Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Season 2, Ep 22, Aired 5/8/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: 47849.8 Bashir tries to save Garak from a bizarre illness that is soon discovered to be a strange addiction.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Armin Shimerman


  • Terry Farrell

    Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

  • Rene Auberjonois

    Constable Odo

  • Nana Visitor

    Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

  • Avery Brooks

    Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Garak takes center stage

    By Celedorian, Feb 22, 2013

  • A perfect vehicle for Robinson and Siddig.

    By airraptorxrc, Jun 15, 2010

  • A series classic. DS9's best recurring character gets to strut his stuff.

    By pharoahsdance, May 15, 2009

  • A memorable episode more revealing than given credit for

    By dseabroo, Sep 25, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Bashir: (after Garak tells the third version of his downfall) Why are you telling me this, Garak? Garak: So that you can forgive me, why else? I need to know that someone forgives me.

    • Quark: (as Garak starts his third bottle of kanar) Come on, Garak, don't you think you've had enough?! Garak: On the contrary, anyone who talks about the numbing effects of your liquor is severely overstating the case!

    • Enabran Tain: I want him to live a long, miserable life. I want him to grow old surrounded by people who hate him, knowing that he'll never come home again. Bashir: What a lovely sentiment. Enabran Tain: And it's from the heart, doctor.

    • Bashir: And so they exiled you. Garak: That's right! And left me to live out my days with nothing to look forward to but having lunch with you. Bashir: I'm sorry you feel that way. I thought you enjoyed my company. Garak: Oh, I did! And that's the worst part. I can't believe that I actually enjoyed eating mediocre food and staring into your smug sanctimonious face.

    • Bashir: Of all the stories you told me, which ones were true and which ones weren't? Garak: My dear Doctor, they're all true... Bashir: Even the lies? Garak: Especially the lies.

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    Notes (7)

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Enabran Tain. It was intended to be Tain's only appearance, but as with Garak, the character proved popular with fans and the producers were impressed with Paul Dooley's performance that the character would make several more appareances and his relationship with Garak will continue to evolve. He would next appear in the season three episode "Improbable Cause".

    • Julian and Jadzia look at a display labeled "File 839472-58" while trying to find out what's wrong with Jadzia's plant. Writer Joe Menosky began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, a college which Menosky attended.

    • Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.

    • The Obsidian Order was originally supposed to be called the Grey Order. The name was changed once members of the crew realized that Babylon 5 (which was also airing first-run episodes at the time) already had an alien group called the Grey Council.

    • Not surprisingly, Andrew Robinson counts this as his favorite episode.

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    Trivia (3)

    • Garak's first name is revealed here: Elim.

    • This episode first introduces the Obsidian Order, the ruthless Cardassian intelligence agency for which Garak used to work.

    • In this episode, we learn that Dr. Bashir's middle name is Subatoi.

    Allusions (2)

    • Bashir says "I'm a doctor, not a botanist." This is a nod to Star Trek: TOS and specifically Dr. McCoy who would often say "I'm a doctor, not a (insert numerous other professions.)"

    • Death By Ecstasy The plot of this episode is nearly identical to the short story Death By Ecstasy by Larry Niven, in which a man is murdered by a device like the one implanted in Garak. It was first published in 1969, and done as a graphic novel in 1991.

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