Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 13

Deja Q

Aired Unknown Feb 05, 1990 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Data says that blowing up the moon would not reduce its mass, and the damage would be only spread further. While mostly true, it is also true that the mass would be reduced (albeit slightly); the explosion would move some of the mass out of the planet's gravity; and the total surface area would be massively increased, and so smaller moon chunks would burn up in the atmosphere harmlessly.

    • After they save Q's life, Picard assigns a guard to watch Q. The guard pushes Q out into the corridor but never appears again, even after Q breaks into the shuttlebay and steals a shuttlecraft.

  • Quotes

    • Q: I'm feeling pain. I don't like it.

    • Q: This is getting on my nerves, now that I have them!

    • Picard: Q , I am not your Father Confessor - you will receive no absolution from me.

    • Troi: They made you human as part of your punishment.
      Q: No, it was my request. I could've to exist as a Marcophian sea lizard, or a Belzoidian flea. Anything I wished, as long as it was mortal! And since I had only a fraction of a second to mull, I chose this, and asked them to bring me here.
      Troi: Why?
      Q: Because in the universe, you're the closest thing I have to a friend, Jean- Luc.

    • Q: I'm no longer a member of the Q-Continuum! My superiors have decided to punish me!
      Picard: And punish us as well, it would seem.

    • Picard: You want to be treated as human? Fine. Mr. Worf, escort our "guest" to the brig.
      Worf: Gladly, sir.
      Q: You can't do this, Jean-Luc!
      Worf: Either you will walk or I will carry you!
      Q: Given the option, I think I'll walk.

    • 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?
      Worf: Die.
      Q: Oh, very clever, Worf. Eat any good books lately?

    • Q: Your bedside manner is admirable, Doctor. I'm sure your patients recover quickly, just to get away from you.

    • Worf: Be quiet! Or disappear back where you came from.
      Q: I can't disappear, anymore than you could win a beauty contest.

    • Guinan: I hear they drummed you out of the Continuum.
      Q: I'd like to think of it as a significant career change.
      Guinan: Just one of the boys now, eh?
      Q: Just one of the boys with an IQ of 2005.
      Data: The captain and many of the crew are not yet convinced he is truly human.
      Guinan: Really? (stabs Q in the hand, causing him to scream) Seems human enough to me.

    • Q: It was a mistake! I never should've picked human! I knew it the moment I said it. To think of a future in this shell, forced to cover myself with a fabric because of some outdated human morality! To say nothing of being too hot or too cold. Growing feeble with age. Losing my hair. Catching a disease? Being ticklish? Sneezing? Having an itch? A pimple? Bad breath? (looks at Worf) Having to bathe?!
      Worf: Too bad!

    • Q: I'm not good in groups. It's difficult to work in a group when you're omnipotent

    • Picard: (preparing to rescue Q) This goes against my better judgement. Transporter Room Three, lock onto Shuttle One, beam it back into its bay. (Riker gives him a "look") It's a perfectly good shuttlecraft.

    • Q: I'm forgiven! My brothers and sisters of the Continuum have taken me back. I'm immortal again! Omnipotent again!
      Riker: Swell.

    • Q: I wasn't the one who misplaced the entire Deltivian Asteroid Belt!
      Q2: Hey, this is not about me!

    • Q: Ah, before I go, there is a debt that I intend to repay, to my professor of the humanities. Data, I intend to something very, very special.
      Data: If you intend to make me human...
      Q: No, no, no, I would never curse you by making you human, think of it as a parting gift.
      (Data laughs hysterically)

    • Picard: Maybe there is a... residue of humanity in Q after all.
      (Q appears as a cigar in Picard's hand)
      Q: Don't bet on it, Picard.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Q: Oh, perspicacity incarnate! Please don't feel compelled now to tell me the story of 'The Boy Who Cried Worf'.
      This last line is a pun on Æsop's well known fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", about the young shepherd who thought it was funny to cry "Wolf" on a couple occasions, in order to have the villagers rushing to assist, only to lose his entire herd (and in some versions, his life) when the wolf really came and the villagers ignored his cries...

    • Q: The king who would be man.
      This is a play on the short story by Rudyard Kipling called "The Man Who Would Be King."