Story: It's Only a Paper Moon
Written By: David Mack & John J. Ordover
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Nog returns to the station having received a new leg and some therapy, but he is not the same person he was before AR-558. He is gloomy and is walking with a cane. He listens to the song Bashir played during the Siege constantly, to the point that Jake tells him if he wants to hear it he has to go the holosuite. He does.
Luckily Vic is smart, and he realizes after talking to Ezri that he has to put an end to it. He turns himself off, forcing Nog to face reality, because Vic can turn himself off and stay off. Finally Vic talks to Nog one last time, and he faces his real problem: he is scared. It is the best acting Eisenberg ever gave in the show, a really great performance. I think that the idea of the eager young soldier who actually gets hit and gets a whole new perspective is a lot like real young soldiers in war. Great scene.
For helping him return to life, Nog makes an arrangement with Quark to keep Vic running 26 hours a day, a pretty solid repayment for what he did for the young officer.
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