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Broken Link 

Odo is suddenly struck by illness. He is barely able to hold shape. Bashir and Odo see no other alternative than going to the Founders. Garak wants to come along.


Les Landau


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Salome Jens ... Female Shapeshifter
Robert O'Reilly ... Gowron
Jill Jacobson ... Aroya
Leslie Bevis ... Rionoj
Andrew Robinson ... Garak (as Andrew J. Robinson)
Andrew Hawkes ... Amat 'igan


After Garak tries to set up a date for Chalan Aroya, the owner of the Celestial Café, with Odo, the constable is suddenly in severe pain. He has great trouble to hold his shape. Bashir notices his mass and density are in a state of fluctuation. When the fluctuation increases, he gets an attack. While Bashir is optimistic at first, Odo's condition deteriorates. His molecular structure is destabilizing at an alarming rate and the doctor thinks he only has two weeks before he loses his ability to stay solid. Odo and Bashir both know there's only option: going to the Founders. When Garak hears of the planned trip, he requests to come along. He wants to meet with the Founders to inquire about possible survivors of the failed attack on the Founders' home world by the Tal'Shiar and the Obsidian Order. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Did You Know?


Salome Jens (Female Changeling) previously appeared as the ancient humanoid in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Chase (1993). See more »


As Worf and Garak are fighting in the Jeffries tubes, a door to a Jeffries tube is knocked open and an unused area of the set can be seen behind it. See more »


Lt. Commander Worf: Captain! Was Dax's last host as argumentative as this one?
Captain Sisko: Worse.
Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax: Thank you Benjamin - I think.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Begotten (1997) See more »


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An odd ending for season 4.
4 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode really has only one main plot--something unusual for the series. It begins with Odo having some strange symptoms. He's doubling over in pain and he cannot change shape nor can he adequately control his own (the make-up for this was pretty cool). Why is he like this? Well, no one is sure and the only answer seems to be heading to the Founders' world and asking them. Fortunately, instead of destroying the Defiant, a representative of the Founders meets them and offers them safe conduct. However, she then informs Odo privately that the Founders are responsible for this supposed illness--and it's all been orchestrated to bring him back. But why? And what is going to happen with poor Odo?

I always enjoy episodes with Odo--and this one is well worth your time. However, be forewarned--there is no perfect ending for this one...just some strange new plot twists that you must see the next episode in order to understand. See this one and see what I mean.

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