Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 20


Aired Unknown Apr 22, 1991 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stardate: 44741.9 Q places Vash and the senior Enterprise crew in a recreation of Robin Hood and his merry men.

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  • Robin of Q-wood Forrest....

    .... "Qpid" is a very fun episode that sees Q take the crew off the Enterprise and into his version of the Robin Hood tale. Picard is Robin Hood, the crew his Merry Men (which angers Worf the most) and Vash is Maid Marian but no damsel in distress. Vash's improvising off of the original script takes Q by surprise and he naturally tries to up the ante on the fly. Q's goal is to show Picard that his love for Vash (whom he met during the events of "Captain's Holiday") will be his own undoing - meanwhile, the audience is treated to some very funny situations and old-fashioned swashbuckling action. But "Qpid" is not all stupid. The Picard and Vash storyline fleshes out both characters nicely but especially Picard as we see him balance love within the life of a Star Fleet captain.moreless
  • Worf is Not a Merry Man

    This is a fan favorite because of how it places our beloved crew in an unfamiliar environment (with new costumes and makeup) and throws Q and Vash into the mix as well. (Indeed, the writer of this episode Ira Steven Behr was the writer who created Vash in the first place.) It's a bit of a silly romp, but its uniqueness and whimsy (and hilarious one liners) make it a memorable episode. And it's great to see the actors outside in a real forest.moreless
  • Hilarious Q episode, much what we would expect from John De Lancie.

    Q teaches (like most omniscent beings like to do) Picard a lesson in love in this hilarious episode in which the crew is thrown out of their element and into medieval England and Robin Hood and his merry men. Worf and Data are hilarious and Picard is a bit of a romantic in the role of Robin of Locksley. Troi shooting Data in the abdomen and then Worf smashing La Forge's mandolin are the highlights of the episode. John De Lancie, like he does with every episode with Q, does a superb job. I wish they had made more Q episodes to see the treasure that is John De Lancie and Patrick Stewart's comaraderie that shows through.moreless
  • QPID may be STUPID, but there is enough humor here to make it a completely enjoyable experience.

    The whole Robin Hood concept that anchors this show is completely inane, an apparent attempt to cash in on a popular movie of the early 1990s.

    That said, this episode is a guilty pleasure. There are tons of good gags. (My favorite is the tribute to Animal House.) Two relationships with plenty of chemistry - Picard & Q, Picard & Vash - are enough to keep the plot moving.

    My only quibble - the first half of the episode suggests that a complete Picard-Vash episode had potential. Explore the captain's privacy, etc. Instead, the writers blocked and turned this into pleasant fluff. Why?moreless
  • The “Enterprise” is hosting a archaeology meet. Picard goes to his quarters and surprised to find Vash there. Vash is the woman Picard met on Risa. Beverly Crusher comes to Picard quarters and finds Vash there. Beverly seems a little jealous.moreless

    The “Enterprise” is hosting a archaeology meet. Picard goes to his quarters and surprised to find Vash there. Vash is the woman Picard met on Risa. Beverly Crusher comes to Picard quarters and finds Vash there. Beverly seems a little jealous. Later we find Picard going to his ready room and finding “Q” there. “Q “ wants to repay a debt so it seems. Picard is giving a speech and “Q” decides he wants to play. So he banishes Picard along with some of the crew members into the Robin Hood story. Now Picard has to save Vash.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Data throws the explosive device into the fire, if you look carefully you can see that it bounces out of the fire and onto the ground.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Servant: Oh, you'll wear yourself out with all that pacing, milady.
      Vash: Told you to stop calling me that. The name's Vash.
      Servant: Ooh, my poor lamb. You've got a brain sickness for sure. Oh, can't I get you something to ease your suffering?
      Vash: I could use a drink.
      Servant: Well, I wasn't thinking of spirits, milady. But I have some nice, fresh leeches! To drain the fever.

    • Q: Jean-Luc, it's wonderful to see you again! How about a big hug? Don't just stand there, say something.
      Picard: Get out of my chair!
      Q: Awe, and I was hoping for something more along the lines of "Welcome back, Q. It's a pleasure to see you again, old friend."

    • Crusher: I'm sorry I'm late... oh! Excuse me, I didn't realize you had company.
      Picard: (stammering) That's all right, uh, allow me to introduce you. This is, uh, Beverly. Doctor Beverly. Doctor Beverly Crusher. This is, uhm, Vash. She is a friend of mine from the Archaeology Council.
      Beverly: I didn't mean to interrupt. The Captain and I often share morning tea together.
      Vash: Yes, I know. Jean-Luc has told me all about you.
      Crusher: Really?! When was that?
      Vash: On Risa, where we met.
      Crusher: I see! (looks at Picard, obviously uncomfortable) That must have been during your vacation last year.
      Picard: No! Yes! Yes.
      Crusher: Well, I'm surprised he didn't mention you.
      Vash: So am I. Doctor, are you busy?
      Crusher: Not at the moment.

    • (in Picard's cabin)
      Picard: (surprised) Vash! How did you get in here?
      Vash: I came in through the window.

    • Q: (in reference to Worf) But what of your merry men? Are you willing to put them in jeopardy as well? Is Vash's life worth more than Data's or Troi's or Worf's? You know, Worf, you'd make the perfect throw rug at Nottingham Castle.

    • Worf: Nice legs... for a human.

    • Picard: Some other time, all right? Right now I have several things to attend to.
      Q: Yes, your speech. I've read it. I found it dull and pedantic. Much like yourself.

    • Q: Don't play coy with me, Captain - I witnessed your little spat with Vash, nor will I soon forget the look on anguish on your face. the pain. the misery. If I didn't know better, I would have thought you were already married.

    • Picard: I've just been paid a visit from Q.
      Riker: Q? Any idea what he's up to?
      Picard: He wants to do something nice for me.
      Riker: I'll alert the crew.

    • Q: Without your assistance in our last encounter, I never would have survived. I would have taken my own life but for you.
      Picard: We all make mistakes.

    • Guy: I am the greatest swordsman in all of Nottingham!
      Picard: There's something you should know.
      Guy: And what might that be?
      Picard: I'm not from Nottingham!

    • Worf: Captain, I must protest! I am not a Merry Man!

    • Picard: My answer is still no. My lecture will have to stand on its own. Now, will you please leave my ship?
      Q: You are simply the most impossible person to buy a gift for.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The maid that Q enthusiastically kisses in this episode is actually John de Lancie's real life wife, Marnie Mosiman.

    • This episode was made to cash in on the revival of interest in Robin Hood brought on by Kevin Costner's movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves which opened the same year.

    • Q's quip about Picard's speeches was ad libbed. The writers couldn't come up with something clever for Q to say, so John de Lancie "winged it".


    • Animal House
      Worf smashes Geordi's mandolin, then apologizes - referring to a scene in the classic National Lampoon's Animal House with John Belushi.