Series: The Next Generation
Air Date: April 2, 1990
Written by: Ira Steven Behr
Directed by: Chip Chalmers
Picard takes a vacation, gets the girl, and saves the future all at the same time.
We start on Risa where a couple of aliens from the future materialize and look for Picard. But when they don't find him, they decide to wait around for a while. It's a nice place, after all. Meanwhile, on the Enterprise, Captain Picard is coming back from a mission and he looks really tired. His crew says as much, but he refuses to go on vacation... until everyone harrasses him about it. On his way to Risa, Riker asks him to pick up a Horga'hn, which is a type of idol. And when he beams down, some chick greets him with a makeout session.
This chick's name is Vash. And the reason she got so comfortable with Picard was throw a Ferengi off her trail. A Ferengi named Sovak. Picard is confused, but continues with his vacation. He purchases a Horga'hn from the gift shop and then goes to read a book at which time five different women approach him asking if he "needs anything". The fifth woman explains that the Horga'hn is the idol of sexuality, so in order to get some peace and quiet and not sex, he hides it. It's a good thing, too, because the next person to approach him is a male Ferengi. Definitely not his type at all.
|Not waking up to that face.|
Disk in hand, Picard goes to Vash's room where she's cleaning up a huge mess. Apparently Sovak has searched through her room and she was afraid he was going to search through her own body in the same way, so she hid the disk in Picard's robe. The disk holds the coordinates for where the Tox Uthat is supposed to be. They're both after it, Sovak for profit, Vash for research. After Picard agrees to help her find the Tox Uthat, they head off in search for it. Halfway there, they find a nice cave to have sex in.
|♫Sometimes when we touch, the honesty's too much...♫|
The future aliens are discouraged, but they accept it. Which is more than I can say for Sovak. When Picard and Vash give up, he grabs a shovel and keeps digging. Picard and Vash say goodnight to each other, but when Vash leaves, Picard has an idea. The Enterprise arrives at that time to pick him up at his leisure. So Picard tells them to keep transporter code 14 on standby. And then Picard goes to wait for Vash. Vash tries to sneak out, but Picard catches her and tells her to tell him where the Tox Uthat is.
|♫...and I have to close my eyes and hide.♫|
Horga'hn? More like Whore'come, am I right?! *cough* So, yeah, this was a fun episode. It's cool to see Picard fall in love. Just too bad we have no guarantees of ever seeing her again. I suppose that's the nature of love, though, isn't it? Or am I just jaded? Whatever. Good episode! It explores Picard's adventurous nature, and that's something we need after only seeing him on the bridge thus far. Definitely put this one on your essentials list.