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Star Trek: The Next Generation episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 20
Directed byCliff Bole
Story by
Teleplay byIra Steven Behr
Featured musicDennis McCarthy
Cinematography byMarvin Rush
Production code194
Original air dateApril 22, 1991 (1991-04-22)
Running time45 minutes (runtime)
Guest appearance(s)
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"Qpid" is the 94th episode of the syndicated American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 20th episode of the fourth season.

Captain Picard and Vash are reunited when the Enterprise hosts an archaeology symposium, but their disparate personalities soon have them sparring instead of spooning. Enter Q, who offers to do Captain Picard a favor by getting him and his ladylove back together again. When Picard rejects the notion, Q transforms the captain into Robin Hood and sends him, Vash, and several members of Picard's senior staff to Sherwood Forest for a less than idyllic romp.


Captain Picard is working late on a speech that he will present to visiting archaeologists when Counselor Troi tells him that the council members have arrived and been assigned quarters. Picard returns to his quarters and finds Vash waiting for him, and the two kiss. The next morning, the two are sharing breakfast when Doctor Crusher arrives and offers to give Vash a tour. Vash expresses surprise and slight anger at the fact the Captain hasn't told his friends about her and confronts him about this at a reception for the delegates. After the reception, Q returns to repay Captain Picard for saving him in "Déjà Q". Picard requests nothing, so Q decides to save Picard by testing Picard's love for Vash.

While Picard is addressing the delegates, Q transports the bridge crew to medieval England, where Captain Picard is Robin Hood and the bridge crew are the Merry Men. English soldiers attack the group and the group retreats to the forest.

Q assumes the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham and has imprisoned Vash, now Maid Marian. Picard must rescue Vash as she is sentenced to die for treason. Vash manipulates Sir Guy of Gisbourne into sparing her life by professing love and promising marriage. Picard realizes that if he does nothing, Vash will die. He orders his officers to remain in the woods, then disguises himself and infiltrates the castle as a peasant worker.

Picard climbs up to the tower and through the window. The two bicker over the merits of Picard's rescue plan, and Vash refuses to go. Picard begins to carry her away when a group enters. Picard is taken away by the guards, and Vash tries to send a message to Commander Riker, which is stopped by Q, who reveals himself to Vash and has her taken away.

At the chopping block, Picard's officers reveal themselves disguised as monks and create a diversion. Picard and his staff prove themselves formidable fighters and win. Picard frees Vash, who leaves with Q to explore the galaxy. Q guarantees Vash's safety; with that, Picard considers Q's debt paid in full.


"Qpid" was noted as fifth most funny episode of the Star Trek franchise, as ranked by CBR in 2019.[1] They note a multitude of funny moments, calling it a "delightful romp" and praising Patrick Stewart's performance as a Federation Captain turned Robin Hood, as well as the various guest characters such as Vash.[1] Some of the scenes singled out are Worf's declaration and Troi's archery skills.[1] CBR rated the relationship between Picard and Vash chracters as the 12th best romance of Star Trek.[2] In 2018, Tom's Guide rated "Qpid" one of the 15 best episodes featuring Picard.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "The 20 Funniest Star Trek Episodes". CBR. 2019-01-18. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
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  3. ^ "The 15 Best Capt. Picard Episodes of Star Trek". Tom's Guide. 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2019-03-26.

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