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YMMV / Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E24 "Ménage à Troi"

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  • Genius Bonus: Also a CMOF. Picard has to convince a Ferengi he is in love with Lwaxana Troi, who he actually finds extremely overbearing and annoying. So, Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart starts reciting sonnets. Specifically, the first lines of sonnet 147, "I am going crazy because I fell in love with someone who turned out to be awful, sonnet 141, "you're ugly, your voice is annoying, and you smell bad, but I still love you, and sonnet 18, which isn't a love poem at all, it's Shakespeare bragging about how great his poems are. Then she suggests that he'll shoot down the Ferengi ship if he can't have her, even with her on it, so he pulls out a line from Othello's speech right before he kills his wife for cheating on him before finishing up with some Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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  • Memetic Mutation: Like "Deja Q" did for the Facepalm, this episode provides the source image of the Annoyed Picard meme. His seemingly exasperated expression is actually due to the Ham and Cheese delivery of his Shakepeare lines.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Lwaxana Troi was described by some critics as like a dentist drill in her first few appearances, with both "Haven" and "Manhunt" cringeworthy episodes (like most of the first two seasons) and her overbearing personality contributing to that. Starting with this episode, she became a lot more tolerable, even sympathetic while also being quite funny.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Picard pretending to be a Shakespeare-loving jealous lover of Lwaxana's is often considered by fans to be the reason to see this episode.


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