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One Cultural Rebel meets another
Odo goes behind enemy lines to retrieve a Cardassian informant, but instead finds Weyoun, who wants to defect to the Federation. His knowledge of the Dominion could turn the tide of the war, but Weyoun's replacement clone is determined to eliminate his predecessor, even if it means killing a Founder. Back on the station, Chief O'Brien turns to Nog for help in fixing the gravity generators, but Nog's wheeling and dealing may cause more problems than it solves.

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  • Adorkable: Weyoun 6 treats himself to some food from the replicator, and eats pepperoni pizza...with chopsticks.
  • Bittersweet Ending: O'Brien and Nog's plot ends rather happily, but Odo's is an outright downer.
  • Call-Back: Odo tells Kira that Gul Russol is one of his most reliable informants. Have we, perchance, met him already?
  • Chain of Deals: O'Brien and Nog's storyline.
  • Character Development:
    • Nog's come a long way from "Progress" where he lacked the patience for this type of trading.
    • Odo gives his blessing to Weyoun 6 as he dies, showing him beginning to accept himself as a Founder.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Vorta implant for voluntary suicides.
  • Cloning Blues: The Weyouns.
  • Continuity Nod: Chief Lorenzo already took holophotos of himself behind the desks of Captain DeSoto and Captain Picard.
  • David VS Goliath: Thanks to Weyoun 6's knowledge of Dominion ships, one little runabout delivers a One-Hit Kill to a Jem'Hadar fighter.
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  • Defector from Decadence: Weyoun 6, since it's the only way to save Odo.
  • Definitely Just a Cold: Damar realizes that something is wrong with the Female Changeling when he notices that her skin is very parched and wrinkled, despite her insistence that she's fine.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The title refers to both Weyoun 6 (his betrayal of the Dominion, faith in the Founders, and spending most of the episode on the USS Rio Grande) and Nog (stealing things around the station and faith in the Great Material Continuum that he likens to a river).
  • Drink Order: This episode introduces the bloodwine vintage of 2309, which would become General Martok's preferred drink for the rest of the season.
  • Driven to Suicide: Weyoun 6.
  • Expendable Clone: When one Weyoun dies another clone is activated.
    Damar: [scoffs] Clones. Keeping track of them is a full-time job.
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  • Foreshadowing: Damar expresses his misgivings regarding the Dominion war effort and how Cardassia is bearing too much of the cost.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Weyoun 6 because Odo gave him his blessing.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Weyoun 6 no longer considers himself a part of the Dominion and pledges his loyalty to Odo.
  • Here We Go Again!: After all the deals are resolved, Nog mentions his cousin has a shipment of Sisko's favorite brandy. An interested O'Brien asks, "What does he want for them?"
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Weyoun 6, so the pursuing Jem'Hadar will spare Odo.
  • I Owe You My Life: Part of the backstory between the Founders and the Vorta—a family of Vorta saved a changeling's life, and the changeling promised to reward the Vorta.
  • Kill the God: Attempted. (From the Weyouns' point of view, anyway. Neither Odo nor Damar buys into the Vorta's religion.)
  • Lighter and Softer: The Nog and O'Brien's subplot, in which a human teams up with an alien and is at times uncomfortable with the lengths the latter is willing to go to plays out like a much more light-hearted "In The Pale Moonlight".
  • Loophole Abuse: Weyoun 7 goes along with Damar's insistence that Odo's Runabout be destroyed by rationalizing that Odo doesn't consider himself a Founder. (He, of course, recognizes the Founders would have them both killed if they learned what they were doing.)
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Possibly - we never find out for sure. Weyoun 5 was tragically killed in a transporter "accident". Damar was supposed to be there, but got called away at the last minute. Funny, that.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Kira hugs a sheet around her chest when she sits up in the opener.
  • Mysterious Informant: Gul Russol, apparently, until his execution.
  • No Time to Explain: Weyoun 6 telling Odo to perform a maneuver against a Jem'Hadar warship, which sets them up to Attack Its Weak Point.
  • Not So Different: Zig-zagged. after the Loophole Abuse listed above, Damar offers Weyoun 7 some Kanar to cement their new working relationship. Although Weyoun 7 agreed to Damar's proposal, he refused Damar's drink.
  • Oh, Crap!: Weyoun 7 when the female changeling asks who he and Damar are trying to destroy. He even mentions earlier that if she found out they were trying to kill Odo, they would both be subject to a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Weyoun 7 really isn't happy about Weyoun 6's defection.
    "He's a disgrace to me and all Vorta."
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • Of course Weyoun 6 is paranoid; everyone's trying to kill him!
    • Weyoun 7 notes how "convenient" it was that Damar was called away just before the transporter "accident". Damar's claims of just being lucky clearly don't sway him.
  • Race Against the Clock: The Chief has 3 days to get a gravity stabilizer for the Defiant.
  • Sense Freak: Weyoun 6 samples everything on the runabout's menu, not because he's hungry, or because of the taste (Vorta have a very limited sense of taste), but because he's sampling the textures.
  • Shoulders-Up Nudity: Kira in the opener.
  • Shout-Out: Two of them to Star Wars:
    • Nog describes the Great Material Continuum as "the Force that binds the universe together".
    • Odo's plan to ditch his pursuers by hiding inside an asteroid is straight out of Han Solo's playbook.
    • Nog and O'Brien's Chain of Deals recalls many a Zany Scheme seen on M*A*S*H, and includes the theft of the commander's desk as a Shout-Out to the most famous example on that show. Unlike Sisko, Henry Blake never got his prized oak desk back.
  • Stolen Good, Returned Better: All the items used in Nog's Chain of Deals get returned, or replaced with either equal or better versions. This is especially true for Martok's bloodwine, which is replaced with a premium 2309 vintage.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Odo really doesn't like it when Weyoun 6 venerates him as a Founder. Despite this, he still gives the dying Vorta his blessing.
  • Teleporter Accident: How Weyoun 5 died. (Except, possibly, for the "accident" bit.)
  • Tempting Fate: When Nog leaves DS9 in a runabout, O'Brien comments that nothing else can go missing. Description Cut to...
    Martok: Where are my cases of bloodwine?!
  • Toplessness from the Back: When Odo uses himself to give Kira a back rub.
  • We Can Rule Together: With the Dominion in danger of collapse, Weyoun 6 offers Odo a chance to form a new, kinder Dominion.
  • We Have Reserves: Damar and Weyoun 7's response when the runabout destroys a Jem'Hadar fighter? Simply send more ships from a nearby base.
  • Wham Line: Weyoun delivers a big one:
    "A sickness has spread throughout the Great Link. The Founders are dying."
  • Wham Shot: Odo and Weyoun receive a hail...from Weyoun.
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