's sexually hyperactive and attempting to focus on him as her only mate and eventual husband) and Riker's congratulations: "I'm not amused, Number One." He's terrified.
- Also funny is Riker's reaction to the news. Troi had downplayed how much the condition amplified a Betazoid woman's sex drive back when the two were dating. He explains to Picard what Troi had told him, and when Troi corrects him (by stating that the increase is even more than he thought) he first appears shocked, then a slow, sly grin appears on his face as he contemplates the implications, staring at Troi the entire time.
Troi: [apologetic] I didn't want to frighten you.
- When Picard realizes that the 'diplomatic dinner' Lwaxana has invited him to is a dinner date for two, he reacts by summoning Data to her quarters and giving him carte blanche to babble incessantly.
Picard: [to a confused Data] You'll never know how much I owe you for that.
- After Lwaxana sizes up Wesley and Worf, Wesley says, "What was that about?" That isn't so funny in and of itself, but Worf's look at Wesley clearly says, "How old ARE you, kid?", which is very funny.
- There's this amusing exchange between Troi and K'Ehleyr (who have already bonded a bit over their shared experience of having parents from different races and cultures) when Troi comes into K'Ehleyr's quarters to see that she's punched out a glass table:
Troi: You're upset.
K'Ehleyr: Your finely-honed Betazoid sense tells you that?
Troi: [smiles] Well, that and the table.
- Worf has to pretend to be in command of the Enterprise to fool some time-displaced Klingons. When Riker asks him how it felt, he answers: "Comfortable chair."
- Data loses to Kolrami in a strategy game and withdraws from the bridge. Troi and Pulaski tell Captain Picard that he is their only hope of getting Data back in action.
Picard: I'm less than one hour away from a battle simulation...and I have to handhold an android.Pulaski: The burdens of command.Picard: (stares)
- When Riker goes to recruit Worf for his ship: Worf's trying to build a ship-in-a-bottle, but the sound of the door causes him to snap the wood he's holding. When Riker comes in, he sees what Worf is doing and asks "Is this a bad time?" Worf simply sweeps everything off the desk into a garbage can and says "No, I'm finished" like that was what he was trying to do all along.
- Data's closing line in the episode: "I busted him up."
- Troi mentions that her ninety-year-old grandmother had a thirty-year-old lover to Picard. As he leaves, he lets out a horrified whisper: "Thirty!"
- While the situation is supposed to be dire, there's something inherently hilarious about John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" being played on all of the ship's intercoms.
Riker: Somehow we'll silence Sousa if he decides to play an encore.
- Picard gets even with the Sheliak for being Rules Lawyers and constantly hanging up on him. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Riker: You enjoyed that.Picard: You're damned right.[hailing signal sounds]Worf: Captain. They are hailing us.
- While the Sheliak are frantically hailing him, Picard leisurely strolls across the bridge and inspects the ship's dedication plaque for dust, before leisurely strolling back to the viewscreen and finally deigning to answer the hail.
- Data's use of Reverse Psychology to induce doubts in the colonists' desire to stay on the planet.
Data: You know of the Sheliak threat. Starfleet wishes to evacuate you for your own protection. Yet Gosheven has decided otherwise. That is his right, And I will not waste time trying to reverse that decision. I admire your conviction in the face of certain defeat. Though doomed, your effort will be valiant. And when you die, you will die for land and honour. Your children will understand that they are dying for a worthy cause. Long after the battle is over, their courage will be remembered and extolled.
Ard'ian: Remembered by who?
Data: Yes, that is true. There will be no one left alive to remember.
- Data's back-and-forth hand movements after he "wakes up" are pretty funny to watch.
- Worf's idea of small talk during a social call.
"Good tea. Nice house."
- Picard likens an adrift vessel to a ship in the bottle, saying beaming down will be like going into the bottle. Riker completely misses the context, but then so does almost everyone else.
Picard: It is exactly as they left it, Number One. In the bottle.
(Worf and Data stare at him, puzzled)
Picard: Ship in the bottle. Oh, good Lord, didn't anybody here build ships in bottles when they were boys?
Worf: I did not play with toys.
Data: I was never a boy.
O'Brien: I did, sir.
Picard: Thank you, Mr. O'Brien.
O'Brien: I did. I really did. Ships in bottles, great fun.
- Blatant Lies on Worf's part, considering "Peak Performance" above.
- And after they beam over, Riker gives O'Brien a look that screams "no-one likes a suck-up, Chief".
- There's a Gag Reel where Michael Dorn flubs his line, saying "I did not play with boys", instead.
- Even better is how Dorn keeps a completely straight face, while Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner both corpse.
- "Your ambushes would be more successful if you bathed more often!" Doubly funny coming from Worf, who doesn't like to swim because it's "too much like....bathing."
- Probably the funniest episode of TNG is "Deja Q", where Q is kicked out of the Continuum. (It's also the episode that brought us the iconic, memetic Picard Facepalm.) Here are just a few moments:
- Worf's deadpan is as great as ever.
- This one's a bit more chilling than funny.
Data: The captain and many of the crew are not yet convinced he is truly human.Guinan: Really? (grabs a sharp fork and stabs Q's hand)Q: Aaaaagh!Guinan: Seems human enough to me.
- During Q's attempted Heroic Sacrifice, Picard orders the shuttle he's on beamed into a launch bay. Riker gives him a skeptical look.
- "He's BACK!"
Riker: (utterly deadpan) Swell.
- Look at Worf in the background, and you'll spot his head drop, resigned and sullen.
- That and Picard's hand-on-hips retune.
- Q conjuring up two attractive women for Riker, who isn't moved by the gesture. And Q replying "Oh, you're so stolid! You weren't like that before the beard!" The look on Riker's face after that is priceless. Combine this with the cigar that has manifested in Riker's hand, and it makes for a hilarious out of context image.
- THEN Q transfers the women to Worf, leading to this exchange in which Picard makes it clear he's tired of Q's shit:
Picard: Q!Q: But I feel like celebrating!Picard: I DON'T!
- Note that from Riker's bit onward, everyone on the bridge in this scene is holding a Q-ban cigar.
- Q's "going away present" to Data is part heartwarming, part funny, as Data just starts laughing uproariously for no reason.
- "A warrior's drink." That is to say, prune juice. Which sets up another Brick Joke on DS9 when he gets into a Bar Brawl with a Klingon who doesn't appreciate the obvious manliness of the beverage.
- Most of "The Offspring" was made of Heartwarming, but when she spends time in Ten-Forward learning about human interaction, we get her attempts to understand things like hand-holding and kissing. ("He's biting that female!") The funny comes when Riker (who's unaware of her nature) enters, and she tries to test what she's seen and been told... by hauling Riker over the bar and planting a kiss on him, just in time for her father Data to come in.
Data: Commander? I must question what are your intentions toward my daughter?Riker: Your daughter?! *beat* Nice to meet you. *quickly leaves*
- There's also the reflex training.◊ Wesley tosses a ball for Lal to catch. It passes right by her and a few seconds later, she holds up her hand as if to catch it. Then she turns to Data, who, for supposedly not having emotions, gives her a very pained smile.
- When Data asks Guinan to give Lal a job at Ten Forward, Lal adds: "Father says that I would learn a great deal from working from working with someone as old as you". Guinan gives Data a bit of a look before hiring her.
- Geordi's brief "nuh nuh nuh" when he doesn't know the lyrics to "Heart of Oak".
- Picard's uncharacteristically childish stubbornness in refusing to take a relaxing holiday, and the fact that Riker, Crusher and Troi respond by getting everyone in the crew to pitch in and help pester him non-stop about it ("I think there are two ensigns on Deck 37 who don't know about it, sir") until he caves. Even better, the thing that finally pushes him over the edge is Troi "innocently" bringing up that her mother might be staying on the Enterprise over the next week.
- Riker tricks Picard into toting around an idol on his vacation that, as it turns out, is a cultural sign that the person holding it wants to engage in some kind of never explained and vaguely sexual act. This leads to Picard getting constantly pestered by women while he tries to read. The look on his face when he realizes Riker essentially tried to push him into getting laid is hilarious.
- When Riker, LaForge, and Deanna found their way to Barclay's... um... special holodeck program, Deanna's reaction to her own misappropriated image is hilarious.
Deanna: You're taking it so seriously! It's not without its element of humor...Fantasy!Deanna: I am the Goddess of Empathy. Cast off your inhibitions, and embrace love, truth, joy.Deanna: *gasp and stare of pure horror*LaForge: *amused* Oh my God.Deanna: Computer. Discontinue image of Troi...Riker: Computer, belay that order.
Deanna: Muzzle it!
- Two seconds before, Riker was offended and Troi was trying to calm him down. Now look at him smirk. Specifically, she was commenting about how it would provide an insight into Barclay's mind. Then when she calls for the computer to delete the... "Goddess of Empathy," he immediately counters her command, throwing her words back at her.
- Troi's final words to the "Goddess" as they leave.
- Although it shows how unstable the character is, Kivas' reaction to being told some annoying business news is pretty funny:
Varia: The Andorians wish to make a bid on the shipment of Telurian spices you offered.
- This exchange between Riker and Worf as they walk to Ten Forward:
Riker: Is it my imagination, or have tempers become a little frayed on the ship lately?Worf: I hadn't noticed.The doors to Ten Forward open, revealing an all-out Bar Brawl in progress.Worf: ...I see what you mean.
- Picard pretending to be madly in love with Lwaxana, quickly moving from reciting Shakespeare to insane jealousy.
Lwaxana: And you can't keep killing all my lovers, now that simply has to stop.Tog: Killing?Lwaxana: (matter-of-fact) Oh, he's insanely jealous. (to Tog) Don't let him threaten you, you can defeat him. (to Picard) The only way you'll ever get me back is over Tog's dead body.
- And extra laugh on realizing that the Picard "What is this?!" screencap comes from that speech.
- The expressions on Riker's face are absolute gold. Even when the camera isn't focused on him, you can still see him struggling not to laugh (hell, even Troi's having a grand old time).
- Worf looks like he was to criticize Picard for damaging the original Klingon.
- After getting Lwaxana back:
Picard: Mr Crusher, set a course for Betazed...(whispers) Warp 9.
- Despite being an excellent actor, Patrick Stewart's (or at least Picard's) act falters for brief moments (it's not easy to spot and can't be called Corpsing); he was having too much fun in that scene even for THE Bald of Awesome to hide it perfectly.
- As noted above, Riker is doing this in-universe.
- Accidental Funny. Geordi is pointing out the hot woman across Ten-Forward.
Geordi: Don't stare!Worf: Why not?Geordi: Because she'll see!Worf: Good. You must let her see the fire in your eyes.
- Uh, forgetting something, Worf?
Worf: I have much to teach you about women!
- Then she comes over herself, and we watch Geordi stumble his way through talking to her, while Worf (poorly) hides his disgust with Geordi's performance.
Worf: (proudly) I have been tutoring him. He learns very quickly.
- Another one later, after Geordi gets zapped by some alien energy that has the unanticipated effect of making him a lot more confident and smooth. While in Ten Forward with Worf and Data, he sees the same woman, strikes up a conversation that goes well, and they leave together. Data is puzzled. Worf is ready with an explanation:
- Uh, forgetting something, Worf?
The Best of Both Worlds, Part II Family
- Troi finds Picard's choice to go back to his home village for his leave to be revealing.
Picard: If you wish to believe that my going home is a direct result of being held captive by the Borg, be my guest.
Troi: Is that what you believe?
Picard: ...I hate it when you do that.
- Picard and his brother Robert, after having a knockdown fight in the mud, sitting in a couple of chairs drinking wine and singing Auprès de ma Blonde like a pair of old sots.
- Then Robert's wife comes in, immediately demanding to know what happened between the two that brought them to track an impressive amount of mud into the house. The best that Robert and Picard could give her was that they both "fell down", being too snockered to say anything else and repeating themselves to her because they keep stumbling over each other's words. Even after she notices that one of them has a black eye.
- Worf's adopted father Sergey bugging everyone, even Captain Picard, about how he's studied the Enterprise and has all the design plans at home.
- Jack Crusher's holo-recording to Wesley, while mostly a heartwarming Tear Jerker, also has a few moments of Self-Deprecating Humor regarding Jack's skills (or lack thereof) as a father.
- Lore's goofy voice when he's mocking Data's repeatedly saying "I am not less perfect than Lore."
- Picard is trying to get out of taking care of Jono and summons Troi to patiently explain to her why he shouldn't:
Picard: You're probably not aware of this, but I've never been particularly comfortable around children.Troi: ...Really.Picard: For some reason, they just don't seem to respond to me.Troi: (nodding) I see.Picard: Frankly, I think that my time would be best served carrying out the duties and responsibilities of a Starfleet officer.Troi: (Beat) Seldom have I heard an explanation so well-rehearsed.
- Banana Split to the face, look under slapstick.
- Doubly funny because it's Wesley getting the banana split to the face.
- Dr. Crusher finds herself on an Enterprise that's continuously losing crewmembers, and nobody notices, or seems to care. It gets really funny when it's down to just her and Captain Picard on the bridge.
Crusher: It's all perfectly logical to you, isn't it? The two of us roaming about the galaxy in the flagship of the Federation. No crew at all.Picard: We've never needed a crew before.
- There's also her description of Worf when he disappears and no one remembers him.
Crusher: The big guy who never smiles? The KLINGON?!
- Her back-and-forth with the computer has a few gems as well, mostly with the computer as the straight-man to her working her way to a solution that, in her words, means there's "nothing wrong with [her and] something wrong with the universe."
Crusher: If this were a bad dream, would you tell me?Computer: That is not a valid question.Crusher: Like hell it's not.
- Riker is guiding Data through a card trick, using "magic" to find Data's card. One command is "throw them away", referring to a portion of the cards. Instead of simply tossing it into the reject pile like the others, Data tosses them over his shoulder without changing his facial expression in the slightest. Troi smiles and face palms.
- Riker realizes the future he's been experiencing is a fake. An attempt to get him to calm down leads to:
Riker: SHUT UP!
"Picard": I beg your pardon?
Riker: I said "Shut up!" As in "close your mouth and stop talking!"
- The exchange that follows is a moment of awesome for Riker in which he crushes every single inconsistency with the real characteristics and personalities of the crew of the Enterprise in the entire simulation.
- The ghastly◊ 'smile' he pastes on while practicing dancing in the holodeck.
- Or how about Data's attempt to keep up with good-natured jibes and insults between crew members? As Geordi points out, he'd probably better not try that on the captain.
Data (as deadpan as ever): My hair does not require trimming, you lunkhead.
- After digging up Crusher's history as "the dancing doctor," which she swears him to secrecy about, Crusher proceeds to run Data through a lesson on tap-dancing... Only for him to reveal he was looking for lessons on dancing for O'Brien and Keiko's wedding.
- Data and Worf are looking through the catalogue of possible wedding gifts, and Worf pauses on a crystal dish that looks vaguely like a duck or swan. Data remarks that he thought that gifts should reflect the personality of the giver (crystal knick-knacks are so unlike Worf that it's hilarious). Cue Worf and Data looking awkwardly at each other before moving on to another topic.
- Gets a good Brick Joke later at the reception, when you can see a bat'leth among the gifts. Worf apparently took Data's advice.
- "Devil's Due" is full of them, being rewritten from an unused script from the unproduced Phase II series which originally featured the TOS crew, and, as a result, is far more offbeat and campy than a traditional TNG episode (and the villain of the piece, Ardra, is played as campy as humanly possible). Notable, however, is this line.
- This little gem:
Data: Sir, is the appellation "Junior" to be the lifeform's official name?Picard: No it is not!
- The conversation between Guinan and Geordi about Leah Brahms:
Guinan: Computer problem, huh?Geordi: Must have been.Guinan: Maybe it was your old visor.Geordi: What are you talking about?Guinan: The visor you wore on the holodeck with her.Geordi: This is the same visor!Guinan: Really? I figured you were wearing the one that lets you see what you want to see.
- Guinan's version of Two Shots from Behind the Bar (into the ceiling). Also a Moment of Awesome.
"That was setting one. Anyone want to see setting two?"
- While searching for clues Geordi takes a brief pause in frustration. From out of frame, Data walks up silently to within inches behind him...
Data: GEORDI..Geordi gasps.
- Among the list of events that cause the crew to be concerned about Barclay's new confidence and intelligence? He made a pass at Deanna. "A GOOD one." Riker asks her how successful it was. As an answer, Deanna smiles and just walks away.
- Right from the beginning, when Q appears in Picard's ready room at the end of the teaser.
Q: Jean-Luc, it's wonderful to see you! How about a big hug? ... Well don't just stand there, say something.Picard: GET OUT OF MY CHAIR!
- The "big hug" line was just before the commercial break, so if you picture Picard standing there speechless for three minutes straight, it gets even funnier.
- Q explaining his motivation to do Picard a favor:
Q: I would've taken my own life if not for you.
Picard: We all make mistakes.
- After Q has vanished again, Picard calls Riker in:
Picard: He wants to do something nice for me.Riker: I'll alert the crew.
- "Sir, I protest! I am NOT a merry man!" (It's aided by Worf's ridiculous costume.)
- Worf smashing Geordi's lute in a perfect Homage to Animal House
- Troi tries archery.
- For being such a serious episode, "Half a Life" has perhaps the funniest moment of any Lwaxana episode. Troi makes the opening log entry, short and simple, in a voice full of dread: "My mother is on board." Then we cut to Picard timidly poking his head into a hallway to make sure the coast is clear.note
- Later, she barges into engineering with food (the man she's interested in is down there, so she brought lunch) and Mister Homn.
Lwaxana: Mister Homn is my valet. He doesn't say much.Geordi: (aside to Data) How can he?
- In the beginning, on a three-hour shuttle to Risa, Geordi requests a game from the computer to pass three hours.
Computer: List the resonances of the sub-quantum states associated with general relativity.Geordi: :D That's easy.Computer: In alphabetical order.Geordi: D: Uh... well, uh...
- You can just hear her implied 'OK, smartass'.
- Picard's contribution to Data's quest for romantic advice: "I would be delighted to offer any advice I can on understanding women. When I have some, I'll let you know."
- Just the Oh, Crap! look on his face when Data first calls for him.
- Worf's contribution from the same episode also counts, where he mentions that "Klingons do not...pursue relationships. They conquer that which they desire". Funny enough when you consider who he is giving it to, but then Worf makes an addendum:
Worf: However, Lieutenant D'Sora serves under my command. If she were...mistreated, I would be very displeased...Sir.Data turns to walk down the hallway, stops, turns back around to Worf.Data: I understand.
- And then there's Riker's advice, which basically amounts to high-fiving Data and saying "Go for it, dude!"
- In Part 1, Guinan visits Worf on the practice range and asks to join him. Worf tells her he practices on Level 14.
Guinan: I guess I could come down to that level for a little while.
- She then proceeds to never miss a shot as she casually converses with him.
Redemption II Darmok Ensign Ro Silicon Avatar Disaster
- Keiko and Worf are trapped in Ten Forward and she's about to give birth. Worf is not the best nursemaid.
Keiko: I'm going into labor.Worf: You cannot. This is not a good time, Keiko.——Worf: I must urge you gently but firmly to push harder.——Worf: My computer simulation was not like this. That delivery was very orderly.Keiko: Well, I'm sorry!
- And, of course, the kicker.
Worf: Congratulations. You are fully dilated to ten centimeters. You may now give birth.
- This sets up a Brick Joke when they meet again on Deep Space Nine. When he learns Keiko is due to have another child, Worf's first reaction is to ask, "NOW?" When informed that it will be in several months, he tells O'Brien that he will be far away from the station then.
- And, of course, the kicker.
- And then there was this gem:
Data: You must now change the input matrix of my secondary optical port and then connect the O.D.N. conduit. [Riker does something, and Data involuntarily makes a weird face] That is not the correct port, sir.
- Later, when Data's head needs to access the warp containment field to stop it collapsing....
- Another from this episode, when Troi and O'Brien are discussing the "quantum filament" that has damaged the Enterprise, feels like a Suspiciously Specific Denial from the writers:
Troi: So it's like a cosmic string?O'Brien: No. That's a completely different phenomenon.
- And then there's the final scene:
Troi escorts the children to the side, then walks towards Riker.Riker: "You just can't stay away from the big chair, can you?"Troi: "I don't think I'm cut out to be Captain.... First officer, maybe; I understand there aren't many qualifications!"Riker (Shares an incredulous look with Worf, then taps his communicator) "Captain Picard to the bridge... please."
- When Picard says "You have the bridge, Number One" and both Riker and the girl who Picard had appointed his "number one" during the crisis answer in unison, "aye sir". Cue Riker's trademark grin!
- Even better, Picard stops dead, turns to her, and flashes a grin of his own.
- When Crusher asks Data if his ears are removable, he says, "No, Doctor. They are fully integrated components." His expression actually seems a bit...wary. As if he's worried Crusher might try to remove them.
- When dealing with the aloof and uncooperative supply yard quartermaster, Riker suggests that Troi try to sweet talk him. When she attempts it, the quartermaster responds with this:
Quartermaster: He [Riker] probably figures that we don't get to see a lot of handsome women out this way and someone like you might get a little more cooperation from me. He's probably right.
- Klingon opera.
- And Omag's reaction.
"What is that dreadful noise?! It sounds like a Bardakian pronghorn moose!"
- And Omag's reaction.
- The four-armed pianist offers some good zingers, most amusingly when Riker offers to play with her.
Amarie: Just what I need, another set of hands.
- Worf sitting in Picard's chair or in his office pretty much the entire time that everyone thinks he's in command of the Enterprise. The strangeness of it for the audience is amazing.
- Data, thinking he's the ship's bartender.
- After the crew regains their memories, Riker comes into Ten-Forward to find Ro and Troi chatting at a table. This wouldn't normally be frightening, but given that he and Ro spent the night together during the memory loss, the look of trepidation on his face when he sees them is priceless. As is the subsequent scene where the two of them proceed to torture him.
Ro: [deadpan] Commander, don't worry about it. As far as I'm concerned, you and I have shared something that we will treasure forever. [leaves]
Riker: Well, I'm a little confused.
Troi: Well, if you're still confused tomorrow, you know where my office is.
- "Sometimes I wonder if he's stacking the deck."
- Turns out in the final loop, that's exactly what Data does!
- Just after Deanna tells Alexander that most children come to appreciate their parents, she gets word that her mother has beamed aboard.
Deanna: On the other hand....
- Lwaxana Troi's reaction upon hearing Alexander's name and the plan for a contract to establish household rules with his father Worf, and subsequent dismantling of the idea of it.
Deanna: Alexander, this is my mother.Lwaxana: Alexander? What a wonderful name! You know, I once knew a tall, handsome warrior named Alexander; oh, he utterly adored me. We went everywhere, simply everywhere! Haha... Have you been anywhere ye-CONTRACT? What contract?
- Picard is annoyed that Lwaxana keeps disrupting ship's business because her daughter is one of his officers. But that's only one reason.
Riker: She thinks the honor of giving away the bride should fall on you.
Picard: [beat] Permission for an onboard wedding is granted, Number One. Nothing would please me more than to give away Mrs. Troi.
- Worf's total impatience with cutesy stuff leading him to pop the clown bubble.
- Also the last line of the episode:
Worf (in the Holodeck mud bath with the Trois and his son, immersed up to his neck): You're just supposed to sit here?
- Most everyone falls for Kamala's charms instantly, Picard resists by (in his own words) being as "dull as possible".
- Data and Kamala's day out.
- When the Ferengi (who is naturally bald) who'd been snooping around the cargo bay gets caught, his first attempt to weasel out of trouble is rather pathetic.
Ferengi: I was looking for the barber shop...
- Data and Guinan are looking out of the Ten Forward windows at a nebula, and Guinan starts picking out shapes.
Data: It is interesting that people try to find meaningful patterns in things that are essentially random. I have noticed that the images they perceive can sometimes suggest what they are thinking about at that particular moment. (beat) Besides, it is clearly a bunny rabbit.
- Engineering debates on what to name the nebula.
LaForge: So, what are we gonna call this nebula? FGC 47 just doesn't have the proper ring to it.
Daniel Sutter: Why don't we call it Sutter's Cloud?
LaForge: No, I was thinking about something more along the lines of the LaForge Nebula. It has sort of a majestic sound, don't you think?
Data: Given the selections, I prefer FGC 47.
- While Clara and her friend Isabella are having a race through the corridors, they run straight into Worf. Worf turns out to be a softie and lets them off with a warning. Only Isabella has been startled to the point of being petrified, so Clara has to drag her along when they leave.
- Ro and La Forge attend their own 'funeral': "They think we're dead and they're having a party?"
- Ro is not particularly devout, so the idea that the crew would put on a traditional Bajoran funeral for her isn't particularly appealing or comforting to her:
Ro: Please, not the Death Chant.
- It should be noted that the traditional Death Chant is over two hours long.
- Ro has been wondering what Riker is going to say about her at her funeral for half the episode, especially since he implied in the turbolift that he had something really poignant to say. When he arrives at the party, he immediately picks up the trombone and starts playing happily. Ro, who is firing a phased disruptor to create a signal, walks up to him and says, "Now I'll never know what you were going to say about me," before firing the disruptor straight through his head.
- After Jack just barely lugs the anvil Data asked for into the room, Data absently picks it up with no trouble. Until he remembers he's posing as a Frenchman, who aren't known to have the strength of twenty men.
Data: (quickly lets the anvil fall, and holds his arm in "pain") Ouch.
Time's Arrow, Part II
- Samuel Clemens' (aka Mark Twain) awe and befuddlement upon coming aboard the Enterprise.
Clemens: (spots Worf) Werewolf!
- Clemens' reaction upon meeting a Bolian.
- When Clemens returns to the past and finds Picard, we learn that the Ophidian dropped him right in the middle of market street.
- Every scene with Mrs. Carmichael, but especially the Titania "audition".
- Deanna's advice while under the (negative) influence of another empath:
Janeway note : Well, yesterday I was running routine diagnostics on the sensor pallets. They checked out, but Lieutenant Pinder questioned me because I'd allowed a point oh two three variance. That's well within specifications. He goes out of his way to criticize me.Troi: Do you know of any reason why he might do that?Janeway: No, that's why I'm here.Troi: (bored and blunt) Well, maybe he's just tired of hearing you complain.Janeway: Pardon me?Troi: I know I'm certainly tired of it. How do you think it feels to sit and listen to someone whine about themselves all the time?
- Deanna then threatens, in the most casually evil way possible, to have Janeway transferred off the Enterprise if she can't cope with the pressure.
- Data and Scotty are in Ten Forward, looking for a drink:
Scotty: What is this? (holds up a glass)Data: It is... (sniffs the drink) It is... (sniffs it again) It is green.
- Later in the episode, Picard earns Scotty's respect by taking a massive belt of the green liquor. The look on Scotty's face is priceless. It gets better when Picard identifies the liquor and reveals he brought it on board himself.
- And the exchange between Scotty and Geordi regarding Geordi's estimated time of completion to the captain.
Scotty: And how long would it really take?Geordi: An hour!Scotty: Aw, you didn't tell him how long it would really take, did ya?Geordi: Well of course I did!
- The episode "Schisms" is largely a serious episode, but the teaser is hilarious just for Data's reading of Ode to Spot, a poem in iambic heptameter he'd written for his cat.
- The fun of it is that Data's poetry is what you'd expect from him - technically perfect, but no feeling. And everyone in the audience of his poetry recital have looks on their face that effectively scream 'where's a Romulan invasion when you really need one?'
- Q and Beverly are arguing about how they are treating Amanda Rogers. While Beverly is talking, Q turns her into a barking (female) dog mid-sentence. Amanda turns her back and Beverly keeps going without noticing. Q even acts likes he didn't notice.
- Picard, Ro, Guinan, and Keiko were turned into 12-year-olds in a transporter accident, though they kept their adult memories, knowledge, and skills. When the ship is hijacked by Ferengi, the "kid" crew stage a revolt to get the ship back. In order to get Riker to turn over computer control to the schoolroom computer so Picard and company can corral the Ferengi, Picard accosts one of the Ferengi guards and demands to see his "father", throwing a spectacular tantrum:
Kid!Picard: "I want to see my father! I want to see him NOW! NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW—"
- "Rascals" also involves Chief O'Brien being very awkward around his now adolescent wife, resulting in her giving a Full-Name Ultimatum while grabbing him by the collar and yanking him down to her eye level, reminding him that she is still his wife. You can see him trying to think of a way to tactfully point out the obvious and failing horribly. And then he digs himself deeper by saying "technically, yes"...
- No slight intended to the generally excellent child actors, but many of these scenes (like Picard's tantrum) get even funnier if you imagine, for example, Patrick Stewart petulantly stamping his feet or giving his "Number One Dad" a big fake hug.
- When the Ferengi threathen to kill all children on board if Riker doesn't restore computer access and teach one of them how to operate it, Riker agrees to do so but then proceeds to distract him with longwinded Techno Babble (which he may or may not have made up on the spot: considering this is Star Trek, it's impossible to tell) while he gives full access to the classroom computer where the kids are being held, including Picard and co.
- Picard on the bridge giving commands after being transformed. Everyone else is bewildered at taking orders from a 12 year old.
- When Picard is restored to normal, one of the first things he does is regretfully reach up and feel his bald head.
- Either that or - and even better - he's making sure he's back to normal.
- The opening of the episode has Guinan and Keiko struggling to hold their laughter as Picard gushes over his archeological findings culminating with a poker faced Guinan having this exchange with Picard,:
Guinan: "We were on one of the most beautiful planets on the universe, and you spent your entire shore leave in a cave."Picard: "It was a very rewarding experience."
- It also has Ro Laren trying to amend her Hidden Depths outburst from Keiko:
Ro: [indicating a plant in a basket Keiko is holding] Is that a Draebidium Froctus?Keiko: Draebidium Calimus actually. You can tell by the shape of the leaves. [beat] I didn't know you were interested in plant biology.
- Pretty much the entire episode, but especially Data as the barmistress, and the Enterprise flying off into the sunset. Some of the odder things:
- Worf and Alexander are walking down the street when Worf sees a prostitute posing at an upper balcony. He is surprised, as he thought Alexander had programmed the whole thing. Alexander admits that Reg Barclay helped. Worf growls that he will have to have a talk with Mr. Barclay. You can only imagine the results of that little chat!
- Poor Troi (a lover of Westerns) can't get Worf to stay in character around her!
Worf: Counselor, I would appreciate some support in this matter!Troi: Durango! I'm called Durango!Worf: Ah yes, err... Counselor Durango.Troi: (rolls her eyes and heaves a sigh)
- Dr. Crusher's play is replaced with Ode to Spot.
- Data himself lapses into a Texan accent without even realizing it.note
- Six decks of replicators are limited to producing cat food.
- The teaser has Picard in his quarters, playing his Ressikan flute. Or trying. First, Data and Geordi stop by, asking to do some modifications with the computer. Then Crusher stops by, trying to get him to join her play - as the butler. Then Worf comes by, wanting to run security drills.
- At the end, Picard makes a comment about how, for all they know, the Enterprise-D is a simulation in a box on someone's table. This prompts Reg Barclay to look around nervously and say, "Computer? End Program." Roll credits.
- Patrick Stewart's expression during the "simulation in a box" speech. He's almost winking at the camera.
- Q greeting Picard:
Q: Welcome to the afterlife, Jean-Luc. You're dead.
- And Picard's incredulous reaction:
Picard: [laughing] You're not God!
Q: Blasphemy! You're lucky I don't cast you out, or smite you or something.
Picard: I refuse to believe that the afterlife is run by you. The universe is not so badly designed!
- And Picard's incredulous reaction:
- Q shows up disguised as a delivery boy:
(shuffling into room) "Flowers! Is there a 'John Luck Pickard' here?"
- Pillow talk, the morning after:
- After Picard tells Q the story of how he got his artificial heart, Q tells him it's beautiful:
"It gets you right here, doesn't it?" (puts a hand to his chest, over the organ in question)
- Also, when he greets him earlier in the scene: "You seem unimpaled so far."
- Just as Picard has received an Armor-Piercing Slap, he asks Q if him being here will disrupt the timeline.
Q: Oh, you won't cause galaxies to explode or civilizations to fall. To be blunt: You're not that important.
- In Part 1, Geordi and Worf are having lunch on Deep Space Nine. They each get Pasta al Fiorella, but Geordi doesn't like it, whereas Worf gobbles it up.
Geordi: Worf, I don't see how you can eat that. It tastes like... liquid polymer.
Worf: (beat) Delicious.
- Likely a Call Back to "Time Squared", above.
- The beginning of the episode has Worf asking to be allowed out of the reception that no one wants to attend. Picard gives him permission. Geordi pipes up to ask the same. Picard gives him a stern, authoritative explanation that he can't have the entire bridge crew absent from the reception. With a grin, Picard adds that Worf beat him to it. Cue the smug smile on Worf's face.
- Data writes a special subroutine for small talk for a party hosted by an officer everyone else is keen to avoid. Throughout the scenes of the man boring the senior staff with his chatter, Data can be seen silently miming the body language to practice. Then he goes up to Crusher and Riker, hammily introducing himself with a cheesy grin and a big handshake as though he hasn't seen them in years, doing such a flawless impression of their host that they crack up immediately.
- Later Riker makes sure that Data and the officer meet, and the two hit it off spectacularly. The next time we see them, they're still chatting away and probably would've continued to do so until the end of the episode if they hadn't been interrupted by a group of space pirates. Riker admits to being fascinated by how long two people can talk about nothing.
- At one point, the host has ensnared Picard, Troi and LaForge with his endless chatter. When the conversation turns to riding horses, Picard jumps on the opportunity and gives what seems like a totally made up excuse to get away by claiming he has to go back to his quarters to get his personal saddle. The host eats it up, and Geordi seems to buy it, but you can tell by Troi's expression that she pegs it as an attempt to escape - especially when Picard is so eager to get away that he actually bumps into a wall. Cut to the next scene, where it turns out he really does keep a saddle on the Enterprise.
- Although intended as a heartwarming moment, this scene where Geordi hears echoes of music coming from the Jeffries Tube is just hilarious. Odd that Data couldn't hear anything as he walked in, though (amazing android ears and all that).
- "The Chase" involves a Klingon captain, Nu'Daq, on board the Enterprise while he waits for them to assemble data of interest to every major power in the quadrant. He approaches Data in Ten Forward and invokes a Klingon strength challenge while Data's doing some paperwork. The two rest their elbows on the table and lock arms, Nu'Daq counts down to the start... and Data casually shoves Nu'Daq's arms aside and resumes his paperwork. Then Nu'Daq headbutts him and falls backward, Data not moving an inch. As Nu'Daq picks himself up off the floor, Data helpfully informs him of the details of his construction (including a metal skull and spinal column) to explain why that probably wasn't bright.
- And when Nu'Daq lowers his voice and attempts to bribe Data for first crack at the information, Data observes at normal volume that "You are trying to bribe me." By this point, they're clearly drawing attention, and Nu'Daq decides to give up and let it go.
- He is also singularly unimpressed by the final revelation of the episode, delivered by a hologram of their common progenitor:
"That's all!? If she were not dead, I would kill her!"
- While Nu'Daq and Worf, the Cardassians and the Romulans are all trying to browbeat each other into submission (at gunpoint), Picard and Crusher quietly locate another sample, insert it in the tricorder and complete the puzzle. The others realize this only when the tricorder spontaneously projects the progenitors' message.
- Riker comments that his undercover mission will make him have to back out of Doctor Crusher's play. Picard tells him that they're already timing it for after the play. Then he adds that if he let Riker back out of it, Crusher would come after HIM for the part.
- The look on Riker's face when presented with a "communicator" (i.e. a stolen spoon) is rather amusing considering the normally unsettling mood of the hospital scenes.
- Kahless' jovial and occasionally outright flippant attitude for the majority of the episode. An amazing contrast from the TOS "Kahless the Unforgettable".
- Riker is performing with a jazz band in Ten Forward and calls for requests. Deanna requests 'Night Bird.' He looks nervous and asks for requests again. She repeats herself, emphatically. Riker resigns himself to the inevitable and Troi mentions in an aside to Crusher that she picked the song because Riker has, for the last ten years, never managed to make it through the solo. (Riker ends up being saved by a call from the bridge right before he comes in.)
- For that matter, calling for 'Night Bird'?
- Data, observing the friction between Commander Riker and his double:
Data: Lieutenant, I am curious about something. If you had a double of yourself, would you have trouble interacting with him?Worf: [considers for a second] I think so.Data: Why?Worf: I am not easy to get along with.Data: (nodding in agreement) Hm.
- Worf's reaction is hilarious.
- Worf needing four cards when playing poker.
- Data's cat Spot has been the source of a few Funny Moments, particularly because Spot is rather antagonistic to most of the crew (excepting Worf and Lt. Barclay). In the beginning, Riker is in Sickbay, with Dr. Crusher healing two rather deep cuts on his forehead. Crusher tries to guess how he got it. Parisses Squares? No. Klingon calisthenics? No. What scratched him? Spot. He's so peeved that he suggests to Crusher the next time she approaches Spot to bring a phaser. Spot then goes on to ruin La Forge's quarters in "Force of Nature". He also suggests a phaser.
- There's also this:
Troi [impersonating Dr. Mizan]: "So, Diane... I understand you're an empath. I'm a very [winks broadly] sensitive man, myself. I'm doing a thesis on interspecies mating rituals. Would you care to join me in some empirical research?[Later, after Picard and Geordi have laughed]Data: Did you help him with his research, Counselor?Troi: Absolutely not.Data: But I thought that was a topic you were interested in.
- Picard relates how a speaker at the seminar gave an hour long talk on the wrong subject.
Geordi: Why didn't anybody tell him?
Picard: There was no opportunity. There was no pause. [droning voice] He just kept talking in one long incredibly unbroken sentence moving from topic to topic so that no one had a chance to interrupt it was really quite hypnotic.
- In the same episode, Picard making a smiley face in the extremely slow-moving warp coolant (pictured at top).
- Data plays a poker game on the holodeck with representations of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking (played by himself).
Newton: "The day that apple fell on my head was the most momentousness day in the history of science."Hawking: Not the apple story again!
- The conclusion:
Newton: Blast, I fold!Data: I fold as well.Einstein: Ze uncertainty principle vill not help you now, Stephen. All ze quantum fluctuations in ze universe vill not change ze cards in your hand. I call. You are bluffing and you vill lose!Hawking: Wrong again, Albert.note (reveals that he has the winning hand, while wearing a huge grin)
- This scene also turns Heartwarming when you realise Hawking is a fan of the show, and his grin is probably also due to his joy at getting to appear in it.
- Something that makes it even funnier- some years later, Brent Spiner got to meet Stephen Hawking again. Instead of a greeting, Hawking at once demanded, Where's my money?
- A funny moment behind the scenes, when Hawking was given a tour of the set and comes upon the warp drive: I'm working on that.
- He also had some aides take him out of his chair so he could chill in the captain's chair for a bit.
- Also Hilarious in Hindsight, with Epic Rap Battles of History pitting Albert Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking.
- Newton's hair is so big, it make him look like he's wearing a Flokati Rug!
Descent, Part II Liaisons
- The opening of the episode, where Worf is complaining about the dress uniforms they have to wear.
Worf: These uniforms are ridiculous. They look like dresses!
Riker: (angrily) Mister Worf, that is an outmoded, sexist attitude! (goes to leave, then turns around, and smiles) Besides, you look good in a dress!
- Worf taking zingers from Riker? Not unexpected. But coming off second best in an encounter with Data? Funny as hell.
Data: I have heard that in moments of diplomatic tension, it is often helpful to find elements of commonality.
Worf: Ambassador Byleth is demanding, temperamental, and rude!
Data: You share all of those qualities in abundance. Perhaps you should try to build on your similarities.
- The best part of this was that Data sincerely thought he was being helpful.
- Worf contemplating the very large knife he's holding for a loooooooong time is the perfect capper to the exchange.
- Picard's facial expression when he realizes he has to share a very long shuttle ride with someone he can't get any sort of an interesting conversation with is pretty funny.
- The end of the two-parter, in which Picard faked his death to go undercover and Riker pretended to go rogue to join him:
Picard: Number One, will you set a course for Starbase 227? I'll join you on the bridge shortly.
Riker: Wait a minute. You've been declared dead. You can't give orders around here.
Data: If we are to adhere to the exact letter of Starfleet regulations, then technically sir, you have been declared a renegade. In fact I believe you are facing twelve counts of court martial offenses. You cannot give orders either, sir.
Picard: That's quite right. And as I am supposed to be dead, I'll go and get some sleep, and Mr. Data, I suggest that you escort Commander Riker to the brig.
Data: Aye, sir. (Data grabs Riker to lead him towards the brig) This way, sir.
Riker: Data, he was joking. You know that, right? ... Data?
- Earlier, Data's response to Picard and Riker's unexpected appearance as space pirates:
Troi: (examining Riker) He's only stunned.
Data: I must admit, I am experiencing a similar sensation.
- Data asks Worf to take care of his cat, Spot:
Data: He will require water. And you must provide him with a sandbox. And you must talk to him. Tell him he is a pretty cat. And a good cat. And... (trails off upon seeing Worf's Death Glare)
Worf: I will feed it.
Data: Perhaps that will be sufficient.
- Worf is holding Spot at arm's length as if he can hardly bear to even touch the cat.
- Also: "SPOT. COME HERE."
- Also, Worf exiting, and the *sneeze* "meow!" we hear. Apparently Klingons (or at least Worf) are allergic to Terran kitties.
- Gets funnier given that, in the novels set after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, Spot has decided that she's now Worf's responsibility.
- This line:
Picard: Bridge to Engineering. Mr. La Forge, why isn't my ship moving?
- Michael Dorn's quirky line delivery:
Worf: It's a cellular peptide cake (with Klingon glee) with mint frosting!
- Lwaxana refers to Worf as "Mister Woof." He takes a breath to correct her, then immediately decides not to bother, just shaking his head.
- The B-Plot is about Data and Geordi trying to train Spot. It's like watching Troy and Abed On a Starship.
Data: Geordi, I cannot stun my cat.
- While discussing training, Geordi jokes that Data should try using a phaser with a low stun setting. Data's response is visibly unsettled, making it a little funny and a little more heartbreaking.
Geordi: I don't know about Spot, but... seems to me your training is coming along just fine.
- In about the middle of the episode, Geordi enters Data's quarters while Data is verbally training Spot not to jump on his worktable. As they talk, Spot begins crying for Data. Data immediately orders Spot food from the replicator, and then he picks up a ball of yarn so Spot can play with it. Geordi decides to point this out:
- Worf asks Deanna Troi to be his son Alexander's 'soh-chim' (basically, his godmother). Watch it here.
Deanna: So, that would make me your...?Worf: The closest analogy is... stepsister.Deanna: That would make my mother your stepmother.Worf: (look of absolute shock and horror) I had not considered that... (beat) It is a risk I am willing to take.
- This is the same woman who constantly addresses him as "Mr. Woof."
Worf: (sigh) It is Worf, madam.
- This is the same woman who constantly addresses him as "Mr. Woof."
- Also, at the beginning of the episode, Worf nonchalantly recounts the gruesome Bat'leth tournament.
Worf: The conditions were difficult. Several contestants were maimed.
- There's also the Surprise Party that Riker and company put together to greet him. Worf keeps looking around, waiting for the 'surprise' as Riker chats with him. When Riker questions him, Worf admits his expectation. Very solemnly, Riker tells him that he HATES surprise parties and would never do that to him. Relieved, Worf settles in and Riker leaves. As Worf goes towards another section of his quarters and starts to take off his sash, out come the partiers. The look on his face is priceless. Then Riker enters, and puts a party hat on Worf's head (probably only managing to keep his limbs intact because he's a superior officer).
Riker: (big grin) I love surprise parties.
- The party-goers sing 'For He's A Jolly Good Fellow' in Klingon. Worf is not amused.note
Worf: That was NOT a Klingon song.Troi: It wasn't easy to translate. There doesn't seem to be a Klingon word for 'jolly.'
- The cast of Alexander's forehead.
- And at the end of the episode when all is back to normal, Troi comes to Worf's quarters alone to give him his birthday present (and let him know she talked Riker out of the surprise party).
Troi: I know Klingons like to be alone on their birthdays. You probably want to meditate, or hit yourself with the painstick...
- Just before this, Worf sidles to the edge of the doorway and peeeeeers around the corner to see if Troi is on the bed (as a Call Back to when her alternate reality self slipped over to the bed to get her husband to sit down and relax, and he did the same thing). She isn't there—then shows up behind him.
- Worf's face◊ when Troi kisses him is equally as priceless as the one from earlier (this was a good 'Worf makes funny faces' episode).
- When the quantum rift accidentally gets torn wide open, making Enterprise after Enterprise appear, we get these two lines:
Data: At this rate, the sector will be completely filled with Enterprises within three days.Wesley: Captain, we're receiving 285,000 hails.
- "The Pegasus" starts with the wonderful 'Captain Picard Day':
Picard: They seem to have an exaggerated opinion of me.
Riker: <picks up a Picard doll and imitates his voice> I don't know, I think the resemblance is rather striking. Wouldn't you agree, Number 1?
Picard: Isn't there something else you have to do?
Riker: <still imitating Picard> I'll be on the bridge.
- Riker almost takes the doll with him, until Troi makes him leave it. You can see the "I'm coming back to steal that later" look on his face just before he leaves for the bridge.
- Absolute best part of that was the Admiral's Very Serious Business call which he took in the same room. Upon finishing:
Admiral: *sees the banner* "Captain Picard Day"?
Picard: Oh... Um... Yes, it's... it's for the children. I'm a... *apologetic grin* haha... I'm a role model.
Admiral: I'm sure you are. Starfleet out. [beep] *Picard's grin fades*
- Ditto for Picard later saying to a visibly amused Will that he convinced the school to hold a "Commander Riker Day" and that he was considering making an entry himself. Riker is considerably less amused all of a sudden.
- Sam complains that he thinks Riker doesn't like him.
Ben: Why? Did you crash the ship into something?
- "Thine Own Self" has a particularly amusing one: Riker is in his quarters, practicing his trombone, when Deanna walks in. They hold a brief conversation with Riker 'speaking' via the trombone.
Troi: Is that supposed to be a question?
Riker: *toot toot*
Troi: If you're asking if I like what you're playing, then the answer's yes.
Riker: *High, low, as 'thank you.'*
Troi: You know, this is a much better way of communicating for you. It's far less confusing than the way you usually speak!
Riker: *Fast-descending note of annoyance*
- Riker's followup line is also great: "Did you come here for something in particular, or just general Riker-bashing?"
- Patrick Stewart's dick joke. Given a prop with a distinctly phallic appearance, Stewart held it directly in front of his crotch and emphasised the words with the most phallic symbolism. Jonathan Frakes duly responded with Corpsing.
- Also, Brent Spiner's performance as multiple personalities is so hammy and cartoonish that it may make the episode unintentionally hilarious for some.
- The beginning of the episode. Riker is in Sickbay again. Nurse Ogawa delivers a pretty funny opening line: "So why were you rolling around in Cyperion cactus?"
- When Picard asks Data what he'll transform into, and Data responds, "I believe you will also de-evolve into an earlier form of primate... possibly similar to a lemur or pygmy marmoset."
- Picard then responds rather mirthlessly, "Well, before I start...swinging through the ship looking for breakfast..." Still funny, in a dark sort of way.
- The last two lines in the episode, summing up just how weird the events of said episode were:
Crusher: (Barclay) transformed into a spider, and now he's had a disease named after him.
Troi: I think I better clear my calender for the next few weeks.
- The look on Worf's face when he gets hit with a water balloon. Then the subsequent screwing up of the solemn speech he tries to give Alexander.
Worf: As time passes, it is inevitable that a boy becomes a man, but it is not inevitable that a man becomes a sword.
Worf: I meant a warrior. The path of a warrior begins with the First Rite of Ascension.
Alexander: Is that when they hit you with painsticks?
Worf: No, that's the second rite.
- "One thing's for certain, you'll never look at your hairline the same again."
- This actually makes Jason laugh out loud.
- The opening to "Emergence" [7x23], where the Orient Express suddenly appears in the middle of Data's performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest... And they just stare as the train gets closer and closer until Data shoves them both out of the way. Watching an android dressed as a wizard from a Shakespearean play shoving a Starfleet captain out of the path of an oncoming train is oddly surreal.
- The woman on the Orient Express's attempts to give the knight a drink, while he's wearing a face covering helmet.
- When future Picard visits Data, we learn that Data has learned the value of keeping a Servile Snarker around.
- As well as a rather large number of cats.
- When O'Brien says he and his team will "burn the midnight oil", Data steps onto the scene and states that would set off the ship's fire suppressant system.
- Riker revealing his secret poker skill: "I cheated!" Data's Double Take before Riker chuckles he was kidding really sells it.
- This exchange between Worf and Yar, as Picard's calls for Q to present himself in the past timeline go unanswered:
Worf: (quietly, confused) "What is a Q?"
Tasha Yar: (equally baffled, shrugs) "It's a letter of the alphabet as far as I know."
- Lieutenant Reginald "Reg" Barclay gets a few, like his fast, nervous rambling in "Realm of Fear" (as Deanna tries to keep up with him, and he tries to avoid her and/or discussing what's really on his mind). "I don't get to see this part of the ship a lot. LOOK! There's stellar cartography, I thought that was deck eleven!"
- In the same episode, he acts out/tests himself for the symptoms of transporter psychosis as the computer reads them off.
- "Well done, Mister Broccoli."
- Barclay meets Christina, Miles O'Brien's Tarantula (No prizes for guessing Barclay is an arachnophobe).
- Stealth Brick Joke in season 7. In the episode "Genesis," all the crew on board start devolving into various animals. Three guesses what Barclay starts becoming.
- Bonus points for Barclay being played by Dwight Schultz aka "Howlin' Mad" Murdock!
- Data's attempts at imitating humanity. 90% of the time, you're gonna laugh.
- His actor can be funnier, especially while he's making the make up artist's job more difficult as he's being done up to look like a ninety year old man:
Brent Spiner: Kids! Stay out of the sun! I'm thirty three years old. I never used a sunblock - big mistake!Brent Spiner, making goofy facial expressions: DATA ON ACID!
- One time when he went to the barber to attempt to imitate friendly interpersonal jabs people sometimes do.
Geordi: Hey, Data, need a trim?
Data: My hair does not require trimming, you lunkhead.
- Made better a moment later. Apparently even Data can tell Picard is not well known for his sense of humor....
Data: I am attempting to partake in friendly, well-intended insults.
Geordi: Ah.... Well, just don't try it on the captain.
Data: (beat) No.
- His actor can be funnier, especially while he's making the make up artist's job more difficult as he's being done up to look like a ninety year old man:
- Picard in the holodeck, playing at Dixon Hill. Patrick Stewart's Humphrey Bogart impression is hilariously atrocious, but then, that's the point.
SETTING: the bridge of the Enterprise. Picard and Data are still dressed for Noir.
Picard: La Forge? (Tugs hat down.) Shtep on it.
- That scene unintentionally makes Picard look exactly like one of the figures from the the famous American painting, Nighthawks, which is oddly funny.
- Just as good was his Dixon Hill experience in "Manhunt". He goes there trying to relax and hide from Lwaxana Troi's escapades. The first man through his door ends up pulling a pistol on him after accusing "Dix" of not finding his sister in time to save her life.
Picard: *stumbling out of the way* "Computer, freeze program! ... I came here to relax, not to dodge bullets. Reconfigure... more ambiance, less substance."
- The next man through the door is a sinister figure who, after delivering some veiled threats, reaches over and grabs Picard by the lapels.
Picard: "Computer, freeze program! This is just substituting one form of violence for another. Reconfigure."
- The third man to come into Dix's office does so brandishing a Tommy Gun and screaming bloody murder!
Picard: "Freeze program! Computer, I don't think I'm making myself clear."
- The next man through the door is a sinister figure who, after delivering some veiled threats, reaches over and grabs Picard by the lapels.
- Lwaxana hitting on anyone and everyone, including Worf, Wesley, (offscreen) Geordi, and Riker. Riker and Troi get a funny scene right after she leaves:
Troi: Why did you stop me? Someone needs to set her straight!
Riker: I think I'll leave that to the Captain.
- During William Shatner's documentary Chaos on the Bridge, he interviews Jonathan Frakes, who confesses that the entire cast but Patrick Stewart enjoyed goofing around between takes, leading to this exchange...
Shatner: (incredulous) You were singing and dancing on the bridge of the Enterprise?!
Frakes: Not all at once! Didn't you?
- There's something really funny in playing the Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball just to hear Patrick Stewart deliver this line:
Picard: "All hands, prepare for multi-ball!"
- If the ball drains during one of the special game modes, with the player having scored few or none of that mode's objectives, Data helpfully begins explaining what they should have done. Hitting the flipper buttons causes Picard to cut him off with a curt "Thank you, Mr. Data" (and adds a few more points to the score).
- There's something really funny about this exchange from if you fail to get the Worm Hole award (and you will):
Picard: What is our exact location?
Data: Unknown, captain.