Last time on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine...
It'll be good to have you home again, Benjamin.
Dad, you know that this isn't exactly a vacation.
I'll be spending most of my time in San Francisco
at Starfleet Headquarters.
Ben, Earth is in danger.
Something has to be done about these shape-shifters.
You know more about the Dominion than anyone in Starfleet.
And so, effective immediately, I'm making you acting head
of Starfleet Security here on Earth.
Forgive the intrusion, Mr. President
but as you can see, Starfleet
has every right to be concerned.
If Odo was a Dominion infiltrator
he could've killed you.
You actually thought I was one of them, didn't you?
I don't know. I wasn't sure.
This business has got you so twisted around
you, you can't think straight.
A changeling infiltrated
the grounds of Starfleet Headquarters
imitated the Admiral, and got away scot-free.
Our security measures aren't working.
We're doing everything the President will let us do.
Maybe that's not enough.
Earth's entire power relay system's
been knocked off line.
In other words, Earth is defenseless.
What you're asking me to do is declare martial law.
What I'm asking you to do is let us defend this planet.
You'd better come take a look at this.
Take a look at what?
Come on.
And now, the conclusion.
I don't like this.
The more I read Starfleet's reports
on the sabotage of the power relays
the more unanswered questions I have.
How were the changelings able to infiltrate
the Division of Planetary Operations?
Where did they get the codes
for the division's computer control network?
And how did they manage to disable
every power relay on Earth at the same time?
Captain, have you ever heard of a group called Red Squad?
They're an elite team of Starfleet cadets.
According to Nog, every student at the Academy
wants to be a part of it.
Well, that explains it.
Explains what?
Well, according to this transporter log
a group called "Red Squad" was beamed back
to Starfleet Academy, 26 minutes
after the state of emergency was declared.
That's strange.
During the blackout, Starfleet mobilized hundreds of units.
Why would they demobilize Red Squad?
That's why I brought it up.
But if they're cadets, I suppose Starfleet
wanted to get them out of harm's way.
If that's true, how do you explain this?
Three hours later, Starfleet Command issued an order
assigning the entire corps of cadets to field duty.
Which means they weren't bringing Red Squad home
for their protection.
So the question is
why would they demobilize Red Squad
only to mobilize them again three hours later?
Are you sure reopening the restaurant is a good idea?
Jake, it's been four days since the power outage.
Have you seen any Dominion invasion fleet?
Neither have l.
Besides, at my age
I don't have time to waste sitting at home being bored.
You know, there's hardly anyone on the streets.
You're not going to have any customers.
Oh, I've got plenty of customers.
Just look outside.
All I see are security officers.
And I bet not one of them
has had a good meal in four days.
Now, you do your grandfather a favor
and start chopping up the okra.
Captain Sisko, is there something I can do for you?
I need to talk to you about Red Squad.
Go on.
Are you aware there's a transporter record
of Red Squad being returned
to the Academy not long after the power outage?
Are you saying that's in the official records?
That's right.
Is this a secure line?
It is at my end.
One moment.
Sorry, Captain, but I think
you'll agree that this is a time for caution.
Does Admiral Leyton know about this report?
He hasn't mentioned it to me.
Listen to me, Captain.
I want that record erased
before anyone else can see it.
Is that understood?
I'll take care of it immediately.
Good. That report could cause us a lot of trouble.
I'm glad you spotted it.
So am l.
I'd hate to see the members of Red Squad
get into any trouble.
They're fine young men and women.
When Leyton talked to me about using them
I thought it was a mistake
but I must admit, they performed their mission admirably.
I appreciate your call, Captain.
I'm in your debt.
that certainly raised more questions than it answered.
What did I tell you?
As human as I ever was.
You seem pretty jovial today.
Well, is there a problem with that?
It's just...
Well, you didn't seem too happy
about being tested a few days ago.
Well, that was before the changelings
sabotaged the power grid.
I know, but you have to admit
you were pretty adamant about it.
I don't understand you.
When I didn't want to be tested, you made it an issue.
Now that I'm cooperating, you're still not satisfied.
It's not you, Dad.
Then what is it?
I'm not sure.
Maybe I'm just being paranoid.
Uh, Captain, Jake said you wanted to see me.
Yes, I do.
Uh, you two talk.
I'll go chill some tube grubs.
What can I do for you, sir?
It's about Red Squad.
Red Squad? Did you get me in?
Not just yet.
Oh, too bad. Those guys are the best.
They're the only people I know
who aren't afraid of the Dominion.
Why is that?
I don't know.
They're not scared of anything, I guess.
You seem to know them pretty well.
Jake told me I should try to get to know them better--
show them that I'm a good guy.
And so far, it seems to be working.
The truth is, I think they only like me
because I know you.
Is that so?
You're kind of their hero-- the man at the front line
in the war with the Dominion.
I'd like to meet some of these cadets.
You think you could introduce me to one of them?
I'm sorry. I can't do that, sir.
The names of Red Squad members are supposed to be secret.
But you know who they are.
It's not easy keeping secrets from a Ferengi.
But I feel funny telling anyone else.
Besides, if they found out I told you who they were
I'd never get in.
Cadet, you are obviously under the mistaken impression
that I am asking a favor.
I want a name, and I want it now, and that is an order.
Understood, Mr. Nog?
Yes, sir.
Cadet Shepard reporting as ordered, Captain.
Riley Aldrin Shepard...
Starfleet service number C953O4699427
a third-year student at Starfleet Academy
with a specialty in tactical operations.
Yes, sir.
Cadet, I have been reviewing a record
of Red Squad activities on the night of the 23rd--
the night of the power outage.
Record, sir? We were told
there was not going to be any written record.
Are you contradicting me, Cadet?
No, sir.
Good. Now who told you there wasn't to be a written record?
The briefing officer, sir.
I want that officer's name.
She didn't give us her name, sir
but she did say there would be no record of our actions
and that our role would have to go unrecognized
at least for now.
Maybe if you'd done your job better, it would have.
But you fouled it up, didn't you?
You cadets did some sloppy work--
some damn sloppy work.
With all due respect, sir... that's not true, sir.
The mission went perfectly.
If anything, it was easier than the simulations.
Now, son, if you think by lying to me
you're going to save your own hide, you'd better forget it.
Mistakes were made, and I will find out who's responsible.
I'm not lying to you, sir.
I was there.
I was at Planetary Operations the whole time.
If anything had gone wrong, I would have known about it.
Is that so?
All right, Cadet, let's go over this step by step
from the time of your mission deployment
to your return to base at 1947 hours PST
on the night of the 23rd.
Yes, sir.
We assembled on the eastern quad
at 1700 hours on the evening of the 23rd.
I assume by "we," you mean Red Squad.
Yes, sir. After assembly, we were beamed aboard the Lakota.
Once aboard, we received our equipment
and the necessary codes
and were transported directly
to the Division of Planetary Operations in Lisbon.
At what time?
0400 hours, exactly-- Iocal time, of course.
Go on, Cadet.
Our contact inside the DPO
gave us access to their computer control network.
From there, we used the access codes we were given
bypassed the security lockouts
and downloaded the disordering protocols
into the network.
And from there, the protocols spread
to every power relay on the planet.
It was a pretty impressive sight, sir
watching those relays wink out one after another.
Sorry I missed it.
After that, all we had to do was
sabotage the restart sequencers and get out.
Like I said, sir, it was all by the numbers.
And are you sure that this cadet is telling the truth?
He admitted to committing acts of treason
against the Federation.
If he was going to lie
I think he would have made up a better story.
I take it that you gave him a blood screening.
I tested him myself.
He's human.
Well, then let's say he is telling the truth--
that his superior officers ordered him
to sabotage the power relays.
That still doesn't rule out Dominion involvement.
For all we know, his superiors
have been replaced by changelings.
I thought about that.
But if it were changelings, what have they accomplished?
There's been no invasion and power's been restored.
And Starfleet has fortified Earth.
I see your point, Captain.
So, let's say you're right.
Starfleet officers have sabotaged the power grid.
What are you going to do about it?
That is the bottom line, isn't it?
What am I going to do?
These aren't evil people, Odo.
These are people I worked with.
They're my friends...
people I respect.
How can I turn against them?
It seems to me...
if they have committed treason against the Federation--
the Federation that you swore to protect--
you won't be turning against them.
They will have turned against you.
Captain, I've been in politics for 70 years.
I'm no stranger to overstatement and exaggeration
but the idea that Starfleet
would plot to overthrow the Federation government
is the single most astonishing accusation I have ever heard.
Sir, if you'll hear us out--
As I intend to
but you'll forgive me if I remain somewhat skeptical.
Now, you should start at the beginning.
Several months ago, I learned
from one of my people, that changelings
had infiltrated the Federation.
Not long after I gave this information
to Starfleet, reports indicate
that Admiral Leyton led a contingent
of high-ranking officers to meet with you
and recommend implementation
of sweeping security measures meant to protect Earth.
And I rejected their suggestions as extreme.
It's no secret that Leyton
disagreed with you, and despite your calls for calm
his concern about the Dominion threat continued to grow.
When the Antwerp Conference
was bombed, Leyton became convinced
that the changelings posed a greater threat to Earth
than you were prepared to admit.
And so Admiral Leyton approached me again
this time with you two at his side
and I agreed to his proposals.
To some of his proposals.
We believe that Admiral Leyton
and his supporters weren't satisfied
with the limited security procedures you authorized.
They were convinced that extraordinary measures
were needed to counter the changeling threat.
More than that, they were determined
to prove to you and to everyone else
how vulnerable Earth was to a Dominion takeover.
So they sabotaged the global power grid...
Starfleet officers committing sabotage?!
I know exactly how you feel, but it's the truth.
I find that difficult to believe.
Admiral Leyton may be somewhat grating
and inflexible at times
but for a man of his accomplishments
a man of his distinguished record to commit treason?
I'm sure the Admiral doesn't see it as treason.
He would probably defend it as a desperate act of patriotism.
He and his supporters think
that their actions are both necessary
and justified.
Not to mention effective.
Think about it.
The power grid fails
and the next thing you know, Starfleet security officers
are on the streets of every city, armed with phaser rifles
blood testing citizens at random.
Your story has a certain logic to it, gentlemen
but what it lacks is proof.
You want proof?
Order Admiral Leyton to withdraw his troops from the streets.
See what he does.
You think he would refuse a direct order
from his Commander in Chief?
If he orders his troops to stand down
then I'm wrong, and I'll offer my resignation
but I don't think that's going to happen.
With those troops in place, Admiral Leyton controls Earth
and he's not going to give up that control
until he's convinced that he has ended the Dominion threat.
He may not have to give up anything.
If what you say is true--
if the power outage was part of Leyton's plan--
then it's worked perfectly.
Right now, the public overwhelmingly
supports the increased security.
If I try to remove those troops over Leyton's objection
I'll have a planetwide riot on my hands.
What if we bring you the proof?
Hard evidence linking Leyton
to the sabotage of the power grid?
With that, you could force Leyton
to stand down, make him withdraw the troops.
If what you say is true, I'll have his resignation.
Bring me the evidence, I promise I'll use it.
Sorry I'm late.
Where's Cadet Shepard?
That's a good question.
I couldn't find him anywhere.
What do you mean you couldn't find him?
I mean, he's gone.
As far as I can tell, so is every other member of Red Squad.
Uh, the rumor is they've all been sent
on some kind of training exercise.
I'm afraid Cadet Shepard
won't be returning to Earth any time soon.
Admiral Leyton, it's...
Return to your quarters, Cadet.
I think you and I have to talk...
in private.
I'll be in the next room if you need me.
Mind if I get a cup of coffee?
Help yourself.
I haven't been getting a lot of sleep lately.
Too much to do.
Maybe you need a vacation.
Somehow, replicated coffee never tastes this good.
I'm afraid I owe you an apology, Ben.
The way I see it
you owe a lot of people an apology.
I wish I could've told you the truth from the beginning
but somehow I suspected
we wouldn't see eye to eye on this thing.
Then why did you bring me here?
Because I needed someone who knew how to fight
shape-shifters, and that's you.
And I suppose on some level
I hoped that when you saw what we were accomplishing
you'd join us.
You've always had a strong sense of duty.
My duty is to protect the Federation.
That's what we're trying to do.
What you're trying to do is to seize control of Earth
and place it under military rule.
If that's what it takes to stop the Dominion.
So you're willing to destroy paradise
in order to save it?
Remember when we were on the Okinawa
fighting the Tzenkethi?
That time when I wanted to take the ship
into an asteroid belt to chase down those three raiders?
And I said it was an unnecessary risk.
You spoke your mind.
Which is exactly what a good executive officer
is supposed to do.
But I overruled you.
After the staff meeting, you followed me
into my ready room and tried to argue
your point again.
That's right, I did.
And remember what I told you?
That a good officer must respect the chain of command.
That there comes a time
when you must accept the orders of a superior officer
and carry out those orders
whether you agree with them or not.
I also told you that when you became a CO
you'd feel the same way.
And you were right--
about going after the Tzenkethi and about me.
Without the chain of command
Starfleet would cease to function
and we wouldn't stand a chance against our enemies.
I'm still your Commanding Officer
and now, more than ever
I need you to respect my authority.
And I cannot do that!
Not this time.
Then as of now, I'm relieving you of your post
as temporary head of Earth Security
and sending you back to Deep Space 9.
Go home, Ben.
You don't belong here.
Beautiful evening, isn't it?
Chief, how'd you get here?
You don't look so good.
You've a lot on your mind, I bet.
How is your father?
There's no way the Defiant could get here so soon.
I didn't say I came on the Defiant.
Tell me the truth.
Do you really believe that phaser rifles
will do any good against shape-shifters?
You're not O'Brien.
Oh, luckily no.
The thought of being locked
into one shape all the time, it's, ooh...
it's unnatural.
Ah, don't bother calling for help.
It'll only cut short our conversation
and I do enjoy your company.
If you have something to say to me, say it.
Oh, you solids, you are so impatient.
I-l thought we could sit here for a while.
Maybe go to a bar, have a pint, throw some darts.
I don't think so.
Let me ask you a question.
How many changelings do you think are here on Earth
right at this moment?
I'm not going to play any guessing games with you.
What if I were to tell you
that there are only four on this entire planet?
Not counting Constable Odo, of course.
Think of it.
Just four of us
and look at the havoc we've wrought.
How do I know you're telling me the truth?
Oh, four is more than enough.
We're smarter than solids.
We're better than you, and most importantly
we do not fear you
the way you fear us.
In the end, it's your fear that will destroy you.
Are you finished?
We've barely begun.
I'll be seeing you.
I recognize that look.
What look?
The one you're wearing--
the one that says, "something's bothering me
and I don't know what to do about it."
Oh. That look.
Do you want to tell me about it?
I wish I could.
Oh, I see.
It's a Neffie Beumont- kind of thing.
Neffie Beumont... whoo!
What a crush I had on her.
Not that you'd admit it.
You just sat around for weeks
brooding and pining away, trying to sort it all out
until your old man finally sat you down one day
and gave you some advice.
"There comes a time in every man's life
when he must stop thinking and start doing."
And the next day, you finally went over
to young Neffie's house and asked her out.
And she turned me down.
But at least you weren't brooding anymore.
And when Zoey Phillips moved into the neighborhood
a few weeks later, you asked her out
before her parents were done beaming in the furniture.
And dated her for three years.
I guess what you're telling me is
that I must stop brooding and make a decision.
Thank you, Dad.
Don't mention it.
Make sure you turn out the lights
on your way out.
I wonder whatever happened to Zoey Phillips?
Zoey Phillips.
Captain, why are you transmitting
on a Bajoran frequency?
We have things we need to discuss
that I don't want anyone else to hear.
What's your status?
Everything here is fine.
There's been no sign of Dominion activity.
What about the wormhole?
It's acting normally again.
It stopped opening and closing at random
not long after you left.
If any Dominion ships did sneak through
they're not giving us any trouble.
Listen closely.
There's something I need for you to do.
It's all yours.
I suggest you hurry.
I doubt it'll take them very long
to discover that we're here.
I never knew it was so easy
to break into classified Starfleet files.
Everything I know I learned from Quark.
Looks like Leyton's been a busy man.
He's personally reassigned over 400 officers
in the past three weeks.
Do you recognize any of these names?
A lot of them.
Daneeka, McWatt... Snowden, Orr, Moodus.
All of them were officers on the Okinawa
when I was Leyton's X.O.
As far as I can tell, every officer on this list
served under Leyton at one time or another.
And now they're all in key positions here on Earth.
Or commanding ships somewhere in this sector.
It says here, he's ordered another set of transfers.
Take a look at these dates.
They all take effect on the 14th.
A day before the President's speech.
Do you think there's any connection?
Maybe Admiral Leyton doesn't intend
for the President to make his speech.
I better get a copy of this.
Odo, if Admiral Leyton is planning
some kind of takeover on the 14th
I want to make sure
that Jake and my father are safe.
We should get them off Earth as soon as possible.
Come in.
I'm surprised to find you here.
Just cleaning out some of my files.
I'll see you later, Constable.
Good night, Captain.
I hear congratulations are in order.
Your promotion--
Captain of the Lakota.
Thanks, but it's still a few days away.
The Lakota won't be done with its refit
until the 14th.
I guess that will make the 14th a special day.
I'm looking forward to it.
Too bad you won't be around for the ceremony.
Oh, who knows?
I might be able to fit it in.
I thought Admiral Leyton ordered you back to Deep Space 9.
He did, but I've got some leave coming
and I've decided to take it.
After all, I don't get much time to spend on Earth
and it is so pleasant here.
With a Starfleet officer on every corner
paradise has never seemed so well armed.
You're a very interesting man, Captain.
I'm sorry we didn't get to work together longer.
Admiral. I didn't expect to see you here.
I'm sure you didn't.
Captain, your arm, please.
Do as she asks.
Just as I said, Mr. President.
He's a shape-shifter.
You going to tell me how you faked the blood test?
Does it matter?
I suppose not.
You know, Ben...
I stand here looking at you...
the best officer who ever served under me...
trapped in this holding cell...
and I think...
Iife can be damned cruel.
Let me out.
Maybe life will look a little better.
I don't think I can do that just now.
So what are you going to do?
Keep me here forever?
You'll be free to go in a few days.
Let me guess.
After the President's speech.
The President won't be making a speech.
I will.
I assume you'll be explaining to the public why it's necessary
for Starfleet to seize control of Earth.
Temporarily, of course--
until the changeling threat has been neutralized.
And how long will that be?
Months? Years?
However long it takes.
The people deserve strong leadership--
someone who can protect them.
In other words...
If you need anything...
food, something to read...
just tell the guards.
Well, if it isn't my favorite vampire.
Vampires come out at night.
I've been pushing this cart all day.
Look, I'm getting a little tired of all these blood screenings.
Believe me, I'm as tired of giving them
as you are of taking them.
Why don't you give me one of those while you're at it?
You don't really expect me to let down that force field
and go in there with you?
Sisko's not the one
you should be worried about-- I am.
Come here.
Nicely done, Constable.
Well, it wasn't that difficult, considering
I helped you revise the security measures for this building.
Lucky for me.
Have you contacted Major Kira?
The Defiant is on its way to Earth.
That must mean they found what we were looking for.
Ah, it was just as you suspected.
They even found the officer responsible--
Lieutenant Arriaga.
They've put him on the Defiant.
You have to get to the President.
Tell him everything we know and warn him
that Leyton is going to make his move
sometime today.
What about you?
I've got some business to take care of.
I understand the situation, Admiral.
I'll do my best.
Good luck, Captain Benteen.
Leyton out.
Are you planning on using that?
Against a fellow officer?
I hope not.
But I will have to ask for your resignation.
You'll forgive me
if I don't leap at the opportunity.
I have enough evidence to convict you of treason.
Do you?
We have Lieutenant Arriaga in custody.
He is prepared to admit that under your orders
he attached a subspace modulator to the relay satellite
on the far side of the wormhole.
That is why it was opening and closing at random.
Why would anyone want to do that?
To make it look like
a cloaked Dominion fleet was entering Federation space
so that when the Earth's power relays were sabotaged
the people would think that an invasion was imminent.
That's a very interesting theory
but it's not going to do you much good.
Lieutenant Arriaga isn't going to get to Earth.
I've sent the Lakota to intercept the Defiant.
You think that one Starfleet ship
is going to fire on another?
As far as Captain Benteen's crew is concerned
the Defiant isn't a Starfleet ship.
They've been told everyone on the Defiant
has been replaced by shape-shifters.
Commander, we're being hailed by the Lakota.
They're ordering us
to drop out of warp and prepare to be boarded.
They raised their shields and powered up their phasers.
Looks like they won't take no for an answer.
Admiral, do you realize what's going on here?
Even if you win, even if you manage
to oust Jaresh-lnyo, you still lose.
We all lose.
I can't say I agree with you.
Do you think other Federation worlds
are going to sit back and let their President
be replaced by a military dictatorship?
Hardly a dictatorship, Ben.
Overthrowing a legitimately elected president
and giving Starfleet direct control over the government?
It sounds like a dictatorship to me.
And I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks so.
There will be some dissenters at first.
But they'll fall in line
once they realize that strengthening Earth
is the first step toward strengthening the Federation.
And what if they don't agree? What then?
Are you willing to risk a civil war?
If the Lakota fires on the Defiant
you will be opening up a Pandora's box
that may never be closed.
Then contact the Defiant and tell them to stand down.
I won't do that.
I didn't think so.
But don't kid yourself, Ben.
This Pandora's box of yours...
we're opening it together.
The Lakota 's targeting their weapons
on our warp engines.
They're bluffing. That's a Federation ship.
They're not going to fire on us.
I hope you're right about that, Chief.
Continue on course.
We're in weapons' range.
Raise shields.
Damage report.
Port shields are at 60 percent.
Someone's been upgrading the Lakota 's weapons.
That's a lot of fire power for an Excelsior-class ship.
Can we cloak?
We would have to lower shields.
I wouldn't advise it.
Do we make a run for it?
If they've been tinkering with the weapons
who knows what they've done to the warp drive.
Hail them.
No answer.
They're trying to disable our engines.
Let's go.
We've got to get you to the medical bay.
What do we do, Commander?
We fight.
Target their weapons.
Fire phasers.
Want some?
It's Bolian tonic water-- calms the nerves.
No, thank you.
Ironic, isn't it?
When you came on board the Okinawa
you were more interested
in engineering and ship design than command.
But I promoted you to Lieutenant Commander.
Gave you the post of Executive Officer
and taught you everything I knew about being a leader.
You were a good teacher.
I only wish I'd taught you more about the importance of loyalty.
You want to talk to me about loyalty?
After you broke your oath with the Federation
Iied to the people of Earth?
Ordered one of our own starships to fire on another!
You don't have the right.
You don't understand me at all, do you?
I used to think I did.
I used to think that you were a man of principles
a man of honor.
I see that I was mistaken.
I'm sorry you feel that way.
So am l.
Admiral, we're receiving a message from the Lakota.
Put it through.
We've been unable to stop the Defiant.
Someone has equipped her with ablative armor
and neglected to inform Starfleet Operations.
Under no circumstances is that ship to reach Earth.
The Lakota 's carrying quantum torpedoes, isn't she?
Yes, sir.
Then use them.
my orders were to disable the Defiant
not destroy her.
Your orders are to keep the Defiant
from reaching Earth by any means necessary, is that understood?
Yes, it is.
Captain, you know as well as I do
that there aren't any shape-shifters on the Defiant.
Use those quantum torpedoes
and you will be killing 50 Starfleet officers.
Captain Benteen knows where her duty lies.
You have your orders.
Yes, sir.
Shields are almost gone.
We have major systems failures on decks 1, 3 and 4.
What about the Lakota?
They're in worse shape.
One good hit will probably finish them.
And kill everyone on board.
That is not an option.
It's either them or us.
Mr. Worf, I think you should look at this.
They have powered down their weapons.
Hold your fire.
They're hailing us.
On screen.
Admiral Leyton, we are receiving a message
for Captain Sisko from the Defiant.
Put him through.
Do as he says.
Patching it in, sir.
I apologize for the delay, Captain.
What's your status, Mr. Worf?
The Lakota has powered down its weapons
and is allowing us to proceed to Earth.
Bartlett and Ramsey are dead, sir.
Seven others seriously injured.
Captain Benteen thinks there may be as many as 24 casualties
on the Lakota.
Get here as soon as you can.
The President's expecting you.
Aye, sir.
That was a mistake, Ben--
talking to your ship from my office.
Now that security knows you're here
you'll never make it past that door.
It doesn't matter
whether I get out of here or not.
By now, Odo is talking to Jaresh-lnyo.
The President will have all the evidence he needs
to stop you.
It's over.
It's not over!
I have enough loyal officers to make a fight of it.
Who will you fight?
Starfleet? The Federation?
Don't you see, Admiral?
You're fighting the wrong war.
And as for your loyal officers, Benteen's already abandoned you.
And she was closer to you than anyone.
You've lost.
Don't make anyone else pay for your mistakes.
I hope...
you're not the one making the mistake.
The streets are going to seem emptier with them gone.
Would you be happier if they'd stayed?
Oh, if they'd stayed
it wouldn't be Earth anymore, would it?
It didn't seem right-- all those phasers everywhere.
Something wrong, Odo?
Am I the only one who's worried
that there are still changelings here on Earth?
I'm scared to death, but I'll be damned
if I'm going to let them change the way I live my life.
If the changelings
want to destroy what we've built here
they're going to have to do it themselves.
We will not do it for them.
I'm going to miss you, son.
You too, Jake-o.
Feels like you just got here.
You sure we can't convince you
to come back to the station with us?
A Creole restaurant would be a big hit
on the Promenade.
Then you'll just have to open one.
This is my home.
Well, we'd better get going.
Now, don't forget...
Take my medicine. I know.
Is he always such a mother hen?
He means well.
Take care of yourselves.
I'll do my best.
That's all I can ask.
Three to beam up.
Well, what are you waiting for?
Come in. Have a seat.
Today I'm recommending the pasta boudin.
It's got a bit of a kick, but it will make you smile.

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