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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Final appearance of Lwaxana Troi. 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 »


[first lines]
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
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Odo gets married
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This episode has two story lines, in the main story Lwaxana Troi returns to DS9 seeking Odo's help to prevent her new husband from taking the son she is expecting. He is from a species were the sexes are segregated to such an extent that children are kept apart and aren't told there is another sex till they are sixteen. Odo offers to help her and eventually finds a way to solve her problem which will be acceptable to her husband under his species' laws... Odo will marry Lwaxana! In the second story Jake meets a strange woman who takes an interest in his writing skills. She takes him to her quarters and encourages him to start writing; the words seem to flow from his pen but whatever she is doing to him to help him write appears to be having a detrimental effect on his health.

This was a fairly average episode; neither of the two stories were that exciting and there was little real action. It is always fun to to see how Odo acts around Lwaxana at least and his suggestion of marriage came as quite a surprise.

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