Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 04 E 22 For The Cause

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Eddington sticks it to Sisko, big time.
Odo and Eddington confront Sisko over a possible Maquis smuggler on board Deep Space 9. And Sisko is shocked to learn the suspect is none other than Kassidy.

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  • Analogy Backfire: Eddington probably thought he scored one on Sisko by saying the Federation is worse than the Borg...not thinking that he's making this comparison to a man who lost his wife, his ship, and most of his crew during the Borg massacre of the Federation fleet at Wolf 359.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Eddington plays the entire crew like a set of spoons.
  • Come Back to Bed, Honey: Sisko tries this on Kassidy when she has to meet with her engineer. It doesn't work, but he still has her pillow.
  • Continuity Nod: Kassidy reminds Sisko how much the Tholians care about punctuality. Jim Kirk and his crew know about that.
  • Defector from Decadence: How Eddington views himself. Sisko is not impressed.
  • Downer Ending: Eddington escapes, Kassidy is arrested and Sisko is left alone again.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Sisko starts asking why someone would want to draw him away from Deep Space 9 if the station wasn't going to be attacked, wondering what else would be going on there, and then pauses mid-sentence as he realizes it's about the industrial replicators.
  • Mole in Charge: Crossed with Hired to Hunt Yourself. Eddington is the Starfleet chief of security for Deep Space 9 and is in charge of hunting down a Maquis mole on the station, who just happens to be himself.
  • Motive Rant: A big one delivered by Eddington.
    Eddington: I know you. I was like you once, but then I opened my eyes. Open your eyes, Captain. Why is the Federation so obsessed with the Maquis? We've never harmed you. And yet we're constantly arrested and charged with terrorism. Starships chase us through the Badlands and our supporters are harassed and ridiculed. Why? Because we've left the Federation, and that's the one thing you can't accept. Nobody leaves paradise. Everyone should want to be in the Federation. Hell, you even want the Cardassians to join. You're only sending them replicators because one day they can take their "rightful place" on the Federation Council. You know, in some ways you're even worse than the Borg. At least they tell you about their plans for assimilation. You're more insidious. You assimilate people and they don't even know it.
  • The Mutiny: Eddington gets Sisko, Odo and most of the rest of the senior staff off-station, then stuns Kira with a phaser to take command and carry out his plan.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Eddington gives this as his stance on the Maquis while shadowing Kassidy. If Starfleet says to hunt them, he'll hunt him. If Starfleet says to help them, he'll help them.
  • Not a Date: Garak says this about his upcoming holosuite time with Ziyal, but Quark knows better.
  • Not So Different: Eddington uses this as part of his Motive Rant, telling Sisko that the Federation is in some ways no different, if not worse than the Borg.
  • Oh, Crap!: Kassidy's reaction to the Defiant de-cloaking in front of the Xhosa.
  • Papa Wolf: When Sisko confronts Kassidy about the Maquis' activities, his biggest worry is whether or not Jake might get hurt in an attack.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    Garak: "Paranoid" is what they call people who imagine threats against their life. I have threats against my life.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Eddington delivers one of the most poignant in the franchise in his Motive Rant, directed towards the Federation. Mostly because it rings more than a little true and Sisko can't, or won't, deliver a counter to it.
  • Tranquil Fury: Sisko, after Eddington compares the Federation to the Borg.
    "You know what, Mr. Eddington? I don't give a damn what you think of the Federation, the Maquis, or anything else. All I know is that you betrayed your oath, your duty, and me. And if it takes me the rest of my life, I will see you standing before a court-martial that'll break you and send you to a penal colony, where you will spend the rest of your days growing old and wondering whether a ship full of replicators was really worth it."
  • Unwitting Pawn: Eddington was just using Kassidy as a decoy so he could get away with the replicators headed for Cardassia.
    • He used Lt. Reese, too.
  • Wham Shot: Eddington stunning Kira, revealing that he's with the Maquis.
  • You Are in Command Now: Eddington places Lt. Reese in charge while he makes his escape.
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