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Manhunt (episode)

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Lwaxana Troi arrives on the Enterprise, intent on finding a husband.

Summary Edit

Antedeans beam aboard

"What a handsome race."

On a mission to deliver Antedean dignitaries from Antede III (who are brought on in a catatonic state) to a conference, the USS Enterprise-D is ordered by Starfleet to pick up Lwaxana Troi and to extend full diplomatic courtesies to her. Lwaxana will be representing the Betazed planet at the conference. Lwaxana draws the ire of her daughter, Deanna, and then insinuates that Picard is having 'naughty' thoughts about her once again.

Lwaxana arrives on the Enterprise with her manservant, Mr. Homn. She compliments Captain Picard on his legs and insists that he carry her belongings, but Picard has no intention of doing so. Commander Riker then offers to do so, but can hardly lift the luggage, as Picard had before. He still manages to do so and brings it to Lwaxana's quarters. When everyone else has left, Lwaxana invites Picard to a dinner on the pretense that it will be a diplomatic event, when in fact it is her intention to seduce him.

Picard learns about Betazoid Phase

A moving target

At the dinner, Lwaxana tells Picard that Human males are extraordinary and they toast to it. Lwaxana's irises are darker and larger than usual and seems to hunger for more than the food that she's cooked. Picard realizes that the dinner means something far more to her than to him, so begins to talk shop, inquiring about the Betazoid chime Homn hits at dinner. Picard asks Lwaxana what she knows about other culture's ceremonies at dinner. She has no idea, so Picard says Data is a great talker and informative, so calls him to the dinner. Thanks to Data, Lwaxana is so bored by his constant talking that she cannot seduce Picard.

In the corridor, Counselor Troi informs Dr. Pulaski that Lwaxana is going through the Betazoid equivalent of menopause called The Phase, which for Betazoid women, leads to exceptional increases in their sex drive. Troi believes that she should warn Picard when she finds out he in at dinner with her mother alone, but Pulaski says that it would be important for the captain to stay quick on his feet.

Later in Picard's ready room, Deanna informs Captain Picard and Riker about her mother's condition and says that the only option for her mother is to focus all her energy into one male with the goal of making him her husband. For him to spurn her would be considered an insult. Picard, sensibly, puts Riker in command of the bridge, and runs to hide on the holodeck as Dixon Hill.

Lwaxana claims Riker

"You're overwhelmed with excitement. Believe me, I understand."

After settling in and dismissing various scenarios as too violent, Picard invites Hill's secretary Madeline to Rex's Bar for a drink. Meanwhile, when she can't find Picard, Lwaxana adopts her alternate plan: she goes on to other candidates. Commander William Riker? Already taken by her daughter, Deanna. Lieutenant Worf? Wrong species. Ensign Wesley Crusher? Too young for her tastes.

Later, Lwaxana strolls on to the bridge looking for the captain, but not finding him, settles on having Riker as her husband, and announces to the bridge crew that they will be married, much to his surprise, Deanna's horror, and the surprise of rest of the bridge. In the meantime, the Antedeans have been brought out of their catatonic state by Dr. Pulaski.

Not surprisingly, Riker flees with Data to the same holodeck to tell Picard about this development (and the revival of the Antedeans). Picard is unpleasantly surprised to hear this, but Rex, the holographic bartender, thinks Riker has all the luck in the world.

Lwaxana and Rex

"There is something you ought to know about Rex..."

Lwaxana, using the Enterprise computer, finds Picard and Riker on the holodeck, but is quickly taken with Rex, since she cannot read his mind. She decides to now marry Rex, but as they reach Pacifica, Picard tells Lwaxana that Rex doesn't exist.

As Lwaxana leaves, husbandless, and her mind much clearer than it ever was during the whole duration of her stay, she saves the conference by revealing the Antedeans are in fact assassins (she states that the Antedeans' minds are so simple that she can read their minds in her sleep), and stops a plot to set off a bomb made with ultritium at the conference. Lwaxana bids her daughter farewell, with Picard, Riker, Data and O'Brien in the transporter room. While dematerializing in the transporter beam, Lwaxana chides Picard on his naughty thoughts in front of everyone.

Log entries Edit

Memorable quotes Edit

(Staring at the Antedeans)
"What a handsome race."

- Worf

"Last time I saw something like that it was served on a plate."

- Lwaxana Troi, on the Antedeans

"I still say they look better in sauce."

- Lwaxana Troi, on the Antedeans

"Betazoid women are full of surprises."

- Lwaxana Troi

"Data, you will never know how much I owe you for that."

- Picard, after Data rescues him from Lwaxana Troi's advances

"But you better take this."
"Because if we're goin' to Rex's Bar, you're gonna need it."

- Madeline, handing Picard as Dixon Hill a revolver

"Then she actually complimented Captain Picard on his legs?"
"Hmm. I would have thought a telepath would be more discreet, sir."

- Wesley Crusher, discussing with Riker and Data Lwaxana Troi's openness

"Yes, it's something Troi warned me about when we first started to see each other. A Betazoid woman when she goes through this phase... quadruples her sex drive."
"Or more."
"Or more? You never told me that."
"I didn't want to frighten you."
(Riker beams at Troi)

- William Riker and Deanna Troi, to Picard about Betazoid women

Background information Edit

Production Edit

  • Tracy Tormé used a pseudonym to protest revisions of the episode, particularly with the way Dixon Hill was written. "Manhunt" would be the last episode written by Tormé as he left following the end of the season.
  • When Captain Picard as Dixon Hill takes a look out of his office window, footage from an old movie is used to simulate the streetscape. When he did the same in "The Big Goodbye", new footage on the Paramount lot was shot and inserted.
  • First UK airdate: 4th September 1991

Cast and characters Edit

Mick Fleetwood and Allan A. Apone

Fleetwood with makeup artist Allan A. Apone

Reception Edit

  • Director Rob Bowman recalls, "This one was to be Majel Barrett's episode and she's a fascinating woman. I was asked to make sure that she did her best, so every day that's what we worked on. There's really no story tie between her wants and Picard going to Dixon Hill. It was just a way for us to get to the past. We had a great time doing the '40s stuff. I had looked forward to that since 'The Big Goodbye'. I thought the episode came out just fine, although we did have some funky problems. The funny things is that you have characters that are several hundred years in the future from where we are now, who go back into that 'time warp' to the '40s, and it's not like Bogie back then. You have a man, Picard, who is so far advanced intellectually, dealing with what are, essentially, cave people. I found it to be rather fun and challenging, being a different point-of-view in that style, but no problem." ("Rob Bowman – Director of a Dozen", The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine Vol. 10, p. 20)
  • A mission report for this episode by John Sayers was published in The Official Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine Vol. 9, pp. 47-50.

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References Edit

1927; 1941; AD; airplane; Alva; Antedeans; Antede III; Atifs IV; Altairian brandy; bar bill; Bermuda; Betazed; Betazoid; Betazoid chime; boat; Boston; brig; brown dwarf; California; catatonia; Carlos; Chicago; chowder; co-orbital satellite; Crab Nebula; Cuzzo, Jimmy; Dixon Hill series; Earth; England; europium; Federation; Fifth House of Betazed; fission; fork; Four Deities; fraction; French; gadolinium; geetas; Genovese's Flowers; Germany; Hill, Dixon; Hitler, Adolf; Holodeck 3; Holy Rings of Betazed; How High the Moon; jukebox; kayak; landlord; Let's Get Away from It All; Lapinski, Haircut; Marejaretus VI; menopause; Milky Way Galaxy; moolah; moon; Moonlight Serenade; murder; O'Farron, Marty; Nails; number one; Nyack; oligarchy; Omicron system; Oolans; Pacifica; "the phase"; pi; prejudice; private investigator; Quincy; Rex's Bar; rocketry; Roosevelt, Franklin D.; rye and ginger; Sacred Chalice of Rixx; samarium; Saint Paul; San Antonio; San Francisco; scar; scotch; shock; South America; Stalin, Josef; square root; Starfleet; toast; transport; Troi, Ian Andrew; ultritium; United States of America; Western Sea; World War II; vermicula

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"Up The Long Ladder"
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 2
Next episode:
"The Emissary"

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