Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 01 E 04 A Man Alone

An old enemy of Odo's is murdered behind locked doors, and all the evidence points to Odo as the killer. Meanwhile, Keiko plans to start a school onboard DS9, to give the children living there structure, as well as something to do.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Black Market: Ibudan was involved in one during the Occupation, running medical supplies to those who could pay him.
  • Clones Are People, Too: As Ibudan finds out, killing his own clone still counts as murder.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Rom has a very different mannerisms and voice in this episode, much more in line with standard Ferengi attitudes.
    • This is the only instance of Sisko addressing Odo as "Mr. Odo."
  • Foreshadowing: Ibudan requested a room with double accommodations. At first it's suggested that he just wanted more room, but later we find out that extra space is for his clone.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Odo is checking Ibudan's itinerary, you can briefly see he departed Bajor from Alderaan Spaceport.
  • Friendly Enemy: An obvious example as Quark defends Odo to some bar patrons questioning his motives.
    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.
    Patron: I can't believe you're defending him, Quark. You're his worst enemy.
    Quark: Guess that's the closest thing he has in this world to a friend.
  • Just One Little Mistake: When Odo confronts "Lamonay" as he's departing the station, Odo points out that while there is a departure record for him there is no record of him arriving at the station on any ship in the past 3 weeks.
  • Latex Perfection: Ibudan's disguise.
  • Locked Room Mystery: Ibudan entered the holosuite and locked the door. The door only opened when the killer left, and there is no evidence of anyone else being in the room.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Sisko tells Odo he doesn't believe that Odo is a killer. Odo angrily points out that Sisko doesn't know him, and that if he really wanted Ibudan dead he would have killed him.
  • Schoolmarm: Keiko accepts this role as a way of finding something to do on the station.
  • Shaming the Mob: Once Sisko has the mob's attention, he condemns them for their treatment of Odo just because he is different and says that they will regret their actions here.
  • "Shut Up!" Gunshot: A mob gathers outside Odo's office after the changeling is implicated in a murder, which quickly turns into an all-out brawl against station security. Sisko fires his phaser into the air a couple times to get their attention.
  • Space Western: If DS9 is an old western town, Keiko opens its schoolhouse.