Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 05 The Assignment
Keiko returns from Bajor possessed by a dangerous and malicious entity. And O'Brien is stuck fighting the clock to make sure he can get it out of his wife without killing her.
Tropes Adult Fear: The whole episode is this for resident Butt Monkey Miles O'Brien. Especially when Possessed!Keiko is alone with Molly. A Glass in the Hand: O'Brien is compelled to act normally at a party. The stress becomes too much for him when Possessed!Keiko shows mock-affection for his daughter, and he shatters his whiskey glass. Book Ends: The episode opens with Rom getting the breakfast of choice for the night shift crewman. And ends with him getting the breakfast of choice for the day shift crewman. Demonic Possession: If you consider the Wormhole Aliens spirits, anyway. Foreshadowing: Jake says that he'd like to see a Pah-Wraith. A year later, he gets possessed by one. I Have Your Wife: The Pah-Wraith controlling Keiko. I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Rather than help O'Brien tell Keiko that her plants died while she was away, Bashir claims that he has to be in the infirmary performing an operation.
O'Brien: On who? Bashir: I'll find someone. Followed by Molly retreating from the scene. Ironic Birthday: Just to make things even harder on O'Brien. Not that anyone else knows that anything is wrong. Out-Gambitted: The Pah-Wraith, once Rom helps O'Brien figure out what's going on. Undying Loyalty: Rom to O'Brien, even when O'Brien admits he's not actually doing a top-secret project for Starfleet. O'Brien repays him for it in the end. Wham Line: From Rom of all people: Rom: The new frequency of the deflector grid is set to turn the station into a massive chroniton array aimed directly at the wormhole. So I just wanted to know... why are we trying to kill the wormhole aliens?