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Melora Pazlar, a new arrival on DS9 with a special gravity-based disability, finds an admirer in Bashir. Meanwhile, an old associate of Quark's comes to the station to kill the bartender.


Winrich Kolbe


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 7 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
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 (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Daphne Ashbrook ... Melora Pazlar
Peter Crombie Peter Crombie ... Fallit Kot
Don Stark ... Ashrock
Ron Taylor ... Klingon Chef


The crew on DS9 is preparing for the arrival of ensign Melora Pazlar. She's the first Elaysian to join Starfleet and used to a very low gravity environment, and as a result, is unable to move in a normal environment and needs to use a special wheelchair. Melora is very tough on herself, and doesn't want to accept any more aid than is necessary. She wants to take a runabout on her own to make maps of the Gamma quadrant, but Sisko demands Dax will join her. Bashir takes more than a passing interest, and invites her to a Klingon restaurant. Meanwhile Quark is about to do a very lucrative transaction on 42 very rare rings of Paltriss with the trader Ashlock, when suddenly, an old acquaintance of him drops in. It's Fallit Kot and Quarks seems not too happy. Kot announces he's on the station to kill Quark and the Ferengi tries everything to convince him to do otherwise. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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[Dr. Bashir has given Melora a treatment enabling her to walk around without motor controls]
Melora: I don't understand myself. How can I possibly have second thoughts? This would mean real independence. It's everything I ever wished for. But then I start to think about home, and how I will never be able to go back. Well, maybe just for a short visit, but... never *really* go back.
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Special needs
21 November 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Daphne Ashbrook is a new staff member at the space station and she is the first Elaysian to graduate from StarFleet Academy. Because she comes from a world of little gravity she has special needs. Dr. Bashir tries to help her out, but she has one big chip on her shoulder.

At the same time Quark is visited by an old business acquaintance he double banged in some business adventure and he's looking for some fatal payback.

Both those story lines interconnect and our light gravity recruit proves to be quite useful in a dangerous situation.

Kudos for Daphne Asbrook and Alexander Siddig for this story.

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