"Doctor Bashir, I Presume?" -- When Bashir is chosen as the model for Starfleet's holographic doctor program, the process threatens to expose a dark secret from his past.


(Copyright 1997 Paramount Pictures)


Captain Benjamin Sisko                                                                   AVERY BROOKS
Odo                                                                                                RENE AUBERJONOIS
Lieutenant Commander Worf                                                           MICHAEL DORN
Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax                                                  TERRY FARRELL
Jake Sisko                                                                                      CIRROC LOFTON

Chief Operations Officer Miles O'Brien                                           COLM MEANEY
Quark                                                                                            ARMIN SHIMERMAN
Dr. Julian Bashir                                                                             ALEXANDER SIDDIG
Major Kira Nerys                                                                          NANA VISITOR



Teleplay by: RONALD D. MOORE



When Bashir is chosen as the model for Starfleet's holographic doctor program, the process threatens to expose a dark secret from his past.

Bashir is chosen as the model for Starfleet's holographic doctor program. He is informed by Doctor Louis Zimmerman, the scientist in charge of the project. 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, 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 interviews -- especially concerned that they keep a 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 Startleet once the tmth comes out. Because of this, he 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 for subjecting Bashir to the illegal genetic engineering. In exchange, Julian is allowed to stay in Startleet. 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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Dr. Bashir's Mom on Star Trek

    StarTrek: Deep Space Nine
had an unusually higher number of Arab-American viewers the week of February 24, 1997. On one of the episodes that week, depending on where you live, Dr. Bashir's mother was none other than ADC's former Los Angeles Chapter President Fadwa El Guindi who made a special guest star appearance on the show.

El Guindi had no previous on-screen acting experience and had never seen the show before appearing on the episode entitled "Mr. Bashir, I Presume?" She was unaware of the whole subculture centered around Star Trek, including annual conventions and seminars organized by 'Trekies' - i.e. devout Star Trek fans. Her appearance was the result of a combination of three powerful forces - her natural acting talent, her unconditional activism in Arab-American community affairs, and fate.

A year and a half ago, El Guindi, who is a Professor of Anthropology, co-wrote and co-directed an original community play produced by Al-Funun Al-Arabiya, a non-profit organization she founded to promote Arab-American art. A few days before the performance, the lead actress dropped out. As no one else was willing to play the part on such short notice, El Guindi reluctantly filled in,all the while complaining: "I'm an anthropologist, not an actress!" Little did she know that a casting agent was in the audience.

A few months later, she received a call and was asked to audition for the role of Dr. Bashir's mother.

"My first instinct was that when such an opportunity falls in the lap of the Arab-American community, it should not be missed," El Guindi said. She took the challenge in competition with a long line of experienced female

actors. Within an hour of the audition, she was offered the role. "It was all extremely fast and unbelievable," she said. "I believe there is a lesson here for aspiring Arab-American actors to learn from."

The lesson learned for her is that "passionate selfless participation in activities and volunteering in community affairs, in this case art activities, leads to bigger and better things."

El Guindi said acting on Star Trek was great fun and added that the cast are now all her friends. Few could believe that she was not a trained actress. Her role as Bashir's mother was not long, but "one moment in it is very passionate and very strong and maternal, fitting the image of an Arab mother,' she said. "I was challenged by that and enjoyed playing it. When I finished it, I got an ovation from the crew on the set, including the director himself. I could not believe it!"

Although El Guindi said she had a great time, she added that she has no further ambition for an acting

career in Hollywood. Yet, she did not completely rule out acting if other opportunities came up. "If it makes Arabs look good and if it does not interfere with my principal career as an anthropologist, I might.



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Where No Anthro Has Gone Before

Given the intense cross-cultural and role-playing experiences characteristic of ethnographic fieldwork, it comes as no surprise that many have translated their dramatic talents to the stage.

Few, however, have adapted what they know of human behavior past and present to life in the distant future. Visual anthropologist Fadwa El Guindi (University of Southern California and El Nil Research) recently had the opportunity to put words into action on the opposite end of the camera lens as a guest star on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Using her ethnographic understanding of how an Arab mother presents both her public and private sides, El Guindi portrayed the mother of Star Fleet Dr Bashir in the episode, "Doctor Bashir I presume," which aired in February.

Although unfamiliar with the culture of television-and to the distress of her children, completely unaware of the show's international success, El Guindi rose to the challenge of constructing an imaginative visual performance.

El Guindi, who makes an be accessible to the media, has been recently interviewed by New Woman magazine on.cross-cultural ways of dealing with stress, an interview and footage from one of her films were featured the A&E channel, Ancient Mysteries and she consulted for Dreamworks Katzenburg & Spielberg and Co for an animated movie on. Moses

According to Paramount Pictures Star Trek Deep Space Nine' ~ episode 5l4 is sure to air again.


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