(Dax appears to be meditating as a large balloon
floats in front of her)
DAX: Do you need me, Julian?
BASHIR: How did you know it was me?
DAX: There are different ways to recognise someone. The rhythm of their
steps, for example.
BASHIR: You are remarkable.
DAX: Julian, you and I have to have a talk about Trills and
BASHIR: Fine. We'll do it over supper. Quark has found me this
delightfully dry champagne estate bottled on Korris One.
BASHIR: What is this?
DAX: An Altonian brain teaser.
BASHIR: A brain teaser?
DAX: A puzzle.
BASHIR: A puzzle? I love puzzles. How does it work?
DAX: It responds to neural theta waves. The goal is to turn the sphere
into a solid colour.
BASHIR: That's all?
DAX: That's all. I've been trying to master it on and off for, oh, a
hundred and forty years. Would you care to try?
DAX: Just sit comfortably, and release your tension into my hands.
Dax strokes his head)
BASHIR: Your hands are cold.
DAX: It's a peculiarity of the Trill.
BASHIR: Cold hands, warm heart.
DAX: Concentrate on the sphere. Clear your mind. This requires focus
and clarity of thought.
BASHIR: I understand completely. What is that exotic scent you're
DAX: Focus and clarity of thought.
BASHIR: Yes, yes, I have it.
DAX: I'm going to release it to you now, okay?
DAX: Computer, transfer control to second player.
(The sphere goes kaleidoscope then disappears)
DAX: I think your mind is still a little busy, Julian.
BASHIR: So, are you free for supper?
SISKO: Ready, Dax?
DAX: Sorry. Perhaps another time. Maybe you'd like to try again.
(Dax and Sisko leave)
BASHIR: Computer. Reset.
ODO: Business is good, Quark. You're almost making
an honest living.
QUARK: A lot of new faces.
ODO: The wormhole does bring them our way, doesn't it?
QUARK: Everybody wants a piece of the new frontier.
ODO: And I'm sure you've already tried to sell it to a few of them.
(Raised voices at an upstairs table)
O'BRIEN: We made the decision together.
KEIKO: Not true. That's not true. You decided and asked me to agree
QUARK: Grapevine says Chief O'Brien and the missus are having problems.
ODO: I'll never understand the humanoid need to couple.
QUARK: You've never coupled?
ODO: Choose not to. Too many compromises. You want to watch the
karo-net tournament, she wants to listen to music, so you compromise.
You listen to music. You like Earth jazz, she prefers Klingon opera, so
you compromise. You listen to Klingon opera. So here you were ready to
have a nice night watching the karo-net match and you wind up spending
an agonising night listening to Klingon opera.
KEIKO: That's exactly what I'm saying.
O'BRIEN: Keiko, sit down, please.
ODO: What could they be going on about like that anyway?
QUARK: She doesn't like it here.
ODO: Who does?
(Sisko and Dax are on the upper level, and Quark makes an appreciative
ODO: Don't even think about it.
QUARK: I can so think about it.
ODO: You might as well try to find a drink of water on the Yadozi
desert. Besides I'd say our new Commander is interested in her.
QUARK: Not at all. I know for a fact, when she was a he, you know,
before she got this new body, they were old friends.
ODO: Things change.
IRUDAN: All right now, here we go.
(Odo spots someone at the Dabo table)
ODO: How long has he been here?
IBUDAN: All right, one more time.
QUARK: He came in on a transport last night.
(Sisko and Dax are at their table)
WAITER: Something to eat?
DAX: Just steamed azna.
SISKO: Well, some things are still the same.
DAX: If you'd listen to me, you would eat steamed azna too.
SISKO: Dax, did I ever tell you about the meals my father used to cook
for us when we were
DAX: All the time.
SISKO: Every night in my house, my dad insisted that we have supper
together as a family. He would try out his new recipes on us. He used
to call us his test tasters.
DAX: Steamed azna will put years on your life.
SISKO: Dax, I don't want years on my life if I can only eat steamed
azna. Sautéed, rolloped, fricasseed, fine. But not steamed. I've missed
your steamed azna.
DAX: You must miss Curzon, too.
SISKO: He was, you were, are a mentor, another father to me.
DAX: This happens to Trills, Benjamin. Sometimes, our friendships with
other species don't survive because of the change.
SISKO: It won't be that way with us. It's just a little uncomfortable
DAX: I suggest you that allow yourself to be comfortable with your
discomfort. Time can do the rest.
(Keiko is leaving, and O'Brien follows her.)
DABO GIRL: Dabo!
IRUDAN: All right.
ODO: I don't want you on this station.
IBUDAN: Yeah, well that's too bad, because I have every right to be
ODO: I decide who has rights and who doesn't on this Promenade.
IBUDAN: You'd better ask your Federation superiors about that one.
ODO: I don't have to check with anyone.
IRUDAN: Get off me.
(There's a fight and Sisko runs down to separate them.)
ODO: You have twenty-six hours to get off this station.
[Promenade upper level]
O'BRIEN: Look, I'm willing to ask for a transfer if
that'll make you happy.
KEIKO: That's not fair either. You'd have to give up your promotion.
O'BRIEN: Not necessarily.
KEIKO: I wish I knew the right thing to do. I'm just lost here.
Starfleet doesn't need a botanist on this station.
O'BRIEN: Keiko, there's a whole new quadrant on the other side of the
wormhole, full of new plant life to explore.
KEIKO: And ships going to explore it and I'm not on any of them.
O'BRIEN: We'll be sending runabouts through the wormhole. I'll see to
it you get to go.
KEIKO: I don't need favours from you. I just need to be useful.
O'BRIEN: Just think how much more attractive this place could be if you
planted some trees and flowers on the Promenade. You could even create
an arboretum from the new specimens we bring back from the Gamma
KEIKO: Do you really want to raise your daughter in this place, Miles?
KIRA [OC]: Kira to O'Brien.
O'BRIEN: Go ahead.
KIRA: We have a non-functional power transfer grid on level five. All
the upper docking pylons are out of commission.
O'BRIEN: On my way.
(Nog has bought a confection on a stick from a
NOG: What do you want, Human?
JAKE: My name's Jake.
NOG: I know who you are.
JAKE: What's yours?
NOG: Why do you care?
JAKE: Not exactly a lot of friends to choose from around here. You know
what I mean.
NOG: Nog. My name's Nog.
ODO: His name is Ibudan. He used to run black
market goods through here to the surface during the Cardassian
occupation, gouging his fellow man who needed medical supplies and so
forth. Some Bajorans actually considered him a hero, but I saw him let
a child die when the parents couldn't afford the drug that would've
saved her life. A few years back, he killed a Cardassian officer who
wanted a payoff to look the other way. He went to prison for murder. I
sent him there.
SISKO: For murder? What's he doing out?
ODO: The Provisional Government let him go. Killing a Cardassian isn't
considered much of a crime nowadays.
SISKO: Doesn't sound like there's much we can do about it.
ODO: I can get him off my Promenade.
SISKO: If he hasn't done anything wrong, you can't just arbitrarily
force him to leave.
ODO: Watch me.
SISKO: Mister Odo, you're not going to take the law into your own
ODO: The law? Commander, laws change depending on who's making them.
Cardassians one day, Federation the next. But justice is justice, and
as long as I'm in charge of security.
SISKO: If you can't work within the rules, I'll find someone who can.
(Iduban is running a sensuous programme including
birdsong and a massage, when someone with a wicked looking knife cuts
(Nog has some bugs in a matchbox.)
JAKE: What are they?
NOG: Garanian bolites. Come on.
BASHIR: I guess I know the competition now.
DAX: What are you talking about, Julian?
BASHIR: Did you have a nice dinner with Commander Sisko?
DAX: Julian, Trills do not look for romance the way humans do. In fact,
we find it quite a nuisance.
BASHIR: A nuisance?
DAX: It's a weakness of the young, and although a Trill host may have
these feelings occasionally, it is our wish to live on a higher plane,
to try to rise above these kinds of temptations.
BASHIR: You said, try to rise above, which suggests you don't always
SISKO [OC]: Sisko to Doctor Bashir.
BASHIR: Go ahead.
SISKO [OC]: We need medical assistance above the bar in holosuite four.
BASHIR: Acknowledged, Commander. I still have that champagne on ice.
(Nog leaves his bugs by a couple and runs away to
watch. The couple start scratching, then their skin changes colour to
blue and green.)
WOMAN: Help us!
MAN: Somebody help us!
WOMAN: Something is happening to us!
MAN: Get a doctor!
(Then suddenly it's all over and they're fine again. Jake and Nog are
lead away by a Deputy. Keiko watches thoughtfully.)
(The programme is finished and Iduban is lying on
ODO: The door opened only twice. The first time when the computer
logged Ibudan's check-in at seventeen hundred hours, sixteen minutes.
The suite was secured so no one else could enter. He ran Lauriento
massage holoprogram number one oh one A. Thirteen minutes later the
door opened for the second time, but since Ibudan obviously didn't
exit, we have to assume that's when the killer left.
KIRA: Any evidence of a beam in during those thirteen minutes?
KIRA: Well then how did the killer get in?
SISKO: He might have entered the holosuite the same time Ibudan did.
BASHIR: Cause of death's no mystery. The knife was thrust directly
between the left and right thoracic vertebrae, perforating the lower
ventricle of the heart. The murderer apparently had a decent knowledge
of Bajoran anatomy.
SISKO: Doctor, I want you to look for evidence that could establish
someone was in here with him.
BASHIR: I'll do a sweep for hair follicles, any skin or cellular
remnants, and DNA fragments.
SISKO: How many ships have left since yesterday.
KIRA: Two. A Federation survey ship and a Vulcan science vessel.
SISKO: Advise all ships in dock that departures will be delayed until
(At their evening meal, Japanese-style.)
KEIKO: And they were just looking for trouble. Those kids have no
reason to be hanging around the Promenade.
O'BRIEN: It's about the only place they have to go. You can't keep them
locked in their rooms.
KEIKO: This isn't like a starship, Miles. The kind of freedom children
have on the Enterprise just won't work on a space station. There are
too many ways to get into serious trouble here. What this place needs
is a school.
KIRA: All ships have been informed of the delays,
SISKO: Major, do you know Mister Zayra, who operates the Transit Aid
KIRA: We've met.
SISKO: He was just telling me something disturbing. I think you should
ZAYRA: It's just that the murdered man, Ibudan, I spoke to him
yesterday about an hour before it happened.
KIRA: Where was this?
ZAYRA: Quark's. By the dabo table. It was after his scuffle with the
shape-shifter. He told me that he was scared. He was afraid that Odo
might kill him.
KIRA: There isn't a more honourable man on this station than the
ZAYRA: Maybe so. All I know is, an hour later, Ibudan was dead.
(On board a Bajoran ship docked at DS9.)
OFFICER: Computer, lights. This was Ibudan's quarters. Feel free to
ODO: Double accommodations?
OFFICER: That's what he requested, but only one passenger was logged
in. He probably just wanted larger quarters. If there's anything else
ODO: I want a record of all the passengers on board.
OFFICER: Of course. I'll get you a copy of the ship's manifest.
(The officer leaves)
ODO: Computer, how many entries made from this terminal during the last
seventy eight hours.
COMPUTER: Seven entries noted in personal calendar files.
ODO: Show them to me.
(Stardate 46383 Secure for departure, Depart from
Alderaan spaceport, Lifeboat drill, Lunch meeting with
Santina, Tennis holodeck 2, Dinner, Ship's concert.)
ODO: Take me to stardate 46384
(Subspace conference - Gocke,
Meeting with Zarro - project
analysis, Lunch with Moudakis, Tennis holodeck 3, Arrival DS9,
Disembark, Shopping at Promenade, Tennis holodeck 2, Meeting with Ahern,
Lunch at Quark's Place, Transit Aid, Back up computer files, Prepare
project review report, Odo.)
SISKO: You won't get an argument from me, Mrs
O'Brien. When I found out what happened this morning on the Promenade
JAKE: We weren't doing anything.
SISKO: I don't want to talk about this now. It's this Ferengi boy, Nog.
Jake's won't be having anything more to do with him.
JAKE: He's the only one here even close to my age.
KEIKO: That's not exactly true, Jake. There are twelve other children
on board, ranging from eight to sixteen. The problem is there's no
structured activity for them. Don't you miss the schools you used to go
JAKE: No. I guess. Studying alone on the computer, it kind of gets
KEIKO: You know, I've never actually been a teacher, Commander, but
it's something I've always thought about doing.
SISKO: As a Starfleet Commander and as a father, I think this is a
terrific idea. What do you need?
KEIKO: Some space.
SISKO: We'll find it.
SISKO: You'll have them. I hope you realise what you're getting
yourself into. I can't force the Bajora, the Ferengi or anyone else to
send their children to your school. And even if they do come, every one
has a different culture, a different philosophy.
KEIKO: I know I'll have to come up with an innovative programme But I
can't imagine any parent not welcoming the news of a school opening
here. Thank you, Commander.
SISKO: If I hear of you hanging around with him.
JAKE: I thought you didn't want to talk about this now.
BASHIR: These are the DNA sequence analyses, the
cellular spectrographs and the particulate matter traces. I asked
Lieutenant Dax to confirm my findings and I'm afraid she concurs.
DAX: There were no new DNA traces found in the holosuite.
KIRA: You're saying nobody went into the room with him?
BASHIR: Well, apart from those of us who were in there after the body
was discovered, this was the only DNA present, and we've identified it
KIRA: Wait a minute. Ibudan goes in the holosuite alone, locks the
door, nobody transports in, a few minutes later he's murdered. How is
ODO: It's not. Unless the murder was committed by someone who could get
through the cracks in the door. Say, a shape-shifter.
ODO: It's a pretty neat package. His calendar shows
he was planning to meet with me at the time of the murder. No one
except a shape-shifter could get into the holosuite. And since I'd
obviously be called there after the body was discovered, traces of my
DNA wind up at the scene of the crime.
KIRA: Do you have any kind of an alibi?
ODO: Major, I have to return to my natural state every eighteen hours
to regenerate. To be quite honest about it, I was in a pail in the back
of my office when Ibudan was killed.
KIRA: The killer might have known your regenerative cycle and planned
the murder accordingly.
ODO: Like I said, a neat package.
KIRA: Who might want to frame you for murder?
ODO: I can think of about five hundred different people, but I haven't
seen any of them around the station recently. Do you think that
Federation doctor could do a sweep of Ibudan's quarters for me, see if
he can find out if somebody else was using that second bed?
KIRA: I'll send him over there right away.
ODO: Thank you, Major.
ROM: You want my boy to go to a Federation school?
KEIKO: Not just Federation. I'm developing a curriculum that will take
a much broader approach.
ROM: Little lady, little lady, what do you know of Ferengi education?
KEIKO: I understand you employ a work-study approach, Mister Rom, with
apprenticeships in a wide range of business and economic fields.
ROM: We throw them into the cut-throat competition of Ferengi commerce
and anyone who survives, graduates. Are you prepared to teach that to
KEIKO: I'm sure I couldn't improve on what you've already taught him in
ROM: Thank you. Thank you. I've taught him everything I know. It's so
important that we prepare our youth for the challenges of the future.
KEIKO: Exactly. Consider the advantage your son will have over other
Ferengi once he's learned about other cultures, once he learns how
others run their economies, conduct business, negotiate.
ROM: You will teach my son these things?
KEIKO: Knowledge is power, Mister Rom.
ROM: It can't work. He will not listen to you.
KEIKO: Why not?
ROM: You are female.
ROM: My son cannot learn anything from a female human teacher.
KEIKO: Let him try it for a few weeks. He has nothing to lose and so
much to gain.
ROM: I don't think so.
KEIKO: Will you at least think about it?
ROM: Yes. Yes. Of course. Now, really, I'm quite busy. Place your
wagers! Place your wagers. Get this lovely young woman a drink.
(Keiko leaves, and as we follow her past the bar)
ZAYRA: What do we know about him anyway? He's not one of us.
BAJORAN: He isn't one of anything.
ZAYRA: You know what really bothers me? This shifter was the last Chief
of Security when the Cardassians were here.
BAJORAN: He's the one who caught Ibudan for them.
ZAYRA: Why is he still Security Chief?
BAJORAN: You're right. We ought to talk to Major Kira.
QUARK: Nobody knows him like I know him. Let me tell you something.
He's an ill-tempered, over-bearing crosspatch. But he was no Cardassian
collaborator and he's no killer.
ZAYRA: I can't believe you're defending him, Quark. You're his worst
QUARK: Guess that's the closest thing he has in this world to a friend.
(A grey-bearded Bajoran in a cloak and hood watches the men talking.
ZAYRA: Security, huh?
(Bashir is vacuuming up samples of debris in the
SISKO: Listen, I hear what you're saying. I
understand your concerns.
ZAYRA: We're not saying whether he's innocent or guilty, Commander. All
we're saying is isn't it reasonable under the circumstances that he
KIRA: Thank you very much for coming.
(Zayra and the deputation leave.)
KIRA: This is wrong.
SISKO: And what would you suggest we do?
KIRA: He didn't do it.
SISKO: The man we have in charge of a murder investigation is the prime
suspect, Major. Those people have a right to complain.
DAX: Even if he's innocent, it could still seem like a conflict of
KIRA: You're going to relieve him of duty.
SISKO: I don't see any other choice.
KIRA: He has been completely candid about this investigation. He could
have covered his tracks a half a dozen times already if he were guilty.
SISKO: I appreciate how you feel, but the decision stands. I'll inform
BASHIR: The only curious thing I found were these
seofurane fragments near the matter reclamation unit. Dish, please. It
appears he was trying to get rid of them.
ODO: Do you have any idea what they're from?
BASHIR: I know exactly what they're from. A biological sample
container. I use them all the time.
ODO: What would Ibudan be doing with a biological sample container?
BASHIR: That I'm not so sure about, but when I analysed the fragments I
detected traces of a complex organic structure.
ODO: Translate, Doctor.
BASHIR: It suggests Ibudan may have been conducting some sort of
medical experiment on board his ship.
ODO: He wasn't a doctor or a scientist.
BASHIR: Let's see what a standard electrophoretic analysis tells us.
(Bashir touches a few buttons and looks at the monitor)
BASHIR: What the? The complex proteins are breaking down into DNA
ODO: And what does that mean?
BASHIR: It means we should set up a bio-regenerative field to
accelerate the cellular development. If I can reconstruct the DNA
sequence, it might just give us an idea what he was up to.
SISKO [OC]: Sisko to Odo.
SISKO [OC]: May I see you in my office, please.
(Bashir puts his sample into a large vat)
SISKO: Sit down. I am temporarily relieving you of duty. I'm sure the
reasons are obvious.
ODO: Who will be taking over the investigation?
SISKO: I've placed Major Kira and Lieutenant Dax in charge.
ODO: Will that be all, Commander?
SISKO: I want you to know I don't personally believe that you were
responsible for this.
ODO: Really? Now how can that be true? You don't know me. You have no
reason to believe that I wouldn't kill Ibudan if it suited my fancy. So
don't tell me there isn't some doubt inside of you, some question about
whether or not I murdered the man.
SISKO: I simply feel that putting Kira and Dax in charge of the
investigation will be in everyone's best interests, including your own.
ODO: I'll take care of my own best interests.
MAN: That's him.
VOICE: They found his DNA.
(The place has been vandalised, with wall monitors
smashed and Shifter painted in English on the wall)
QUARK: I can find out who did it for you.
ODO: Not for me. Tell it to Starfleet. I'm not in charge here any
QUARK: Well now, there's a piece of good news to brighten my day.
ODO: You'd better take advantage of my absence while you can, Quark.
QUARK: Oh, I will, I will. Count on it. I'll have every confidence man
in the sector on board by tomorrow.
ODO: You do and I'll
ODO: You're going get sloppy without me to keep an eye on you
QUARK: I don't think so. You've kept me on my toes for far too long
ODO: Sure. I've turned you into a better crook.
QUARK: Like it or not.
ODO: Quark, think you could use a shape-shifter in your organisation?
QUARK: You had me going.
ODO: I did, didn't I.
QUARK: Yes, you did. You know, I've been asking some friends at
Kran-Tobol prison about Ibudan. Whether he made any enemies while he
was there. Couldn't find any. Mostly he stayed around the Bajoran
dissidents that the Cardassians locked up.
BASHIR: It's growing exponentially. We're going to
have to increase the metabolic field energy.
SISKO: Just what is it that's growing in there?
DAX: Aren't those DNA patterns humanoid, Julian?
BASHIR: That's what it looks like to me, but there's a genetic drift I
can't quite put my finger on.
SISKO: What was Ibudan up to?
BASHIR: We're going to have to wait and see what this becomes before we
have a clue. You can transfer it to the larger field now.
NURSE: Yes, Doctor.
SISKO: (to Dax) Care for lunch?
DAX: No, thank you. Major Kira's waiting for my report.
BASHIR: Just how many different lives do you think
SISKO: I don't even know. He'll go, she'll go through a list of them,
then out comes another one in a later conversation. I'd guess that
Jadzia is probably the sixth host.
BASHIR: Has she changed much?
BASHIR: From the last one, Curzon Dax. I understand a Trill integrates
the personality of each new host.
SISKO: I guess I'll have to find that out. If I were to tell you some
of the mischief he and I got into. There was a time, I was no older
than you are, we were at the running of the Rujian Steeplechase. Dax
loves the races. Anyway, there were these gorgeous seven foot Ruji twin
sisters that Curzon knew, and he and I. I guess we won't be doing that
again soon, will we?
BASHIR: You care for her a great deal, don't you?
SISKO: Dax and I are just friends, Doctor. If you're interested, you
have nothing to fear from me.
BASHIR: I mean, I were in your shoes, knowing Dax as intimately as you
do, I think I'd find her hard to resist.
SISKO: You don't understand, Doctor. Dax used to beat me regularly at
bare fist Juro counterpunch.
BASHIR: Well I guess you won't be doing that again soon, either.
(Odo enters, and is promptly sent to Coventry)
MAN: I'm not drinking with that scum.
VOICE: I won't drink near this man.
(Even Morn leaves Odo alone at the bar)
(Desks and computers are being brought in)
KEIKO: In a semi-circle here, facing the module. That's right. Thank
O'BRIEN: Here's Mommy.
MOLLY: Where you been, Mommy?
KEIKO: I've been getting ready for school tomorrow, honey.
MOLLY: Can I come to school?
KEIKO: I wish you could. At least I'd know one student would be coming.
But you have to wait a year or two.
O'BRIEN: How's it going?
KEIKO: We'll be ready in time. In time for what, I'm not sure. Aside
from Commander Sisko, we haven't had a firm commitment from any of the
parents. What's this?
O'BRIEN: Just a little something I replicated on the way over.
KEIKO: Help Mommy to open her present, Molly. Come on, pull.
(It's a school bell)
KEIKO: Oh, Miles. Thank you.
O'BRIEN: I want to see you standing in the Promenade tomorrow morning
ringing your school bell.
MAN [OC]: Murderer.
O'BRIEN: I'd better take her home.
(Odo is being followed by a crowd.)
CROWD: Murder. Killer.
ZAYRA: Shape-shifting freak.
(Odo retreats to the security office while the mob gathers outside.)
O'BRIEN: O'Brien to Ops.
O'BRIEN [OC]: Security to the Promenade on the
SECURITY: Yes, sir.
O'BRIEN [OC]: O'Brien to Sisko.
SISKO: I'm here, Chief. What's going on?
O'BRIEN [OC]: We've got a crowd, more like a mob, outside Odo's office.
O'BRIEN: You'd better get down here.
(The thing Bashir's growing is about four feet long
CROWD: Freak! Shape-shifter!
ZAYRA: Freak! Murdering shifter.
SISKO: Odo's inside?
O'BRIEN: Yes sir, he went in a few minutes ago. The crowd followed him
from the bar.
SISKO: I want more security here and I want them armed.
O'BRIEN: Aye, sir
KIRA: It's going to be harder to control them if numbers keep growing.
We can secure all turbolifts, slow down the traffic onto the Promenade.
SISKO: Good idea.
(Someone throws a piece of which breaks the Security office window, and
the bearded man watches)
DAX: Julian, look at this.
BASHIR: The chromatin pattern is changing.
DAX: It's definitely humanoid.
BASHIR: It's definitely humanoid. It's definitely. My God! Dax, I think
I know what it is. Run a chromosome analysis. I think we're going to
find a gene-sequence degradation.
ZAYRA: (leading the chant) Shifter! Shifter!
(Phasers are being handed out.)
SISKO: Coming through. What the hell do you people intend to accomplish
BAJORAN: We want the shape-shifter!
SISKO: And what do you think you're going to do to him if you get to
CROWD: He deserves to die.
ZAYRA: He's right. How do you get a rope around the neck of a
SISKO: Listen to me. You will disperse immediately. Return to your
quarters. Return to your ships.
(Missiles are thrown, one hits a deputy in the face. O'Brien and Kira
go hand to hand with a couple of men. Sisko shoots in the air.)
(Odo comes out)
MALE: He's a murderer. We want justice.
SISKO: Do you? Justice? Really? Is it justice you're after or just some
way to express your anger, your fear. Look at yourselves! In an hour,
you'll regret what you've tried to do here. Do not condemn this man
because he is different than you are.
ZAYRA: We condemn him because of the evidence.
SISKO: Then take that evidence to a court of law. There will be no
justice served here today.
BASHIR: Commander! Commander Sisko. I believe we have some new evidence
to consider. The man who was murdered was not Ibudan.
BASHIR: Come with me.
O'BRIEN: All right. break it up now.
KIRA: Move on, people. Let's clear the area.
SECURITY: You heard what she said. Come on, back to your quarters.
BASHIR: A clone. That's what Ibudan was working on.
Creating a clone of himself.
ODO: And then he killed the clone to frame me for his murder.
SISKO: How can we be sure the victim was a clone?
DAX: A clone has identical DNA to that of the donor, but certain
cloning methods cause a characteristic gene-sequence degradation which
can be detected.
BASHIR: if you know to look for it. We've matched the victim's
gene-sequence with the fellow in the jar here. They're definitely both
ODO: What happens to this one?
BASHIR: In about two days, he becomes a living, breathing member of
ODO: Let's hope he doesn't follow in his donor's footsteps.
SISKO: What about Ibudan?
ODO: I have an idea where to find him.
(The bearded man in the hooded cloak enters)
LAMONAY: Computer, lights.
(A chair morphs into Odo.)
LAMONAY: Who are you? How did you get in here?
ODO: Oh, I think you know.
LAMONAY: I warn you, I'll call ship's security.
ODO: Do that. I have some interesting questions to ask them. For
example, I'm especially curious to know how the name Lamonay S came to
appear on this ship's passenger list yesterday.
LAMONAY: That is my name, and I arranged for transport on this vessel.
What should that be so strange?
ODO: You did not arrive on this ship.
ODO: Well, just what ship did you arrive on, Mister Lamonay S? I can't
find any record of your arrival on any vessel that has docked here in
the last three weeks.
LAMONAY: I assure you, you are in error.
ODO: In fact I think you did arrive on this ship, and that you spent
the last few years in prison among Bajoran dissidents, one of whom I've
learned was a scientist who was arrested by the Cardassians for
conducting experimental research into tri-phasic cloning.
(Odo stops Lamonay leaving and pulls off a mask to reveal Ibudan)
ODO: Killing your own clone is still murder.
Commander's log, stardate 46421.5. Ibudan has been
turned over to the Bajoran authorities just hours after his clone
gained consciousness and began a new life. The perpetrators of the mob
violence have retreated into their own business. To my knowledge, Odo
received no apologies. Meanwhile, life on the station has begun to
return to normal.
KEIKO: Computer what time is it?
COMPUTER: Oh nine oh seven hours.
(Sisko arrives with Jake.)
KEIKO: I guess you were right. It isn't going to be easy.
SISKO: Maybe it's just going to take a little time to
ROM: Sit down! Not next to that human boy. I don't want you to have
anything to do with him.
(Nog sits as far away as possible.)
ROM: We'll try it for a few weeks.
(Rom leaves, and a couple of little Bajoran children arrive.)
KEIKO: Please, come in. Take any seat. Try to be on time from now on.
My name is Keiko O'Brien, I'll be your teacher. Why don't we turn on
our computers and access the files on Bajor to find out a little bit
more about the people and history of this world?