Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 20

The Muse (29 Apr. 1996)

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A mysterious woman approaches Jake about his future as a writer. Odo promises to do whatever it takes to help Lwaxana Troi keep her baby over the father's wishes - even if it means marrying her himself.



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Two women arrive on the station. One is a familiar face. Lwaxana Troi comes to visit Odo and announces she is pregnant. She asks for Odo's help. Her husband Jeyal is Tavnian and in Tavnian tradition the sexes grow up apart. She would have to abandon her baby. Odo is reluctant at first, but surprisingly his relationship with Lwaxana blossoms after she shows a lot of interest in shapeshifting. Then Jeyal arrives on the station. The other woman, Onaya, is rather mysterious. She tells she has a weakness for artists and seems very interested in Jake's writing capabilities. She flatters him and offers him to show exercises and techniques. Jake gladly agrees and even skips a trip to the Bajoran outback with his father for a meeting. But Onaya's method seems quite intrusive. She wants something from Jake. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Worf has only one line in this episode. See more »


When Jake first starts writing his story using a pen and paper in Onaya's room, the ink on the first page is black, and when he starts on the second page, the ink is blue. See more »


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PADD Computer Voice: Recording.
Jake Sisko: Character sketches for possible stories: a Bolian tries to impress a dabo girl by wearing a toupee. A thief disguises himself as a monk, so he can swindle a Ferengi. A woman, traveling alone. She's come a long way...
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Visitor (1995) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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The final Lwaxana Troi episode...and Jake meets an uber-creepy lady.
3 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a station-bound episode--and generally these are among some of the weaker shows in the series.

The first plot involves Lwaxana Troi. She's come to the station for sanctuary, as her new husband (Michael Ansara) is a Tavnian and despite their agreement, he's decided that when their child is born, he'll be raised in a traditional Tavnian manner--with zero contact with females until he's 16. In other words, once Lwaxana's little bundle of joy pops out, it was be forcibly taken from her! She is not thrilled and seeks help from her old friend Odo. But what they have to do is pretty drastic! What exactly will they do?

The second plot is uber-creepy to say the least. An older alien woman (Meg Foster) is VERY interested in Jake and seduces him. While the relationship isn't exactly sexual, it sure seems creepy and wrong-- and she also seems like a succubus. While her presence as a muse does stimulate Jake to write great things, she's also killing him! How can she be stopped and will it be too late?!

This is a rather tender and sad episode. While the one involving Jake left me rather indifferent, seeing Odo professing his love for Lwaxana was very, very touching and is among the finest moments in the show. So, despite two okay plots, there are some wonderful moments in this one which make it underrated and well worth seeing.

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