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It's Only a Paper Moon
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, episode 160 (7.10)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Avery Brooks   IMDB   Captain Benjamin Sisko
Nicole de Boer   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Ezri Dax
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lt. Commander Worf
Rene Auberjonois   IMDB   Odo
Cirroc Lofton   IMDB   Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Armin Shimerman   IMDB   Quark
Siddig El Fadil   IMDB   Lieutenant Julian Bashir
Nana Visitor   IMDB   Colonel Kira Nerys
Guest Cast:
Aron Eisenberg   IMDB   Ensign Nog
Max Grodénchik   IMDB   Rom
Chase Masterson   IMDB   Leeta
Tami-Adrian George   IMDB   Kesha
James Darren   IMDB   Vic Fontaine
Music:
Jay Chattaway   IMDB
Director:
Anson Williams   IMDB
Teleplay:
Ronald D. Moore   IMDB
Story:
David Mack   IMDB
John J. Ordover   IMDB
Published
VHS   ST:DS9 VHS 7.5
Teaser
Deep Space Nine Teaser #160: It's Only a Paper Moon

After losing his leg in battle, a somber Nog returns to the space station to recuperate.
Synopsis
The crew try their best to cheer up Nog, but the young ensign is struggling, both emotionally and physically, to cope with his disability, even though his new biosynthetic leg works perfectly. After pushing away those who try the most diligently to help, Nog decides to take his medical leave in the Holosuite world of 1962 Las Vegas lounge singer Vic Fontaine.

Although Rom is skeptical of his son's decision, Ezri supports Nog's desire to escape for a period. Ezri briefs the holographic Vic on Nog's condition, and explains that although Nog seems to depend on a cane, the problem is purely psychological. That evening, Nog is upset to find Jake and his date Kesha in Vic's lounge. Nog's sensitivity about his handicap erupts in an angry outburst, and he punches Jake. In response, Vic throws Nog out of his club.

A chastened Nog apologizes to Vic and offers to straighten out the singer's tangled financial affairs. Later, Ezri comes looking for Nog to discuss the incident, and to persuade him to leave the illusory world of the Holosuite. Nog refuses, and threatens to resign his commission if Ezri tries to force him out. What's more, Nog announces his plan to expand Vic's "business" by building a new casino.

While observing Nog from a discreet distance, Ezri notices that he's no longer limping, nor does he need to use a cane. He's even upbeat when Rom and Leeta visit him at the club. Ezri congratulates Vic on Nog's progress, but intimates that it's time for Nog to come back to reality. Vic picks up Ezri's cue and tells Nog to leave. When he protests, Vic abruptly ends the program.

At first, Nog tries to reactivate the Holosuite, but O'Brien informs him that Vic controls the program. Vic reappears, and despite Nog's reluctance to leave the safety of Vic's virtual world, the singer convinces Nog that he must. Later, Nog visits Vic to thank him for his help, and to surprise Fontaine with the news that his uncle Quark has agreed to keep Vic and his Holosuite club running around the clock - in essence, giving the lounge singer a "real" life.
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