Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 03 E 06 The Abandoned

Quark purchases some salvage from the Gamma Quadrant, and only later realizes that among the wreckage is an infant alien. Given over to Dr. Bashir, the infant grows rapidly, and quite unexpectedly, into an adult Jem'Hadar. It is extremely violent, and the only one who appears able to control it is Odo. Meanwhile, Sisko finally meets Jake's girlfriend Mardah, a Dabo girl from Quark's bar.


  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Sisko finds out from Mardah some things about Jake he didn't know, and he relishes getting all the juicy details.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Odo does what he can to raise the Jem'Hadar to be more humanistic, but there's nothing anyone can do - the Jem'Hadar just can't go against his programming. Odo has to let him go to protect his fellow officers.
  • Blood Knight: This episode shows that for the Jem'Hadar, fighting isn't something they do just because their masters tell them to, it's an actual physical need that is instilled in them from birth.
  • Hidden Depths: Jake wanted Benjamin to get to know Mardah, but when Benjamin spends time with the two of them he's surprised to learn a few things about Jake he didn't know before, like that he sometimes writes poetry.
  • Little "No": Quark, when he realizes that he accidentally bought a baby.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Mardah. The fact that Jake could even look her in the eye shows Cirroc Lofton's a pretty good actor.
  • No Name Given: The Jem'Hadar.
  • Out of Focus: Quark really only appears at the beginning.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: The Jem'Hadar are genetically engineered to reach maturity and become battle-ready as quickly as possible.
  • Shipper on Deck: O'Brien.
    "Sixteen years old and dating a Dabo girl. Godspeed, Jake."