Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 16 Dr Bashir I Presume

Dr. Lewis Zimmerman arrives on DS9 to take a holographic template of Dr. Bashir for use as a Long-term Medical Hologram. But when he begins to question Dr. Bashir's family about his past, some surprising, potentially dangerous information comes to light.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Accidental Public Confession: Julian Bashir's parents speak about his augmentations, not realizing they're actually speaking to the hologram based on Bashir, and that Dr. Zimmerman is in the other room listening. Up until that point, no one on the station knew or suspected anything about Julian's Bio-Augmentation except the Bashirs.
  • Adult Fear: Bashir's mother explains that this is why his parents had him genetically enhanced, since they (and by her wording, her in particular) thought they'd done something wrong when she was pregnant, and having to watch their son struggle with even the most basic things.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Richard and Amsha Bashir. Of course, his resentment goes beyond their typical stories about him. For instance, Richard has a tendency to exaggerate his many jobs; he describes his time as a third class shuttle steward as "running shuttles." Not to mention the little secret...
  • Bio-Augmentation: Bashir's Dark Secret.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Bashir does this to his father for turning him into a genetic design project.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Rom, for Leeta. Which is all the more problematic since she does genuinely like him, but he's just too awkward to say it. He finally manages it at the end of the episode.
  • Catch Phrase: The EMH's usual greeting is given to holo-Bashir, which he does not find amusing.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Back in "Homefront", Julian was evasive about his family on Earth. This episode clarifies why.
  • Continuity Nod: Khan is mentioned. As are the Eugenics Wars (though due to an error, they're mentioned to have happened in the 22nd Century instead of the 1990s).
    • Bashir and Zimmerman mention how an EMH can fully replace a ship's medical staff. At this point, no one in the Alpha Quadrant knows that this has happened on Voyager.
  • Crossover: With Star Trek: Voyager. Robert Picardo guest stars as Dr. Lewis Zimmerman and an EMH.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Quark describes Rom's failed marriage, and how his ex swindled Rom for everything he had before leaving him with Nog, finishing with a deadpan "hooray for romance".
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bashir's father accepts a prison sentence to save his son's career.
  • I Let You Win: O'Brien realizes this at the end of the episode, when he recalls that Bashir mentioned his hand-eye coordination was enhanced. Bashir was letting him win at darts for two years!
  • Moral Dissonance: This is a similar case to "TNG: The Measure of a Man", where Starfleet seems to have the power to decide the civil rights of a person without the need to consult Federation civilian authorities. There is also an element of Fantastic Racism, since Bashir is being judged by his genetics, not his personal or career history. Starfleet has many personnel from species with Transhuman capabilities, such as Vulcans and Betazoids. But it is not generally assumed that they are a threat or will abuse their special abilities such that they should be disqualified from serving in Starfleet or working in a profession such as medicine. Then again, even if it is part of a plea bargain, Starfleet ultimately decides not to punish Bashir for something that was not really his fault, since the augmentation had been done on Bashir without his knowing consent, and the worst thing Bashir had done was to hide the secret from everyone.
  • No Transhumanism Allowed: Played With. They point out exactly WHY it's a thing in Star Trek. Ultimately, Bashir is not punished simply for being a transhuman. His father takes responsibility for making him one, and will have to do a prison term.
  • That Man Is Dead: To Bashir, he stopped being "Jules", the nickname his parents gave him when he was a child, the day he learnt he was augmented.
  • The Voiceless: Morn, which makes it difficult for Doctor Zimmerman to interview him.
  • Title Drop: Dr. Zimmerman does this upon meeting Bashir.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Julian to O'Brien, after he and Doctor Zimmerman accidentally cause Julian's parents to reveal his secret.