Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 21

The Muse

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 29, 1996 on Syndicado



  • Trivia

    • The title of Jake's book is shown to be Anslem. This is the title that he was famous for writing in the DS9 episode "The Visitor", in which his future was shown. This fulfills a portion of that possible future.

    • Goof: Time Index 23:52. When Odo is talking with Lwaxana's husband, he calls her Laxwana instead.

  • Quotes

    • Sisko (about Jake's novel): The dialogue is sharp, the story's involving, the characters are real... the spelling is terrible!

    • Lwaxana: All of life is the search for that peace you felt when you were safe inside your mother's womb.
      Odo: I never had a mother.
      Lwaxana: It doesn't matter, you'll find your peace.

    • O'Brien: (referring to Jeyal, at Odo and Lwaxana's wedding) Who's he?
      Kira: I think that's Lwaxana's husband.
      O'Brien: Good of him to come.

    • Lwaxana: (trying to explain why his plan won't work) In a Tavnian wedding, the groom must stand before the bride and tell her why he wants to marry her. And then, in front of his family and friends, he must proclaim his love for her, and convince her to accept him as her husband.
      Odo: Well, I trust I can count on you to accept me even if I just stand there and read last week's criminal activity report!

    • Odo: (approaching Lwaxana seated at a table with Worf) I have some free time and I was wondering if you would like to take a walk?
      Worf: I would.
      Odo: I was talking to Lwaxana.

    • Lwaxana: (while discussing relationships) Well, just don't do what I did - look for someone to fix your broken heart, then end up pregnant and on the run.
      Odo: I don't think there is much danger of that happening.

    • Odo: Before I met her, my world was... a much smaller place. I kept to myself, I didn't need anyone else, and I took pride in that. The truth is, I was ashamed of what I was; I was afraid that if anyone saw how truly different I was, they would recoil in fear. Lwaxana saw how different I was, and she didn't recoil. She wanted to see more. For the first time in my life, someone wanted me for what I truly was, and that changed me, forever. The day I met her is the day I stopped being alone. And I want her to be a part of my life from now on. Marry me, Lwaxana, let me into your light... Lwaxana?
      Lwaxana: I give myself to you, for ever and always.
      Odo: Let it be known to all that this woman is mine. If anyone challenges my claim to her, let them do so now... I present to you, my beloved wife.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The Muse to many: During her existence, Onaya inspired many famous people:
      Keats: One of the greatest poets of ninteenth century earth.
      Catullus: Roman poet of 1st century BC.
      Phineas Tarbolde: Author from Canopus Planet, who wrote the sonnet Nightingale Woman in 1996. A reference to the TOS episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before".