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Prodigal Daughter 

Ezri travels to her family home in search of Chief O'Brien who has discovered a murdered woman connected with the family and the Orion Syndicate.


Victor Lobl


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Nicole de Boer ... Lieutenant Ezri Dax (as Nicole deBoer)
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf (credit only)
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark (credit only)
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Colonel Kira
Kevin Rahm ... Norvo
Mikael Salazar Mikael Salazar ... Janel
John Paragon ... Bokar
Clayton Landey ... Fuchida
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Yanas


Ezri travels to her family home in search of Chief O'Brien who has discovered a murdered woman connected with the family and the Orion Syndicate.

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As is the case with many films, television episodes, and literature, title of this episode misuses the word prodigal. The Christian parable of the prodigal son uses the term, not because the son left and returned home, but because he was wasteful. The term prodigal refers to one who wastes money or resources freely and recklessly. See more »


Ezri refers to O'Brien as "one of our officers". It has been established over and over that O'Brien is not an officer. See more »


[first lines]
Odo: By the way, your gagh has arrived.
Ezri Dax: My what...? Oh, no.
Colonel Kira Nerys: Oh, yes. And it's waiting for you in cargo bay 2.
Colonel Kira Nerys: [incredulous] Your *gagh*?
Ezri Dax: Jadzia ordered it. She was planning a party for Martok's birthday next week.
Colonel Kira Nerys: How much gagh did she order?
Odo: Fifty-one cases.
Ezri Dax: Each containing a different variety.
Colonel Kira Nerys: There are *varieties* of gagh?
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Mommy dearest...
27 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Chief O'Brien has disappeared and it looks like Ezri Dax can assist in efforts to locate him. This is because she lived in New Sydney and that's where O'Brien was last seen. Plus, her family is rich and well connected, so they might be able to assist.

When she arrives home, you can see why Ezri has little contact with her family as well as why she is so timid. Her mother is THE boss of the family and she delivers a long series of emotional digs that you can see the effect it has had on her brothers who remained at home. Just how badly this impacted her younger brother becomes obvious at the tragic ending. All in all, watching this particular episode is a bit like watching a fusion of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" and "Mommy Dearest"! Fascinating.

By the way, the mother is played by Leigh Taylor-Young--of "Soylent Green" fame.

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