Bashir is chosen as the model for the new version of Starfleet's holographic doctor
Bashir is informed of the project by Doctor Lewis Zimmerman, the scientist in
charge. As part of the process, Zimmerman must learn
everything he can about Bashir, from childhood quirks to his
interpersonal relationships, a procedure that includes interviews with
Bashir's family, friends and co-workers. Uncomfortable with this, Bashir requests
that Zimmerman refrain from speaking with his parents.
Zimmerman begins the task of interviewing the crew, taking note of all
of their feelings, good and bad, about Bashir. The next day, Bashir is
horrified when two unexpected visitors arrive his parents.
Bashir is clearly uncomfortable with his mother and father, and clearly
upset when they tell him they have come in response to Zimmerman's
request. Later, Bashir attempts to prepare his parents for their interview, especially concerned that they keep a certain childhood secret one
that, if revealed, could destroy his career.
Bashir's parents later tell their son that they won't divulge the fact
that he was genetically enhanced as a child not realizing they are
talking to his holographic version while O'Brien and Zimmerman witness
the exchange. Since genetic engineering is illegal, Zimmerman's pending
report could cause Bashir to be immediately expelled from Starfleet once
the truth comes out. Because of this, Bashir sees no alternative other than
to resign before that report is filed.
Angry and defeated, Bashir confronts his parents and tells them his
intentions. But when he goes to Sisko, Bashir finds that a solution has
already been worked out with Starfleet. His father, Richard, will spend
two years in a minimum security prison, in return for letting his son retain his Starfleet commission. Bashir reluctantly but gratefully accepts his father's sacrifice and bids his parents
farewell, saddened by the turn of events, but happy that he and his
father may be rewarded with a stronger relationship.
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