In the final scene of the “Star Trek – The Next Generation” series, the weekly poker game is being played in Commander Riker’s quarters with with the usual crew: Commander Riker, Lt. Commander Data, Lt. Commander Worf, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge, and Commander Dr. Beverly Crusher and later they are joined by the Ship’s Counselor; Commander Deanna Troi. Captain Picard never attended these weekly games until the last scene of the last episode. To everyone’s surprise he walks in, and after being welcomed he states, “I should have done this a long time ago”, then calls the game and delivers the last line of the series; “Five card stud, nothing wild and the sky’s the limit.” The fade away shot is of the poker table top to the exterior of the Starship Enterprise.
The scene starts with young Ensign Wesley Crusher asking Commander Data if he has another King in the hole. Sitting around the table are Commander William Thomas Riker, Lt. Commander Elizabeth Shelby, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge, Lt. Commander Data, Ensign Wesley Crusher and Commander Deanna Troi. Young Wesley, obviously intimidated by a great bluff by Riker, folds “triple jacks” only to have Shelby call and take the pot with only two pair. If he had only gone online to the Texas Poker Store and ordered one of the poker dvds he might have played this one differently.
In this game of Five Card Stud we find Commander William Riker, Lt. Commander Worf, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge, Commander Dr. Beverly Crusher and Commander Deanna Troi involved in various conversations with Riker, seemingly not paying attention to the game. Riker is betting on a flush draw and bets heavily forcing everyone out except Commander Geordi. He believes he’s bluffing and calls him only to have Riker give him a wicked smile as he turns over the flush and declares “I am your worst nightmare” . . . as he rakes in those Star Trek deluxe poker chips.
Commander Deanna Troi, Lt. Commander Worf, Commander Dr. Beverly Crusher and Lt. Commander Data are playing a game chosen by Commander Troi that she calls “Federation Day”. Commander Worf asks what that is and she tells him that the “Federation” was founded in 2161; therefore 2s – 6s & As are wild. Annoyed with this, Worf states that that is a woman’s game because a man’s game does not have any wild cards.
Judging by the response of Dr. Crusher, he would be best sticking to focusing on the poker table and keeping his comments to himself.