After months of enduring heavy losses against the Dominion/Cardassian forces, Sisko presents a plan to take the offensive in the war. He convinces Starfleet Command to commit to 'Operation Return:' the recapture of Deep Space Nine. Unfortunately, Damar figures out a way to deactivate the minefield at the mouth of the wormhole within a week; forcing Starfleet to send its fleet before it's ready, without Klingon support.
On the station, an incarcerated Rom and an indifferent Odo means that La Résistance
has very little chance of preventing Damar from taking down the mines before Starfleet arrives.
This episode provides examples of:
- Batman Gambit: The Defiant crew fake damage to the ship in order to lure some Jem'Hadar ships into an ambush.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT manhandle Tora Ziyal in front of Major Kira.
- Big Brother Instinct: As Rom becomes resigned to his fate:
Quark: Besides, do you think your big brother would let anything happen to you?
Rom: What can you do?
Quark: I'm not sure, but I will think of something. No matter what it takes, no matter what I have to do, I'm going to get you out of here.
- Chekhov's Gun: Morn visiting his mother.
- Darkest Hour: The Federation learns the minefield will soon come down, allowing a massive Dominion fleet to come through the wormhole. Lacking additional Starfleet ships or Klingon support, Sisko has no choice but to take a limited fleet into battle.
- "Hell Yes" Moment: When Jadzia says they need a big victory to turn the war around, Sisko tells her he intends to propose a major plan to the brass.
"We're going to retake Deep Space 9."
- I Like Those Odds: Averted. Everyone is shocked when they run into a Dominion fleet that outnumbers them two to one. But Sisko knows they have to try and push through anyway. Cue Title Drop.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: See: Berserk Button.
- Title Drop: "There's an old saying: Fortune favors the bold. Well, I guess we're about to find out."