Newspaper Taxi wrote:
Am I dreaming, or was there an allusion made to the dolphin-like character in "Dark Mirror"?
Yeah, I assumed that was a reference to Hwii (don't remember him loving bad jokes, but it has been a while). Riker did make the distinction between dolphin and cetaceans (Hwii was a Delphine, and I think Duane wanted him to be a dolphin but wasn't allowed due to the limitations on trek writers back then).
Actually, it's a reference to the "cetacean ops" that appear on the TNG Enterprise