Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 6 Episode 16

Change of Heart

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Mar 04, 1998 on Syndicado
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Stardate: 51597.2

Worf is forced to choose between the life of his wife Jadzia, and the success of the mission when they must rendezvous with Cardassian defector who seeks their help.

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  • Great episode for Teri Farrell and Michael Dorn.

    I seem to like this one more than most other fans. I guess you could say "nothing happens" - there is a little bit of action and tension, but it really is a spin on the "relationship in a tough situation" slant.

    But it's more than that. If you watch this and Worf's first appearances back to back, it's hard to believe they're the same guy. Even compared to his final appearances in TNG, both the character and Michael Dorn's acting had grown tremendously. Teri Farrell also nails the Jadzia thing perfectly. Unlike the awkward and implausible Worf-Troi romance, this relationship is not hard to believe. The conclusion to this story line is touching.

    The other story provides some light entertainment and doesn't disappoint. Like Worf, Julian's character evolved tremendously over the course of the show. The naive, arrogant doctor is now a more reflective, introverted character. He grew up.

    This one fills in the space between the "important" episodes of season 6, but only a very harsh critic could call it "filler".moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

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

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • We have been told and shown in many episodes how fragile the Dax symbiont is. You would think that any phaser shot to the lower torso combined with the massive blood loss would have damaged the symbiont immensly.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Worf: (speaking to Jadzia) I would rather lose a bet on you than win on someone else.

    • Quark: (as they play tongo) You're a quick study, doctor.
      Bashir: You mean quick for a hu-mon, don't you, Quark?
      Quark: I would never say anything so distasteful during a game.
      Bashir: No, you'd wait 'til it was over.
      Quark: Of course.

    • Jadzia: So, how are you enjoying your honeymoon? Are you suffering enough?
      Worf: Almost.
      Jadzia: Is there anything I can get for you?
      Worf: More pain. Less cold.

    • Jadzia: Room service. I want to be pampered. I want a staff to cater to our every whim. I want to be embarrassed by the size of our room. I want a balcony with a view that makes you want to break down and cry from the sheer beauty of it all. And I don't want to spend one moment of our honeymoon suffering from anything except guilt about our complete self-indulgence.
      Worf: (scared) Risa?

    • Lasaran: (after seeing Worf) A Klingon... why did they have to send a Klingon?
      Jadzia: I'm a Trill. Does that make you feel any better?
      Lasaran: Are you trying to be funny?
      Jadzia: Not at all. He's the funny one...

    • Dax: Worf, you're practically easygoing. Better watch out or you'll develop a sense of humor.
      Worf: I have a sense of humor! On the Enterprise I was considered to be quite amusing.
      Jadzia: That must have been one dull ship.
      Worf: That is a joke! I get it! It is not funny, but I get it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Dax scans the planet in a screen that says "Scanning Grid 47110" in the lower right-hand corner. 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.

    • This episode marks the debut of Deep Space Nine's newest Danube class runabout, the USS Shenandoah.

    • First draft script originally contained a B-story arc which would have depicted Prinadora, Rom's ex-wife and Nog's mother previously only mentioned in season 5's "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?", who arrived at the station to win back Rom for ulterior motives. The entire runner had to be cut before the final draft for time (before filming).


    • The Forge
      In naming possible honeymoon locations, Worf mentions traveling across the Forge desert on Vulcan. Captain Archer and T'Pol travel across the Forge in the fourth season of Enterprise.