Episode 194: "QPid" 

When the U.S.S. Enterprise hosts an archaeology symposium, Picard rekindles a romance with Vash, an archaeologist he met while on vacation. The obvious passion between the two is strained, however, when Vash learns that Picard has never mentioned her to his friends, and he discovers that she plans to make a secret excursion to a planet that is closed to outsiders.
The nearly omnipotent and mischievous Q secretly witnesses a heated argument between the two. After Vash leaves, he appears to a shocked Picard and tries to elicit a confession of love from the stoic Captain. Picard refuses, and Q responds by transforming the Captain into Robin Hood and sending him to Sherwood Forest, where he is joined by his senior staff, who are now merry men. Q dons the disguise of the Sheriff of Nottingham, and tells Picard that Vash, who is now Maid Marian, will be beheaded the following day challenging Picard to risk the lives of his crew to rescue a woman he claims he does not care about. Picard claims he would do the same for anyone in danger and sets out to rescue Vash, but orders the others to stay behind.

Meanwhile, the resourceful Vash averts her execution by promising to marry her captor Sir Guy. Fearing that this turn of events will dissuade Picard from attempting a rescue, Q has Sir guy promise to keep the wedding a secret. Picard finally arrives to rescue Vash, but she decides his one-man mission is too dangerous and announces she can take care of herself. Moments later, she seizes Picard's sword and turns him over to Sir Guy. Q delights in the notion that she turned against Picard, until he sees a note she is writing the crew asking for their help. Q turns her over to Sir Guy to be executed beside Picard the following day.

Just as Picard stands ready to be beheaded, the crew finally arrives, disguised as monks. Data creates a diversion by pulling off his hand, and Picard and Vash run for their lives. Picard and Sir Guy engage in a sword fight that leaves Sir Guy dead.

The game finally over, Picard and the crew are returned to the starship without Vash. To Picard's relief, she appears soon afterward, announcing her plans to travel the universe with Q. Although the idea makes him uneasy, Picard must admit that the mischievous Vash has much in common with Q. Picard and Vash then express their affection for one another, promising to meet again and exchange a farewell kiss.

Production: 194
Season: 4 Episode: 20
Air Date: 04.22.1991
Stardate: 44741.9
Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as William Riker
Brent Spiner as Data
LeVar Burton as Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Worf
Gates McFadden as Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
John de Lancie as Q
Jennifer Hetrick as Vash
Clive Revill as Sir Guy
Joi Staton as Servant
Memorable Quotes:


[after being transported to Q's recreation of Robin Hood]
Lieutenant Worf: Sir, I protest! I am NOT a merry man!

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[the crew are transformed into characters from Robin Hood]
Lieutenant Worf: Sir, I protest. I am not a Merry Man.

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[after having seen Vash pass by]
Lieutenant Worf: Nice legs. For a human.

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[Troi aims a bow at a tree, but shoots an arrow into Data's chest]
Counselor Troi: Data! Are you hurt?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: [pulls the arrow out] The arrow impacted above my secondary subprocessor.
[wiggles his fingers]
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Fortunately, none of my biofunctions seem impaired. Do not be alarmed, Counselor. I believe your aim is improving.

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[Picard says goodbye to his archaeologist girlfriend, Vash]
Capt. Picard: So, where are you off to next?
Vash: I'm not sure.
[Q appears next to them]
Q: After all, she has the whole universe to choose from.
Vash: Meet my new partner.
Capt. Picard: Him?
Vash: Why not?
Capt. Picard: I'll tell you why not!
Q: Now be careful, Jean-Luc...
Capt. Picard: He's devious, and amoral, and unreliable, and irresponsible, and-and definitely not to be trusted!
Vash: Remind you of anyone you know?
Capt. Picard: [forced to smile] As a matter of fact, it does.

 

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STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                              
                            "Qpid" 
                       (f.k.a. "Q Love") 
                          #40274-194 
                              
                          Teleplay by 
                        Ira Steven Behr 
                              
                          Directed by 
                          Cliff Bole 
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                         FINAL DRAFT
                      JANUARY 31, 1991
              STAR TREK: "Q Love" - 2/5/91 - CAST 
                STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 
                           "Q Love" 
                             CAST                               
                              
                PICARD             Q
                RIKER              VASH
                DATA               SIR GUY GISBOURNE
                BEVERLY            ELDERLY SERVANT
                TROI               
                GEORDI             
                WORF               
                                   Non-Speaking
                                     VARIOUS ARCHEOLOGY
                                       COUNCIL MEMBERS
                COMPUTER VOICE     
                                     A VULCAN COUNCIL MEMBER
                                     TROOP OF MEN-AT-ARMS
                Non-Speaking         EXECUTIONER
                  SUPERNUMERARIES    CASTLE GUARDS
                                     SERVANTS
                                     MEMBERS OF THE COURT

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