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Sisko attempts to prevent more Dominion ships from entering the Alpha Quadrant by mining the wormhole; Gul Dukat responds by launching a massive assault fleet against the station. (Season finale)



In Quark's on Deep Space 9, Rom and Leeta study a PADD with images of various wedding dresses from Tellarite modern to Risian traditional, but dislike all of them. Tora Ziyal persuades them to let Elim Garak design one for them. Garak tells her that he finds her adoration both "flattering and disturbing". Rom and Leeta see Captain Benjamin Sisko walking along the Promenade and approach him.

Watching the fifth Dominion convoy

Sisko and O'Brien join a crowd as they watch another Dominion convoy emerge from the wormhole

Miles O'Brien is telling Sisko that his wife Keiko and children Molly and Kirayoshi have left for Earth due to the dangers of being on the front line. Rom and Leeta ask Sisko to officiate at their wedding that is to be held in two weeks' time, to which Sisko agrees. After they leave, Sisko and O'Brien move to one of the Promenade windows where a large crowd has gathered. O'Brien states that "maybe they're not coming", to which Sisko replies "that would be a nice surprise". Suddenly, the wormhole opens and several dozen Dominion starships enter the Alpha Quadrant on their way to Cardassia. O'Brien notes that's the fifth Dominion convoy to enter in the last five weeks and wishes that they would just attack already, to which Sisko predicts his wish will occur very soon.

Act One[]

Jake Sisko arrives at his father's quarters for his first home-cooked meal since the last time he visited his father. Sisko curtly hands Jake a PADD, telling him to read the headline. It reads "Bajorans Continue Negotiations with the Dominion", "station commander opposes nonaggression pact", and the by-line reads "by Jake Sisko". Jake reveals that this is his first article for the Federation News Service. Sisko wishes that Jake had warned him about the article ahead of time before it was published. Sisko asks his son if he is still working on his novel and Jake says he is but this way, he gets to see his work in print. Sisko responds that everything he says will be in print now too.

Meanwhile Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys, and Odo are in a cargo bay checking several crates. The crates hold several thousand wrappages of yamok sauce, a condiment popular among Cardassians. Kira realizes that Quark has smuggled them in, believing the Cardassians will soon retake the station. Odo asks what they want to do with it, to which Kira makes no reply. Dax tells him to dump it and Odo promptly leaves. Dax asks her what is going on between her and Odo, to which Kira reveals that Odo has feelings for her and that she only found out about a month previously.

As Nog brings Sisko his morning beverage, he asks if the rumors about the Romulans are true. Sisko has no idea what he is talking about and inquires further. Nog explains that he was talking to several Orion free traders at Quark's the previous night and they said they heard from a Vulcan diplomat that the Romulan Star Empire had signed a nonaggression pact with the Dominion. Sisko tells Nog not to believe the rumors and to remember the one hundred and ninetieth Rule of Acquisition – "Hear all, trust nothing." However, after Nog leaves, Sisko contacts Dax and tells her to put him through to Starfleet Intelligence.

Later, in the wardroom, Sisko reveals that the Romulans have indeed signed a nonaggression pact with the Dominion the day before, joining the Tholians and the Miradorn who have already done so. The Bajorans are still debating the pact as they were also recently offered it, but Kira assures everyone that they will never sign it or any form of agreement with the Dominion. Sisko also reveals that Starfleet Command has decided no more Dominion ships can be allowed into the Alpha Quadrant. A minefield will be deployed at the mouth of the wormhole to stop the Dominion convoys. Odo comments that by doing so they could start a war, to which Sisko replies that "Maybe so. But one thing's for certain: we're losing the peace, which means a war could be our only hope."

Act Two[]

In Dax's quarters, Dax, O'Brien, and Rom are trying to come up with the best type of mine to deploy in the minefield. O'Brien suggests using pulse mines, but the Dominion ships could simply wait at the mouth of the wormhole and destroy them. He then suggests cloaking them, but it would weaken the mines. Rom, while in the midst of complaining about his upcoming wedding, then realizes that if the mines are to be small, they will need a lot of power and a way to replace them. Each mine could be equipped with a replicator unit and would swarm detonate, with at least twenty mines homing in on one ship. The main drawback is that the entire minefield will have to be deployed before it can be activated, or premature detonation could occur.

Sisko talks with Starfleet Command and relays their judgment to Kira and Worf that Starfleet's forces are needed elsewhere and will be unable to assist in the deployment of the minefield. Their orders are to deploy the minefield and prepare for a Dominion attack. DS9 will also have to defend the USS Defiant, as she will be alone while deploying the minefield.

Kira meets with Odo and agrees to his plan of stopping all outgoing communications. They also decide to put their personal feelings for each other aside until the crisis has abated.

"Captain's log, Stardate 50975.2. The next Jem'Hadar convoy is due in five days, but our efforts to mine the wormhole have already provoked a response from the Dominion, who have sent their Vorta Ambassador, Weyoun, to speak with me."
USS Defiant deploying mines

The Defiant deploys the mines

The Defiant begins to deploy the mines but the Dominion becomes aware of it almost immediately. A Dominion battle crusier arrives with Weyoun aboard. He leaves behind all of the false pleasantness that he has always used before in his meetings with Sisko, and bluntly issues an ultimatum – remove the mines, or the Dominion will take control of Deep Space 9 and remove them themselves.

Act Three[]

Sisko stubbornly tells Weyoun that the mines will stay, and he will not allow any more ships through the wormhole. Weyoun then returns to his old ways – a mask of reasonableness and sincerity. Weyoun tells Sisko that it is the Cardassians who are pushing for the convoys, saying that they want the security that the Dominion brings, as well as a boost to their economy after their costly war with the Klingons. Weyoun then offers to limit the convoys to cargo ships, construction units, and civilian aid if Sisko will remove the mines.

Later, Sisko tells his senior officers and General Martok that the Dominion will attack as early as tomorrow. He tells them that his conversation with Weyoun was all words and an attempt to lull the other side into a "false sense of security". Sisko did not believe it and is sure Weyoun didn't either. Sisko asks Martok to take the IKS Rotarran to the Cardassian border and watch for the Dominion fleet. Sisko also tells Kira to contact the Council of Ministers for an immediate meeting, as he plans to use his position as Emissary of the Prophets to endorse the signing of the nonaggression pact. Kira doesn't understand why he would want the Bajorans to sign the pact, so Sisko tells her that there's no guarantee that the Federation can protect Bajor, and that the only way it can survive the war will be to do what the Romulans did and sign the pact to keep them out of the fighting. He is convinced that by not doing so, the last five years of their hard work to rebuild Bajor from the Occupation will be undone and he refuses to see that happen.

"Captain's log, supplemental. Bajor has signed the nonaggression pact with the Dominion. All Bajoran personnel have been ordered to evacuate the station. As someone once said, 'These are the times that try men's souls.'"
Leeta and Rom's wedding

Leeta and Rom's wedding

The Bajorans sign the pact and First Minister Shakaar orders all Bajorans to leave Deep Space 9 for their own safety. Kira arranges for Ziyal to stay with several of her friends. Later, Sisko marries Rom and Leeta in a traditional Bajoran ceremony. Rom then tells her to go to Bajor, and not look back while he stays to help Chief O'Brien.

Damar, Dukat and Weyoun

Damar, Dukat, and Weyoun lead the fleet

As Sisko prepares Program Sisko 197, General Martok contacts the station with a report of a large Dominion fleet heading their way. However, his transmission is jammed by the Dominion and Dukat, Weyoun, and Damar appear on the station's viewscreen. Dukat asks Sisko if he wants to surrender and avoid "unnecessary bloodshed". Sisko tells him no, to which Dukat happily replies that he was hoping Sisko would say that. Sisko orders his crew to battle stations.

Act Four[]

The Dominion fleet will enter weapons range in twenty minutes. Unfortunately, the Defiant still has an hour of work left before the minefield can be activated. In the infirmary, Jake helps Doctor Bashir and his medical staff with packing up and distributing medkits. He tells Bashir that he promised the Federation News Service a firsthand account of the battle, and his father won't let him stay in Ops. Bashir tells him he will get it and that his name is spelled with an "I".

Garak meets Odo on the Promenade, praising his composure and calling him "an island of tranquility in a sea of chaos." Odo's entire Bajoran staff has been evacuated to Bajor. Garak tells Odo that during the Klingon attack on the station, almost two years previously, when he and Dukat were defending the members of the Detapa Council, Dukat turned his back to him. Garak considered killing him but realized he could not fight the Klingons by himself. He tells Odo that by the time this day is over, everyone on the station will regret his failure to kill Dukat.

Rom is preparing perimeter defenses for the attack and Quark berates him for staying to do this when there are dozens of Starfleet engineers that could be doing the job, and that he should be on Bajor with his new wife since this isn't his fight. When Rom asks why Quark is staying when it's not his fight either, Quark explains he has to look out for his bar, and Rom says he has to look out for Quark because whatever happens, they belong together as brothers. Quark again tells that Rom is an idiot, but he then gives Rom a kiss on the back of his head.

The Rotarran approaches Deep Space 9 and Sisko tells Martok to protect the Defiant. Worf then activates the weapons array. Kira arrives in Ops and offers a perfunctory protest to Starfleet's refusal to turn the station over to her government. Sisko notes her protest and Kira reports for duty.

Jem'Hadar battle cruiser

The Dominion fleet approaches Deep Space 9

The Dominion fleet approaches the station. On the flagship, Dukat tells Damar he has been waiting for this moment for the last five years. Damar tells him that they will reclaim both Terok Nor and Bajor. Weyoun chastises them, reminding them of the nonaggression pact. Dukat points out that he never signed a pact with Bajor, and Weyoun firmly tells him that as a member of the Dominion, Cardassia will honor its treaties. Dukat acquiesces but exchanges a significant look with Damar. The fleet enters weapons range and Dukat gives the order to fire.

The battle begins and the station manages to destroy several Dominion ships plus several that were closing on the Defiant. Damar and Weyoun are surprised that Deep Space 9's shields are still holding to which Dukat tells them he has found it wise never to underestimate the Federation's technical skill or Captain Sisko's resourcefulness. In all, it turned out that the Dominion-Cardassian fleet lost 50 ships taking the station.

DS9 under attack

The battle begins…

The Defiant comes under attack but is saved by the Rotarran. The enemy fleet targets their weapons on the outer docking ring, penetrating the station's shields. Main power to the shields is lost and the auxiliary power will not last long. However, the Defiant reports in, telling Sisko the minefield has been deployed. Dax activates the field and returns to the station. The Dominion fleet prepares for a final assault on the station, with Dukat calling the activation of the minefield just a "minor setback". Sisko decides there is nothing more they can do and orders all remaining Starfleet personnel for evacuation.

Act Five[]

As the evacuation begins, Dax says goodbye to Worf, who has been assigned to the Rotarran and agrees to marry him when the war is over. In front of the Bajoran temple, Sisko addresses the station population who are remaining behind. He tells them that although the station has been lost, the attack on Deep Space 9 allowed the Federation and the Klingons to attack and destroy the Dominion shipyards on Torros III. He also tells them that no victory can make this moment any easier for him and promises he will not rest until he stands with them again, where he belongs. Sisko taps his combadge to be beamed out and is then transported to the Defiant.

IKS Rotarran and USS Defiant retreat from DS9

The Defiant and the Rotarran leave Deep Space 9

Garak is already aboard and asks Captain Sisko for permission to remain and for once tells the very simple truth — he has nowhere else to go. Captain Sisko agrees, and heads for the bridge. The Defiant and the Rotarran leave the station, fire a few last shots, and cloak before they can be destroyed.

Kira and Odo arrive in Ops and transmit a message to the Dominion fleet, welcoming them to Deep Space 9. Kira then activates Program Sisko 197, which sets off a series of explosive system overloads that cripple the station.

Dominion boards DS9

Dominion personnel board the station

Quark, removing all aspects of the Federation's presence, tells his staff to break out the kanar and find some yamok sauce. Rom reports for duty in his old job as Assistant Manager of Policy and Clientele. He claims he is now a spy for Starfleet. As Rom starts work, he finds Jake, sitting nearby the dabo table and ask why he's not on the Defiant. Jake explains he has chosen to stay behind to report on the Dominion occupation. Rom is concerned for his safety, but Jake assures him that if Dominion harms him, the son of the Emissary, they risk alienating their new Bajoran friends.

Kira and Odo welcome the Dominion

"I officially welcome you to Deep Space 9."
"You mean Terok Nor, don't you?"

On the Defiant, Sisko finds out and is naturally angry. O'Brien asks if they should go back for him, but Sisko says he cannot risk the entire crew of the Defiant for one man, even if it's his own son. And whether he likes it or not, Jake is a grown man and capable of making his own decisions. The Defiant and the Rotarran continue on their course to rendezvous with the Federation/Klingon task force. Nog states that now they will make the Dominion "sorry they ever set foot in the Alpha Quadrant." "Cadet, you took the words right out of my mouth," Sisko responds.

The Dominion boards what is once again called Terok Nor and Odo, Kira, and Quark arrive to meet them. Weyoun tells Odo he is honored that he remained behind. Dukat and Weyoun visit Ops and the station commander's office where Sisko has removed all of his personal items, except one. Dukat finds Sisko's baseball still on the desk, explaining to Weyoun that it represents a promise from Sisko that he will return to reclaim Deep Space 9.

Second Fleet 2

A Federation-Klingon fleet departs for war

On the Defiant, Sisko sits in contemplation of the impending war that will sweep across the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. The Defiant and the Rotarran de-cloak and move to join the gigantic Federation and Klingon fleet.

The Dominion War has begun.

Log entries[]

Memorable quotes[]

"The Romulans! I always knew they were without honor. Now they have proven it!"

- Worf, about the Romulans signing a nonaggression treaty with the Dominion

"I'll make this quick. We know all about the minefield."
"I assumed you'd find out sooner or later."
"As I see it, you have two choices. Either you remove the mines, or we will take this station from you and remove them ourselves."

- Weyoun and Sisko, about the minefield surrounding the entrance to the Bajoran wormhole

"I appreciate your directness. Now let me be direct with you. The mines stay. I will not allow any more Dominion reinforcements through the wormhole."
"YOU will not allow?!"
"You heard me."

- Sisko and Weyoun, about refusing to remove the minefield surrounding the entrance to the Bajoran wormhole

"It's the Cardassians. Don't get me wrong. I'm pleased to call them allies, but as you know, they've just been through a terrible war with the Klingons. I'm afraid it's left them somewhat jittery. So they're understandably concerned with ensuring the sovereignty of their borders. And since they're now members of the Dominion, their concerns have become our concerns."

- Weyoun, to Captain Sisko about the Cardassians

"When the Klingons attacked the station, Gul Dukat and I were fighting side by side. At one point, he turned his back to me, and I must admit that, for a moment, he made a very tempting target."
"You'd shoot a man in the back?"
"Well, it's the safest way, isn't it? But then I thought, 'Well, no, I can't fight all these Klingons by myself.' So, I let him live."
"And now you regret it."
"Ah, my dear Constable, before this day is over, everyone on this station is going to regret it."

- Garak and Odo

"Rom, I always said you were an idiot, but I never believed it more than I do at this moment."
"Brother, if you want to insult me, it's going to have to wait till later. I'm busy."
"Busy doing what?"
"Preparing perimeter defenses for the attack."
"There are dozens of engineers that could be doing that. Starfleet engineers. Hew-mons. You should be on Bajor with your new wife."
"That's what Leeta said."
"Well, she's right. This is not your fight."
"It's not your fight either, but I don't see you leaving."
"I have to look out for my bar."
"And I have to look out for you."
"You're my brother. Whatever happens, we belong together."
"Well, like I said, you're an idiot." (gives Rom a kiss on the back of his head)

- Quark and Rom

"Captain, as a major of the Bajoran Militia, I must officially protest Starfleet's refusal to turn this station over to my government."
"Your protest is duly noted."
"Good. Now that that's over with… Kira Nerys reporting for duty."

- Kira Nerys and Benjamin Sisko

"I have been waiting for this moment for five years."
"First, we reclaim Terok Nor, and then onto Bajor."
"Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Or must I remind you that the Dominion just signed a nonaggression pact with Bajor?"
"The Dominion might have. I never did."
"The Dominion will honor its treaty. And as a member of the Dominion, you will honor it as well."
"Where the Dominion leads, I will follow."
"I never doubted it."

- Dukat, Damar, and Weyoun

"Sir, the station's shields are holding."
"Impossible. Federation shields have always proven useless against our weapons."
"I've found it wise to never underestimate the Federation's technical skill or Captain Sisko's resourcefulness."

- Damar, Weyoun, and Dukat

"You may continue your work, Commander. I will handle the Jem'Hadar."
"Who says there's never a Klingon around when you need one?"
(Martok chuckles)

- Martok and Dax, after the Rotarran defends the Defiant as it mines the wormhole

"When I first took command of this post, all I wanted was to be somewhere else. Anywhere but here. But now, five years later, this station has become my home, and you have become my family. And leaving this station… leaving you… is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. But this war isn't over yet. I want you to know that, while we were keeping the Dominion occupied, a Starfleet/Klingon task force crossed the border into Cardassia and destroyed the Dominion shipyards on Torros III. Your sacrifices… our sacrifices, made that victory possible. But no victory can make this moment any easier for me. And I promise, I will not rest until I stand with you again… here… in this place where I belong."

- Benjamin Sisko, saying his goodbyes to Deep Space 9's personnel

"This is a great victory for Cardassia."
"And the Dominion."
"Over 50 ships lost, our spacedocks on Torros III destroyed. A victory, perhaps, but a costly one."
"We'll discuss the repercussions later. Right now, I'm going to enjoy this moment."

- Damar, Dukat and Weyoun

"Gentlemen, on behalf of the Bajoran government…"
"And the Promenade Merchants' Association"
"I officially welcome you to Deep Space 9.'"
"You mean Terok Nor, don't you?"

- Kira Nerys, Quark and Dukat

"The Federation must be really desperate."

- Quark, after Rom explains that he has become a spy for Starfleet

"We should rendezvous with the Federation task force in 48 hours."
"And then what?"
"And then we make the Dominion sorry they ever set foot in the Alpha Quadrant."
"Cadet, you took the words right out of my mouth."

- Dax, Bashir, Nog, and Sisko

"I assume Captain Sisko removed or destroyed everything of value?"
"Not everything.""
"What is that?"
"A message from Sisko."
"I don't understand."
"He's letting me know… he'll be back."

- Weyoun and Dukat, in regards to the baseball Sisko left behind in his office

Background information[]

Story and script[]


  • This episode is the last of the series to be co-written by the departing Robert Hewitt Wolfe (although he would also write the seventh season episode "Field of Fire" as a freelancer). He appears as an injured Starfleet officer boarding the USS Defiant as Dax tells Worf she will marry him, an image of which is seen in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 469. Also, in the Companion, as well as in Star Trek: Communicator issue 113 (p. 10), is a photo showing the DS9 cast (in character) sitting around a table in the wardroom. They are all looking at the camera and holding little signs that say "(sad)" (except for Michael Dorn, who's holding his upside down). Ronald D. Moore explained: "This was part of a gag we did for Robert Wolfe when he left the show. We re-wrote a scene from the final episode where the entire cast was talking in the Wardroom about Robert leaving the show. The final bit in the scene was each of them holding up a sign saying "(sad)" which is an inside joke having to do with our use of parenthetical instructions to the actors (i.e. (with feeling) or (with humor) or (angry)). They were all supposed to be (sad) about Robert leaving the show." (AOL chat, 1997)
  • The massive final shot for this episode proved to be exceptionally popular among viewers, who felt that it really set the stage for the upcoming season. The producers however, reacted differently. According to Ira Steven Behr, "What we'd written for that scene was, 'Lots of ships, two little ships coming to join them.' But what the effects people shot was, Lots of ships, two little ships coming, turning around, joining them, and then coming back together. It went much farther than we wanted. It told the audience that we were attacking now, like, 'Okay, we're marshaling our forces and here we are to join up,' which was never the idea. That changed the entire opening to Season 6. We'd already written the opening of the first show, and René said, 'Guys, this doesn't work, because the effects people have made the audience think that something a lot bigger has happened. We have to address that.' Anyway, we changed the opening of Season 6 to have all those ships we saw in "Call to Arms" battered and beaten and leaking plasma." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 472-473)
  • The mass scene was also one of the last where physical studio models were used in scenes of this kind (the last one occurring in the follow-up episode "A Time to Stand") before complete transition to CGI for scenes of this kind. David Stipes, the visual effects supervisor for the episode, has broken down the scene as follows: Defiant-class, Klingon Bird-of-Prey, Galaxy-class, Saber-class, Steamrunner-class, and Akira-class, the latter three making their first appearances since Star Trek: First Contact (ILM was requested to hand over their CGI models made for that film for remapping, though rumor has it that the model of the Norway-class was lost during transfer to Digital Muse), were done in CGI; Excelsior-class, Miranda-class, K't'inga-class, and Vor'cha-class (the latter three were either AMT/Ertl model kits or Playmates Toys) were still physical models. [1]
  • The fleet scene at the very end of this episode was the very first indication that the Defiant-class had entered production, as two other Defiant-class vessels were seen among the Federation and Klingon vessels – they are, however, definitely not either the USS Valiant, which was caught behind enemy lines, or the USS Sao Paulo, which had not been commissioned at that point in the series. This scene is also the first of three times that more than one Defiant-class vessel appear on-screen together at any one time – the others being the Star Trek: Voyager episodes "Message in a Bottle" and "Endgame".
  • In an apparent production error, both of the Galaxy-class ships seen at the end of the episode have the registry number NCC-1701-D on the bottom of the saucer section.


  • This is one of Ira Steven Behr's all-time favorite Deep Space Nine episodes. He sums the episode up as being simply about goodbyes, and he wanted to make sure that the audience understood this so that they would be ready for what was to come in Season 6; "It was the big hint to the audience. I knew that we were going to do something very bold the following season, and I wanted to prepare people for it, because we were already thinking of having this multipart episode the next year that was going to turn the show around." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 470) Indeed, the episode contains four major farewell scenes: 1) Sisko's heartfelt farewell to the crew remaining on Deep Space 9, 2) Dax's romantic farewell to Worf, 3) Rom's rushed farewell to Leeta, and 4) Garak's gentle farewell to Ziyal.
  • This episode is also a personal favorite of Ronald D. Moore, who ranks it as his favorite season finale of any Star Trek show, "The Best of Both Worlds" included. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 473)
  • Jeffrey Combs enjoyed filming the scene between Weyoun and Sisko, commenting that the characters "both know, like good diplomats, that what we're saying sounds good but it's complete and utter nonsense and that the exact opposite is true. It takes a lot of bravura to look at someone and appear absolutely genuine in your conviction that you mean them no harm and yet you're just waiting to slip a knife into their ribs when they're not looking. It's honorable yet dishonorable at the same time". (TV Zone, issue 109/TV Zone Special #44 – Villains Special)
  • Erika Lippoldt commented: "A game-changing episode that revealed a whole new facet to a series five seasons in, and created a launching point for the brilliant season six of DS9. Not only did this episode manage to heighten the stakes in an unexpected manner, it gave way to some of the juiciest character moments to date. When Sisko says 'this has become my home, and you have become my family', the emotion behind those words is completely earned – and reminds us that even though the show was taking chances, it was still about family, as all Trek is." [2]


  • This episode features the Second Battle of Deep Space 9 and the start of the Dominion War.
  • Kira's comments about Odo's feelings establish that this episode takes place about a month after "Children of Time".
  • This episode shows Weyoun clearly overruling Dukat and reminding him that as a member of the Dominion, he has to abide by their rules, the first time it is clearly shown that Cardassia is no longer autonomous. This trend continued and worsened, with Weyoun telling Damar that he can give him orders independently of Dukat in "Rocks and Shoals", reminding him that he rules at the Dominion's pleasure in "Statistical Probabilities", and finally stating that the Founders own Cardassia in "Strange Bedfellows". Cardassia's declining independence serve as a catalyst for the rebellion led by Damar later in the Dominion War in "The Changing Face of Evil".
  • Some of the damage and battle footage during the Second Battle of Deep Space 9 was re-used from "The Way of the Warrior", "Emissary", and VOY: "Caretaker", with different ships or backgrounds. Some shots of the USS Defiant being attacked by Jem'Hadar attack ships was re-used from "The Search, Part I".
  • In a captain's log entry, Sisko says, "As someone once said, 'These are the times that try men's souls." This quote is from The American Crisis, the revolutionary pamphlet by Thomas Paine (after whom the starship USS Thomas Paine was named), published in 1776. In the original 1983 V mini-series, a character says these same words while comforting another character.
  • Rom's farewell speech to Leeta is a paraphrase of Rick Blaine's (Humphrey Bogart) final speech to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in the 1942 Michael Curtiz film Casablanca: "If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life .... it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that."
  • The non-aggression pact signed between the Romulan Star Empire and the Dominion in this episode would be in place until the sixth season episode "In the Pale Moonlight", where Sisko would lie to the Romulans about the Dominion's intentions so as to ensure they enter the war on the side of the Federation.
  • Leeta looked at over 150 designs for a wedding dress. She liked #38.
  • Referenced Rules of Acquisition: #190 ("Hear all, trust nothing")
  • The final moments of this episode are novelized in book two of Star Trek: The Dominion War.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Defiant-class ships other than the USS Defiant, toward the episode's end in the Second Fleet.

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