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Doctor Bashir, I Presume 

Dr. Bashir is selected to be the model for the next-generation of Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH). But he balks when his parents are invited to the station to be interviewed by the EMH ... See full summary »


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Captain Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Commander Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Commander Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir / LMH
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Brian George ... Richard Bashir
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Chase Masterson ... Leeta
Fadwa El Guindi Fadwa El Guindi ... Amsha Bashir
J. Patrick McCormack J. Patrick McCormack ... Admiral Bennett
Robert Picardo ... Dr. Lewis Zimmerman / EMH Mark I


Dr. Bashir is selected to be the model for the next-generation of Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH). But he balks when his parents are invited to the station to be interviewed by the EMH programmer, Dr. Zimmerman. There is a dark secret in his family that he's afraid that his parents will reveal. Written by Tony-B4

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Release Date:

24 February 1997 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The footage of starships docked at Deep Space 9 in the final shot of this episode is recycled from "The Way of the Warrior". The footage is reused again in "Sacrifice of Angels". See more »


Admiral Bennett mentions the Eugenics Wars occurring 200 years before. Since this takes place in 2373, that would be around 2173, but it has long been established in Trek lore that the Eugenics Wars took place in the 1990s. The writers have since admitted that they simply made a mistake in the screenplay, and were not consciously trying to alter this fact. Ironically, Star Trek: Enterprise: The Augments would later show a very late aftermath of the Eugenics Wars that took place in 2154. See more »


[last lines]
[Bashir and O'Brien are playing darts]
Dr. Julian Bashir: Looks like it's your game again.
Chief O'Brien: What's that? Five in a row?
Dr. Julian Bashir: At least!
Chief O'Brien: Wait a minute. You haven't been letting me win, have you?
Dr. Julian Bashir: [evasively] What makes you think that?
Chief O'Brien: You said your hand-eye coordination had been genetically enhanced.
Dr. Julian Bashir: Well, maybe I have been letting you win, a little bit.
Chief O'Brien: I don't believe it! I don't need you to patronize me! I can play at your level.
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References Star Trek: The Original Series: Space Seed (1967) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Walking on Eggshells
31 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Dr. Bashir begins with the great privilege of being the model for a line of holographic medical personnel. He is approached by Dr. Zimmerman, who ends up the creator of the Doc on "Voyager." Unfortunately, Bashir has a really signficant secret which finally reveals to us why he wants nothing to do with his parents. It is gut wrenching for him but he knows what he must do. Meanwhile, in a subplot, that gorgeous Dabo girl has fallen in love with Rom (go figure). He acts like an idiot when he tries to talk to her. I think every red blooded male watching this would trade places. Doctor Zimmerman gets into the act, wooing her away from Rom for most of the episode. This episode touches on the history of genetic engineering and its possible consequences.

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