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A Man Alone 

Ibudan, a criminal Odo has dealt with before, returns to DS9 only to be murdered shortly after - leaving Odo to be the prime suspect. Jake and Nog's trouble-making prompt Keiko to do something helpful for the station's children.


Paul Lynch


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Edward Albert ... Zayra (as Edward Laurence Albert)
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Peter Vogt Peter Vogt ... Bajoran #1
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog (as Aron Eisenerg)
Stephen James Carver Stephen James Carver ... Ibudan
Tom Klunis ... Old Man


Life seems to be slowly becoming normal on the station. Bashir tries to make advances to Dax, Jake makes friends with Nog and chief O'Brien is having an argument with his wife Keiko. As a botanist she feels useless on the station and doesn't think the environment is good enough for their daughter Molly growing up. Meanwhile Odo encounters a familiar face on the Promenade: the Bajoran smuggler Ibudan. He's considered a hero by the Bajorans, but Odo thinks differently. He saw him let a child die because the parents couldn't afford the medicine and when Ibudan killed a Cardassian he turned him in. When Ibudan is murdered during a massage in the holodeck, all evidence points to Odo. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Nog's friendship with Jake Sisko is also established in this episode, setting up a long dramatic arc. See more »


When Odo's office was vandalized, the word "Shifter" was etched into the wall in English. But because Bajorans were the majority, and universal translators affect only speech and not text, the graffiti should have been in Bajoran. See more »


Commander Sisko: Mr. Odo, you're not going to take the law into your own hands.
Odo: The law? Commander, laws change, depending on who's making them - Cardassians one day, Federation the next. But justice is justice.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Odo and the Mob
22 September 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A lot goes on in this episode, but the primary focus is on our resident shape shifter, Odo, who performs a significant function on the station. The wormhole has brought a good deal of business as well as some undesirables. When an evil character is murdered, Odo receives the blame, exacerbated by a man who riles up the natives against him. Fortunately, the Doctor and Dax are able to do some quick thinking. A decent episode.

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