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Haven (episode)

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TNG, Episode 1x11
Production number: 40271-105
First aired: 30 November 1987
4th of 176 produced in TNG
10th of 176 released in TNG
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Troi and Miller kiss
Teleplay By
Tracy Tormé

Story By
Tracy Tormé and Lan O'Kun

Directed By
Richard Compton
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Tensions mount as Counselor Troi's arranged marriage nears, and her mother takes a liking for Captain Picard. Meanwhile, a plague ship threatens the planet where they are meeting.


Troi meets Miller family

Meet the parents

The USS Enterprise-D arrives at the planet Haven where Deanna Troi encounters her mother Lwaxana Troi and is compelled to submit to her late father's marriage arrangement. When she was a child, she was promised as wife to Wyatt Miller, who is now a handsome young medic. Deanna decides to fulfill this promise, although Commander Riker is very reluctant to this due to his feelings towards her.

In the meantime, Deanna's mother, Lwaxana and the Miller family arrive on the Enterprise to make the necessary arrangements for the wedding. However, Lwaxana's eccentric behavior causes friction as she demands the Betazoid marriage ceremony, during which all participants are expected to be nude, be respected. Additionally, Lwaxana has the gift of annoying almost everyone, including the calm and peaceful Captain Picard.

As Deanna finally decides to embrace her future life with Wyatt Miller, the latter is less inclined towards this perspective. Ever since he was a child, Wyatt had dreams about a mysterious young woman, whom he believes will be his future wife. Because he knew about his bonding with a Betazoid girl, he had always thought it was Deanna who telepathically projected those images into his mind. Naturally, he is a bit disappointed to see that Deanna was not the woman from his dreams, which she instantly senses and confronts him about.

Petty bickering

"Could you please continue the petty bickering?"

He is afraid that Deanna would always know what he thinks, and she admits that sometimes this would indeed be the case. Nonetheless, he accepts the commitment. Even Lwaxana and the Millers reach a compromise, consenting the wedding be half-Human, half-Betazoid and only Lwaxana and Wyatt's father will go naked. So, everyone is happy except Riker who realizes this will mean unbinding his ties to Deanna.

In the midst of the wedding arrangements, an unknown vessel enters the Haven system. Picard recognizes the ship: a Tarellian ship, a surprising find, since the entire Tarellian civilization was wiped out decades ago by a devastating plague. All of the surviving Tarellians had tried to flee, carrying with them the infection which affected every planet they visited. It was very likely that this ship was carrying a plagued crew... and was heading directly towards Haven, probably due to the fact this planet was believed to have curative properties.

Wyatt Miller on Tarellian ship

Wyatt embraces his destiny

The Enterprise holds the Tarellian vessel with a tractor beam and Picard attempts to negotiate with the crew. Its captain replies that the eight people remaining on his ship wish to live their last days on an isolated beach. However, Wyatt is surprised to find out the woman from his dreams was aboard that vessel. Without any hesitation, he beams aboard the Tarellian vessel without authorization and decides to remain there, to try to cure the Tarellians. Everyone is shocked but they respect his decision. The Tarellians agree to move on, removing the threat to Haven, and are released to return to space.

Log Entries

Memorable Quotes

"Look at your father, Wyatt. He just can't wait to rip off his clothes for that barbaric ceremony!"

- Victoria Miller

"Your mother relented. And I just caught my father practicing naked in front of his mirror."

- Wyatt Miller, on how a compromise on the traditional Betazoid nude wedding was structured

"Actually, Bill was concerned that you might be upset that I care deeply for him, too."

- Deanna Troi, referring to Commander Riker as "Bill" when explaining the Commander's outburst on the holodeck

"Hello, Wyatt. We always thought you were a dream."

- Wrenn

"How could you let this happen? My son surrounded by those horrible lepers!"

- Victoria Miller, to Picard after her son Wyatt beams over to the Terellian plague ship

"Thank you for the drinks."

- Homn, to Picard, his only spoken line in the entire series

"Stop this petty bickering, all of you! Especially you, mother!"
"Could you please continue the petty bickering? I find it most intriguing."

- Deanna Troi and Data

"That was meant as a joke, captain."
"I was not amused."

- Deanna Troi and Picard

Background information

Story and script

Cast and characters

Props and effects


  • This is the third and last time in which Commander Riker is referred to as "Bill." He was previously called "Bill" in "Encounter at Farpoint" and "The Naked Now".
  • This is the one and only time that Homn speaks.
  • The MSD in engineering is replaced with a wall and a fake cargo bay-type door in this episode, to give the illusion of a corridor lounge.
  • Curtains made of pearl strings, as seen in Lwaxana Troi's quarters, appear only in this episode.



Production history


  • This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series (Richard Sabre).

Video and DVD releases

Links and references


Also starring

Guest stars



Uncredited co-stars



2356; Alcyone; Beta Cassius; Beta Cassius system; Betazed; Betazoid; Betazoid chime; Betazoid wedding; chameleon rose; Class M; Earth; First Electorine; Haven; Holy Rings of Betazed; hypospray; imzadi; medical doctor; Richard III; Sacred Chalice of Rixx; Tarella; Tarellian; Tarellian Civil War; Tarellian starship; Transporter Room 1; Troi, Ian Andrew; sign language; Starfleet Academy; stargate; turbolift; Xelo

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