R. Star wrote:
I remember reading some place that Avery Brooks, who directed the Mardah episode, thought Masterson was too sexy to hook up with the kid, but helped arrange her role as Leeta hoping their chars would get together.
I think that would have worked with them being an odd couple (although perhaps not as odd as Leeta and Rom though). I could see it being a situation in which Leeta pursues Sisko but he's not interested in her at all initially because he's a Starfleet command-rank officer and she's a Dabo girl. She'd have to wear him down and win him over perhaps.