Odo is suddenly struck by illness. He is barely able to hold shape. Bashir and Odo see no other alternative then going to the Founders. Garak wants to come along.



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Jake Sisko (credit only)
Leslie Bevis ...
Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)


After Garak tries to set up a date for Chalan Aroya, the owner of the Celestial Café, with Odo, the constable is suddenly in severe pain. He has great trouble to hold his shape. Bashir notices his mass and density are in a state of fluctuation. When the fluctuation increases, he gets an attack. While Bashir is optimistic at first, Odo's condition deteriorates. His molecular structure is destabilizing at an alarming rate and the doctor thinks he only has two weeks before he loses his ability to stay solid. Odo and Bashir both know there's only option: going to the Founders. When Garak hears of the planned trip, he requests to come along. He wants to meet with the Founders to inquire about possible survivors of the failed attack on the Founders' home world by the Tal'Shiar and the Obsidian Order. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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17 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Reportedly, a German-dubbed version mistranslated two crucial lines with hilarious results. Odo to Dr. Bashir during a physical exam: "You don't know enough about our physiology!" became "You don't know enough about our philosophy!" Klingon Chancellor Gowron: "Our claim to Archanis is indisputable!" became "Our claim to Archanis is inscrutable!" Inskrutabel (inscrutable in English) has the dictionary definition of "impossible to understand or interpret." See more »


As Worf and Garak are fighting in the Jeffries tubes, a door to a Jeffries tube is knocked open and an unused area of the set can be seen behind it. See more »


Odo: The only ones who can help me now... are the Founders.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Apocalypse Rising (1996) See more »


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An odd ending for season 4.
4 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode really has only one main plot--something unusual for the series. It begins with Odo having some strange symptoms. He's doubling over in pain and he cannot change shape nor can he adequately control his own (the make-up for this was pretty cool). Why is he like this? Well, no one is sure and the only answer seems to be heading to the Founders' world and asking them. Fortunately, instead of destroying the Defiant, a representative of the Founders meets them and offers them safe conduct. However, she then informs Odo privately that the Founders are responsible for this supposed illness--and it's all been orchestrated to bring him back. But why? And what is going to happen with poor Odo?

I always enjoy episodes with Odo--and this one is well worth your time. However, be forewarned--there is no perfect ending for this one...just some strange new plot twists that you must see the next episode in order to understand. See this one and see what I mean.

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