Series: The Next Generation
Air Date: November 30, 1987
Written by: Tracy Tormé and Lan O'Kun
Directed by: Richard Compton
Deanna's mother, Lwaxana, shakes things up on the Enterprise when the man to whom Deanna is betrothed comes to marry her.
So the Enterprise shows up at this planet called Haven and plans to have a little R&R there. It, like many other planets in the galaxy, apparently, is rather idyllic and legend says that it holds many rejuvenative and healing properties. But there's no time for that because a box is transporting onto the ship. This box has a face and, apart from having no ears and being silver, looks very Ferengi. Ok, fine, it's Armin Shimerman. He is the face on the box. When he starts speaking, he announces that the Millers are about to come on board and he has brought inside of him some riches to be offered to the Troi family as a dowry for Deanna. And then Riker's heart sank.
So Wyatt Miller is supposed to be Deanna's husband. The Millers beam on board and Wyatt looks at Deanna with a sense of disappointment. She's not what he expected. The Millers go off to their quarters while Deanna's mother transports in. And she immediately steals the show. Lwaxana is eccentric and, despite her insistence that Deanna use her thoughts and not her mouth, is very loud, disallowing anyone to speak over her. After Lwaxana gets settled in her quarters, Deanna prepares to speak with Wyatt and accept her future with him, but he's not quite so willing...
|"Gee! A girl's talking to me!"|
Meanwhile, in the background of the party, Riker is listening in and getting sadder by the moment. At one point he excuses himself and leaves while the dinner party continues. Mrs. Miller and Lwaxana start fighting again and eventually Deanna blows up, yells at both of them and storms out like an emo kid who doesn't want to go to the same college her mother wants for her. She makes her way to the holodeck and meets Riker where the two of them finally hash things out.
|"No one understand me. :("|
Meanwhile, there's a ship coming into the system heading for Haven. Data reports that the ship is Terellian which is odd because they were supposed to have been wiped out decades ago by a plague. Turns out this is the last remaining ship and they do, in fact, still carry the plague. They can't allow the plague to reach Haven, so they stop the ship with a tractor beam and then the ship hails them. They request just a small part of Haven next to the waterfront to live out their final days, but that's not important because the girl on that ship is the girl that Wyatt has been drawing his entire life.
|Rachel from Club 80's|
This is really a pretty great story about love reaching across the galaxy before either of them ever met. But aside from that it introduces us to the wonderful character of Lwaxana Troi and several Betazoid traditions, such as everyone at a wedding being naked. As far as a love story goes, this episode gets a thumbs up for creativity and believable characterization, and as far as everything else - thumbs up for awesome development!