Recap / Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S03E25 "Facets"

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Body of a Changeling. Mind of a Trill. Fashion sense of Neelix.
Dax invites her close friends (and Leeta) to join her in an important Trill ceremony that lets her communicate with her previous hosts. But things hit a snag when Curzon decides he doesn't want to go back.

Tropes

  • Apologizes a Lot: Tobin can't go two sentences without apologizing for something. He even apologizes for apologizing.
  • Berserk Button: Quark hits Rom's hard when he sabotaged Nog's test.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Odo, once again. He mentions he's been observing Jadzia and Leeta spending time together. When Bashir asks if he watches everyone, Odo just says "not everyone"... then chides the doctor for what he ate for breakfast.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: After Nog "fails," Quark sympathetically says what a shame it is that Starfleet has lost out on a fine officer... it's his addendum that Nog will always have a place at the bar which tips Rom off.
  • Body Surf: The Guardian allows the personalities of Dax's previous hosts to move into different bodies.
  • Breather Episode: Things get real next episode.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Apparently, Verad doesn't count as a previous host.
  • The Charmer: Curzon. Sisko says that he would cross the line into Manipulative Bastard from time to time, however, and that confronting him was the only way to deal with it.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: The first time Jadzia tries to ask why Curzon let her back into the program he immediately points out a tongo-hustler he'd like to clean out.
  • Cool Old Lady: Lela, the first Host. A jovial old granny type.
  • Creepy Monotone: The brief return of Joran has him speak in one. Coupled with Evil Is Hammy.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Invoked. For the stress test, Nog had been practicing in the shuttle. Then O'Brien brings up the test and he's in Ops with a different problem than he practiced for. It wouldn't test his response to stress if they gave him what he prepared for.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Jadzia is upset when Curzon says he let her back into the initiate program because he felt sorry for her.
  • Fake Action Prologue: The episode begins with Nog dodging Cardassians in a runabout—until Jake appears in the windshield, at which point Nog ends the program.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Sisko wins out over Joran, with a little help from Jadzia.
  • Flanderization: While Joran wasn't exactly stable when he was introduced in "Equilibrium," neither was he the stone cold psychopath this episode portrayed.
  • Fusion Dance: The Composite form for Curzon/Odo, and the Switcher for everyone else.
  • The Hedonist: Torias spends his time in Bashir's body eating, claiming life's too short to deny the pleasures.
  • Hot for Student: The actual reason Jadzia was originally washed out of the program by Curzon: It was never because she wasn't good enough. It was because Curzon had fallen in love with her. It's also a part of why Curzon didn't want to go back, because Jadzia would now have to deal with those memories.
  • Irony: Nog says no-one ever got rich from writing. Even without numerous real-world examples, there's Gint, the Ferengi who first wrote the Rules of Acquisition.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Bashir expresses his surprise that Leeta is going to be joining them as one of Dax's "closest friends," nodding to the fact that the writers included her because they were just stuck for any other female character. Odo replies that he's seen the two of them hanging around lately (and offscreen).
  • Large Ham: Channeling the previous hosts of Dax gives everyone license to ham it up.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Quark would prefer Jadzia never tell anyone he was host to one of the female personalities and spent time combing Jadzia's hair.
  • Noodle Incident: Curzon/Odo starts talking about a girl that Sisko got involved with at Pelios in front of Jake, prompting Sisko to suggest that they head over to Quark's so Jake can finish his homework.
  • Papa Wolf: Rom has no problem putting up with Quark's crap. Then Quark sabotages Nog's Starfleet test. And Rom gives Quark quite the shellacking.
    Rom: My son's happiness is more important to me than anything, even latinum! Remember that, brother!
  • Plot Hole: It's been well established that Jadzia has access to all the memories of the Dax symbiont's previous hosts. But in this episode the fact that Curzon had a crush on her comes as a big surprise to Jadzia, and there's not even a Hand Wave to explain why she didn't know that already.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Curzon/Odo invokes this in Quark just for a laugh.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Joran gives one to Jadzia. The fact that it's coming out of Sisko's mouth makes it even creepier.
  • Retcon: In the Next Generation episode The Royale, Captain Picard mentions that Fermat's Last Theorem has still not been proven by the 24th century. A few years after that episode was aired, Andrew Wiles was able to prove it. This episode acknowledges Wiles' proof, though it also tries to handwave Picard's comment by suggesting that mathematicians are still trying to find a better way of proving the theorem (which is perfectly reasonable, as Wiles used several techniques that hadn't been developed in Fermat's time).
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: When Quark threatens to call security on Curzon/Odo to get him to end the late-night tongo game, the response he gets is, "I AM security."
  • Starving Artist: When Quark tells Nog that being a Starfleet officer brings no profit and that he should follow Jake's example instead, Nog points out that Jake wants to become a writer, which isn't exactly a sure-fire way to profit either.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Leeta turns out to be an expert on sociology, and has learnt a lot of Trill culture from Jadzia.
  • Why Are You Not My Son?: Quark wants Nog to follow Jake's lead and stay out of Starfleet.
  • Work Hard, Play Hard: Curzon, apparently. Despite staying up all night drinking and gambling, he still found time to get his work done.

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