After an attempt is made on Garak's life, Odo conducts the investigation on who tried to murder the Cardassian tailor - and why.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Julian Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Quark (credit only)
Retaya (as Carlos LaCamara)
Julianna McCarthy ...


Garak's shop explodes. Luckily the tailor isn't hurt badly, and Odo immediately expects foul play. Odo asks Garak if he can think of possible suspects, but the Cardassian seems rather uninterested, and frustrates Odo's investigation. After evidence of a pheromonic sensor in the bomb - a method favored by Flaxian assassins, and a Flaxian had just arrived on the station prior to the explosion, Odo decides to interrogate him, but his investigation won't stop at the Flaxian... Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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24 April 1995 (USA)  »

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The episode was originally a stand-alone episode, but the writers realized that the story's original ending was too weak, and decided to expand the plot to accommodate a second part. Initially, in Act 4 of the single episode script, Garak tells Bashir that if anything should happen to him, there is an isolinear rod behind a wall in his quarters which the doctor should give to Sisko. Then, at the end of the episode, with Garak and Odo trapped on the warbird, Garak tells Tain that if he doesn't let them go, the information on the rod will be revealed to Starfleet. As such, Tain releases them and the audience never find out what is on the rod. The writers hated this ending, as they felt it undermined an otherwise superb episode, but they were unable to come up with anything more satisfactory. As Ronald D. Moore points out, "Everything we tried was just a writer's device or a cliché or a convenience or a cheat." That was until Michael Piller, in his last decision as executive producer, suggested they turn the show into a two-parter. This necessitated a quick rewrite of the end of the episode so as to lead into part II. See more »


Garak describes the fleeing Flaxian assassin as Odo's "only witness", when in fact there were many witnesses to the explosion - it is likely he meant that the Flaxian was Odo's only suspect. See more »


[first lines]
Elim Garak: I'm sorry, Doctor, I just don't see the value of this man's work.
Dr. Julian Bashir: But Garak, Shakespeare is one of the giants of Human literature.
Elim Garak: I knew Brutus was going to kill Caesar in the first act; but Caesar didn't figure it out until the knife was in his back.
Dr. Julian Bashir: But that's what makes it a tragedy. Caesar couldn't conceive that his best friend would plot to kill him.
Elim Garak: Tragedy is not the word I'd use. Farce would be more appropriate.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Die Is Cast (1995) See more »


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Oh, that tricky Garak.....
24 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The bromance between Dr. Bashir and Garak is almost cut short when someone tries to blow up Garak. He manages to survive but the question now is WHO is trying to kill him. Why? Well, he IS Garak! Naturally, Odo heads the investigation and the trail leads several directions--to an assassin who is himself soon killed by the Romulans and it all ends with someone in Cardassia named Tain (Paul Dooley). What's up with all this? After all this, you learn quite a bit--and that it's only the first in a multi-part episode.

All in all, this is a decent episode--full of intrigue, explosions and Odo being grouchy. Worth seeing.

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