When an informant sells out and annihilates the Cardassian resistance, Kira, Garak, and Damar are forced into Garak's mother's basement to wallow in failure. However, all is not lost; the Cardassian people refuse to believe that Damar is dead. If Damar can use his newfound status as a Living Legend to inspire the Cardassian people, a planet-wide revolution could be at hand. Meanwhile, a distorted transmission from Ferenginar brings shocking news: the next Grand Nagus will be Quark! However, Quark finds out that the job isn't quite as cushy as it used to be. Finally, Ezri and Bashir decide that a potential romance wouldn't be worth jeopardizing their friendship. Probably.
Tropes in this episode:
- The 47 Society: Brunt tries to bribe Quark with forty bricks of gold-pressed latinum. Quark counters with seventy.
- Call-Back: The USS São Paulo is rechristened USS Defiant, just like how in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the USS Yorktown was rechristened USS Enterprise-A.
- When the Sao Paulo arrives, Ezri says "I didn't know we were getting another Defiant class ship.", to which Sisko says "That's what happens when you miss staff meetings.", echoing Kirk's reply to Dr. McCoy in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, after he learned Scotty secretly sabotaged the USS Excelsior.
- The Corrupter: How Quark views what his mother is doing to Ferenginar. She gets Grand Nagus Zek to institute reforms that include environmental protections, wage subsidies for the poor, retirement benefits, universal healthcare, and a new legislative body.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mila (Tain's head of housekeeping) mentions rumors among the people that Damar is hiding in a secret base in the mountains, planning to strike.Garak: You didn't tell me you had a secret mountain base.Damar: I was hoping to surprise you.
- Drowning My Sorrows: The scene of Kira, Damar, and Garak drinking was cut, but when Mila finds them, it's clear that they've hit the bottle.
- Establishing Character Moment: Legate Broca's first line upon being introduced is "I serve the Founders in all things." This firmly establishes him as nothing more than a Weak-Willed Puppet King.
- God Help Us All:Sisko: If we do nothing, the Dominion could sit behind that perimeter for the next five years rearming themselves. And when they're ready to come out, God help us all.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Kira, Garak, and Damar go into one after La Résistance is destroyed. Mila snaps them out of it by revealing that a new resistance is brewing.
- Heroic Second Wind: As always, Damar stops drinking and acts decisively once he's got a clear path ahead of him.
- Hope Spot: The opening has Damar, Kira, and Garak returning to Cardassia to meet with several officers who can greatly increase their anti-Dominion forces. Unfortunately, one of the Cardassians betrays the resistance and it's swiftly crushed.
- I Kiss Your Hand: Brunt wastes no time in sucking up to Quark.
- Living Legend: Damar becomes one.
- Lost in Transmission: Zek thinks he's talking to Rom, but Quark doesn't know it thanks to the static.
- Lured into a Trap: Damar, Kira, and Garak barely avoid being killed. The rest of La Résistance isn't so lucky.
- Mythology Gag: Quark refers to his bar as "the last outpost" of Ferengi values, referring to the TNG episode "The Last Outpost", in which the Ferengi debuted. Armin Shimerman played a Ferengi in that episode, too. He also uses Picard's "This far, no further" line from Star Trek: First Contact to protest the new welfare laws on Ferenginar. Ronald D. Moore, co-writer of both episode and film, mentioned on AOL chat that "I take great glee at mocking my own work."
- Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: In his speech to Cardassia, Weyoun says that with Damar dead and his rebellion crushed, there is nothing that will stop the Dominion's march to final victory. Then, in his next scene, the Founder orders their forces to withdraw because the Federation Alliance is now immune to the Breen's energy-dampening weapons.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Brunt immediately starts kissing up to Quark when it's revealed that he's going to become Nagus. He later tries to do the same to Rom, which he refuses, but Quark tells him to at least accept a pedicure from Brunt first."You'll still be a powerful man! I wouldn't sucking up to you otherwise."
- Puppet King: Legate Broca is an even bigger one than Damar was.
- Rock Bottom: Kira urges Damar to encourage a civilian revolt, not the thing a Cardassian military officer can really get his head around. But he decides that anything is better than being a Basement-Dweller.
- Rousing Speech: Kira tries to give one to Damar and Garak after La Résistance is destroyed, but it falls flat, even for her.
- On the other hand, the one that Damar gives to the civilians after the barracks bombing is a huge success."Citizens of Cardassia, hear me! The Dominion told you that the rebellion has been crushed. What you have seen here today proves that that is yet another lie. Our fight for freedom continues! But it will take place here in the streets. I call on Cardassians everywhere to rise up, rise up and join me! I need you to be my army! If we stand together, nothing can oppose us. Freedom is ours for the taking!"
- On the other hand, the one that Damar gives to the civilians after the barracks bombing is a huge success.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: The last lighthearted episode before the dramatic series finale.
- Shout-Out: Zek's speech to Rom advises him to avoid the shoals of bankruptcy.
- Skewed Priorities: The Female Changeling tells Weyoun that their PR campaign to pacify the Cardassian civilian population can wait.
- Stock Footage: A rather lazy example, considering the Dominions great victory footage is mostly Dominion facilities from previous episodes getting attacked.
- Surprise Pregnancy: Kasidy announces that she's pregnant at the end of the episode, as one of them forgot their monthly birth control.
- Tactical Withdrawal: Once it becomes clear that the Federation Alliance has become immune to the Breen's energy-dampening weapons, the Female Changeling orders a full retreat to the Cardassian home systems.
- Take a Third Option:Jem'Hadar: Surrender, or die.
Damar: I choose...neither!
(Kira shoots the Jem'Hadar)
- Twice Shy: Bashir and Ezri give off this vibe, with Worf and O'Brien wondering Will They or Won't They? In the end, They Do. Leads to Worf pulling a variant of Kissing Discretion Shot.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Odo is less than pleased when Sisko tells him that, even though the Federation frowns upon Section 31's attempts at preventing the Founders from being cured, they still won't give it to them because they're afraid it will prolong the war.Odo: Interesting, isn't it? The Federation claims to abhor Section 31's tactics, but when they need the dirty work done, they look the other way. It's a tidy little arrangement, wouldn't you say?
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Weyoun says that, once the Dominion withdraws their forces, Starfleet will be too timid to press the attack and thus leave them alone. Turns out, Sisko and Ross are more than willing to push the war to its ultimate conclusion.
- To be fair, Ross was willing to end the attack, due to the high casualty count. It is only through the prodding of Sisko and Martok (along with reinforcements due to the Cardassian fleet defecting from the Dominion making up for the losses they took in the first part of the battle) that he is willing to continue. Weyoun would have been right if not for that.