Julian Bashir is interrogated by an officer named Sloan of the Internal Affairs department. Sloan questions Bashir's loyalty, and he surmises that the genetically enhanced doctor who was once kidnapped by the Dominion could work as a spy for them without even knowing. Bashir's support for his genetically engineered friends who proposed that the Federation surrender casts even more doubt on Bashir. Then Bashir is kidnapped by Weyoun who claims that he was indeed "broken" to work for the Dominion. However, Bashir unmasks everything that happened as a holodeck simulation. The real Sloan of the secret Section 31 was testing the doctor's aptitude as a secret agent. Back on Deep Space 9, Bashir makes clear to Sisko that he would never work for Section 31, but the curious captain advises him to accept if Sloan should return.
Errors and Explanations
- Jack B. on Friday, December 18, 1998 - 2:29 pm: Sloan told Bashir all about Section 31. Why? Isn't it a secret? Mike Konczewski on Friday, December 18, 1998 - 4:24 pm: Sure it's a secret, a secret no one can prove. Section 31 has "plausible denial", so what good will it do Bashir to tell anyone? They won't believe him (apart from his friends, but again, so what, they don't have any proof, either).Keith Alan Morgan, or am I on Saturday, May 01, 1999 - 6:49 am: For a supposedly secret organization, Sloane sure talked a lot about it. If what Sloane said was true, then why would he offer Dr. Bashir membership in this organization? Until he looked at the scan he had done he was not 100% certain that Bashir was not a spy. CdnTim 1709 EST 17Feb2021 - 20 year old spoilers for Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges, I guess, but...Section 31 eventually uses Bashir as a pawn, not an operative. Besides plausible deniability, they had to pique his interest enough to WANT to find Section 31 and oppose them, in order to usable.
- Anonymous on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 - 2:53 pm: Near the end of the episode Odo says Sloane timed the Doctors abduction during his medical conference so he wouldn't be missed. But Didn't Sloane beam the good doctor from his quarters while he was asleep? Wouldn't someone have noticed that Bashir was missing the next morning when he was supposed to board his shuttle to leave? In other words, if Sloane did not want Julian to be missed then why didn't he wait till Julian left the station and then abduct him? Mark Stanley on Tuesday, July 10, 2001 - 11:21 pm: It was insinuated that someone boarded that shuttle using Bashir's name, IIRC. The reason Section 31 didn't wait was (1) because if Bashir remembered leaving the station, they couldn't play out their planned scenario and (2) because they were using sleep deprivation as part of the psychological torture. Hard to do that after he's had his full eight hours, right? :
- Mike Ram on Saturday, February 15, 2003 - 4:33 pm: Sloan (in the program) reminds Sisko that Bashir has been lying for 30 years about his genetic manipulation. Bashir turned 30 during the third season, so does that mean he was manipulated when he was 3? If so, how can he remember about not being smart in school, unless his parents put him into a school at such a young age? LUIGI NOVI on Wednesday, November 24, 2004 - 10:30 am: His DNA was resequenced when he was six, according to Doctor Bashir, I Presume?, and since he had probably around his 32nd birthday in that episode, that makes 26 years of lying, which rounded off, is 30.
- According to the startrek.com episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 51682.