Vermicula

"Manhunt"
Star Trek: The Next Generation episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 19
Directed by Rob Bowman
Written by Terry Devereaux
Featured music Dennis McCarthy
Cinematography by Edward R. Brown
Production code 145
Original air date June 19, 1989 (1989-06-19)
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"Manhunt" is the nineteenth episode of the second season of the syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 45th episode overall, originally broadcast on June 19, 1989.

In this episode, the Enterprise must transport delegates to a conference, one of whom is an extremely man-hungry Lwaxana Troi with eyes for Captain Picard.

Plot

An important conference is to take place on the planet Pacifica and the Federation starship Enterprise, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, is ordered to escort two Antedean ambassadors to the conference. The Antedeans are transported aboard in a self-induced catatonic state in order to avoid the stress from the journey. When they awake, they will be extremely hungry, which is why they brought a large container of their favourite food, vermicula, with them.

En route to the conference, the Enterprise encounters a Starfleet shuttlecraft carrying the Betazoid ambassador Lwaxana Troi, mother of ship's counselor Deanna Troi. Lwaxana Troi insists on coming aboard the Enterprise for the rest of the journey, so she and her mute manservant Mr. Homn are taken aboard.

What the crew of the Enterprise doesn't know is that Lwaxana Troi is in "The Phase": a stage in the life of a middle-aged Betazoid woman when her sex drive quadruples - or more. Long-since widowed, Lwaxana is eager for a new husband. She starts her search with Captain Picard, but when he invites his android Second Officer Data to their private dinner in order to trip up Troi's game, she goes on to other candidates. She strongly considers Commander Riker, but her daughter dissuades her. She also considers Rex, the bartender from Picard's Dixon Hill holodeck program, but Picard later informs her that he is not real.

Right before the conference, the Antedean ambassadors awake and gobble up their entire supply of vermicula. However, when Lwaxana Troi meets them, she immediately reveals them to be assassins, intent on blowing up the entire conference with a lethal supply of ultritium. The assassins are arrested, and Ambassador Troi departs to the conference, saying that if she did not manage to find a new husband, at least she saved the conference.

References

  • Star Trek The Next Generation DVD set, volume 2, disc 5, selection 3.

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
  • StarTrek.com
  • wiki)
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido
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