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Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 20 His Way

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Vic Fontaine, everybody!! Oh, right, and elsewhere there's a Relationship Upgrade or something.
Odo seeks some advice on romance from newly introduced Creator's Pet, Vic Fontaine.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Vic's line "I remember that weekend with Frank" also acts as a little reference to Frank Sinatra Jr., with whom James Darren is a friend of.
    • Odo says "bon appetit" and explains to Kira that it's a phrase in an Earth language called French, and then briefly affects a French accent. She asks him if he speaks it, but he denies it, saying he only knows that much. Rene Auberjonois is French by ancestry and both his parents were Francophones, but he didn't speak it himself.
    • A negative example when Vic invites Odo onstage and the constable says he's "not a singer." Rene Auberjonois was a Broadway veteran who won a Tony for his role in the musical Coco.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Odo makes a small rueful chuckle at Quark pointing out that Odo isn't the most loveable guy in the galaxy, or even in the room(its just him and Quark).
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  • And You Thought It Was a Game: Odo is duped into taking the real Kira on a date in the holosuite, mistakenly believing that it's only a hologram of Kira that Vic created.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Between Kira and Odo, after over three seasons of leadup.
  • Book-Ends: Of course the episode begins and ends with Vic singing.
  • Breather Episode: Particularly after the last three episodes.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Since the context is well-outside Odo's experience.
    Vic: Tell me something. How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
    Odo: I have no idea.
    Vic: Practice, practice, practice. Get it?
    Odo: No.
  • Continuity Nod: Vic was able to create a hologram of Kira due to the events of "Our Man Bashir".
    Vic: It did take me an hour to get rid of the Russian accent.
    • Quark reminds Odo that he had a year to do something about Kira—referencing the Major's breakup with Shakaar just prior to "Children of Time".
  • Fanservice: Holographic!Kira in a tight red dress singing "Fever." Very nice.
  • Foreshadowing: Vic's opening song is "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You."
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  • Jive Turkey: Vic's usage of Sixties slang goes well over the heads of the 24th Century crew.
    Vic: If you're gonna work Vegas in the sixties, you better know the score. Otherwise you're gonna look like a Clyde.
    Kira: A Clyde?
    Vic: A Harvey, you know.
    Worf: Har-vee?
    Vic: A square. (getting impatient) You know what a square is, right?
    O'Brien: (happily) It's one side of a cube!
    Vic: Well, I guess that answers my question.
  • Love Epiphany: Kira's moment(s) of clarity.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Subverted. When Odo finds out he's not on a date with a hologram but the real Kira, they both get pretty upset at Vic for his deceit. Yet it's not long before they get together in the real world anyway.
  • Not So Above It All: During a meeting in Sisko's office, Odo begins humming and quietly singing "They Can't Take That Away from Me." Sisko recognizes what he's doing and joins him while going over a report.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Three seasons of waiting!
  • Right in Front of Me: Odo's date goes relatively smoothly, until he discovers that Vic didn't set him up on a dinner date with a holographic Kira, but actual, real Kira.
  • Rule of Three: Done subtly and sadly, before the happy ending, as Odo, mortified at finding out Kira is the real deal, increases the distance between them in three steps and three words that, to the attentive listener, convey just how his hopes are fading away:
    Odo: Nerys... Kira... Major.
  • Shout-Out: Frank Sinatra, Shecky Greene, and Victor Borge are all referenced as performers that Vic is familiar with.
    • The title, of course, is a play on Sinatra's song "My Way."
  • So Proud of You: Pretty much the only way to describe Quark's reaction to the kiss.
  • The Matchmaker: Vic Fontaine.
  • They Do: Finally.

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