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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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17 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode, Max Grodénchik has not yet adopted Rom's trademark voice or mannerisms. See more »


Aron Eisenberg (Nog) is credited as "Aron Eisenerg." See more »


Odo: I'll never understand the humanoid need to... 'couple.'
Quark: You've never... coupled?
Odo: Choose not to. Too many compromises. You want to watch the karo-net tournament; she wants to listen to music, so you compromise - you listen to music. You like Earth Jazz; she prefers Klingon Opera so you compromise - you listen to Klingon Opera. So here you were ready to have a nice night watching the karo-net match and you wind up spending an agonizing evening listening to Klingon Opera.
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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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DS9's first murder mystery
11 October 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The integrity of Rene Auberjonois is called into question when he wants to throw off the station a Bajoran smuggler with whom he has history. But later the man is found murdered in one of the holosuites at Quark's. The only DNA found in the locked suite is the deceased. Odo the shapeshifter is the suspect.

It's Alexander Siddig who figures it out. Dr. Bashir with a bit of futuristic forensics is our hero here.

Rosalind Chao also has some difficulties establishing a school on the space station, but persist she does. She has a great scene with Max Grodenchik who says no female can teach a Ferengi.

Good main and subplot.

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