Lwaxana Troi (in her final appearance in the franchise) arrives on the station. Pregnant. And due to the odd laws of the baby's father, she may have it taken from her the second it's born. So she enlists Odo to assist her. Meanwhile, Jake meets a mysterious woman who is really interested in his writing.
Not to be confused with the Voyager episode "Muse".
- Comforting Comforter: Odo turns his hand into a blanket for Lwaxana.
- Continuity Nod: Lwaxana recalls the death of her daughter while walking with Odo.
- Odo's Love Confession (below) makes reference to the time he and Lwaxana were trapped in a turbolift together.
- The book the Muse is drawing out of Jake is Anslem, the critically acclaimed book that was first brought up in the future alternate timeline portrayed during The Visitor, complete with a closeup of Jake writing the title on the manuscript.
- Dead Artists Are Better: Onaya feeds off the creative energy of artists, killing them while they create their greatest work.
- Emotion Eater: Onaya feeds on psychic energy while simultaneously stimulating an artist's creative ability. It kills them, but leaves them with a final masterpiece.
- Karma Houdini: Onaya gets away scot-free after nearly frying Jake's brain.
- Love Confession: Though he tries some hollow platitudes to satisfy Jayel, he doesn't buy it. So Odo lets it fly from the Changeling equivalent of a heart.Odo: Before I met her, my world was... a much smaller place. I kept to myself, I didn't need anyone else, and I took pride in that. The truth is, I was ashamed of what I was, afraid that if people saw how truly different I was, they would recoil from me. Lwaxana saw how different I was... and she didn't recoil. She wanted to see more. For the first time in my life, someone wanted me as I was. And that changed me forever. The day I met her is the day I stopped being alone. And I want her to be part of my life from this day on.
- Even Lwaxana is moved by it, since she knows that he's actually telling the truth.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Averted with Lwaxana who is an already established character rather than a plot device.
- Most Writers Are Writers: "...the notion of this exotic, beautiful, older woman who comes to you and gets excited by watching you write is like the most ridiculous idea! Only a writer would come up with that." Ronald D Moore Memory-alpha
- The Muse: Literally.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Odo to Lwaxana when she changes plans to go back to Betazed to have her bab instead of having it on the station. It's less about romantic love and more that Odo is very lonely and Lwaxana gives him someone to take care of. Lwaxana recognizes that he's in love with Kira, and gently rebuffs him, saying that she doesn't want to make him fall for her. She wants him to be happy.
- Psychic Nosebleed: Jake gets them while Onaya is feeding off his creativity.'
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Deanna Troi's half-brother is never brought up again, despite her appearances in the TNG films and on VOY.