"The Assignment" was the 103rd episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the 5th episode of the show's fifth season, first aired during the week of 28 October 1996. The episode was written by Bradley Thompson and David Weddle and directed by Allan Kroeker.


Keiko is inhabitated by a pah-wraith and forces Miles O'Brien to make modifications to Deep Space 9 which, unknown to him, will kill the Prophets.



AbdonJulian BashirJadzia DaxKira NerysMornNoriKeiko O'BrienMiles O'BrienMolly O'BrienOdoQuarkRomBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoTekoaWatley (aka Jiyar) • Worf, son of Moghpah-wraithDeep Space 9 personnel (Deep Space 9 residents)
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DuarteLeetaLitanaShakaar Edon


Bajoran wormhole/Celestial TempleDeep Space 9Habitat ringOperations centerPromenadeQuark'sSecurity office
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BajorDahkur ProvinceFire Caves

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Defiant (Defiant-class escort, in opening credits) • Janitza-class (in opening credits) • USS Leeds (Nebula-class explorer, in opening credits) • USS Rio Grande (Danube-class)

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Bajoran MilitiaStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Other referencesEdit

anesthizineanomalybaconbirthdayblood vesselbonsaibrainbreakfastbutterchronitoncoffeecorned beef hashdabo girlday shifteggFor He's a Jolly Good FellowhemorrhageHew-monIrish whiskeyKoss'moranKosstmagnetic constrictornight shiftorange juicepancakeparietal lobephaserpineappleQ'parolraktajinoRudellian brain feversausagespiny basilStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2366-2373)supernaturalswing shiftTellurian mint trufflewaste extractionWee Bairns


Related mediaEdit

  • ST reference: Encyclopedia
    • Information about this episode is presented consistently in the third and fourth volumes.

Video releasesEdit


Notable cast and crewEdit




published order
Previous episode:
Nor the Battle to the Strong
DS9 episode produced Next episode:
Trials and Tribble-ations
Previous episode:
Nor the Battle to the Strong
DS9 episode aired Next episode:
Trials and Tribble-ations
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Nor the Battle to the Strong
Pocket Next Adventure:
Honor Bound

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