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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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Did You Know?


Enabran Tain was originally intended to be his sole appearance, but, much like the situation with Garak, both the fans and producers liked Tain so much that they decided to bring him back. 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: Has it ever occurred to you that I might be getting exactly what I deserve?
Dr. Julian Bashir: No one deserves this.
Elim Garak: Oh, please, Doctor. I'm suffering enough without having to listen to your smug Federation sympathy. And you think that because we have lunch together once a week you know me? You couldn't even begin to fathom what I'm capable of.
Dr. Julian Bashir: I am a doctor. You're my patient. That's all I need to know.
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References Rashômon (1950) See more »


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Truth Is Beauty, Beauty Truth, That Is All Ye Know on Earth and All Ye Need to Know
9 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Garak is very hard on Dr. Bashir who is one of the only persons on DS9 that cares about him. He is a fascinating character who speaks in riddles. Bashir realizes that when Garak nearly passes out, the Cardassian has had some sort of implant placed in his brain. The episode pretty much revolves around the search for and the cure of that condition. Of course, Garak wants none of it because this implant is like a narcotic. He has the same sorts of withdrawal symptoms some drug addicts have. It is a tough love episode and the guy maintains his mystery quality.

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