You know, Morn
there's nothing more invigorating
than breakfast in a bar.
Where else can you get raw slug liver
first thing in the morning?
What do you mean, "what's this?"
It's puree of beetle.
I didn't order it.
Of course you didn't order it.
You don't need to order it.
You have it after work every morning.
Well, I'm not having it this morning.
two eggs over easy, three strips of bacon
and a side of corned beef hash.
What kind of breakfast is that?
It's Chief O'Brien's breakfast of choice.
That's the problem with working alongside hu-mans...
you pick up their disgusting habits.
corned beef hash.
What's next, Rom?
Orange juice and coffee?
That might be nice.
I don't understand.
You gave up a perfectly good job with me
to work on the station's waste extraction system?
A good waste extraction system is important.
Imagine where we'd be without one.
Of course it's important, but my point is
you're not getting the choice assignments.
O'Brien's got you on the night shift
doing all the work nobody else wants to do.
I like my work.
You like standing all night long
knee-deep in waste
fixing some broken flow regulator
when you could be here
staring at half-naked dabo girls?
I have a good job.
I'm proud of the work I do
and I know that one day
Chief O'Brien will recognize my efforts
and reward me with a position of respect
and responsibility, and why?
Because that's just the way things are
I'm sorry I brought it up.
They don't look so fine now.
I can't understand it.
I followed Keiko's instructions to the letter.
They were dry as a bone
when I came by for you yesterday.
I mean, I gave them water.
I just don't think it was enough.
You watered them?
These are Idran hybrids.
Too much water rots their roots.
Mommy's going to be mad.
I can't believe it.
Keiko's gone five days and we kill her plants.
She'll understand, won't she?
I mean, after all, they're just plants.
They're not just plants.
These are her bonsai trees.
She's cared for them, and nurtured them
and carefully sculpted their growth for months...
You're in trouble.
Listen, Molly, I think you and I
should both go to the airlock and welcome Mommy back
and then after we've hugged and kissed and...
you can tell her what happened.
Well, don't look at me.
Well, you killed her plants.
We killed them.
But I think you're overreacting to the situation.
I mean, Keiko will forgive you.
It's your birthday today, isn't it?
Yeah, so far, it's one I'd like to forget.
Well, she's been away on Bajor.
She's missed you.
Bring her a gift.
What kind of chocolates does she like?
Tellurian mint truffles
but I still think you should be with me.
You don't need me there.
I've seen you handle your wife thousands of times.
Just say you're sorry
and that you take full responsibility.
You'll be fine.
Besides, I, uh... have to be in surgery...
I'll find someone.
It was Julian.
He was trying to be helpful.
He over-watered them.
It's not his fault.
You know how he is.
Sometimes he doesn't even know what he's doing.
I'm sorry, sweetheart.
We'll buy some new ones.
Forget it, Miles. They're just plants.
It's not as if
something happened to Molly or the baby.
I mean, everybody's fine. No problems.
What about Kira?
Is she back yet?
No, she's still with Shakaar.
They're traveling around Dahkur Province.
I thought you were going to visit them.
I didn't get a chance.
So, how are the Fire Caves?
And now it's time for me to tell you some news.
I'm not Keiko.
Who are you?
Listen carefully, Miles.
I have taken possession of your wife's body.
I will hold it hostage
until you do everything I tell you to
accurately, and without question.
If you don't do precisely what I ask
I'll kill your wife.
Are you all right?
Maybe there's been an outbreak
of Rudellian brain fever on Bajor.
We should go see Julian...
I see I'm going to have to give you
a demonstration of my sincerity.
You're not telling anyone.
If you do, I'll stop her heart forever.
If you're really in control my wife's body
let me speak to her.
She can hear whatever you have to say.
Not good enough.
I want to talk to her.
I want her to talk to me.
You're in no position to bargain, Miles.
Strange, these corporeal bodies of yours... so fragile.
Burst even a tiny blood vessel in the brain
and every memory
every passionate emotion... gone forever.
You really shouldn't let me eat all these by myself, Miles.
I'm not hungry.
Look, why don't you just tell me what it is you want me to do
so we can get this over with.
But let me make one thing clear:
I will not do anything to jeopardize this station
or the people on it.
Don't worry, Miles.
All I want you to do is reconfigure
some of the communication
and sensor relays on the station.
I can't tell you.
You'll have to be patient.
The communications and sensor relays
are distributed throughout the entire station.
You know your wife well, Miles
but she knows you even better.
I know you're just playing for time
until you can get to your friends...
Julian, Dax, Captain Sisko.
I know they'll all want to help you.
The Captain may even allow you to do what I'm asking
at least until someone figures out
a way to catch me in some sort of stasis field
or some other clever device you're already dreaming up.
And you know what? It might work.
You might be able to stop me
but I promise you one thing:
If you do, Keiko will die.
All I need is a split second
to cause a massive brain hemorrhage, and...
I know this is a difficult adjustment for you to make
but we don't have a lot of time.
What do you want me to do?
How long is this going to take?
In order to keep the polarity shift
invisible to security checks, I'm going to have to tap
into the optronic integrator on Level Five.
You're the engineer.
What is it, Miles?
What do you want to ask me?
You always tighten your brow just a tiny bit
whenever you're about to ask a question.
It's something only a wife would notice.
Why take control of her? Why not me?
I'm the one who can do the work.
It would be more efficient.
I hope I'm not interrupting anything.
Yes, you are. We're busy.
Miles, don't be so rude.
Aw, Bajoran spiny basil... how thoughtful.
It's the least I could do after...
Oh, it's all right, Julian.
I forgive you.
Now, you are coming to the party tonight
I'll be here.
I guess it's not a surprise anymore.
Oh, I can't believe I did that.
I arranged a birthday dinner for you tonight
but I wanted it to be a surprise.
Well, that's okay.
I... I don't like surprises.
Well, I better be going.
I left a patient on the operating table.
I'll see you later.
This was so sweet.
A party? Tonight?
It is your birthday.
We can't have all those people here.
We'll have to cancel.
And raise suspicions?
It's better if the dinner goes on as planned.
went to a lot of trouble to arrange it for you.
Now, you better get back to work.
You don't want to be late for your shift briefing
and I've got a lot of cooking to do.
Diagnostic and Repair Technician Junior Grade Rom reporting.
Right. You're Duarte's replacement. Have a seat.
I'm on the swing shift?
For a day or two.
What's the matter with Duarte?
Sick as a vole.
Is this where Duarte sits?
So, what are you drinking?
Is that what we drink on the swing shift?
You can drink anything you want.
I'll have a raktajino.
It's not like this on the night shift.
We don't drink raktajino.
We really don't drink anything.
Change of plans today, people.
I need to recalibrate the optronic integrator
on Level Five.
What is it, Rom?
I like phase-shifting reconfigurations.
Thank you, but I'll take care of that myself.
I want the rest of you
to concentrate on the new inertial couplings.
I want all 64 couplings done today.
Watley, you and Tekoa cover the docking ring.
Abdon and Nori, the cargo bays.
Rom, the upper pylons.
Now, since I'll be working alone today
I'm going to be very busy, so I don't want
to be interrupted by anything unimportant.
Is that clear?
Computer... Iocate Keiko O'Brien.
Keiko O'Brien is in her quarters.
Computer, initiate full identity scan of Keiko O'Brien
and note any inconsistencies with existing medical records.
Scan complete. No inconsistencies found.
How long would it take a level-3 stasis field
to render Keiko O'Brien unconscious?
All cognitive reflexes would cease in 2.1 seconds.
Calculate the time if anesthetine gas were used.
What about a phaser set on stun?
God help me.
There you are, Chief.
I was beginning to think
you were going to miss your own party.
I'm sorry I'm late.
I had a few odds and ends to tie up.
Have you seen Keiko?
Oh, she's in the bedroom
helping Molly try on different shoes...
a little fashion crisis.
But as usual, your wife has handled everything.
You're a lucky man, Miles.
Keiko has really outdone herself this time.
Take it from an old cook...
Q'parol is a very time-consuming dish.
Happy birthday, Daddy!
He's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow
For he's a jolly good fellow
Which nobody can deny.
Happy birthday, sweetheart.
Make a wish.
Single malt Irish whiskey. Neat.
Molly wanted to wear her new purple shoes for you.
Doesn't she look pretty?
Now all the food's set out on the table
so just relax with your friends and I'll pass these around.
I want to talk to you.
Not right now, Miles. We have guests.
Sorry I'm late.
Dax, I was afraid you weren't coming.
Well, I heard you were serving Q'parol
and how could I miss it?
What's the matter, Chief?
You look a little preoccupied.
Everything all right?
Well, there's, um...
there's something I forgot to tell Keiko.
Would you excuse me for a moment?
Did you see any Pah-wraiths?
In the Fire Caves.
Odo was telling me the Caves were haunted by some
sort of weird supernatural beings.
Don't tell me you believe in wraiths.
Well, I may have mentioned the Bajoran legends
about creatures living in the caves
but I never said I believe in them.
Well, the only thing I saw in the caves
were some beautiful and botanically fascinating fungi.
Well, maybe the next time
you go to the Fire Caves, I could come along.
I've always wanted to meet a Pah-wraith.
Maybe you will. You never know.
I've done what you asked.
That's terrific, Miles.
We'll talk later.
Can I have cake now?
Oh, in a bit, sweetie.
Miles, are you bleeding?
No. It's... it's nothing.
Let me take a look.
I said I'm all right!
I'm sorry, everybody.
Get ahold of yourself.
Look, I've done everything you've asked me to do.
Just give me back my wife.
You've done well, Miles
but recalibrating the optronic integrator was only a test.
I had to be sure I could trust you.
Tomorrow the real work begins.
Now it's time to get back to our guests.
We don't want to raise suspicions, do we?
Is Molly asleep?
The Q'parol was a huge success.
Look, no more tests, no more games.
Just tell me what you want done.
We'll talk about it in the morning.
It's late and you're working a double shift tomorrow.
I want to talk about it now!
Miles, I make the rules.
Everything's going to be fine as long as you do what I ask.
I'll sleep on the couch.
Don't be childish.
What if Molly has one of her nightmares
and comes running in?
You'll sleep in bed with me just like you always do.
I'll be there in a minute.
Don't be too late.
You've got a busy day tomorrow.
give me the record of all Bajoran legends
concerning the Pah-wraiths.
There are 6,427 entries in the data banks
that reference that subject.
Another weakness of you corporeal life-forms...
your need for physical intimacy.
It's especially irritating in your young.
I have to get Molly ready for school.
I'll do it. You have a big day ahead of you.
Molly is going to sleep over at the Davis' tonight
and she's staying there until this is over.
You really think that's wise?
A little girl needs her mother.
Molly would be lost without hers.
You stay away from her.
Miles, I'd never do anything to hurt your daughter...
unless you force me to.
These are your instructions.
Follow them precisely.
Computer, locate Captain Sisko.
Captain Sisko is in Security.
And you didn't see anyone near her before she fell?
Nobody, but I was passing underneath the walkway
and I had my back toward her.
What were you doing on the Promenade?
Weren't you supposed to be working
on optronic circuitry on Level Five?
I was going to the Replimat for lunch.
Keiko is going to be all right.
She's lucky that she landed the way that she did.
It distributed the impact.
Otherwise, a fall from that height
could easily have killed her
or left her paralyzed.
Is she conscious?
Yes, but she's still in shock.
She has a broken femur and a hairline fracture
of the right parietal lobe.
Can I see her?
Maybe in a couple of hours.
Right now, she needs to rest.
I really need to see her now.
but only for a few minutes.
Don't excite her.
You were going to tell them about me.
How did you know?
I know everything your wife knows
and she knows you.
I told you we have to trust one another.
You violated that trust.
Now look where it's led us.
I want my wife back, do you hear? I want her...
Then stop trying to fool me.
How much more damage do you think this body can take?
no more tricks.
You know what you need to do.
You should get back to work.
I'll have everything completed in 36 hours.
You have 13 and not a minute more.
I can't do it that fast.
You're a very resourceful man.
I'm sure you can find a way...
for Keiko's sake.
She does need to rest, Chief.
Tell Molly I'll be home soon.
Tell her Mommy's fine.
Don't scare her.
give me a kiss.
I'm counting on you.
She'll be back on her feet soon, I promise.
Computer, begin a 13-hour countdown, starting now.
I heard about Keiko's accident.
How is she?
Julian said she'll be home soon.
That is good.
If there is anything I can do...
I wish there was.
I really do.
I'd better get going.
I'm falling behind schedule.
Computer, time remaining?
Eight hours, 22 minutes, three seconds.
I didn't mean to startle you.
Rom, what are you doing here?
Reporting for my next assignment.
I've completed calibration tests
on the inertial coupling ports on all three upper pylons.
How did you finish so quickly?
I just did the work.
I didn't allow myself to get caught up
in any of the distracting discussions
the other workers engage in.
Ferengi can be
very focused, especially when no one
bothers to talk to them.
Not that I mind.
I'm used to being ignored.
Is something wrong, Chief?
I can work slower if you want me to.
I need your help
and I need you to keep your mouth shut.
Can I count on you?
Is that a trick question?
Rom, this is serious.
You can depend on me, Chief.
We're going to make some modifications
to several of the station's systems.
I don't want you to breathe a word of this to anyone.
That includes Dax, Odo Captain Sisko, Worf...
They don't know?
Of course they know.
Well, at least some of them do
but they have to pretend that they don't.
This is a top secret Starfleet operation.
Don't worry about me, Chief. My lips are sealed.
Nobody will get anything out of me.
Not even my name.
Rom, everybody on the station knows your name.
But I won't confirm it.
Where do we start?
Computer, time remaining?
Six hours, 41 minutes, 26 seconds.
Commander, what are you doing up at this hour?
I want you to have a look at something.
I couldn't sleep, so I got up and decided
to scan the wormhole for radiometric anomalies.
At 3:00 in the morning?
I've always found anomalies to be very relaxing.
It's a curse.
I was using the wideband filter protocols
and when I ran the primary calibrations check
I found this.
Oh, they're slightly off spec.
Yes. I thought it might be a fused matrix inverter
until I ran a level-3 diagnostic.
Have a look.
We'd better wake the Captain.
We have a saboteur on the station.
All right, what have we got?
Computer, display diagnostic.
We've identified 943 tiny fluctuations
in the primary communication relays
and several power distribution junctions.
Fluctuations that can't be attributed
to anything except external intervention.
Someone's gained access to our systems
and is altering them.
For what purpose?
We're working on that.
At this point, it's hard to even call it sabotage.
There's been no real damage.
The systems are just a little off spec.
So far, these alterations don't seem
to pose any threat to the station.
But this might be just the tip
of a very large and dangerous iceberg.
Is there any way to trace how this was done, and by whom?
It has to be someone familiar with the station's systems.
Maybe someone who worked on the station
under the Cardassians.
I'm running extensive security checks
on all recent visitors, but so far, I haven't
It could have been someone
who's been on the station a long time...
someone with a lot of access.
Maybe even someone on the maintenance crew.
Do you think it's someone on your staff?
Chief O'Brien, I have a call from your daughter.
Molly, honey, what is it?
Hi, Daddy. Mommy told me I could call you.
I hope we didn't interrupt anything important.
It's all right, Molly.
I'm glad you called.
What are you doing at home?
She missed her mommy.
Isn't that sweet?
When are you going to come...?
Ow, Mommy! That hurt.
Oh, I'm sorry, sweetie.
Are you all right, Molly?
She's fine, Miles.
She just wants to know when you'll be finished.
I told her you had to work
another two hours, 22 minutes and 13 seconds.
How long is that, Daddy?
Soon. I'll be home very soon.
Good. We both miss you.
Everything all right?
Fine. I'm sorry about the interruption.
You were saying you thought you knew
who the saboteur might be.
I think I have an idea.
What are you doing, Rom?
I can't talk about it.
Oh, yes, you can.
And you will.
I'd better see what he's been up to here.
I'll take care of those.
Has he said anything?
For the first 40 minutes, it was
like pulling teeth even getting him
to admit his name.
You think he's working alone?
I don't know.
Rom admits to nothing.
Now he's asking to see Chief O'Brien.
He won't talk to anybody else.
Then get the Chief down here.
I want to know what's going on.
Security to Chief O'Brien.
Go ahead, Constable.
We need you in Security right away.
I'm still trying to figure out what Rom did to these systems.
That'll have to wait.
I have Captain's orders to get you down here immediately.
On my way.
Computer, time remaining?
36 minutes, nine seconds.
Computer, locate Maintenance Technician Rom.
Maintenance Technician Rom
is in Security Holding Cell Number Four.
Initiate security override
and scramble surveillance channels 4-A, B, C and D.
Specified security channels scrambled.
Now begin recalibration of gravitic sensors
at Access Panel 379 as indicated.
I'll be back in ten minutes.
The Chief is here, Rom.
Now, what do you want to say?
I'll only talk if we're alone.
What is it, Rom?
It's okay... I've disconnected Odo's eavesdropping devices.
I haven't told anyone anything, just like you said.
You're a good man.
Now, why did you call me?
I told you we're under very tight time constraints.
Captain Sisko is really angry.
If I didn't know he was pretending...
I can hold out until you say otherwise
but there is one thing I have to know.
Why are we focusing a chroniton beam
at the wormhole?
The new frequency
of the deflector grid is set to turn the station
into a massive chroniton array aimed directly at the wormhole.
So, I just wanted to know...
why are we trying to kill the wormhole aliens?
What are you talking about?
The chroniton beam is harmless.
To us, but its temporal disruption
would kill a wormhole alien instantly.
Why didn't I think of that?
She has me so on edge
I haven't been able to see the forest for the trees.
I don't have time to explain now.
The question is:
Why would anyone want to kill the wormhole aliens?
Everyone has enemies, even the Prophets.
They're not just wormhole aliens, they're...
part of Bajoran mythology...
just like the Pah-wraiths of the Fire Caves.
what have those wraiths
got to do with the wormhole aliens?
It's a Bajoran legend.
From the verb kosst meaning "to be"
Leeta's been telling me all about Bajoran legends.
She can go on for hours.
She says I'm a good listener.
I'm sure you are.
Now it's time to be a good talker... go on.
Well, uh, according to Leeta
the Pah-wraiths used to live in the wormhole.
They were part of the Celestial Temple.
They were Prophets.
They were cast out of the Temple
exiled to the Caves
where they were imprisoned in crystal fire cages
and forbidden to ever return
"lest they face the wrath of the true Prophets."
So if these false Prophets were to return
to the Celestial Temple...
I don't think they'd be welcomed.
Unless... she kills all the wormhole aliens first.
Rom... I'm going to have to leave you in a tough spot.
Captain Sisko, Odo...
they don't know about any of this, do they?
No. No, they don't
and I want you to help me keep it that way
for a little while longer.
I have to stay here and play the idiot?
I'm afraid so.
Now, no matter what Odo asks you...
I'm Quark's brother.
I know the role.
Computer, time remaining?
12 minutes, 22 seconds.
Sorry to disturb you, Chief.
Couple of things are still bothering me.
Rom couldn't have
done all this sabotage alone.
There were too many changes for any one person to make.
Right now, I've got a frequency problem in the cascade feeder.
I checked with the repair logs.
I was hoping to match someone's movements
to the locations where the alterations were made
but I couldn't do that.
We had a matrix systems failure yesterday.
Those files were lost. Sorry.
Hmm. We've had a lot of systems failures recently
haven't we, Chief?
Really? I hadn't noticed.
I've been too busy repairing things.
Like the surveillance channels in the holding cells?
You authorized a security override.
What was wrong with them?
The fiber optic relay was out of sync.
The isolinear chip junction was...
You didn't cover your tracks very well.
I didn't have time.
I still don't.
Chief O'Brien to Keiko O'Brien.
This is Keiko.
I've finished, but we have to move quickly.
This place is going to be swarming with Security.
Meet me at Runabout Pad C now.
How did you know I'd want a runabout?
Because I know what you're planning to do
but don't worry, I don't give a damn
about the Celestial Temple or your non-corporeal feuds.
I just want my wife back.
Now, you still need me to pilot you to the wormhole.
So let's stop wasting time.
I'll meet you there.
That's correct, Commander.
I want to test some new magnetic constrictors
in the runabout's impulse thrusters.
Very well, Chief.
You're cleared for departure, but before you go
there's one thing I'd like to ask you.
Did you enjoy your birthday?
Well, it was full of surprises.
Good. Those are always my favorites.
Hold position here.
Computer, initiate modifications O'Brien-731
and enable remote com link.
Com link enabled.
What the hell?
Target the center of the wormhole.
Target coordinates set.
Have us face the Temple.
The blast will last only a fraction of a second.
They'll all be dead before they even see it.
Oh! You have no idea
how many centuries I've waited for this.
Let's get on with it!
Miles, you have a lot to learn about patience.
Chief, what's going on out there?
I'm ordering you to return to the station.
you have some explaining to do.
It was more like having something
coiled around inside my head.
I could see and hear through it
but anytime I tried to do anything...
it was like being stuck in sand and squeezed.
Could you sense any of its thoughts?
Just feelings, sometimes.
Kind of a cold rage.
I don't think it had any intention
of leaving either one of us alive.
You don't have to talk about it if you don't want to.
Oh, it feels better to talk about it.
Besides, I don't want to forget how hard you fought for me.
You look horrible.
I'm telling you, Rom
working the night shift
is driving you to an early grave.
I wasn't working.
What do you mean you weren't working?
I'm not on the night shift anymore.
I knew it. O'Brien fired you.
In appreciation of my work
the Chief... has promoted me
to the day shift.
He says I have a promising future in engineering.
Then why do you look so tired?
I was out celebrating.
I think they like me.
She's always finding excuses to talk to me.
I'm glad things are going so well for you.
No, you're not
but thanks anyway, Brother.
I guess you'll be wanting the "Chief's Special" again?
I've discovered that bacon doesn't agree with me.
What a surprise.
I'll have a short stack of pancakes
dripping with butter, a side of sausage
That's the breakfast of choice on the day shift.