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The Forsaken 

Lwaxana Troi comes for a political visit and instead hounds Odo for romantic attention. Meanwhile, an alien probe wreaks havoc with the station's computer, leaving Odo and Lwaxana trapped together.


Les Landau


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 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
Majel Barrett ... Lwaxana Troi
Constance Towers ... Taxco
Michael Ensign ... Lojal
Jack Shearer ... Vadosia
Andre Benita ... Anara (as Benita Andre)


Dr. Bashir has to take care of a delegation of ambassadors visiting Deep Space Nine to take a look at the wormhole. In Quark's bar, an ambassador from Betazed, Lwaxana Troi, gets robbed of her brooch. Odo is able to find the culprit and suddenly Troi is very interested in him, romantically. He doesn't like it. Meanwhile, O'Brien is totally frustrated with the Cardassian computer. It doesn't do the job right and gives opinions on every one of his commands. He suggests installing a new one from scratch. Then an unidentified object appears from the gamma quadrant through the wormhole. It looks like a probe, but has a very sophisticated computer. After downloading information from it, O'Brien notices the station's computer seems to be working better. Then several malfunctions appear, leaving Odo and Lwaxana Troi trapped in a turbolift. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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A running gag concerning Lwaxana Troi's love interests recurs here. In one scene, Odo is anxiously looking around as he exits a turbolift, fearing running into her (which he does). Jean-Luc Picard acted similarly on the Enterprise when she was on board at one time (TNG: "Half a Life"). See more »


Odo reports to Ops that he and Lwaxana Troi are trapped in turbolift 7. Later on, Sisko reports in the station log that they are trapped in turbolift 4. See more »


Lwaxana Troi: Then I can just call you...?
Odo: Odo.
Lwaxana Troi: It has a certain lyrical quality.
Odo: Lyrical?
Lwaxana Troi: Odo... it rolls off the tongue.
Odo: Uh, I have a lot of work to do.
Lwaxana Troi: I understand you're a shapeshifter.
Odo: That's correct.
Lwaxana Troi: I've never been with a shapeshifter.
Odo: [nervously] "Been with?"
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ménage à Troi (1990) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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'Humanizing' Lwaxana Troi.
15 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The episode begins with some extremely annoying ambassadors arriving at the station. They are so annoying that the Commander assigns Dr. Bashir to escort them--a task he clearly hates! Among the ambassadors is Lwaxana Troi and this time she has her horny sights set on Odo! She is determined to woo him and they end up spending far more time together than Odo had anticipated--all due to a weird computer virus-like program.

Strictly speaking, Lwaxana Troi is not a human. However, this episode is among her very best as it softens the character and makes her less an obvious comic foil. Instead, she's very sensitive, decent and likable--something she seldom was in her other appearances up until "The Forsaken". This depth is the reason I rated this particular episode so highly---it's well worth seeing and those very familiar with Troi should particularly enjoy this one.

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