The U.S.S. Enterprise crew receives a surprise visit from Counselor Troi’s mother Lwaxana, a Betazoid beauty who makes no secret of her attraction to Captain Picard.
While transporting delegates to a special Federation conference on Pacifica, the U.S.S. Enterprise picks up two representatives from the newly discovered planet of Antede III. Unaccustomed to space flight, the aliens arrive on the ship in a self-induced coma to deal with the trauma of their voyage.
En route to the conference, Picard and the crew are taken aback by the unexpected arrival of Mrs. Troi, who also happens to be on her way to the meeting on Pacifica. Upon finding himself the object of Mrs. Troi’s passions, Picard turns to Counselor Troi for advice. She explains that her mother is at “the phase,” a mid-life period when a Betazoid woman’s sex drive increases tenfold!
Reluctant to reject Mrs. Troi’s amorous advances, Picard decides to seek refuge from her in the holodeck. As a result, she redirects her search for a mate to the other men on the U.S.S. Enterprise. Her “manhunt” ends on the Bridge when Mrs. Troi eyes Riker and announces to the crew that the two will soon be wed.
Meanwhile, when Dr. Pulaski reports that the Antedians are regaining consciousness, Riker enters the holodeck to inform Picard of the delegates’ condition. He is followed by Lwaxana, who loses interest in both him and Picard after meeting Rex, the charming bartender in a Holodeck-created 1940s bar. To her chagrin, she later finds out that her dream man is only an illusion.
Returning to reality, Picard and Riker discover that the Antedians have fully awakened. They also learn, via Mrs. Troi’s telepathic powers, that the Antedians are not delegates, but assassins sent to blow up the conference site using explosives hidden in the lining of their ceremonial robes.
While the Antedians are taken into protective custody, Picard thanks Mrs. Troi for saving the lives of the crew and assuring that the conference will proceed without incident. As Mrs. Troi prepares to beam down to Pacifica, she gives the captain one last playful reproach for his “lustful” thoughts as she dematerializes.
Timothy Lynch’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode Reviews
Review Date: 6/17/89
WARNING: The following article contains spoiler information on this week’s
I mean it, now.
They did it. They actually did it.
They brought back Lwaxana Troi, easily the most unwanted character in ANY
But comments come later. Now, a quick summary. (I’m ignoring a subsidiary
While transporting some Antedian delegates (there I go, breaking promises
The rest of the episode involves Picard trying to stay out of her way, and
Now, for my usual ranting.
There’s one big problem with writing anything about Lwaxana Troi: you have
However, the writer of this episode (Terry someone; I’ve forgotten the last
Some of the conversations were very interesting in this episode. Firstly,
Also, the scene where Picard actually finds out about Lwaxana’s condition,
There’s not too much more to say about this episode. It wasn’t particularly
And now for something completely familiar: my ratings:
Plot: 9. Well crafted.
TOTAL: 9.25—> 9.5. Real nice, folks.
Worf’s old flame…and our first glimpse of a NEW Klingon ship. This looks
“A Betazed woman, in going through this phase, quadruples her sex drive.”
“Or more? You never told me that.”
“I didn’t want to frighten you.”
Copyright 1994, Timothy W. Lynch. All rights reserved, but feel free
Colm Meaney as O’Brien
Director: Robert Bowman