Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 8

Necessary Evil (14 Nov. 1993)

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Odo relives some terrible and tragic memories of a past investigation when he was the constable on Cardassian-occupied Deep Space Nine, then named Terok Nor.



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Episode cast overview:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Chief O'Brien (credit only)
Katherine Moffat ...
Robert MacKenzie ...


Quark is on Bajor negotiating with a woman, Pallra. She wants him to retrieve a strongbox from the station, hidden behind a panel in the chemist's room. A man is secretly listening to their conversation. With the help of Rom Quark has no problem finding the box, but can't resist his curiosity and opens it. He finds a list of Bajoran names. Before he is able to copy it, he gets shot by the man, who steals the list. While Dr. Bashir tries to save Quark's life, Odo questions Rom. He tells about the chemist's room and Odo is immediately reminded of a murder case several years ago. He was forced by Gul Dukat to investigate the murder of the owner of a shop, Vaatrick. His wife Pallra accused a mistress of the murder. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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When Quark is attacked at the start, he flies backward and is visibly lifted up slightly by the line pulling him. See more »


Odo: You're not planning on leaving the station soon?
Kira Nerys: If I were, would you have the Cardassians stop me?
Odo: Yes.
Kira Nerys: Then I'm not planning on leaving the station soon.
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Katherine Moffat is Bajoran Eye Candy
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And Rom is the best Five-Alarm Ferengi in DS9. This is the first use of Rom's Screamin' Siren.

Quark is On Bajor, talking to "Pallra", a Bajoran Woman who takes your breath away. But she is as vain and she is beautiful and her past is filled with ugliness. She wants him to do some dirty work which Odo would immediately arrest her for if she tried. And to make sure Quark's nose does not increase in size proportional to his ears, she sends an enforcer secretly.

This all happens in the Teaser, so we know some great stuff is coming up. We are not disappointed.

Rom accompanies Quark in breaking into the old Chemist's Shop. The interesting thing here is that this is the first we see that Rom is not as Stupid as he acts. Rom himself would say: "Yes I am!" - But we know better. So he helps Quark retrieve a box, even though Quark will get five bars of Gold-Pressed Latinum and Rom will get None.

But "Pallra" really does not have 5 bars to give Quark - She just used the threat of Ooomox to get him to do what she wanted- The contents of the Box.

Which happens to be a list of 8 Bajoran names. Names written down during the Occupation of Bajor. Who are they, and why is it so Important? Important enough for Pallra's enforcer "Trazko" (Robert MacKenzie) to shoot Quark with a "Compressed Terrion Beam" which he had smuggled into the station.

The fact that this involves the old Chemist shop opens a huge worm-can for Odo, this is a case he never solved on Terok Nor when DS9 was Terok Nor and overrun with Spoonheads: His first case as a matter of fact.

For the first time on Deep Space Nine, we get to see a little of how Terok Nor was during the Cardassian Occupation.

Gul Dukat charges Odo to find out why there is a Bajoran body in the Chemists Shop, the body of Pallra's husband. Pallra tells Odo that her husband was in his shop having an affair with a woman - And she points out the Woman on The Promenade. It is a younger Kira Nerys, with long beautiful hair (despite being a wig).

Pallra is not the knockout that was presented to Quark, we get to see how this person really appears. Not as appealing as she was in the Teaser.

Back in the present, Odo manages to get Rom to tell him what had happened, and to get Rom to remember a portion of one name.

But that one clue is all it takes. Odo goes down to Bajor and asks Pallra about the partial name, She feigns ignorance.

This story is told partially in the past, partially in the present. Why did Dukat want Odo to investigate this? It wasn't just that Bajorans would tell Odo things they would not tell the Spoonheads. Odo's involvement was a misdirection.

In the past, Kira has to come clean to Odo about her role in The Resistance. But even she was not telling Odo the real facts. Even so, her confession causes Odo to let her off the hook. And the murder in the chemists shop was never solved... Until now.

But Pallra knows that Quark, who is recovering, can still implicate her... And sends Trazko once again. But this time he has to contend with Rom's Built In Ferengi Siren, which attracts the attention of every Security Guard on the Promenade.

All Pallra can do is deny everything, but since her wiles will not work on Odo, she gets to contemplate what the Provisional Government will do to her and her ilk - Quislings who escaped the Occupation of Bajor with money - From selling out their own kind.

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