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Recap / Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S01E04 "A Man Alone"

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"So, who wants to be the first to tell Riker that killing his own clone is still murder?"

An old enemy of Odo's is murdered behind locked doors, and all the evidence points to Odo as the killer. Meanwhile, Keiko plans to start a school onboard DS9, to give the children living there structure, as well as something to do.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Black Market: Ibudan was involved in one during the Occupation, running medical supplies to those who could pay him.
  • Clones Are People, Too: As Ibudan finds out, killing his own clone still counts as murder.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Rom has a very different mannerisms and voice in this episode, much more in line with standard Ferengi attitudes.
    • This is the only instance of Sisko addressing Odo as "Mr. Odo."
    • Odo's voice doesn't have its usual gruffness.
    • Odo says that he needs to regenerate in a bucket every eighteen hours, while later episodes would have that figure at sixteen hours.
  • Epic Fail: Bashir's attempt to control the holographic brain teaser. It disappears in two seconds. Fridge Brilliance, however, suggests in hindsight he may have done so intentionally, given that his later revealed genetic engineering means he could probably have mastered it easily if he so chose. After Dax leaves the room, he instructs the computer to reset, and may have done exactly that.
    • It's also possible he was simply overly distracted by his new infatuation with Jadzia, who was just stroking his face and was at this point massaging his shoulders.
  • Eureka Moment: A few scenes after Keiko was complaining about having nothing to do on DS9, she mentions the trouble that Jake and Nog have been getting into and says that they need a school to go to. O'Brien then gets the classic "I've got an idea" look on his face.
  • Fix Fic: Regarded as one for "Up The Long Ladder", which had been widely criticized for a scene in which Riker kills his partially formed clone without a second thought.
  • Foreshadowing: Ibudan requested a room with double accommodations. At first it's suggested that he just wanted more room, but later we find out that extra space is for his clone.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Odo is checking Ibudan's itinerary, you can briefly see he departed Bajor from Alderaan Spaceport.
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  • Friendly Enemy: An obvious example as Quark defends Odo to some bar patrons questioning his motives.
    Quark: Nobody knows him like I know him. Let me tell you something, he's an ill-tempered, over-bearing crosspatch. But he was no Cardassian collaborator. And he's no killer.
    Patron: I can't believe you're defending him, Quark. You're his worst enemy.
    Quark: Guess that's the closest thing he has in this world to a friend.
  • Just One Little Mistake: When Odo confronts "Lamonay" as he's departing the station, Odo points out that while there is a departure record for him there is no record of him arriving at the station on any ship in the past 3 weeks.
  • Latex Perfection: Ibudan's disguise.
  • Locked Room Mystery: Ibudan entered the holosuite and locked the door. The door only opened when the killer left, and there is no evidence of anyone else being in the room.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Sisko tells Odo he doesn't believe that Odo is a killer. Odo angrily points out that Sisko doesn't know him, and that if he really wanted Ibudan dead he would have killed him.
  • Schoolmarm: Keiko accepts this role as a way of finding something to do on the station.
  • Shaming the Mob: Once Sisko has the mob's attention, he condemns them for their treatment of Odo just because he is different and says that they will regret their actions here.
  • "Shut Up!" Gunshot: A mob gathers outside Odo's office after the changeling is implicated in a murder, which quickly turns into an all-out brawl against station security. Sisko fires his phaser into the air a couple times to get their attention.
  • Space Western: If DS9 is an old western town, Keiko opens its schoolhouse.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Ibudan is considered a hero by many, but Odo saw him deny desperately-needed medicine to families who didn't have the cash.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: When asked what will happen once the Ibudan clone is mature, Bashir says it'll become its own person. In the ending narration, Sisko mentions that the clone has awoken and joined Bajoran society—no mention of how the clone is considered legally, whether he has Ibudan's memories or no, or what the heck he's going to do with himself as a day-old adult man in a rebuilding society.

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