Where do you want me to put this?
Anywhere you can find room.
I bet you can't wait to put all this together
so you can start shape-shifting around the room again.
Oh, I suppose.
Though I did enjoy sleeping in a bed.
Well, there's nothing
to stop you from sleeping in a bed if you want to.
Except that now when I'm asleep
I tend to revert to my gelatinous state
and slide onto the floor.
No, the bed goes.
I'm a changeling, not a solid.
There's no use pretending otherwise.
I guess we can put all this in storage.
What about these padds?
Finding and Winning Your Perfect Mate
by Doctor Jennings Rain.
I'll take that.
I thought I was going
to be a humanoid for the rest of my life.
There were certain things...
You don't have to explain, Odo.
I only read the first three chapters.
Maybe you should finish it.
Why waste my time?
Romance is for solids.
Well, you are a solid, 18 hours a day.
I'm sure there are plenty of women on this station
who would be very interested in you
if you gave them a chance.
I'll keep that in mind, Major.
Right now, I'd be satisfied just getting this room in order.
Dax to Kira and Odo.
Go ahead, Commander.
There's something we'd like you to take a look at in Ops.
We're on our way.
One of our listening posts in the Gamma Quadrant
picked this up a few minutes ago.
It looks like a Cardassian military code
but the computer doesn't recognize it.
Oh, it's Cardassian, all right.
But I didn't think there were any Cardassians
in the Gamma Quadrant.
None that we know of.
or Fifth Order Military Encryption.
Try Courier Code Five-Nine.
Most Cardassian codes
use a recursive encryption algorithm
but this has a completely different coding system.
Bajoran Intelligence has a lot of experience
breaking Cardassian codes.
Why don't you send it to them?
We did, as soon as it came in.
We still haven't heard from them.
It may take some time.
If someone's sending
coded Cardassian messages from the Gamma Quadrant
I want to know what they're saying, now.
We do have an expert in Cardassian codes
living on the station.
Dax, get me Mr. Garak.
It's good to see you again, Cara.
I'm sorry for the interruption.
Well, how did it go?
I'm afraid I disappointed them.
I think they were hoping that the message they picked up
would contain the key to defeating the Dominion.
You should have seen the looks on their faces
when I explained to them that it was
a five-year-old planetary survey report.
A planetary survey report?
That's the look, exactly.
I would have thought you'd be a little disappointed, too.
After all, it could have been from one of the survivors
of the Cardassian fleet that was lost in the Gamma Quadrant.
Oh, I'd given up hope
of ever finding any trace of them long ago.
I never saw you as the giving-up type.
There comes a time when one must face reality, my dear.
Those people are gone and are never coming back.
Well... my young friends
I'd like to stay here and chat all day
but I have dresses to make, trousers to mend.
It's a full life, if a trifle banal.
And do tell Captain Sisko that I'd be more than happy
to decode any Cardassian laundry lists that come across his desk.
My father would be furious to hear me say this
but... there's something about Garak I find...
Yes, he has his moments.
I really must remember to stop underestimating you, Doctor.
How did you know?
You mean, that you were lying
about the contents of the message?
You said you'd given up on the Cardassian survivors
who were lost in the Gamma Quadrant.
Well, Ziyal was right.
You're not the giving-up sort.
Very good, Doctor.
You've come a long way
from the naive young man I met five years ago.
You've become distrustful and suspicious.
It suits you.
I had a good teacher.
What did the message really say, Garak?
It was a call for help...
from Enabran Tain.
But you said you'd seen his ship destroyed by the Dominion.
I did, but Tain was head of the Obsidian Order for 20 years.
If he can survive that, he can survive anything.
I have to find him, Doctor.
I owe it to him.
You don't owe Tain anything.
He had you exiled from Cardassia.
Yes, but, aside from that, we were very close.
He was... my mentor
and I'm not going to turn my back on him.
If it'll make you feel any better, you can come with me.
All you have to do is come up with an excuse
why you need the runabout, and we could leave immediately.
So, let me get this straight.
You want me to lie to my commanding officer
violate Starfleet regulations
and go with you on a mission into the Gamma Quadrant
which will probably get us both killed.
I'm ready when you are.
In that case...
To Captain Sisko's office.
How do you know that the message isn't a fake?
That it was really sent by Tain?
The code sequence was personally designed
by Tain and myself.
No one else knows it.
Now, somehow he got that message out
and I have to follow it back to its source.
Did the message contain any coordinates?
No. Most of it was identification code.
The rest of it was just one word, "alive,"
repeated over and over again.
So it should be easy enough to triangulate the source.
Captain... Tain might not be alone.
There could be others.
Troops from the Cardassian-Romulan fleet
survivors from the Dominion attack on New Bajor
and even crew members from those Federation ships
that disappeared in the Gamma Quadrant.
This is a mission of mercy.
You can't ignore it.
I'm still not totally convinced that it's a genuine message.
But I suppose there's only one way to find out.
Captain, you can't let him go.
It's too dangerous.
Your concern is touching, Doctor
but I assure you, I can take care of myself.
Maybe you can, but you're still not going alone.
I think you've just volunteered.
Dr. Bashir isn't going anywhere.
But I do have someone else in mind.
I don't know what makes me angrier...
that you agreed to go
into the Gamma Quadrant with Garak
or that I had to hear it from Sisko.
I was going to tell you.
When? On your way out the airlock?
A Klingon warrior does not have to explain
why he chooses to face danger, not even to his par'machkai.
So in other words, you were afraid I'd make a scene.
That I'd embarrass you, maybe even cry.
You are capable of anything.
Don't worry, Worf.
I won't be shedding any tears over you.
Ah. Then you came to wish me a good death in battle.
I came for these.
My Klingon operas.
Well, you won't be using them for the next few days.
Somebody might as well enjoy them.
You have a tendency to misplace things.
And you're afraid that I might... lose
your precious operas?
It's a distinct possibility.
If I were you, I'd hurry back.
That is, if you want to keep your collection intact.
Have a glorious death... or don't.
It's up to you.
The Gamma Quadrant?
You can't go to the Gamma Quadrant.
Oh, I can... and I will.
I have to.
But if something were to happen to you, I...
I don't know what I'd do.
Oh, I'm sure you could find
someone else to eat your meals with.
Not that you'd have to.
I fully intend to return.
It's not just the meals.
Yes, I know.
I'm the only other Cardassian on the station.
It's not that, either.
You know that.
It's just that...
you're intelligent and cultured...
My dear, you're young
so I realize that you're a poor judge of character.
Why do you always make fun of my feelings for you?
Perhaps because I find them a bit, uh, misguided?
Well, if this is what you think
why do you spend so much time with me?
Because I'm exiled... and alone, and a long way from home.
And when I'm with you
it doesn't feel so bad.
I'm glad I could help.
Ziyal... no matter what happens
no matter how bleak things may look
I promise you I will come back.
You have my word.
I believe you.
Take your hands off her!
You touch my daughter again
I'll kill you.
let him go. Please!
Go ahead. Kill me.
She'll never forgive you, you know.
I don't know what's going on here
but I'm sure it's no excuse to act like a pair of Klingons.
I'll act as I please, Ferengi.
Then you'll excuse me while I call Security.
I'm sure Odo will get a big thrill
out of having you locked up in one of his holding cells.
Public opinion seems to be running against you.
You know... I think that actually helped my back.
Let's go, Garak.
I'll buy you a drink.
A pleasure... as always, my dear.
You do have a lovely daughter.
She must take after her mother.
You're wrong about Garak, Father.
He's a good man.
You have no idea
how much it pains me to hear you say that.
It is good to see you again, Ziyal.
It's good to see you, too, Father.
What are you doing on the station?
Oh, I had a little skirmish with a Klingon battle cruiser.
My ship was damaged, so I came here for repairs
and to spend some time with you.
And I can see...
we have a lot to talk about.
Remember, this is a reconnaissance mission.
You are to avoid Dominion ships at all costs.
I want you back here in one piece.
What about Garak?
I want him back, too.
I suppose I don't have to tell you
to keep a close eye on him.
At the first sign of betrayal, I will kill him
but I promise to return the body intact.
I assume that's a joke.
We will see.
You want me to sponsor your application
to Starfleet Academy?
What do you think?
I think it is a bad idea.
Well, I'd write the actual letter myself.
I just need you to sign it.
Find someone else.
Because I'm a Cardassian?
You're a Klingon. Nog is a Ferengi.
Starfleet Academy is a very accepting place.
You are not just a Cardassian.
You are a spy, an assassin and a saboteur.
I know I've done some unfortunate things
in the past, and I regret them.
That's why I want to join Starfleet
why I need to join Starfleet.
I'm looking for a fresh start
a way to make up for all the damage I've done.
I need to prove to myself that I can be better than I am
but I need your help
your support to start me on my way...
If that is how you feel, I will...
consider your request.
That's all I ask.
Frankly, I think I can be quite an asset to Starfleet.
With my extensive experience, I could skip the lower ranks
entirely and begin my career as a Commander.
Maybe you should suggest that in your letter.
Tell them you'd be honored to serve under me.
Do not play games with me.
You have no desire to join Starfleet, do you?
No, I'm afraid I don't.
Then why all of this deception?
Because lying is a skill like any other
and if you want to maintain a level of excellence, you have
to practice constantly.
Practice on someone else.
you're no fun at all.
you and I have to talk.
Ah, Dukat, I've had a busy day.
I just want to drink my coffee...
I left my daughter in your care.
You promised me you would look after her.
I trusted you.
Listen, if this is about taking Ziyal to services
at the Bajoran shrine...
I'm not talking
about exposing her to your backwards superstitions.
She's half Bajoran.
That's part of her cultural heritage.
I understand that.
I'm talking about Garak.
What about him?
She's in love with him!
Oh... I wouldn't call it love.
So you've known about this all along
and you've done nothing to stop it?
She was Ionely.
The last time I checked
he's the only other Cardassian living on the station.
The man is a heartless, cold-blooded killer.
Like I said, he's a Cardassian.
Your daughter is a grown woman
capable of making her own decisions.
I'm not fond of Garak, and I...
may even think that their friendship is a mistake
but, the way I see it, that's her prerogative.
You did this on purpose, didn't you?
Allowed my daughter
to associate with a man you knew was my enemy.
Stood by while he whispered poison in her ear
and all under the guise of doing me a favor.
No, Dukat, let's get one thing straight.
I didn't bring Ziyal to the station for you.
I did it for her
because I knew it would be better for her to be here
than being a soldier
fighting in your private little war with the Klingons.
Save your excuses, Major.
You've betrayed me
and I promise I won't forget it.
If that's a threat...
I'm not impressed.
There was a time when Bajorans
took Cardassian threats very seriously.
Good day, Major.
I just don't see why these runabout replicators
can't provide a more varied menu.
I'd like to get my hands on that fellow Earl Grey
and tell him a thing or two about tea leaves.
We've just dropped out of warp.
Is there something wrong?
We can go no further.
What do you mean?
My readings indicate the source of that coded signal
is deep in Dominion space.
I have strict orders to avoid unnecessary risk.
We must turn back.
Well, I certainly don't want to take
an unnecessary risk, but our sensors show no sign
of Jem'Hadar warships in this area.
True, but the likelihood of contact will increase
from this point on, and my orders were very clear.
But we've come all this way.
To turn around now without an answer...
it seems so... un-Klingon.
I am also a Starfleet officer.
Why don't we go through this nebula?
We can avoid detection, and get light years closer
to the source of the transmission.
Our shields would be useless in that nebula.
But so would Jem'Hadar sensors.
The answer is out there, Commander.
We just have to have the courage to find it.
And remember, it's not just Tain we're looking for.
The Maryland, the Proxima, the Sarajevo...
Starfleet ships that have been lost
in the Gamma Quadrant for years
and their crews... brave soldiers
warriors of the Federation, unaccounted for.
We owe it to them to do everything in our power
to find them and bring them home.
It's the honorable thing to do.
You use that word, but you have no idea what it means.
Maybe not... but you do.
Setting course for the nebula.
There's a pocket of toh-maire gas ahead of us.
Bringing her to 031 mark 355.
Steady as she...
Now what could that be?
Whatever they are
they are coming right at us.
Maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all.
You still haven't lost them.
I know that.
There are four more Jem'Hadar ships
in close pursuit
and at least two ahead of us on an intercept course.
We must warn the station.
There is only one reason for the Dominion
to hide such a large fleet this close to the wormhole.
You think they're planning to attack the Alpha Quadrant?
I'm certain of it.
Your message is transmitting
but it's hard to tell
if it's getting through all this interference.
We've got to get clear of the nebula.
We've just come to a dead stop.
They have us in a tractor beam.
Repolarize the hull.
Try to shake us loose.
Ah... are we glad to see you.
Could one of you point us
in the direction of the wormhole?
I'm telling you, he knows exactly who I am.
Kirayoshi already recognizes me.
Nerys, the O'Brien's baby is less than a month old.
He doesn't recognize his own fingers.
He spent seven months inside my belly
listening to my heartbeat
hearing my voice.
There's a connection there.
Every time I walk into the room, he smiles.
It's probably gas.
You always know just the right thing to say.
How's my baby boy?
He recognized me.
Hold on... I'm getting a priority one distress signal
from the Gamma Quadrant.
Dax to Sisko.
You better come out here.
What is it?
I've got a message from Worf, but it's badly garbled.
Maybe I can clean it up.
It says "Jem'Hadar"
and then some coordinates I can't make out.
"Build up" and then...
It ends with "imminent."
We just lost contact
with two of our listening posts
in the Gamma Quadrant.
The Dominion... they're coming.
Notify Starfleet Command.
Put the station on Yellow Alert.
Make sure everyone knows this is not a drill.
Major, I want you
to take the Defiant into the Gamma Quadrant.
Locate Mr. Worf.
Find out what the hell's going on there.
And if an invasion fleet is on the way?
Then get back here as soon as possible
and God help us all.
You look like the man in charge.
I was just trying to explain
to your colleagues here that this is all
an unfortunate misunderstanding.
Cardassians are all alike.
You talk too much.
Let him go.
I give the orders here.
Release me... or die.
do as he says.
This is Internment Camp 371.
You are here because you are enemies of the Dominion.
There is no release, no escape
Another listening post has gone dead
and the one closest to the wormhole
is detecting an incoming ship.
Picking up an increase in neutrino levels.
Something's coming through.
Shields fully charged.
The wormhole's opening.
It's the Defiant.
We're being hailed.
Put it through.
Major, what have you found?
Have you been waiting long?
You should've come into the shrine.
No, I don't think so.
So, where would you like to have dinner?
Forget about dinner.
I want you to go back to your quarters
and pack your things.
There's a ship leaving for Cardassia in the morning.
I want you on it.
You're sending me to Cardassia?
I've just learned there's a Dominion fleet
headed for the wormhole.
This place is not safe any longer.
Father, I'm not sure that I want to go.
There's nothing to discuss.
I'm not going to let any harm come to you.
Now, I think you'd better get ready to leave.
They have been scanned.
They have no weapons
and their identities have been confirmed.
You will be sheltered in Barracks 6.
You are free to move about the compound
but remember, beyond the atmospheric dome
there is nothing but airless vacuum
and barren rock.
Leave the dome, even for an instant
and you die.
We'll keep that in mind.
I've been waiting for another... Klingon.
But for you, it's just beginning.
Do I know you?
I am Worf, son of Mogh.
Yes, I've heard of you.
How long have you been here?
Aren't you Klingons
supposed to kill yourselves when you're taken prisoner?
Not when there are still enemies to fight.
Or hope of escape.
If you... are Worf...
then you must be Garak.
He said you would come.
What is wrong with him?
It's his heart.
There are many people who'd say he doesn't have one.
He was convinced that you would come.
He knew I had no choice.
Tain, I'm here.
it got through?
Where are the others?
There are no others.
Just Commander Worf
You allowed yourselves to be taken prisoner?
I taught you better than that.
Living on that station has dulled your wits.
After I've come all this way
after all I've been through
that's all you have to say to me?
What do you want me to say?
I want you to say
"Thank you, Elim.
"Your loyalty is most gratifying.
I knew I could count on you."
But I couldn't count on you, could I?
All you've done
is to doom us...
Sorry I'm late.
What's he doing here?
Captain Sisko invited me.
A Dominion invasion of the Alpha Quadrant
will affect Cardassia every bit as much
as it's going to affect us.
Besides, we need all the help we can get.
The Dominion picked a perfect time to invade.
The Cardassian fleet is in shambles.
The Romulans are not much better off.
And between the Klingon war and the recent Borg attack
Starfleet's spread pretty thin.
Then we're going to have our hands full.
There are at least 50 Dominion ships headed our way.
For all we know, that could just be the first wave.
How soon can we expect reinforcements to get here?
At maximum warp, two days.
Not soon enough.
What help can we expect from Cardassia?
My ship and my crew are at your disposal.
Things are looking brighter.
Right now, there's no way we can beat the Dominion.
Our only hope is to prevent their fleet
from entering the Alpha Quadrant.
You're going to destroy the wormhole?
It's always been a final option.
I'd hoped to never use it.
But the Celestial Temple, the Prophets...
Professor Kahn of the Trill Science Ministry
has come up with a way to seal the wormhole
without damaging it or harming the Prophets.
But Bajor will be cut off from the Celestial Temple.
Well, history has shown
whenever the Prophets want to communicate with Bajor
they find a way.
- But... - It's either that
or Bajor becomes the first Dominion target.
We'll have to remodulate the deflector grid frequencies
and rig a phase-conjugate graviton beam.
You and Dax start working immediately.
What about Worf?
If we close the wormhole, he and Garak
will be trapped in the Gamma Quadrant.
Casualties... of war.
They have 36 hours to find their way home.
Let's hope they can make it.
Before this asteroid was converted into a prison
the Dominion used to mine ultritium here.
There was no dome.
Each one of these barracks
had its own life-support system embedded in the walls.
And Tain was able to modify that life-support system
and create a subspace transmitter.
There's a crawl space just behind those panels.
He spent hours in there working every day
for months on end.
they're clever people.
Especially that one.
But in just a few days, at best
he'll be dead.
Then it is up to us to be clever.
They're releasing him from isolation.
B-negative, in case you were wondering.
Well, it appears we are all who we seem to be.
If the blood screenings can be trusted.
It's all we've got.
What about the others?
Have they been tested?
Everyone except that Breen.
When were you brought here?
Over a month ago.
I was attending a burn-treatment conference on Meezan IV.
I went to bed one night and woke up here.
The same thing happened to me
except I was hunting sabre bear out on Kang's Summit.
Little did I know, I was being stalked as well.
And now I'm told the changeling that replaced me
has caused the death of countless Klingons.
It is a grave dishonor.
You are not to blame.
I can only imagine what my replacement
is up to on the station.
We must escape and warn Captain Sisko
before that changeling carries out his mission.
Creating a precisely modulated graviton field
to seal the wormhole won't be as easy
as Lenara thought.
She was always a lot stronger on theory than execution.
But we'll get it.
I'm sure you will.
What are you doing up this early?
You've been working for 16 hours straight.
I thought you could do with some sandwiches.
That's very thoughtful.
You're a gentlemen and a scholar.
Truer words were never spoken.
Oh, if you need anything, anything at all, let me know.
Ah! It's about time.
You almost missed your transport.
Where's your baggage?
I'll have it sent to you.
That won't be necessary, Father.
I'm not leaving.
I know we haven't spent much time together
but I think you know me well enough to realize
that when I give an order, I expect to be obeyed.
I'm not one of your soldiers.
No... you're my daughter.
I'm Tora Naprem's daughter, too.
I am half Bajoran.
I don't belong on Cardassia.
You know I will never be accepted there.
Ziyal, you have to trust me.
Things are going to change on Cardassia.
- What things? - I don't have
time to explain.
You're leaving now.
I can't go.
It's him, isn't it?!
That despicable tailor.
You don't want to leave because you're waiting for him?
Garak promised me that he would come back.
Listen to me, Ziyal.
He's never coming back.
He's probably dead already
and even if he isn't
the Federation is going to seal the wormhole.
Garak will be trapped on the other side.
He made a promise...
and so did I.
I said I would wait for him and I will.
Is a promise...
to an enemy of your family
more important than obeying your father?
So be it.
Stay here if that's what you want.
Stay here and be damned.
I should never have come here.
I should have let that monster die
forgotten and alone.
Frankly, I'm glad you came.
Misery loves company.
All my life I've done nothing but try to please that man.
I let him mold me...
let him turn me into a mirror image of himself.
And how did he repay me?
But I forgave him.
And here, in the end, I thought maybe
just maybe, he could forgive me.
From what I've seen of him over the past month
he doesn't come across as the forgiving type.
I've been a fool.
Let this be a lesson to you, Doctor.
Perhaps the most valuable one I can ever teach you.
Sentiment is the greatest weakness of all.
If that's true
it's a lesson I'd rather not learn.
I thought you might want to know...
if you wish to speak to Tain... do it now
before it's too late.
Elim, is that you?
Everything's gone dark.
I can't see you.
Are you alone?
There's no one else but you and me.
Surjak, Memad, Brun... they can't be trusted.
They must be dealt with.
I've already taken care of it.
And what about Gul Vorlem?
Were you able to contact him?
The Romulan ambassador?
All your enemies are dead.
A man shouldn't allow his enemies to outlive him.
Then you can die happy.
Unless you still consider me your enemy.
promise me one thing.
Don't die here.
Let me guess...
so that I can make the Dominion pay
for what they've done to you.
You wouldn't deny an old man his revenge, would you?
I'll do as you ask
on one condition:
That you don't ask me this favor as a mentor
or a superior officer...
but as a father asking his son.
You're not my son.
Father, you're dying.
For once in your life
speak the truth.
I should have killed your mother before you were born.
You have always been a weakness I can't afford.
So you've told me.
all I ask is that for this moment
let me be your son.
remember that day in the country...
you must have been almost five.
How can I forget it?
It was the only day.
I can still see you...
on the back of that riding hound.
You must've fallen off a dozen times.
But you never gave up.
I remember limping home.
You held my hand.
I was very proud of you...
Gentlemen, I don't know about you...
but my business here is done.
Then I suggest we find a way out of here.
Captain's Log, supplemental.
A full-scale Dominion invasion appears imminent.
Still, I remain confident in my crew's ability
to face this crisis as they have so many others...
with dedication and with courage.
Our last listening post in the Gamma Quadrant
just went dead.
That one was right on the other side
of the wormhole.
Which means the Dominion fleet is minutes away. Chief!
Is a Klingon warrior.
Neutrino levels in the wormhole are rising.
If we're going to do this, it's got to be now.
Here goes nothing.
Activate graviton emitters.
May the Prophets forgive us.
We're losing it.
Someone sabotaged the emitter array.
Captain, the wormhole's opening.