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* PapaWolf: Debin is outraged by Okona supposedly impregnating his daughter, Yanar, and leaving her and her unborn child behind. He’s chased after Okona in hopes of restoring his daughter’s honor by making him marry her.

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* PapaWolf: Debin is outraged by Okona supposedly impregnating his daughter, Yanar, and leaving her and her unborn child behind. He’s chased after Okona in hopes of restoring his daughter’s honor by [[ShotgunWedding making him marry her.her]].

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Okana may be somewhat irresponsible and cavalier, but he does play matchmaker between the two StarCrossedLovers.


* NoSell: It's made pretty clear that laser fire from the Altec and Straleb ships would have no effect on even the weakest DeflectorShields protecting the ''Enterprise''.



* SmallNameBigEgo: The representatives from Altec and Straleb don't seem to realize what small fries they are in the galactic scheme of things. They make demands and threaten Picard with antiquated technology, little realizing that they're "gabflies," as Worf terms them.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: The representatives from Altec and Straleb don't seem to realize what small fries they are in the galactic scheme of things. They make demands and threaten Picard with antiquated technology, little realizing that they're "gabflies," "glob flies," as Worf terms them.


The ''Enterprise'' heads to the Omega Sagitta system, where a pair of twin planets are living under a precarious peace treaty with each other. They unexpectedly encounter a broken down cargo ship with a single person on board. That person is the irreverent Captain Okona. Picard offers to beam Okona aboard while a maintenance crew repairs his ship.

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The ''Enterprise'' heads to the Omega Sagitta system, where a pair of twin planets are living under a precarious peace treaty with each other. They unexpectedly encounter a broken down cargo ship with a single person on board. That person is the irreverent Captain Okona.Okona (Creator/BillyCampbell). Picard offers to beam Okona aboard while a maintenance crew repairs his ship.



Picard opts to finish repairing Okona’s ship and let him fend for himself, but Okona instead invites both ship captains to the ''Enterprise'' to sort things out. The whole incident turns out to be a silly misunderstanding – the son of the Straleb captain had impregnated the daughter of the Atlec captain and asked Okona to give her the jewel as a marriage offering. Everyone makes up and has a good laugh... even Data, who finally manages to accidentally tell a proper joke.

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Picard opts to finish repairing Okona’s Okona's ship and let him fend for himself, but Okona instead invites both ship captains to the ''Enterprise'' to sort things out. The whole incident turns out to be a silly misunderstanding – the son of the Straleb captain had impregnated the daughter of the Atlec captain and asked Okona to give her the jewel as a marriage offering. Everyone makes up and has a good laugh... even Data, who finally manages to accidentally tell a proper joke.



* ActorAllusion: Of everyone on board, Data seeks out Guinan for guidance on having a sense of humor, which makes more sense considering that her actress, Whoopi Goldberg, is a noted comedian.

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* ActorAllusion: Of everyone on board, Data seeks out Guinan for guidance on having a sense of humor, which makes more sense considering that her actress, Whoopi Goldberg, Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, is a noted comedian.



* TheCameo: Joe Piscopo was a pretty hot comedian in the late 1980s, so his appearing in a small role was a big deal.

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* TheCameo: Joe Piscopo Creator/JoePiscopo was a pretty hot comedian in the late 1980s, so his appearing in a small role was a big deal.



* {{Expy}}: Okona is a pretty clear attempt to insert a Han Solo-like character into the ''Star Trek'' universe.

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* {{Expy}}: Okona is a pretty clear attempt to insert a [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo-like Solo]]-like character into the ''Star Trek'' universe.



** Data practices some Jerry Lewis slapstick in the holodeck.

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** Data practices some Jerry Lewis Creator/JerryLewis slapstick in the holodeck.

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'''Original air date:''' December 12, 1988


** "Say goodbye, Data--Goodbye, Data" is a shout-out to ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'', and a BeamMeUpScotty for ''Series/TheBurnsAndAllenShow''.

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** "Say goodbye, Data--Goodbye, Data" is a shout-out to ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'', and a BeamMeUpScotty for ''Series/TheBurnsAndAllenShow''.''Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow''.


* TheCameo: Joe Piscopo was a pretty hot comedian in the last 1980s, so his appearing in a small role was a big deal.

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* TheCameo: Joe Piscopo was a pretty hot comedian in the last late 1980s, so his appearing in a small role was a big deal.


** Data does a Groucho Marx impression when trying to do comedy.

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** Data does a [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx Marx]] impression when trying to do comedy.


Meanwhile, the ''Enterprise'' then encounters a ship from planet Atlec, which prepares to fire on them with lasers. Picard finds their weapons so laughable he actually drops the main shields just to mock them, at which point the captain of the vessel demands he turn over Okona for knocking up his daughter. A second ship, this one from planet Straleb, appears, also demanding Okona be handed over for stealing a valuable jewel. Picard realizes that whichever captain he gets Okona, the other will start a war over it.

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Meanwhile, the ''Enterprise'' then encounters a ship from planet Atlec, which prepares to fire on them with lasers. Picard finds their weapons so laughable he actually drops the main shields just to mock them, at which point the captain of the vessel demands he turn over Okona for knocking up his daughter. A second ship, this one from planet Straleb, appears, also demanding Okona be handed over for stealing a valuable jewel. Picard realizes that whichever captain he gets gives Okona, the other will start a war over it.


[[caption-width-right:350:''Next Gen'' gets its own [[WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}} Flynn Rider,]] and how appropriate that [[{{Badbutt}} he's just as PG-rated.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''Next Gen'' gets its own [[WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}} Flynn Rider,]] and how appropriate that [[{{Badbutt}} he's just as PG-rated.]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Meet Okona. Everyone loves him. Just ask the screenwriters!]]

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* FashionableAsymmetry: Okona's outfit has elements of assymetry, particularly on his pants.


* SmallNameBigEgo: The representatives from Altec and Straleb don't seem to realize what small fries they are in the galactic scheme of things. They make demands and threaten Picard with antiquated technology, little realizing that they "gabflies," as Worf terms them.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: The representatives from Altec and Straleb don't seem to realize what small fries they are in the galactic scheme of things. They make demands and threaten Picard with antiquated technology, little realizing that they they're "gabflies," as Worf terms them.


* ActorAllusion: Of everyone on board, Data seeks out Guinan for guidance on having a sense of humor, which makes more sense considering that her actress, Whoopi Goldberg, is a noted comedian.



* TheCameo: Joe Piscopo was a pretty hot comedian in the last 1980s, so his appearing in a small role was a big deal.



** ''Everything'' about Okona. Troi's description of him used to top the InformedAttribute page, and Riker's can still be found on [[Quotes/InformedAttribute the quotes subpage]].

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** ''Everything'' about Okona. Troi's description Okona is said to be "mischievous, irreverent, and somewhat brazen." A lot of him used his actions support this description. He spends most of his screen time making jokes and hitting on ladies. He almost comes to top blows with Worf after refusing to leave a lady's bedroom to answer Picard's summons. In the InformedAttribute page, and Riker's can still be found on [[Quotes/InformedAttribute end, it's revealed that he's been playing secret matchmaker for a pair of star-crossed lovers. However, the quotes subpage]].episode receives a lot of criticism for Okona not being as "outrageous" as the script seems to think he is.


* DidNotThinkThisThrough: The natives try to threaten the ''Enterprise'' with weapons so relatively primitive it isn't worth the effort of raising shields.

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* DidNotThinkThisThrough: The natives try {{Expy}}: Okona is a pretty clear attempt to threaten insert a Han Solo-like character into the ''Enterprise'' with weapons so relatively primitive it isn't worth the effort of raising shields.''Star Trek'' universe.



* HandsomeLech: Combined with ChivalrousPervert. Okona manages to work his way through a surprisingly large number of the ''Enterprise'''s female crew during his brief stay, starting with successfully hitting on the transporter operator seconds after arriving. He has zero charisma or charm that the audience gets to see (though Billy Campbell is a very good-looking man).
* InformedAttribute: The biggest and most consistent criticism of this episode, and it starts in the very ''title''.

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* HandsomeLech: Combined with ChivalrousPervert. Okona manages to work his way through a surprisingly large number of the ''Enterprise'''s female crew during his brief stay, starting with successfully hitting on the transporter operator seconds after arriving. He has zero charisma or charm that the audience gets to see (though Billy Campbell is a very good-looking man).\n
* InformedAttribute: The biggest and most consistent criticism of this episode, and it starts in the very ''title''.



* NoSuchThingAsAlienPopCulture: Data decides to use the holodeck to ask Joe Piscopo, a comedian from the 20th century, advice on how to be funny. This is the equivalent of someone in the 21st century asking UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson for comedy tips. Subverted in that, while this is who he ends up with, the computer's initial suggestions are more recent and include other races.

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* NoSuchThingAsAlienPopCulture: Data decides to use the holodeck to ask Joe Piscopo, a 23rd century comedian from for something funny, the comedian immediately references Tip O'Neil, a 20th century, advice on how to be funny. This is the equivalent of someone in the 21st century asking UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson for comedy tips. Subverted in that, while this is politician who he ends up with, is already fairly obscure in the computer's initial suggestions are common zeitgeist by the 2020s. Apparently there has been no more recent and include other races.political figures to lampoon.



* ReallyGetsAround: Worf notes that Okona has recently visited three crewmembers' quarters.



** The episode basically comes across as a really, really bad attempt to do ''Franchise/StarWars'' in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (i.e., Okona = Han Solo).

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** The episode basically comes across as Data does a really, really bad attempt Groucho Marx impression when trying to do ''Franchise/StarWars'' comedy.
** Data practices some Jerry Lewis slapstick
in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (i.e., Okona = Han Solo).the holodeck.



* SmallNameBigEgo: After all the build-up about how Okona's a rogue who lives life on the edge, it turns out he's a completely legitimate delivery driver. He gets ''offended'' when accused of being a criminal. All the secrecy surrounding his activities is because he takes client confidentiality very seriously.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: After all The representatives from Altec and Straleb don't seem to realize what small fries they are in the build-up about how Okona's a rogue who lives life on the edge, it turns out he's a completely legitimate delivery driver. He gets ''offended'' when accused galactic scheme of being a criminal. All the secrecy surrounding his activities is because he takes client confidentiality very seriously.things. They make demands and threaten Picard with antiquated technology, little realizing that they "gabflies," as Worf terms them.


* CastingGag: Billy Campbell originally auditioned for the role of Riker.

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