I had FK's "Amateur Night" on while I did some other things tonight. I pulled up short when I heard Captain Amanda Cohen say, "My daughter jumps rope." "My daughter"! This means that a) Cohen canonically, indisputably, has a daughter, and b) I have failed to fully absorb this fact for an awful lot of years.
"Amateur Night" is nobody's favorite episode. I think it's underrated and deserves respect as a Schanke vehicle (with some intriguing Natalie tidbits on the side), but even I rarely rewatch it. What do we all rewatch? "A More Permanent Hell." Everyone has seen AMPH a dozen times, and AN a couple, so we absorb that Cohen has photos in her office in AMPH, and miss that AN tells us who one of those photos depicts!
Okay, maybe none of you did that; maybe it's just me. ~grin~ Certainly, fanfic usually depicts Cohen as the mother of a daughter (on the rare occasions that Cohen's personal life wins a mention). If only I had studied Cohen back when I was writing character FAQs
, I would have learned better. I have always known that Cohen has that photo of a girl in her office, but from time to time, from forkni-l to here, you'll find me ruminating on the question of whether the girl is Cohen's daughter, niece, sister, or herself as a child (alongside similar questions about the photographed couple with the leis). Well, one question answered, anyway! Cohen has a daughter, and she is at least as old as the girl in the picture, and still young enough to jump rope.