On the station, Kira's resistance movement is starting to drive a wedge between the Cardassians and the Jem Hadar, but there's a complication: the "female" changeling has arrived, and (s)he is getting itchy to link up with Odo. What's worse, Damar may have found a way to dismantle the wormhole minefield. Meanwhile on Starbase 357, the Defiant is ordered to take out a Dominion comm station, but they'll be going without Captain Sisko, who has been promoted out of the field. Will the crew be able to function without their resident Bald Black Leader Guy
This episode contains examples of:
- Badass Boast: Sisko (and later Dax) do a "call and response" one with the Defiant crew every time they use up a phaser power cell after they return to base.
Sisko/Dax: (holds power cell in their hands) Take a good look at this, people. It says something about this ship. It says that we will fight, and we will keep on fighting, until we can't fight any more!
Crew: Yes, sir!
Sisko/Dax: You don't just throw something like this away.
Crew: No, sir!
- Bar Brawl: Between the Cardassians and the Jem'Hadar. Unlike most in Star Trek, this one has a body count.
- Better Than Sex: The link seems to be this for Odo.
- Call Back: To the root beer conversation with Garak in "The Way of the Warrior." When the Dominion invaded the station, Quark was all too happy to throw out his root beer and "hew-mon" food for his new Cardassian customers. Now, after living with the Cardassians, Vorta, and Jem'Hadar for weeks, he finally breaks down and in tears says he wants the Federation back, he wants to sell root beer again.
- Contemplate Our Navels: Odo's preferred post-linking activity.
- Da Chief: Captain Sisko is promoted to this position, to his chagrin.
- G-Rated Sex: The link, once again.
- I Have My Ways: Nog manages to get ahold of real Saurian brandy during a war. Fortunately, Admiral Ross chooses not to pry.
- In Vino Veritas: Quark invokes this with Damar, but in doing so falls under its influence.
- Kicked Upstairs / Soldiers at the Rear: Slight subversion, as the promotion was due to Sisko being extremely good at his job, as opposed to incompetent. He isn't terribly happy about it. Don't worry, he'll be on the front lines soon enough. . .
- Oh Crap: Kira, when she sees that Odo isn't at his post when he needs to be. Then Rom, when he opens up the computer and sets off the alarm.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Literally, after the Cardassians and Jem'Hadar fight in Quark's Bar.
Weyoun: How could Damar be so stupid so as to leave such an inflammatory document laying around for anyone to find?!
Gul Dukat: Your men stole it from him!
Weyoun: Jem'Hadar are not thieves!
Gul Dukat: And Damar is not a liar!
Weyoun: Keep...your voice down. [smiles] Our men need to see that we are still allies. Smile!
[Dukat bitterly does so]
Weyoun: [through his teeth] Dukat!
Gul Dukat: I'm smiling!
- What the Hell, Hero?: Kira gives Odo a major butt-chewing for linking with the female changeling and letting Rom get captured.
- You Are in Command Now: Dax takes over the Defiant when Sisko gets promoted, though she doesn't Rank Up. She still gets called "Captain" as O'Brien tells Nog the tradition that the person in command of a ship, regardless of rank, is addressed as "Captain".