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* PlayingGertrude: Brian George is only 14 years older than Alexander Siddig. Fadwa El Guindi averts this, as she's 25 years Siddig's senior.

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** O'Brien is [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E24Shakaar back in the zone]].
** Richard Bashir is sent to a low-security prison in New Zealand. [[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS1E1Caretaker The same one Tom Paris went to?]]


When Zimmerman brings up asking for information from parents, however, Bashir clams up and asks Zimmerman not to include his parents in the interviews. This only serves to peak Zimmerman's curiosity, and he makes a point to contact Bashir's parents.

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When Zimmerman brings up asking for information from parents, however, Bashir clams up and asks Zimmerman not to include his parents in the interviews. This only serves to peak pique Zimmerman's curiosity, and he makes a point to contact Bashir's parents.


--> '''Bashir:''' You mean you're going to lose everything. You're going to lose your only real accomplishment in this life. Me. You said before, I'm your legacy, your proud gift to the world. Well, father, your gift is about to be revealed as a fraud, just like you.\\
'''Richard:''' I'm still your father, Jules, and I will not have you talk to me like that.\\
'''Bashir:''' No, you used to be my father. Now, you're my architect. The man who designed a better son to replace the defective one he was given. Well, your design has a built-in flaw. It's illegal.\\
'''Richard:''' You're so smart. You know so much that you can stand there and judge us. But you're still not smart enough to see that we saved you from a lifetime of remedial education and underachievement!\\
'''Bashir:''' You don't know that. You didn't give me a chance.\\
'''Richard:''' You were falling behind.\\
'''Bashir:''' I was six years old. You decided I was a failure in the first grade.\\
'''Richard:''' You don't understand, Jules. You never did.\\
'''Bashir:''' No, you don't understand. I stopped calling myself "Jules" when I was fifteen and I'd found out what you'd done to me. I'm ''Julian''.\\
'''Richard:''' What difference does that make?\\
'''Bashir:''' [[SuddenlyShouting IT MAKES EVERY DIFFERENCE, BECAUSE I'M DIFFERENT!]] CAN'T YOU SEE THAT? Jules Bashir died in that hospital because you couldn't live with the shame of having a son who didn't measure up!



* IdiotBall: Bashir's parents ''really'' should known better than to have openly mentioned the little secret outside of their quarters, even if they believed the LMH was their son.

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Bashir's parents ''really'' should known better than to have openly mentioned the little secret outside of their quarters, even if they believed the LMH was their son.



* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Dr. Zimmerman calls on Leeta as she is getting out of the shower. He tells her she's been offered a job as the manager of a cafe on another station. She's so happy that when she comes out to talk to him, she forgets her towel.

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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Dr. Zimmerman calls on Leeta as she is getting out of the shower. He tells her she's been offered a job as the manager of a cafe on another station. She's so happy that when she comes out to talk to him, she forgets her towel.ModestyTowel.


* WritersCannotDoMath: Admiral Bennett mentions that the Eugenics Wars took place 'two hundred years before', which would be in the 22nd century when previous Star Trek canon definitively placed them occurring at the end of the 20th. Ronald Moore explained that it was an error on his part.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: Admiral Bennett mentions that the Eugenics Wars took place 'two hundred years before', which would be in the 22nd century when previous Star Trek canon definitively placed them occurring at the end of the 20th. Ronald Moore explained that it was an error on his part. (Series/StarTrekEnterprise, set in the 22nd century, later had a three part episode that focused on rogue Augments, which is probably as close to justifying the bad math as they're going to get.)

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** In a more specific sense, this hearkens back to debates on curing autism, and whether finding a cure is even a good idea. Many parents of autistic children, particularly those who blame themselves for their child's condition or worry that their child will never be able to care for themselves, would race to line up for a cure if it was offered; most autistic people, on the other hand, see autism as a fundamental part of their personality, and would consider having a cure forced on them, no matter how noble the motive, tantamount to being killed and replaced by someone society and their parents considered "better" (much like how Bashir considers "Jules", his old self, to have been killed by his disappointed parents and replaced by his more successful current self).


As Rom finds himself depressed over the prospect of Leeta leaving and receives a pep talk from his brother Quark, tempers flair between Julian and Richard. Julian calls out Richard for thinking more about his own legacy than caring for him as a person, forcing him to undergo gene therapy because he was disappointed in him as an awkward and dull child. Julian says his father is more of an architect than a parent: "the man who designed a better son to replace the defective one he was given." Amsha, for her part, went along with Richard's plan because she felt guilty for Julian's slowness, that something went wrong with how she raised him or during pregnancy, and she wanted to give him a better life. Julian, nonetheless, is set in his course; he would go to Sisko and explain the situation before resigning and quietly leaving the station.

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As Rom finds himself depressed over the prospect of Leeta leaving and receives a pep talk from his brother Quark, tempers flair flare between Julian and Richard. Julian calls out Richard for thinking more about his own legacy than caring for him as a person, forcing him to undergo gene therapy because he was disappointed in him as an awkward and dull child. Julian says his father is more of an architect than a parent: "the man who designed a better son to replace the defective one he was given." Amsha, for her part, went along with Richard's plan because she felt guilty for Julian's slowness, that something went wrong with how she raised him or during pregnancy, and she wanted to give him a better life. Julian, nonetheless, is set in his course; he would go to Sisko and explain the situation before resigning and quietly leaving the station.


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--> '''LMH:''' Please state the nature of the medical emergency.\\
'''EMH:''' Oh, ''that's'' original.


* WilfullyWeak: Bashir has been letting O'Brien win at darts for years. When he starts playing seriously after his augmentations come to light, he absolutely ''dominates'' O'Brien.

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* WilfullyWeak: WillfullyWeak: Bashir has been letting O'Brien win at darts for years. When he starts playing seriously after his augmentations come to light, he absolutely ''dominates'' O'Brien.

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* WilfullyWeak: Bashir has been letting O'Brien win at darts for years. When he starts playing seriously after his augmentations come to light, he absolutely ''dominates'' O'Brien.


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.

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As Rom struggles to work up the courage to ask Leeta out on a date, Deep Space Nine receives a surprising visitor: Dr. Lewis Zimmerman arrives on [=DS9=] to take Zimmerman, a foremost Federation authority in holographic template programming and developer of Dr. Bashir for use as a Long-term the Emergency Medical Hologram. But when He has come to visit Julian Bashir with the hopes of making a new medical hologram with his likeness. In order to iron out any bugs and make the hologram as lifelike and human-like as possible, Zimmerman gives Bashir and his co-workers and associates extensive questionnaires, in so doing meeting Leeta and falling for her, to Rom's distress.

When Zimmerman brings up asking for information from parents, however, Bashir clams up and asks Zimmerman not to include his parents in the interviews. This only serves to peak Zimmerman's curiosity, and
he begins makes a point to question Dr. contact Bashir's family parents.

After showing an early prototype of the Long-Term Medical Hologram to Bashir, Zimmerman begins his interviews of Bashir's colleagues and acquaintances, also taking the opportunity to ask Leeta out to dinner, making Rom very jealous.

Later, Bashir gets a couple of surprise visitors that put him on edge: Richard and Amsha Bashir, his father and mother. Dr. Zimmerman had invited them onto the station against Bashir's wishes. Mr. Bashir is a man of many talents who works as a landscaper and speaks of using his skills to build legacies long after he is gone, and bragged about how he talked Julian into taking up medicine. Julian becomes cross with Zimmerman for going behind his back and bringing his parents onto the station against his explicit wishes.

As Zimmerman tries to convince Leeta to return to Jupiter Station with him with the offer of her own cafe, the Bashirs sit down to a very tense dinner, with Julian making passive-aggressive jabs at his father. He requests that his parents not go into deep detail
about his past, some surprising, potentially childhood, making Richard upset about not being trusted with the secret that could spell the end of Julian's career and prison time for Richard and Amsha. In the end, however, Richard lets slip his secret unwittingly to the prototype LMH while Zimmerman and O'Brien watch; that Julian Bashir is an Augment, a genetically-enhanced human.

Julian is enraged that O'Brien, his trusted friend and confidant, helped to facilitate the secret come to light. He explains that, as a child, he was physically awkward and intellectually stunted. Just before he turned seven, his father took him to undergo accelerated critical neural pathway formation to enhance his intellect. In the end, Julian not only was a genius, but his physical capabilities began to improve. When he later realized what had happened, he ran away from home. O'Brien tries to assure Julian that his genetic enhancement didn't make him who he was as a person, but it doesn't matter; under Federation law, Augments were not permitted to enter Starfleet or practice medicine. With the likelihood of his background being investigated and his Starfleet commission being revoked, Julian feels that he is left with no choice but to resign before Zimmerman could file his report.

As Rom finds himself depressed over the prospect of Leeta leaving and receives a pep talk from his brother Quark, tempers flair between Julian and Richard. Julian calls out Richard for thinking more about his own legacy than caring for him as a person, forcing him to undergo gene therapy because he was disappointed in him as an awkward and dull child. Julian says his father is more of an architect than a parent: "the man who designed a better son to replace the defective one he was given." Amsha, for her part, went along with Richard's plan because she felt guilty for Julian's slowness, that something went wrong with how she raised him or during pregnancy, and she wanted to give him a better life. Julian, nonetheless, is set in his course; he would go to Sisko and explain the situation before resigning and quietly leaving the station.

When Julian goes to Sisko's office, Sisko introduces him to Rear Admiral Bennett, a judge advocate general. Julian's parents had already explained the situation to Sisko, who contacted Bennett to make an arrangement that would allow Julian to keep his commission and his license to practice medicine; Richard would go to prison for two years after pleading guilty to illegal genetic manipulation. Richard decides to take responsibility for the crime that he committed. Bennett explains that genetic augmentation led to the Eugenics Wars two hundred years ago. For every honest Augment like Julian, there was a
dangerous information comes war criminal like Khan Singh, hence why genetic augmentation was outlawed by the Federation. With Richard accepting the deal to light.return to Earth and carry out his sentence, Julian says goodbye to his parents before they leave, but not before Julian thanks his father.

In the end, as Leeta makes ready to leave for Jupiter Station with Zimmerman, Rom finally musters the courage to admit his love for Leeta. Leeta readily accepts Rom's affections and decides to stay on the station, to Zimmerman's disappointment.


* ContinuityNod: [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Khan]] is mentioned. As are the Eugenics Wars (though due to what's either an error or a quiet attempt at a {{Retcon}} that didn't stick and was later ''called'' an error, they're mentioned to have happened in the 22nd Century instead of the 1990s).

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[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Khan]] is mentioned. As are the Eugenics Wars (though due to what's either an error or a quiet attempt at a {{Retcon}} that didn't stick and was later ''called'' an error, they're mentioned to have happened in the 22nd Century instead of the 1990s).


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* HeroicBSOD: Bashir after his augmentation is outed. He's ready to turn in his papers now that the penny has finally dropped. When his parents start brainstorming ways to fight it, it's also a good opportunity for him to let loose all the things he hasn't said to them until now.


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* ItsAllAboutMe: Julian accuses his parents of this when they protest his plan to resign. Richard's reaction certainly seems to fit the bill, as he talks about not letting Julian ruin things for ''him'', leading to a massive argument. Ultimately they're able to express that they had him modified because they felt guilty, not ashamed.


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* SmallNameBigEgo: Richard Bashir and his habit of overinflating his past jobs. During an argument, Julian points out that Richard has ''never'' risen past the midpoint in any job he's ever had and that his habit of jumping from career to career has resulted in no real, lasting accomplishments except for his genetically-engineered son. (Richard's current job as a landscape architect for parks does seem to be what he really does, though.)


* ILetYouWin: 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! O'Brien's solution to this is to make Bashir throw from twice the normal distance.

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* ILetYouWin: 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! When Bashir flawlessly throws three bullseyes, O'Brien's solution to this is to make Bashir throw from twice the normal distance.


* TemptingFate:

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* TemptingFate: Dr. Zimmerman says that the EMH's will be operating for years to come. They are, just not ([[Series/StarTrekVoyager with one exception]]) at the [[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS6E24LifeLine task he created them for]].

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* VitriolicBestBuds: When asked for his confidential assessment of Bashir, O'Brien is actually full of praise, but only after he's assured that Bashir will never find out he said so.

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* OtherMeAnnoysMe: The LMH quickly shows his low opinion of both his predecessor and his template.

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