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The Wire 

Dr. Bashir fights to save Garak's life when a device implanted in his brain, designed to alleviate pain in the event of torture, begins to malfunction and is slowly killing him.


Kim Friedman


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Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Commander Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lieutenant Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Andrew Robinson ... Garak
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Glinn Boheeka
Ann Gillespie ... Nurse Jabara
Paul Dooley ... Enabran Tain


Garak and Bashir are waiting in line in the mess hall, when suddenly, Garak falls ill. An examination reveals an implant in his brain. The device - which was implanted a year earlier - is to prevent the bearer from giving away secrets whilst being interrogated, but, now, Garak's time is quickly running out, and Bashir looks for a way to save his friend's life. In the meantime, Garak tells him contradicting stories about his past. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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8 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Garak claims that he and Elim were "the sons of Tain." Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In Purgatory's Shadow (1997) explains what this means. See more »


Garak complains that the station is constantly too bright. However, when Bashir is looking after a recovering Garak, in his quarters, the lights appear to be on a high setting. See more »


Elim Garak: Here, I've brought you something.
Dr. Julian Bashir: What is it?
Elim Garak: "Meditations on a Crimson Shadow", by Preloc.
Dr. Julian Bashir: More Cardassian literature?
Elim Garak: I think you'll find this one more to your taste. It takes place in the future, during a time when Cardassia and the Klingon Empire are at war.
Dr. Julian Bashir: Who wins?
Elim Garak: Who do you think?
Dr. Julian Bashir: Never mind, don't tell me. I don't want you to spoil the ending.
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References Rashômon (1950) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Boy it sucks to be Garak....
19 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" reveals much about Garak--the enigmatic and tricky Cardassian 'tailor' living on the station. When the show begins, Garak is doing what he often does--he's having a meal with his BFF, Dr. Bashir. Without warning, Garak doubles over--in intense pain and in immediate need of hospitalization. What follows is Garak's story--how he was once a dreaded and powerful leader in the Cardassian Obsidian Order as well as his fall from grace.

While this isn't among the more exciting episodes of the series, it's an important one because it makes Garak A BIT pitiable and a bit easier to understand. Worth seeing.

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