Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 2, Episode 8
Original Air Date: February 6, 1989
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This is the best Riker development story since "11001001." We see him as a man eager for a challenge and one with both the flexibility and the sense of humor to survive tense exchanges with his Klingon shipmates. To this point in the series, the characteristic which best defines Riker is his sense of duty. That quality is strongly tested in this episode as he must reconcile his responsibilities to two different captains.
As I have written before, the best window to another culture apart from language is food, both the fare on offer and the customs and rituals by which it is consumed. Riker prepares himself for the exchange by gorging upon a wide range of Klingon delicacies at Ten Forward.
While on board the Pagh, Riker's most intimate and meaningful interactions occur in the mess hall.
The gagh is actually long brown noodles, the rokeg blood pie is turnips in pumpkin pie and the pipius claws are chicken feet. Prop master Alan Sims picked up most of the necessary ingredients at an Asian grocery store.
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John Putch was born July 27, 1961 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Jean Stapleton of All in the Family fame, a fact which certainly didn't hurt his own Hollywood career. After a guest appearance on Mom's show at age 12, legendary producer Norman Lear cast Putch in the recurring role of Bob Norton on One Day at a Time, appearing in 14 episodes over seven seasons. Since the mid-'80s, Putch has been primarily a director rather than an actor, with numerous credits in both television and independent film.
Putch also played the role of Mordock in "Coming of Age." In fact, the script pokes fun at the resemblance between the two characters. Putch was initially flattered to be invited back. It was only later he realized it was a cost-saving measure: they wouldn't have to redo the Benzite mask if they used the same actor again.