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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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 »


Constable Odo is interrogating the Flaxian. There are three bottles of perfume on the table. In one shot, Odo has an eye dropper from one of the bottles in his hand. In the next shot, the eye dropper is back in the bottle. In the third shot, Odo has the eyedropper in his hand again. 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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Secondary character, "Garek," takes center stage
17 April 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

Paired with "The Die is Cast," "Improbable Cause" offers Trek fans two of its finest hours, in terms of acting, story, and special effects. The episode allows more development of the space station's Cardassian tailor, brilliantly underplayed by Andrew J. Robinson, revealing that he has more up his sleeve than threads and needles.

Responding to a request from his mentor, Enabran Tain, superbly performed by stage and film veteran Paul Dooley, Garek is forced to interrogate a captured Odo in order to find out information that can quell the movements of "The Founders," the shape-shifting race to which Odo belongs. As the story develops, Garek pulls out all the stops in his questioning of security chief Odo, prohibiting Odo from reverting to his liquid state. This makes for some intense banter between the two.

Also in the cast are Juliana McCarthy, late of "Sisters", as Garek's housekeeper who is more to him than just a former employee of his parents.

Besides the expert acting from all concerned, the two episodes provide the first glimpse of major space battles to be seen on the series. It is obvious that the budget for this episode, along with "The Die is Cast," was significantly higher than previous ones.

These two are must-sees for fans of great science fiction drama.

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