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Melanie, an aspiring writer, wants to know why Jake Sisko stopped writing at 40. Jake tells how his father died in an accident and then suddenly reappeared.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Captain Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Commander Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Commander Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Tony Todd ... Adult Jake Sisko
Galyn Görg ... Korena
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog
Rachel Robinson Rachel Robinson ... Melanie
Majel Barrett ... Computer Voice (voice)


Jake Sisko, now an old man, is living alone in a house in a bayou. He gets an unexpected visit from Melanie. She's an aspiring writer and considers Jake as her favorite author. She was surprised he published only two works. At the age of 40, Jake simply stopped writing and Melanie wants to know why. Jake starts telling her the story of how his father died in an accident on the Defiant. Benjamin and Jake went to see the wormhole undergo a subspace inversion, that only happens once in several decades. Something was wrong however and the warp core was about to breach. After repairing it, Sisko was hit by a beam and disappeared. Few months later things were returning to normal for Jake, but suddenly he saw his father in his bedroom, only to disappear a moment later. But this wasn't the only time his father reappeared. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Release Date:

9 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Korena appears again as Jake's wife in the novels Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume 3, Rough Beasts of Empire, Raise the Dawn and The Good That Men Do. See more »


At 26:25, when the adult Jake Sisko turns to walk away from his desk, a stage light can be clearly seen out the window. It starts out lit (presumably having illuminated the previous camera angle of him writing at the desk) then turns off as he walks away, but remains visible for the rest of the shot. See more »


Melanie: [on Ben Sisko's accident] I'm not sure I could ever get over losing somebody like that; right in front of my eyes.
Adult Jake Sisko: People do. Time passes, and they realize that the person they lost is really gone. And they heal.
Melanie: Is that what happened to you?
Adult Jake Sisko: No - I suppose not.
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Featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind (1999) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Quite Touching
20 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a story of lifelong love and dedication, and pain. Jake Sisko manages to write a couple books and is very old now. A young woman comes to see him, hoping to get into the head of the man who has had an interesting, though less-than-perfect life. We find out early-on that he has been mourning the loss of father Ben Sisko who is struck by an electrical charge. But the kicker is that Ben shows up every few years for a few moments. This sets the stage for this episode. Some would see this as an admirable love of a dear family member. The down side is a possible wasted life.

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