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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1.33 : 1
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Joseph Ruskin has played the roles of Galt in TOS "The Gamesters of Triskelion", Tumek in DS9 "The House of Quark" & "Looking for Par'Mach in all the Wrong Places", Cardassian Informant in DS9: "Improbable Cause", a Son'a officer in Star Trek Insurrection, a Vulcan master in Voyager "Gravity" and a Suliban doctor in Enterprise "Broken Bow". 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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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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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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