Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 24 Times Orphan

Molly gets sucked into an ancient portal device, and returned as an 18 year old who's reverted to a savage mindset. Elsewhere, Worf takes a crack at babysitting Yoshi.

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  • Baby Talk: Worf is teaching Yoshi a Klingon hand-eye exercise by shaking a rattle and going "Gung, gung, gung."
  • Bar Brawl: Molly attacks Quark and his patrons, smashing furniture and bottles, until she is stunned by security.
  • Butt Monkey: And not just Miles this time. The whole O'Brien clan gets to suffer.
  • Do Wrong, Right: After Odo catches O'Brien and company at the airlock, he tells the chief he's disappointed...because Odo thought if anyone could break someone out of a holding cell and sneak them off the station undetected it would be O'Brien. He then opens the airlock and lets them go.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: If the main characters had remembered they have access to a reliable time machine they've used twice already, or the "Slingshot-around-the-sun" trick used by the TOS crew several times, the whole plot of this episode could've been avoided.
  • Grandfather Paradox: The adult Mary who finds little Molly never exists if little Molly did not stay in the past.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Molly stabs an alien in the stomach with a broken bottle.
  • My Future Self and Me: Little Molly thinks the woman who found her, the grown up version of Molly, is "so nice".
  • Nubile Savage: What Molly is returned as.
  • Picnic Episode: Molly was so excited to go on a picnic.
  • Portal to the Past: The portal left behind in the cave.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: 18 year old Molly sends little Molly back through the time portal.
  • Wild Child: Molly lives alone for 10 years and returns without social skills or language.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Molly ages 10 years in the one day it takes to repair the time portal.

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