Episode: Season 3, Episode 13
Title: Deja Q
Previous: The High Ground
Next: A Matter of Perspective
- Big Damn Heroes: Lampshaded by Q; Defied by the other Q.
- Big Eater: Q orders 10 chocolate sundaes. Guinan spoils his appetite before he can eat them, however.
- Break the Haughty: Guinan, who has a unique history herself with Q, gets plenty of satisfaction from Q's mortality. She stabs him in the hand to make sure he is indeed mortal.
- Brought Down to Normal: Q. He does not deal with it well.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Q on previously tormenting the Calamarain.Q: A subjective term, Riker. One creature's torment, is another creature's delight.
- Cassandra Truth: Nobody believes Q after being told he's been thrown out of the continuum and stripped of his powers. Of course, the last time Q showed up in "Q Who", he'd used the same explanation before introducing everyone to the Borg.
- Contemplating Your Hands: The other Q does this a lot.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment
- Deadpan Snarker: Worf gets his jollies with a single word.Q: I have no powers! Q, the ordinary!
Picard: Q, the liar! Q, the misanthrope!
Q: Q, the miserable! Q, the desperate! What must I do to convince you people?!
(beat as Riker tries desperately not to explode with laughter)
Q: Oh, very clever, Worf. Eat any good books lately?
Picard: Mr. Worf, throw him in the brig.
- And at the end of the scene:
Worf: Delighted, Captain.
Q: I'm forgiven. My brothers and sisters of the Continuum have taken me back. I'm immortal again! Omnipotent again!
- After Q's powers are restored:
- Entitled Bastard: Q asked his peers to drop him off on the Enterprise after depowering him because he figured that, despite all the trouble he's caused Picard & crew, they'd protect him when his other enemies come looking for revenge.
- Facepalm: Source of the iconic "Picard Single Hand Facepalm Maneuver".
- Which should tell you a lot about this episode.
- First Time Feeling: Q finds sleep and pain to be terrifying experiences.
- Funny Background Event: When Q starts playing with the Mariachi band in the end, there is a wide shot of the bridge crew. Notice Worf just dropping his head down and shaking it in resigned frustration.
- Gratuitous French: Despite the Mexican costume and the Mariachi band Q brought with him.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Surprisingly, the other Q manages to out-ham our Q.
- Heel Realization: Q's confession to Picard in the ready room.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. Q almost made one of these, but his selfless actions impress the Continuum so much that they give him his powers back.
- Data does one for Q; fortunately, he's Not Quite Dead..
- He's Back: The ending.
- Humanity Ensues
- Humans Are Special: Why Q chooses to be sent to the Enterprise. Or possibly "Humans are nice enough that they'll look after me and protect me when they realize I'm actually in trouble despite the fact that I've been a jerkass to them in the past". Either way, he's right.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: The Calamarain. Riker predicts that a bunch more of Q's old victims would line up to do the same, to the point that protecting him would be a full-time job.
Guinan: How the mighty have fallen...
- Also Guinan towards Q.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:Q: You're so stolid! You weren't like that before the beard.
- Naked on Arrival:
- Naked People Are Funny: The Q Continuum clearly has a twisted sense of humor.
- Noodle Incident: How did the other Q misplace an entire asteroid belt?
- Not Me This Time: The crew thinks Q is behind the moon's collapse.
- Passive Rescue: Attempted. As Q attempts his Heroic Sacrifice, Picard, noting this "goes against his better judgement," decides to save Q...by focusing on saving the shuttle. As he notes to Riker, "It's a perfectly good shuttlecraft."
- Pet the Dog: Q tries to do this to the Enterprise crew after becoming omnipotent again. First, giving Riker some beautiful women fawning for him, then giving them to Worf when Riker turns them down. He finally succeeds, giving Data one brief laugh.
- He does also fix the moon for them and let them take the credit for it.
- Reality Warper: Q's solution for solving the falling moon problem is to change the gravitational constant of the universe, which he obviously can't do anymore (and would mess everywhere else up!) Geordi realizes, however, that he can use the Enterprise`s warp drive to do the same thing on a smaller scale.
- Retroactive Recognition: The second Q is played by a very young Corbin Bernsen.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Guinan gives Q a blistering one in Ten Forward, ruining his appetite.
- Recycled Script: An almost identical story with Q being Brought Down to Normal, then having his powers restored when he made a Heroic Sacrifice, had previously been published in the TNG tie-in comic series.
- Standard Female Grab Area: Worf grabs Q this way when hauling him off to the brig."You will walk or I will carry you!"
- This Is Gonna Suck: Q's reaction when Guinan shows up in Ten Forward and sees him as a mortal:"This is not a moment I've been looking forward to."
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Picard's reaction to Q's request for compassion.