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Stardate 47177.2: While talking with Doctor Bashir at the Replimat, the Cardassian clothier Garak sees a Cardassian boy enter with a Bajoran man. Garak asks the man about the boy and is promptly bitten on the hand by the Cardassian. Further investigation reveals that the boy is one of the many orphans left on Bajor when the Cardassians left the planet. The matter becomes a political problem with Gul Dukat contacts Commander Sisko, and voices his hope to bring all Cardassian orphans home.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 425
Airdate: Sunday October 24th, 1993

Alternate Airdates:

France Mar 07, 1996
United Kingdom Mar 07, 1996
Ireland Mar 07, 1996

Guest Stars
Andrew J. RobinsonAndrew J. Robinson
As Garak
Marc AlaimoMarc Alaimo
As Dukat
Rosalind ChaoRosalind Chao
As Keiko
Terrence EvansTerrence Evans
As Proka

Co-Guest Stars
Karen HenselKaren Hensel
As Deela
Episode Notes
Log Entries:
* Station Log, Stardate 47177.2 - The arrival of Gul Dukat only powers my suspicion that we are being manipulated in some unseen manner. Dr. Bashir and Garak continue to search for anything of relevance in the adoption files. So far, they've found nothing. And the decision on custody for Rugal cannot wait much longer.
* Station Log, Stardate 47178.3 - After long and difficult deliberations, I have decided to allow Pa Dar to take his son back to Cardassia. Although I am convinced his Bajoran foster parents treated him with love, Rugal has been the clear victim in this conspiracy. I believe it's time for his healing to begin.

This episode marks the first time that the former name of Deep Space Nine is used. Under the Cardassians, the station was known as Terok Nor.

Episode Quotes
Miles: I assume you sent Molly over to stay with the Fredericks.
Keiko: She's asleep. She and Rugal played all afternoon. He wore her out.
Miles: You let them play together?
Keiko: Why not?
Miles: The boy almost bit somebody's hand off.
Keiko: I was with them all afternoon. He's not like that. He's really very gentle.
Miles: "Gentle" was bred out of these Cardassians a long time ago.
Keiko: You know...that was a very ugly thing you just said.
Miles: I only said...
Keiko: I don't need to hear it twice.

(Garek and Doctor Bashir turn and see two Cardassian children)
Asha: Excuse me, sir? Have you come to take us back to Cardassia?
Garek: (momentarily stunned) I'm afraid not, child.

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