Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5, Episode 16

Doctor Bashir, I Presume? (24 Feb. 1997)

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Dr. Bashir is selected to be the model for the next-generation of Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH). But he balks when his parents are invited to the station to be interviewed by the EMH ... See full summary »

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Dr. Bashir is selected to be the model for the next-generation of Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH). But he balks when his parents are invited to the station to be interviewed by the EMH programmer, Dr. Zimmerman. There is a dark secret in his family that he's afraid that his parents will reveal. Written by Tony-B4

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The title is a parody on the expression "Dr. Livingstone, I presume," when reporter Henry Morton Stanley found the lost physician in darkest Africa. Coincidentally, this episode was directed by series regular David Livingston. See more »

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In the prologue when Julian and Miles are playing darts, Julian compliments Miles on a triple twenty shot after Miles throws the dart. Seconds later Miles, followed by the camera, retrieves his darts, none of which are anywhere near the triple twenty. See more »

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[Bashir and Zimmerman are watching Leeta at the dabo wheel]
Dr. Lewis Zimmerman: Who is she?
Dr. Julian Bashir: Her name's Leeta - my ex-girlfriend.
Dr. Lewis Zimmerman: Who broke it off?
Dr. Julian Bashir: She did.
Dr. Lewis Zimmerman: Oh... I like her already.
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The one where Bashir's secrets come spilling out...
15 October 2006 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

'Doctor Bashir, I Presume?'

Season five, episode sixteen

As the issues raised in this episode are a very real possibility in real life, this is a nice episode exploring the ethics of it in a manner that isn't too 'preachy'. The episode sees Bashir being selected by Lewis Zimmerman (the creator of the Doctor in 'Star Trek: Voyager') to be a model for the Mach II version of the Emergency Medical Hologram. Bashir is initially flattered only for his pride to turn to horror when he realises Zimmerman intends to interview everyone close to him, including his estranged parents. It soon becomes clear that Bashir has ever reason to fear this intrusion as he and his family are hiding a rather dark secret.

It is fascinating to learn more of Bashir's background and see the character interact with his parents, especially his father who is so different from the staunch Starfleet doctor, as well as O'Brien. It was also a interesting to see secrets come spilling out on subject that is quite relevant in today's society (I won't say why in deference to those who haven't seen the episode yet). The acting in this episode from Alexander Siddig (who plays Bashir) and his supporting co-stars was top-notch and the story came together well. Definitely up there among DS9's best episodes.


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