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Doctor Bashir, I Presume 

When Bashir is chosen as the model for Starfleet's holographic doctor program, the process threatens to expose a dark secret from his past.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 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
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir / LMH
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Brian George ... Richard Bashir
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Chase Masterson ... Leeta
Fadwa El Guindi Fadwa El Guindi ... Amsha Bashir
J. Patrick McCormack J. Patrick McCormack ... Admiral Bennett
Robert Picardo ... Dr. Lewis Zimmerman / EMH Mark I


Dr. Bashir is selected to be the model for the next-generation of Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH). But he balks when his parents are invited to the station to be interviewed by the EMH programmer, Dr. Zimmerman. There is a dark secret in his family that he's afraid that his parents will reveal. Written by Tony-B4

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[Leeta and Rom have just professed their love for each other]
Leeta: Oh... Doctor! I'm... sorry.
Dr. Lewis Zimmerman: [unconvincingly] No, don't be. True love should always win. I'm... happy for you. Really.
Leeta: You're a sweet, wonderful and brilliant man. There's someone out there for you, Doctor. I know it.
Dr. Lewis Zimmerman: [self-pitying] I don't think so. Perhaps I'm better suited to a life of solitary research...
[an attractive alien woman walks by]
Dr. Lewis Zimmerman: ...and dedication to my chosen field of study. Don't worry about me, I'll be fine. Goodbye.
Leeta: Bye.
Dr. Lewis Zimmerman: [...]
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The one where Bashir's secrets come spilling out...
15 October 2006 | by cosmic_questSee all my reviews

'Doctor Bashir, I Presume?'

Season five, episode sixteen

As the issues raised in this episode are a very real possibility in real life, this is a nice episode exploring the ethics of it in a manner that isn't too 'preachy'. The episode sees Bashir being selected by Lewis Zimmerman (the creator of the Doctor in 'Star Trek: Voyager') to be a model for the Mach II version of the Emergency Medical Hologram. Bashir is initially flattered only for his pride to turn to horror when he realises Zimmerman intends to interview everyone close to him, including his estranged parents. It soon becomes clear that Bashir has ever reason to fear this intrusion as he and his family are hiding a rather dark secret.

It is fascinating to learn more of Bashir's background and see the character interact with his parents, especially his father who is so different from the staunch Starfleet doctor, as well as O'Brien. It was also a interesting to see secrets come spilling out on subject that is quite relevant in today's society (I won't say why in deference to those who haven't seen the episode yet). The acting in this episode from Alexander Siddig (who plays Bashir) and his supporting co-stars was top-notch and the story came together well. Definitely up there among DS9's best episodes.

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