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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.


  • Asshole Victim: Lasaran, who repeatedly derided Worf for being a Klingon in his one brief scene, gets caught and killed off screen after Worf fails to make the rendezvous to extract him. He was probably characterized this way so that, the loss of his extremely valuable secret intelligence aside, few people would be saddened by his fate.
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  • Asteroid Thicket: A minor obstacle on the way.
  • Battle Couple: Worf and Jadzia.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: O'Brien says "hew-mon" the way the Ferengi do a few times.
  • Call-Back:
    • Worf cites the Klingon marriage ceremony in "You Are Cordially Invited" when explaining his actions to Sisko.
    • When Jadzia asks if Worf is in trouble with Starfleet after having rescued her, Worf points out that it's not the first time he's been in trouble with his superiors.
  • Continuity Nod: Bashir shows up to O'Brien's quarters ready for an evening in the secret agent program.
    • Jem'Hadar weapons have an anti-coagulant, leaving the wounds they inflict to bleed. This was how Mauve Shirt Muñiz died in The Ship.
  • 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.
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  • Fantastic Racism: Lasaran toward Klingons.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Worf, who is usually about Honor Before Reason, realises The Power of Love is stronger.
    Worf: You were at my wedding. You heard the story of the first two Klingon hearts and how nothing could stand against them, and how they even destroyed the gods that created them. I have heard that story since I was a boy but I never understood it, I mean really understood it, until I was standing in the jungle with my heart pounding in my chest and I found that even I could not stand against my own heart. I had to go back and it did not matter what Starfleet thought or what the consequences were. She was my wife and I could not leave her.
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  • 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.
  • Side Bet: While watching Dax and Quark play tongo, Worf and O'Brien bet a bottle of bloodwine and a bottle of Scotch whiskynote , 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. (Why O'Brien doesn't drink Irish whiskeynote  is never explained.)
  • You Would Do the Same for Me
    Jadzia: I don't know what to say.
    Worf: You could say, "Thank you for saving my life."
    Jadzia: Thank you for saving my life.
    Worf: And you could say, "I would do the same for you, Worf."
    Jadzia: Well, I'd have to think about that. My career is very important to me, you know.

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