Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 20


Aired Unknown Apr 22, 1991 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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".

  • Allusions

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