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Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 16 Change Of Heart

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Dax and Worf take on an assignment to retrieve a Cardassian mole, while O'Brien and Bashir attempt to defeat Quark at tongo.


  • Asteroid Thicket: A minor obstacle on the way.
  • Battle Couple: Worf and Jadzia.
  • Break the Cutie: A Near-Death Experience will do that.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: O'Brien says "hew-mon" the way the Ferengi do a few times.
  • Continuity Nod: Bashir shows up to O'Brien's quarters ready for an evening in the secret agent program.
    • Jem'Hadar weapons have no anti-coagulant, leaving the wounds they inflict to bleed. This was how Mauve Shirt Muñiz died in The Ship.
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  • Easily Forgiven: Averted - Sisko tells Worf that the only reason Starfleet isn't court-martialing him and throwing him out of the service is that even a secret proceeding may reveal how deeply embedded Starfleet Intelligence assets are within the Dominion. But he will receive a severe reprimand that likely means no chance of receiving future promotions or a command of his own.
  • Idiot Plot: Actually acknowledged In-Universe. Sending a married couple on a lethal and important mission? Bad idea. Sisko states that he's made it a standing order that Worf and Dax never be sent on the same mission alone again.
  • It's All My Fault: Worf blames himself for lowering his guard and allowing Jadzia to be shot. She doesn't buy it.
  • Lighter and Softer: Bashir's Tongo game vs. Quark, in contrast to Worf and Dax's mission behind enemy lines.
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  • Macho Masochism: Worf (of course) during the traipse through the jungle.
    Jadzia: So, how are you enjoying your honeymoon? Are you suffering enough?
    Worf: Almost.
    Jadzia: Is there anything I can get for you?
    Worf: More pain, less cold.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Dax, before going to bed.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While Sisko is forced to reprimand Worf (on the record) for his actions, he privately admits to him that if Jennifer had been lying in that clearing he would've done the same thing.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Worf abandons the mission to save Dax. Sisko reprimands Worf for letting The Mole die, but admits he would have done the same thing if he and Jennifer (his late wife) had been in that same situation.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Normally, the B-plot runs the length of the episode. Quark and Bashir's tongo game is wrapped up just before Jadzia is shot, and the next two acts take place solely in the jungle, leaving the audience entirely in the drama there.
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  • Side Bet: While watching Dax and Quark play tongo, Worf and O'Brien bet a bottle of bloodwine and a bottle of scotch whiskey, respectively. Dax initially appears to win, and Worf begins to tell the Chief how he likes his bloodwine, but then Quark reveals he had the better hand.

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