Star Trek: The Next Generation

“Ménage à Troi”

Episode Number72 (3.24)
Production Number172
Original Airdate28-May-1990
TeleplayFred Bronson & Susan Sackett
DirectorRobert Legato
Lwaxana negotiates for Deanna and Riker's release

While attending the biannual Betazed Trade Conference, Ferengi Daimon Tog abducts Commander Riker, Counselor Troi, and her mother Lwaxana Troi to use Lwaxana's telepathic powers for profit.

Guest Cast

Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi)
Frank Corsentino (DaiMon Tog)
Ethan Phillips (Dr. Farek)
Peter Slutsker (Nibor)
Rudolph Willrich (Reittan Grax)
Carel Struycken (Mr. Homn)

  • This is the first episode we see the planet Betazed, both planetary orbit view and the surface.
  • According to Deanna, the Sacred Chalice of Rixx is "an old clay pot with mold growing inside it."
  • Wesley figures out a way to track the Ferengi ship and misses the final ship (the U.S.S. Bradbury NX-72307) to Starfleet Academy. Captain Picard gives him a field promotion to full Starfleet ensign.
  • Picard quotes Shakespeare to win Lwaxana back from Tog.
  • The Ferengi have a four-lobe brain, which makes it difficult for Betazoids to read their thoughts and emotions.
  • The Ferengi enjoy having their ears stroked as foreplay, which they call "oo-mox."
  • Ethan Phillips will go on to play Neelix on Star Trek Voyager.
  • Episode co-writer Susan Sacket was Gene Roddenberry's personal assistant.