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Brunt, who is graciously giving Quark a pedicure, shocks Quark by informing him of recent social reforms on Ferenginar, including the introduction of taxes to finance welfare programs such as universal health care and retirement pensions for the elderly. Quark vows to enact sweeping changes, but is informed by Brunt that the position of Nagus is now on equal terms with a "Congress of Economic Advisors," which must ratify any legislation ''proposed'' by the Nagus. Quark worries about the future challenges facing the next Nagus.
 
Brunt, who is graciously giving Quark a pedicure, shocks Quark by informing him of recent social reforms on Ferenginar, including the introduction of taxes to finance welfare programs such as universal health care and retirement pensions for the elderly. Quark vows to enact sweeping changes, but is informed by Brunt that the position of Nagus is now on equal terms with a "Congress of Economic Advisors," which must ratify any legislation ''proposed'' by the Nagus. Quark worries about the future challenges facing the next Nagus.
   
On Cardassia, Kira, Garak and Damar lie on their cots in dejection and lament recent events to Mila when she brings them food. They consider themselves to have been stupid to have ever believed that they had a chance of toppling the Dominion and that everyone will be glad they're dead. Mila tells them that the citizens of the capital don't believe they're dead, and there are whispers going around of their survival. While Damar doesn't think this amounts to much, Kira realizes they still have a chance. The resistance might be gone, but they can create something far more powerful… a revolution! Kira and Garak attempt to stir Damar to action. It works: he asks how to start, and Kira asks for directions to the nearest Jem'Hadar barracks.
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On Cardassia, Kira, Garak and Damar lie on their cots in dejection and lament recent events to Mila when she brings them food. They consider themselves to have been stupid to have ever believed that they had a chance of toppling the Dominion and that everyone will be glad they're dead. Mila tells them that the citizens of the capital don't believe they're dead, and there are whispers going around of their survival. While Damar doesn't think this amounts to much, Kira realizes they still have a chance. The resistance might be gone, but they can create something far more powerful… a revolution! Kira and Garak attempt to stir Damar to action. It works: he asks how to start, and Kira asks for directions to the nearest Jem'Hadar barracks.
   
 
[[File:Axis_of_Evil.jpg|thumb|The Founder reveals her latest defensive battleplan]]
 
[[File:Axis_of_Evil.jpg|thumb|The Founder reveals her latest defensive battleplan]]
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===Act Five===
 
===Act Five===
With a three-minute fuse delay, Damar and Kira come to Garak's rescue, killing one guard; Garak quickly slips a knife through the other Jem'Hadar guard's throat. The blast from the explosion draws a crowd, who quickly recognize Damar… the man the Dominion couldn't kill! He unites the throng with a speech, stirring them to join the rebellion against the Dominion, then retreats.
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With a three-minute fuse delay, Damar and Kira come to Garak's rescue, killing one guard; Garak quickly slips a knife through the other Jem'Hadar guard's throat. The blast from the explosion draws a crowd, who quickly recognize Damar… the man the Dominion couldn't kill! He unites the throng with a speech, stirring them to join the rebellion against the Dominion, then retreats.
   
 
Julian and Ezri, still agreeing to remain friends, both board the [[turbolift]] for [[Operations center|Ops]]; but by the time they reach Ops, they are locked in a passionate embrace, obviously disregarding their ''friends-only'' stance. As heads turn throughout Ops to watch Ezri and Bashir making out, Worf cuts the spectacle short by pressing a button at his console, sending the turbolift back down to the Habitat Ring.
 
Julian and Ezri, still agreeing to remain friends, both board the [[turbolift]] for [[Operations center|Ops]]; but by the time they reach Ops, they are locked in a passionate embrace, obviously disregarding their ''friends-only'' stance. As heads turn throughout Ops to watch Ezri and Bashir making out, Worf cuts the spectacle short by pressing a button at his console, sending the turbolift back down to the Habitat Ring.
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In the DS9's wardroom, Sisko, Ross, [[Romulan]] [[Sub-Commander]] [[Velal]], and [[Klingon]] [[Chancellor]] [[Martok]] discuss the Dominion's pullback and their new defensive perimeter. While Velal believes that containment will weaken the Dominion, Martok counters that the Dominion now has less territory to defend and retreating allows them to shorten supply lines, and the Alliance should attack before the Dominion has time to rest and re-arm. Velal argues, and Ross cannot disagree, that breaching the Dominion's new defensive line, even if done successfully, will come at a high cost. But Sisko says that if they do nothing, the Dominion can sit happily behind their borders building vessels and cloning soldiers for the next few years, until they eventually launch a new offensive that would spell certain defeat for the Alliance. Ross reluctantly agrees, and, with Starfleet and the [[Klingon Empire]] both voting to attack, Velal agrees as well.
 
In the DS9's wardroom, Sisko, Ross, [[Romulan]] [[Sub-Commander]] [[Velal]], and [[Klingon]] [[Chancellor]] [[Martok]] discuss the Dominion's pullback and their new defensive perimeter. While Velal believes that containment will weaken the Dominion, Martok counters that the Dominion now has less territory to defend and retreating allows them to shorten supply lines, and the Alliance should attack before the Dominion has time to rest and re-arm. Velal argues, and Ross cannot disagree, that breaching the Dominion's new defensive line, even if done successfully, will come at a high cost. But Sisko says that if they do nothing, the Dominion can sit happily behind their borders building vessels and cloning soldiers for the next few years, until they eventually launch a new offensive that would spell certain defeat for the Alliance. Ross reluctantly agrees, and, with Starfleet and the [[Klingon Empire]] both voting to attack, Velal agrees as well.
   
After the briefing, Benjamin returns to his quarters to find his wife [[Kasidy Yates-Sisko|Kasidy]] still awake on the couch. She is [[pregnancy|pregnant]], she announces. While happy, she is unsure of the future, given the [[Bajoran]] [[Prophet]]s' [[Penumbra (episode)|warning]] to Benjamin, the [[Emissary of the Prophets]], to walk his path alone. The loving couple comforts one another, [[What You Leave Behind (episode)|while on the horizon]] is the end of the [[Dominion War]], and the release of the [[Pah-wraith]]s…
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After the briefing, Benjamin returns to his quarters to find his wife [[Kasidy Yates-Sisko|Kasidy]] still awake on the couch. She is [[pregnancy|pregnant]], she announces. While happy, she is unsure of the future, given the [[Bajoran]] [[Prophet]]s' [[Penumbra (episode)|warning]] to Benjamin, the [[Emissary of the Prophets]], to walk his path alone. The loving couple comforts one another, [[What You Leave Behind (episode)|while on the horizon]] is the end of the [[Dominion War]], and the release of the [[Pah-wraith]]s…
   
 
== Memorable quotes ==
 
== Memorable quotes ==
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* No one was happier than actor Armin Shimerman that Quark didn't become Nagus, but instead, stayed exactly where he was seven years previously; "''Quark ''is'' the station. He is as much a part of the station as the carpets, the [[pylon]]s, and the [[transporter]]s. Everybody goes through Quark's. Everybody deals with Quark.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'') Shimerman also commented, "''I had seen various characters go through major arcs and changes over the years. Other characters had started in one place in the first episode and were in totally different places at the end of the seven years, so I was concerned a few episodes before we ended that Quark really hadn't changed much in the seven years. But when they presented me with the script of 'The Dogs of War', I was shocked to see how much the character had changed – and I was delighted that it had happened while I wasn't looking. I was quite happy about that.''" ("The Magnificent Ferengi", {{STM|127}})
 
* No one was happier than actor Armin Shimerman that Quark didn't become Nagus, but instead, stayed exactly where he was seven years previously; "''Quark ''is'' the station. He is as much a part of the station as the carpets, the [[pylon]]s, and the [[transporter]]s. Everybody goes through Quark's. Everybody deals with Quark.''" (''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion]]'') Shimerman also commented, "''I had seen various characters go through major arcs and changes over the years. Other characters had started in one place in the first episode and were in totally different places at the end of the seven years, so I was concerned a few episodes before we ended that Quark really hadn't changed much in the seven years. But when they presented me with the script of 'The Dogs of War', I was shocked to see how much the character had changed – and I was delighted that it had happened while I wasn't looking. I was quite happy about that.''" ("The Magnificent Ferengi", {{STM|127}})
 
[[File:Combs as Weyoun & Brunt.jpg|thumb|Credit for Combs' dual performance]]
 
[[File:Combs as Weyoun & Brunt.jpg|thumb|Credit for Combs' dual performance]]
* Although the stars of a series typically play dual roles on occasion, this episode features a guest star (i.e., [[Jeffrey Combs]]) playing dual roles, specifically the characters [[Weyoun 8|Weyoun]] and [[Brunt]]. This is perhaps most noticeable in a transition from a scene in Quark's Bar (with Brunt kissing [[Quark]]'s hand, lavishing him with praise) to [[Cardassia Prime]] (with Weyoun addressing the entire population with a speech extolling the [[Dominion]]). [[Brian Markinson]] had previously played the dual roles of [[Sulan]] and [[Pete Durst]] in the {{s|VOY}} episode {{e|Faces}}.
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* Although the stars of a series typically play dual roles on occasion, this episode features a guest star (i.e., [[Jeffrey Combs]]) playing dual roles, specifically the characters [[Weyoun 8|Weyoun]] and [[Brunt]]. This is perhaps most noticeable in a transition from a scene in Quark's Bar (with Brunt kissing [[Quark]]'s hand, lavishing him with praise) to [[Cardassia Prime]] (with Weyoun addressing the entire population with a speech extolling the [[Dominion]]). [[Brian Markinson]] had previously played the dual roles of [[Sulan]] and [[Pete Durst]] in the {{s|5}} episode {{e|Faces}}.
 
* [[Cirroc Lofton]] ([[Jake Sisko]]) does not appear in this episode.
 
* [[Cirroc Lofton]] ([[Jake Sisko]]) does not appear in this episode.
   
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* This episode marks the final appearances on the show of several recurring characters (and some of their actors): Rom (Max Grodénchik), [[Leeta]] ([[Chase Masterson]]), Zek ([[Wallace Shawn]]), [[Ishka]] ([[Cecily Adams]]), [[Maihar'Du]] ([[Tiny Ron]]) and Brunt (Jeffrey Combs, although he plays Weyoun in {{e|What You Leave Behind}}). This is also the last episode to feature background characters [[Broik]] ([[David B. Levinson]]) and [[M'Pella]] ([[Cathy DeBuono]]) as well as the only installment in which they speak. (Grodénchik, Adams, and Levinson, along with Combs, however, can be seen, out of Ferengi makeup, as uncredited guests at the farewell party at [[Vic's lounge]] in {{dis|What You Leave Behind|episode|the following episode}}.)
 
* This episode marks the final appearances on the show of several recurring characters (and some of their actors): Rom (Max Grodénchik), [[Leeta]] ([[Chase Masterson]]), Zek ([[Wallace Shawn]]), [[Ishka]] ([[Cecily Adams]]), [[Maihar'Du]] ([[Tiny Ron]]) and Brunt (Jeffrey Combs, although he plays Weyoun in {{e|What You Leave Behind}}). This is also the last episode to feature background characters [[Broik]] ([[David B. Levinson]]) and [[M'Pella]] ([[Cathy DeBuono]]) as well as the only installment in which they speak. (Grodénchik, Adams, and Levinson, along with Combs, however, can be seen, out of Ferengi makeup, as uncredited guests at the farewell party at [[Vic's lounge]] in {{dis|What You Leave Behind|episode|the following episode}}.)
 
* [[Seskal]] is killed in this episode, having previously appeared in {{e|When It Rains...}}.
 
* [[Seskal]] is killed in this episode, having previously appeared in {{e|When It Rains...}}.
* Like [[Avery Brooks]], [[Patrick Stewart]] also directed the penultimate episode of his series, {{s|TNG}} (i.e., {{e|Preemptive Strike}}).
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* Like [[Avery Brooks]], [[Patrick Stewart]] also directed the penultimate episode of his series, {{s|3}} (i.e., {{e|Preemptive Strike}}).
 
* This episode bookends Zek's first appearance in {{e|The Nagus}} in a number of ways. In both episodes, Zek announces his retirement and Quark is led to believe he is Zek's successor. In "The Nagus", Zek also considers [[Risa]] as a possible destination (among others) for his first vacation since [[2284]]. In this episode, he finally gets to go. In "The Nagus", Quark laughs at the idea of Rom taking over the bar (and later attempts to forcibly take it by killing Quark) after Quark becomes Nagus. In this episode, Quark sells him the bar, though Rom gives it back after he becomes Nagus.
 
* This episode bookends Zek's first appearance in {{e|The Nagus}} in a number of ways. In both episodes, Zek announces his retirement and Quark is led to believe he is Zek's successor. In "The Nagus", Zek also considers [[Risa]] as a possible destination (among others) for his first vacation since [[2284]]. In this episode, he finally gets to go. In "The Nagus", Quark laughs at the idea of Rom taking over the bar (and later attempts to forcibly take it by killing Quark) after Quark becomes Nagus. In this episode, Quark sells him the bar, though Rom gives it back after he becomes Nagus.
 
* The costume Elle Alexander wore in this episode was later sold off on the [[It's A Wrap! sale and auction]] on eBay. {{stala|2348}}
 
* The costume Elle Alexander wore in this episode was later sold off on the [[It's A Wrap! sale and auction]] on eBay. {{stala|2348}}
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