Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 3, Episode 9
Original Air Date: November 20, 1989
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Our heroes work to broker peace between the Acamarians and their pirate kinsmen, the Gatherers. However, ancient clan feuds surface when one of the Gatherers is murdered. From the viewer perspective, it's not much of a mystery. We know whodunit well before the other characters do.
Last week was Troi's romantic tale. This time, it's Riker's. The lovely Yuta is the servant of Marouk, the Acamarian sovereign. Riker falls for her hard. Unfortunately, she's also the murderer - not much of a spoiler. Like I said, we know right away.
A missed narrative opportunity: Riker's weakness for women could have become far more of a liability than it ever did. No one ever sets a honey trap for him. Why not? Just not that kind of show?
Yuta is a gifted cook. She prepares parthas, an Acamarian vegetable, for Riker and Troi. In his efforts to charm her, Riker refers to the dish as Parthas a la Yuta.
The final peace negotiations between Marouk and Chogran, the leader of the Gatherers, are conducted over Acamarian brandy.
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Lisa Wilcox (Yuta) was born in Columbia, Missouri, April 27, 1964. She graduated from UCLA. Her best known role is that of Alice Johnson in the Nightmare on Elm Street films. In 2000, she and fellow actress Tuesday Knight founded ToeBrights, a toe jewelry company.