|Original Airdate:||6 February 1994|
|Story by:||Paul Coyle|
|Teleplay by:||Paul Coyle and Michael Piller|
|Directed by:||Les Landau|
After O'Brien returns from a mission in the Gamma Quadrant, it seems that everyone on the station has turned against him.
- O’Brien personal log, stardate 47581.2. I got to try to set the record straight about the last 52 hours. I don’t know who’s going to hear this. I don’t even know if I’ll be alive by the time this log is recovered. I figure they’ll be coming after me. If I’m right about this whole thing, they won’t want me to warn the Paradas…
coffee, Jamaican blend, double strong, double sweet
- ... I wish I could tell who "they" are. That’s part of the puzzle I haven’t figured out yet…part of the puzzle?… none of this whole damn thing makes any sense. I’m trying to remember the first time I noticed that things were wrong. It seems to me it was…yea… It had to be the first morning after I got back to the station…
He enters a flashback:
Miles had just returned from a meeting with a species known as the Paradas in which they discussed security measures for upcoming peace talks. He awoke to find Keiko and Molly dressed and eating breakfast, at 5:30am. Keiko seemed somewhat suspicious and Molly did not want Miles to give her a kiss, but he thought little of it as Keiko left their quarters with Molly.
Upon reporting for duty, O'Brien discovered an officer had begun working on the security arrangements without him, apparently under orders from Commander Benjamin Sisko. He decided to pay Sisko a visit but thought better of it when he saw Sisko and Keiko having a private discussion on the Promenade.
Continuing his log:
- So it was all a little curious, but who could have guessed at that time? I mean the way they were acting, they might have been trying to pull off one of those surprise parties that I can’t stand, only my birthday not until September. And believe me, as it turned out I had nothing else to celebrate.
Sisko orders O'Brien to report for an annual physical, and when asked about his discussion with Keiko, claimed it was about Jake Sisko's grades. After an overly thorough examination by Doctor Julian Bashir, O'Brien believed people's strange behavior that morning must have been because he had contracted some sort of disease; however, Bashir gave him a clean bill of health.
Things became stranger as the day went on. Jake asked O'Brien for help with a science project, but when O'Brien mentioned his grades, Jake said they were fine.
- Sisko was telling the truth about one thing, the upper pilons had failed again. It didn’t make any sense; because the new pressure locks I’ve installed seemed working just fine so it had to be an entirely new problem. I realized it wasn’t going to be a quick matter to track it down after all and I couldn’t help thinking how this was going to keep me occupied while the security arrangements for the Paradas were underway.
- I worked on the pilon controls the better part of the day; needle in a haystack wouldn’t do this job justice. When I finally found the crack in the RF power conduit, I couldn’t imagine how it could’ve occurred so deep in the system, unless someone had broken it deliberately.
When O'Brian returns to his quarters Keiko had prepared his favorite meal. Keiko informs him that Jake, who had requested his help earlier, had miraculously fell ill so he wouldn't be coming over.
- I don't know if there was anything wrong with the stew or not.When I went back later to check on it, she had already put it in the disposal. But all I coulld think of as I looked at her was that this was not my Keiko
- I didn’t get much sleep that night. I waited for Keiko or whoever she was to go to bed and I started my search. I had no idea what I was looking for something odd, something not quite normal, anything to explain what was going on.
He reviewed the other officers' logs, which confirmed that Sisko and the others were observing his movements, althouh to what end it was unclear. When Odo returned from a meeting with the Paradas, he offered to investigate the stituation, a bastion of friendship in a sea of suspicion.
In his log, O'Brien alludes to having made other preparations while he awaited a response from Odo. As he pondered the matter at Quark's, the Ferengi appraoched him from behind and declared, "The odds are against you, O'Brien!" Although Quark had only been referring to O'Brien's scheduled racketball game with Bashir, the chief asked to change the subject. Quark brought the Paradas up, intent on finding out about the potential customers. O'Brien told Quark to look elsewhere for such information and began to leave as Odo asked him to come to the security office.
After a brief discussion, a strange look from Odo gave O'Brien reason to suspect that the conspiracy had widened. He was about to leave Odo's office when Sisko and Kira entered with phasers followed by Bashir with a sedative. "Who the hell are you?" O'Brien exclaimed, to which Kira calmly responded, "We don't want to hurt you." O'Brien used one of his improvisations to stun the crew members and he shot two security officers before fleeing the Promenade.
O'Brien attempted an emergency transport to the runabout Rio Grande, but the computer responded, "Unable to complete request. Please contact station commander for assistance." He discarded his comm badge in a corridor and set up a series of force fields. Using maintenance conduits and his intimate knowledge of the station, he made his way to the runabout and escaped. He contacted Admiral Rollman of Starbase 401 to warn her that the command crew of Deep Space Nine was under some form of alien influence, but she ordered him to return to the station and assured him he would not be harmed. That was when O'Brien set a course for the wormhole.
Act FiveNow en route to the Parada system in the Gamma Quadrant, O'Brien is being pursued by the Mekong. Unable to reach the system before the Mekong overtakes him, he travels toward one of Parada IV's moons and manages to outmaneuver the other runabout, which assumes another course. He follows the Mekong to Parada II and beams to the surface, where he finds Sisko and Kira with a pair of Parada rebels. One of the Paradans shoots him, and when the door opens, Bashir is behind it along with O'Brien — the real O'Brien. It is revealed that the Paradan government abducted O'Brien and created a replicant designed to assassinate the rebels' delegation at the peace talks.
Before it dies, the O'Brien replicant says Keiko's name and grabs O'Brien's shoulder. "What about her?" he asks. "Tell her... I love..." it whispers as it loses consciousness.
- Referenced Ferengi Rules of Acquisition: #194
- An arrival roster featured in this episode, an okudagram graphic on a desk viewscreen, was created by the art department and shows many starships, with command and departure information.
Links and References
- Rosalind Chao as Keiko O'Brien
- Todd Waring as DeCurtis
- Susan Bay as Rollman
- Philip LeStrange as Coutu
- Hana Hatae as Molly O'Brien
- Majel Barrett as the computer voice
annual physical; arrival roster; Bolians; coffee; Coutu; Decurtis; Deep Space 9; emitter crystal; endive salad; Ferengi Rules of Acquisition; flan; fricandeau stew; Gupta; USS Mekong; Keiko O'Brien; Michael O'Brien; Miles O'Brien; Miles O'Brien (replicant); Molly O'Brien; Paradas; Parada II; Parada IV; Parada system; RF power conduit; Rollman; Starbase 401; subspace technology.
47 references; J. J. Adams; Annandale; USS Aries; Arlington IV; W. Bligh; C-111 system; C-57-D; Cameron Station; CAR 54-Q; Carinae Delta V; Centre Minor; W. Clinton; S. Crane; USS D'hjty; Dytallix; H. Ellison; ITA Elmira; USS Gallico; FMS Geldonero; CGM Gh'aster; K.L. Gifford; USS G'Mat; GS-12; G. Gulliver; J. Gump; FGMS Gyt'aerat; Hispaniola Minor; USS Hispaniola; Jura'assic IV; N. Land; Luna; USS Min'ow; New Brooklyn IX; okudagram; SS Oregon; Organia; ; GHD Per'ot; USS Powell; J. Priestly; M. Prince; F. Recio; GCS Recio; USS Rio Grande; E. Robinson; Romulan Neutral Zone; R. Savage; Sol system; S. Sondheim; Starbase 58; Starbase 172; Starships visiting Deep Space 9 in 2370; J. Swift; Theta Omicron IV; W.E.B. DuBois; USS Yorktown; USS Yosemite; H. Zimmerman.
- Stardate 47550 : The arrival roster began.
- Starbase 47579.4 : The O'Brien replicant began his final log entry.
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