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Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 04 Behind The Lines

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Pictured: Odo screwing the female changeling (and screwing all his friends over)
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 they're getting itchy to link up with Odo. What's worse, Damar may have found a way to dismantle the wormhole minefield. Meanwhile on Starbase 375, the Defiant is ordered to take out a Dominion sensor 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:

  • As You Know: Kira and Rom relate the events leading up to the Bar Brawl, by narrating events as they're watching them in Quark's bar.
  • 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 months, he finally breaks down and in tears says he wants the Federation back, he wants to sell root beer again.
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  • Contemplate Our Navels: Odo's preferred post-linking activity.
  • Da Chief: Captain Sisko is promoted to this position, to his chagrin.
  • Dispense with the Pleasantries: After giving Weyoun his moment to praise her, the Female Changeling cuts short Dukat's long-winded speech about how they are equal partners going into a glorious future and bluntly asks about the status of the minefield.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Odo doesn't want the female changeling's pity re his feelings for Kira. Instead, she offers him clarity via the link.
  • Dutch Courage: Quark turns up to La Résistance meeting drunk, because he certainly wouldn't help them while sober.
  • Easily Forgiven: Lampshaded. Odo is completely perplexed that the Female Changeling is talking to him as though nothing had happened.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When Quark tells the conspirators that Damar will use the station's deflector array to disable the minefield, Rom assures them it's impossible...until he starts working out the engineering technobabble in his head and figures out exactly how to do it. Cue worried looks from everyone in the room.
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  • G-Rated Sex: The link, once again.
  • Heroic BSoD: It's likely the kanar talking, but Quark absolutely breaks down in front of Kira's resistance cell. He doesn't like the Cardassians, who are mean and arrogant, and he especially doesn't like the Jem'Hadar, who are creepy and just stand around like statues. No matter what he said before, he wants to sell root beer again. Quark does partly snap out of it after the commercial break, once he's had a chance to sober up.
  • Idiot Ball: Odo essentially gambles that he can take what the female Founder is offering without compromising himself or his values in any way. It... doesn't work out that way.
  • I Have My Ways: Nog manages to get ahold of real Saurian brandy during a war. Fortunately, Admiral Ross chooses not to pry.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Damar is already testy before the bar brawl, as Kira points out, demanding a drink from Quark. Things rapidly go From Bad to Worse. Later things change and he shares a bottle with Quark to celebrate. Unfortunately this enables Quark to get information from Damar.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
    Quark: I just had a bottle of kanar, with Damar. Ha ha ha ha ha! That rhymes!
  • 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...
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The fight between the Jem'Hadar and Cardassians at the beginning is due to the meddling of Kira and Rom. Kira wants to continue formenting dissension between the two races, but Odo opposes it because if they're caught, it would be just the excuse the Dominion would need to kick every Bajoran off the station.
  • Likes Older Women: After asking to join Kira's resistance cell, Jake surreptitiously checks her out as she leaves.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kira's resistance cell uses Damar's own writings to start the Bar Brawl. This naturally gets Damar in hot water with Dukat and Weyoun, so he proceeds to make up for it by figuring out how to bring down the minefield.
  • Now You Tell Me: When Kira sees that Odo is not at his station to disable the station's alarms as per The Plan, she quickly tells Rom not to open the panel to the computer—just as he does exactly that, setting off the aforementioned alarms.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The Defiant destroying the Dominion sensor array.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When the brawl breaks out and quickly becomes brutal, Kira quietly backs away. Rom, however, is transfixed, clearly unprepared for how violent the success of their plan is.
    • 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.
  • Punishment Detail: When Kira sees Damar in Odo's office, she asks him if Dukat demoted him after the Bar Brawl.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After several episodes of maintaining a somewhat uncharacteristic stoicism, Odo's negligence sends Kira right over the edge. It's rather terrifying the way she storms through the station to confront Odo—her expression suggesting that she's determined to find a way to murder a Changeling with her bare hands.
  • 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!
  • The Un-Smile: Surprisingly, Dukat can't fake a smile to save his life. His attempt comes across as if he's trying to suppress a great deal of pain. The fact that he and Weyoun are currently pissed at each other might have something to do with it.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Another instance where The Plan is thoroughly discussed before it falls apart. This time, however, it's not because of an accident or an unforeseeable complication; it's because Odo buggered it up.
  • 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." Nog excitedly asks if he had to take command, would he be called "Captain" too. O'Brien promptly deflates his ego by saying "Cadet, by the time you took command, there'd be no one left to call you anything."


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