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"The Ship"

 
Episode Number100  
Production Number500 
Season
Stardate50049.3  (Calendar Year 2373) 
Original Airdate10/5/1996 
 
Story 
TeleplayPam Wigginton & Rick Cason 
DirectorKim Friedman 
 
Synopsis
A team from DS9 are surveying a planet in the Gamma Quadrant with a view to establishing a mining operation to extract valuable raw materials, when they witness another ship crashing nearby. Initially planning to render assistance to any survivors, they discover that the ship is a Jem'Hadar warship and the crew are all dead, apparently killed by an equipment failure some hours before. Sisko realizes the tactical advantage that could be gained and decides to get the ship back to Deep Space Nine for study. He sends for the U.S.S. Defiant to haul the vessel with its tractor beam, while O'Brien and Muniz try to get the ship's systems on line. However, their work stops when another Jem'Hadar warship appears and destroys their orbiting Runabout, killing all of Sisko's crewmembers still aboard.
 
Starring
Avery Brooks (Captain Benjamin Sisko)
Rene Auberjonois (Odo)
Michael Dorn (Lt. Commander Worf)
Terry Farrell (Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax)
Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko)
Colm Meaney (Chief Operations Officer Miles O'Brien)
Armin Shimerman (Quark)
Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir)
Nana Visitor (Major Kira Nerys)
 
Guest Cast
Kaitlin Hopkins (Kilana)
F.J. Rio (Enrique Muniz)
Hilary Shepard (Hoya)
 
Notes
This is the 100th episode of "Deep Space Nine".
The captured Jem'Hadar warship is featured in the 6th season premier "A Time To Stand".
Kilana, the Vorta, doesn't care about the ship; she wants the sick changeling hidden on board.
Muniz, one of O'Brien's engineers since season 4, dies in this episode. O'Brien calls Muniz "Quique."
Because of each side's mistrust, Muniz and the changeling both died. Starfleet officers Hoya, Bertram, T'Lora, and Rooney also died.
 

 

"Looking for par'Mach in all the Wrong Places"

 
Episode Number101  
Production Number501 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate10/12/1996 
 
Story 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorAndrew J. Robinson 
 
Synopsis
Quark is surprised when his Klingon ex-wife, Grilka, returns to the station and with the assistance of Worf and Dax sets about wooing her. Worf is distinctly put out by the whole idea, and tries to approach Grilka for himself, much to Dax's shagrin. Meantime, Miles O'Brien is becoming uncomfortable with his growing fondness for Kira Nerys, but all his plans to keep at a distance seem to be going wrong.
 
Guest Cast
Mary Kay Adams (Grilka)
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O'Brien)
Joseph Ruskin (Tumek)
Phil Morris (Thopok)
 
Notes
par'Mach is the Klingon word for love...only more physical.
Grilka made her first appearance in "The House of Quark".
 

 

"...Nor the Battle to the Strong"

 
Episode Number102  
Production Number502 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate10/19/1996 
 
StoryBrice R. Parker 
TeleplayRené Echevarria 
DirectorKim Friedman 
 
Synopsis
Writing a profile on Dr. Bashir, Jake Sisko is traveling with him in a runabout when they get a distress call from a Federation colony under attack by Klingons. Jake convinces Bashir to go to the colony, despite concern over taking the eighteen-year-old Sisko to a battleground. Once they arrive, Jake is stunned by the sight of scores of wounded and dying people. Forced to lend a hand to the medical team, Jake panics when explosions rip into the ground around them, and runs away.
 
Guest Cast
Andrew Kavovit (Kirby)
Karen Austin (Kalandra)
Mark Holton (the Bolian)
Lisa Lord (the Nurse)
Jeb Brown (the Ensign)
Danny Goldring (Burke)
 
Notes
The episode title comes from Ecclesiastes 9:11: "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."
 

 

"The Assignment"

 
Episode Number103  
Production Number504 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate10/26/1996 
 
Story 
TeleplayDavid R. Long & Robert Lederman 
DirectorAllan Kroeker 
 
Synopsis
Keiko O'Brien returns from a botanical trip to Bajor and once alone with Miles claims to be possessed by an entity who requires that O'Brien modify some of the stations systems for a secret purpose. After a couple of frightening demonstrations of the entity's power, Miles is forced to cooperate. Soon however the modifications are noticed, and Odo and Dax start looking for a saboteur.
 
Guest Cast
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O'Brien)
Max Grodénchik (Rom)
Hana Hatae (Molly O'Brien)
 
Notes
Keiko visited the Cave of the Pah-wraiths on Bajor, and one of them possessed her body. Rom tells us that according to Bajoran legend, Pah-wraiths are the enemies of the Prophets (the wormhole aliens). They make a return in season 6's "The Reckoning".
 

 

"Trials and Tribble-ations"

 
Episode Number104  
Production Number503 
Season
Stardate4523.7 
Original Airdate11/4/1996 
 
Story 
TeleplayIra Steven Behr, Hans Beimler, Robert Hewitt Wolfe 
DirectorJonathan West 
 
Synopsis
Captain Sisko and the crew travel back in time to a pivotal moment in the history of the original Starship Enterprise. The U.S.S. Defiant is returning from Cardassian space with the Bajoran Orb of Time. A Klingon named Arne Darvin, surgically altered to look human, has come aboard as a passenger. He uses the Orb to send the U.S.S. Defiant more than one hundred years into the past -- near the original U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 as it orbited Deep Space Station K-7. Records reveal Darvin was a spy then, and that he was caught having poisoned a shipment of grain on the station. Darvin is out to change history, possibly by killing Captain James T. Kirk, who originally exposed him as the spy.
 
Guest Cast
Jack Blessing (Dulmur)
James W. Jansen (Lucsly)
Charlie Brill (Arne Darvin)
 
Notes
This fun episode uses Forrest Gump-type techniques to seamlessly integrate the DS9 cast into the original Star Trek episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles".
One of the Temporal Investigators states to Sisko, "Be more specific. There have been 5 starships with the name Enterprise." The other corrects him, "Six." (This is noteworthy because this episode happens before Star Trek First Contact, which begins on stardate 50893.5. This episode occurs sometime between stardates 50000-50200.)
 

 

"Let He Who is Without Sin..."

 
Episode Number105  
Production Number505 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate11/9/1996 
 
Story 
TeleplayRobert Hewitt Wolfe & Ira Steven Behr 
DirectorRene Auberjonois 
 
Synopsis
Worf's relationship with Dax hits a rough spot, and he plans to discuss his feelings during their vacation on Risa. But things go from bad to worse when they -- along with Bashir, Quark, and Leeta -- arrive on the beautiful, climate-controlled "pleasure planet." Worf learns that the Temtibi Lagoon's "social director," Arandis, is a former lover of Curzon Dax. Then, Worf falls under the influence of the New Essentialists Movement, a group bent on "restoring the moral and cultural traditions of the Federation." Its chairman Pascal Fullerton's goal: shut down Risa.
 
Guest Cast
Chase Masterson (Leeta)
Monte Markham (Pascal Fullerton)
Vanessa Williams (Arandis)
Frank Kopyc (Bolian Aide)
 
Notes
The title is a misquote of John 8:7: "So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
The title is also grammatically incorrect. It should read "Let him..."
Worf tells Dax that he accidentally killed a human boy during a sports game when he was a child. Since then he has restrained himself.
 

 

"Things Past"

 
Episode Number106  
Production Number506 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate11/16/1996 
 
Story 
TeleplayMichael Taylor 
DirectorLeVar Burton 
 
Synopsis
Sisko, Odo, Dax and Garak are mysteriously placed into the roles of a group of condemned Bajorans executed seven years ago on Terok Nor by Gul Dukat during the Cardassian occupation of Bajor.
 
Guest Cast
Andrew J. Robinson (Garak)
Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat)
Victor Bevine (Belar)
Kurtwood Smith (Thrax)
Louahn Lowe (Okala)
Brenan Baird (a Soldier)
 
Notes
Sisko is Ishan Chaye. Garak is Jillur Gueta. Odo is Timor Landi.
Odo admits that he allowed the innocent Bajorans to be executed.
 

 

"The Ascent"

 
Episode Number107  
Production Number507 
Season
Stardate50245.2 
Original Airdate11/23/1996 
 
Story 
TeleplayIra Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe  
DirectorAllan Kroeker 
 
Synopsis
Odo is dispatched to escort Quark to a Federation Grand Jury hearing, an eight-day journey away. Halfway to their destination, they find a bomb aboard the runabout. They contain the explosion in a transporter beam, but the runabout is severely damaged. Forced to crash-land on a frozen, desolate planet, Odo and Quark learn that they have lost their communications system, their replicator, and most of their rations in the explosion. Stranded, the longtime adversaries must rely on each other to survive. Meanwhile, roommates Jake and Nog find living together unbearable.
 
Guest Cast
Aron Eisenberg (Nog)
Max Grodénchik (Rom)
 
Notes
Nog returns from Starfleet Academy for field study on DS9.
 

 

"Rapture"

 
Episode Number108  
Production Number508 
Season
Stardate50378.9 
Original Airdate12/28/1996 
 
StoryL.J. Strom 
TeleplayHans Beimler 
DirectorJonathan West 
 
Synopsis
When Sisko sees a painting depicting B'Hala, Bajor's legendary lost city, he is inspired to search for the famed site. The painting depicts part of an obelisk that, according to legend, showed the city's location. When Sisko replicates the obelisk in a Holosuite to try to recreate its missing markings, the Holosuite system shorts out and knocks him unconscious. The experience gives Sisko the ability to see visions of the future of Bajor, but the effects may kill him.
 
Guest Cast
Ernest Perry, Jr. (Admiral Whatley)
Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn)
Penny Johnson (Kasidy Yates)
 
Notes
Bajor's petition into the Federation is approved in this episode, but one of the Emissary's visions convinced the Bajoran Council of Ministers to delay entrance.
DS9 Personnel begin wearing the new Starfleet uniforms shown in "Star Trek: First Contact" during this episode.
Kasidy Yates returns to the station after spending 6 months in prison for helping the Maquis (see the DS9 episode "For The Cause").
 

 

"The Darkness and the Light"

 
Episode Number109  
Production Number509 
Season
Stardate50416.2 
Original Airdate1/4/1997 
 
StoryBryan Fuller 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorMichael Vejar 
 
Synopsis
Kira is surprised when Latha Mabrin, a fellow member of her old resistance cell, is murdered during a Vedek ceremony. Her suspicions grow when she receives an untraceable message moments after learning of the murder. The message consists only of a photo of Latha and a scrambled voice saying: "That's one." Kira interprets this as a threat to all former members of the Shakaar Resistance Cell and attempts to contact the surviving members to warn them.
 
Guest Cast
Randy Oglesby (Silarin Prin)
Diane Salinger (Lupaza)
William Lucking (Furel)
Jennifer Savidge (Trentin Fala)
Aron Eisenberg (Nog)
 
Notes
 

 

"The Begotten"

 
Episode Number110  
Production Number510 
Season
Stardate50430.1 
Original Airdate1/25/1997 
 
Story 
TeleplayRené Echevarria 
DirectorJesús Treviño 
 
Synopsis
Kira has finally gone into labor, but Odo is uninterested, dealing with his own "baby." The former Changeling has purchased an ailing infant Changeling from Quark, and, after Bashir treats the creature, begins the task of trying to teach his "child" to shapeshift from its natural state of goo. He is clearly displeased when Dr. Mora, the Bajoran scientist who "raised" Odo, arrives on the station to help. To Odo's horror and disgust, Mora insists on probing and measuring the creature, and the two clash over how to teach the infant.
 
Guest Cast
Rosalind Chao (Keiko O'Brien)
Duncan Regehr (First Minister Shakaar Edon)
James Sloyan (Dr. Mora Pol)
Peggy Roeder (Y'Pora)
 
Notes
Before the baby changeling dies he "merges" into Odo, and Odo becomes a changeling again. (He became a solid in the 4th season finale "Broken Link".)
The O'Brien's baby is later named Kirayoshi. They were going to name him Shawn, but that means "swamp" in Bajoran.
 

 

"For the Uniform"

 
Episode Number111  
Production Number511 
Season
Stardate50485.2 
Original Airdate2/3/1997 
 
Story 
TeleplayPeter Allan Fields 
DirectorVictor Lobel 
 
Synopsis
Sisko encounters Michael Eddington, his former Starfleet Security Chief, who betrayed him and joined the Maquis. Obsessed with capturing the traitor, Sisko pursues him in the U.S.S. Defiant. When Sisko gives the order to fire, the ship experiences a massive computer failure -- caused by Eddington. Returning to Deep Space Nine in the disabled Defiant, Sisko learns that the Starship U.S.S. Malinche has been assigned to apprehend Eddington. Angry and humiliated, Sisko risks everything and takes his damaged ship back into space to find his former crew member.
 
Guest Cast
Kenneth Marshall (Michael Eddington)
Eric Pierpoint (Captain Sanders)
Aron Eisenberg (Nog)
 
Notes
The new "holocommunicator" debuts in this episode.
Eddington fires a Biogenic weapon on a Cardassian colony.
 

 

"In Purgatory's Shadow"

 
Episode Number112  
Production Number512 
Season
Stardate50560.1 
Original Airdate2/10/1997 
 
Story 
TeleplayRobert Hewitt Wolfe & Ira Steven Behr  
DirectorGabrielle Beaumont 
 
Synopsis
The station picks up a mysterious coded message from the Gamma Quadrant that appears to be Cardassian. Garak reveals that the message is some sort of distress call from his mentor Enabran Tain, the former head of the Obsidian Order, who was presumed to be dead. Garak convinces Sisko to allow him to travel to the Gamma Quadrant to search for Tain, and Sisko sends Worf along as a "chaperone." When Garak and Worf are captured by the Jem'Hadar, the station learns of an impending Dominion invasion.
 
Guest Cast
Andrew J. Robinson (Garak)
Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat)
Melanie Smith (Tora Ziyal)
Paul Dooley (Enabran Tain)
J.G. Hertzler (General Martok)
James Horan (Ikat'ika)
 
Notes
Continued in the next episode "By Inferno's Light".
The movie Star Trek: First Contact occurs just before this episode.
The Bashir-changeling replaced the real Bashir at least four weeks ago.
Worf and Garak find General Martok, who was replaced last year. He is now missing an eye.
This episode shows the first on-screen appearance of a Breen.
 

 

"By Inferno's Light"

 
Episode Number113  
Production Number513 
Season
Stardate50564.2 
Original Airdate2/17/1997 
 
Story 
TeleplayRobert Hewitt Wolfe & Ira Steven Behr  
DirectorLes Landau 
 
Synopsis
As the station prepares for a Dominion attack, the enemy fleet suddenly turns toward Cardassian space. Gul Dukat's ship breaks formation and follows, and he reveals that he has spearheaded negotiations resulting in Cardassia joining the Dominion -- with Dukat as Cardassia's leader. While the future of the Alpha Quadrant hangs in the balance, Worf, Martok, Bashir, and Garak mastermind an escape plan from the Dominion Internment Center in the Gamma Quadrant.
 
Guest Cast
Andrew J. Robinson (Garak)
J.G. Hertzler (General Martok)
Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat)
Melanie Smith (Tora Ziyal)
Paul Dooley (Enabran Tain)
Robert O'Reilly (Chancellor Gowron)
James Horan (Ikat'ika)
Carrie Stauber (the Romulan)
Ray Buktenica (Deyos)
 
Notes
Part 2 of the episode "In Purgatory's Shadow".
Chancellor Gowron re-signs the Khitomer Accords, reinstating the Klingon-Federation alliance.
The Klingons agree to have a military presence on DS9, commanded by General Martok.
Worf's regains his Klingon family honor.
The Romulans also join the Federation-Klingon fleet.
When Ziyal doesn't leave with Dukat, he abandons her, saying as far as he is concerned she is not his daughter anymore.
The Bashir-Changeling planted a trilithium bomb on the runabout USS Yukon and was going to destroy the Bajoran sun, but was destroyed by the Defiant. Dr. Soran used the same device to destroy the Armagosa and Veridian stars in Star Trek: Generations.
Melanie Smith is the 3rd actress to play Ziyal.
 

 

"Doctor Bashir, I Presume"

 
Episode Number114  
Production Number514 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate2/24/1997 
 
StoryJimmy Diggs 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorDavid Livingston 
 
Synopsis
When Dr. Bashir is chosen as the model for Starfleet's long-term medical holographic program, the process threatens to expose a dark secret from his past. During Dr. Zimmerman's research, he finds Julian's parents, who he discovers had Julian genetically enhanced at a young age because he didn't fit their standards, which is against Federation law.
 
Guest Cast
Chase Masterson (Leeta)
Max Grodénchik (Rom)
Brian George (Richard Bashir)
Fadwa El Guindi (Amsha Bashir)
J. Patrick McCormack (Admiral Bennett)
 
Notes
Dr. Zimmerman offers Leeta a job as cafe manager on Jupiter Station, but Rom finally tells Leeta that he loves her and she tells him that she also loves him.
Admiral Bennett agrees that if Richard Bashir goes to prison on the New Zealand penal colony for two years, that Julian can keep his commission in Starfleet.
Julian's parents call him Jules.
 

 

"A Simple Investigation"

 
Episode Number115  
Production Number515 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate3/31/1997 
 
Story 
TeleplayRene Echevarria 
DirectorJohn T. Kretchmer 
 
Synopsis
In Quark's, Odo meets a beautiful woman named Arissa and is impressed by her powers of observation. Later, he is surprised when the same woman is arrested for trying to break into the station's computer. Quark questions her about the man she was waiting for in Quark's -- an Idanian named Tauvid Rem. Arissa tells Odo that Tauvid has information about the daughter she gave up fifteen years before. Odo takes her to Tauvid's quarters, where they discover he has been killed. While Odo investigates the situation, he falls in love with this mysterious woman who he discovers has been targeted for murder.
 
Guest Cast
Dey Young (Arissa)
John Durbin (Traidy)
Nicholas Worth (Sorm)
Randy Mulkey (Idanian #2)
 
Notes
Arissa is running from Draim of the Orion Syndicate.
Odo has his first sexual encounter with a humanoid.
 

 

"Business as Usual"

 
Episode Number116  
Production Number516 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate4/5/1997 
 
Story 
TeleplayBradley Thompson and David Weddle 
Director[Alexander] Siddig El Fadil 
 
Synopsis
Quark's cousin Gaila arrives at the station with a business proposition. He offers a piece of his weapon-selling business to Quark -- which would pay off all of Quark's debts within a month. But the best part is, Quark will technically not be breaking the law. Instead, he will be in charge of "hospitality," showing customers a good time and allowing them to test harmless replicas of their offerings in his Holosuites. Once Quark agrees, Gaila introduces him to his associate, Hagath, who takes to Quark immediately, but warns the Ferengi never to cross him. Soon, the trio is in business, and Quark is making more latinum than he ever imagined.
 
Guest Cast
Josh Pais (Gaila)
Steven Berkoff (Hagath)
Lawrence Tierney (Regent of Palamar)
Tim Halligan (Farrakk)
 
Notes
Quark's cousin Gaila (who owns the moon) was the one who gave him the sabotaged shuttlecraft in the episode "Little Green Men".
The O'Brien's baby boy is named Kirayoshi.
The Bajoran government instructs DS9 to leave Hagath and his associates alone because Hagath supplied the Bajorans with arms during the Cardassian occupation.
 

 

"Ties of Blood and Water"

 
Episode Number117  
Production Number517 
Season
Stardate50712.4 
Original Airdate4/14/1997 
 
StoryEdmund Newton & Robbin L. Slocum 
TeleplayRobert Hewitt Wolfe 
DirectorAvery Brooks 
 
Synopsis
Kira meets with Tekeny Ghemor, a known Cardassian dissident, hoping he will lead the opposition to the Cardassian/Dominion Alliance. Ghemor reveals he hasn't long to live, but he may still be able to help Kira's cause with a Cardassian ritual in which the dying reveal secrets to their family to use against their enemies. Since Ghemor apparently has no living relatives, he asks Kira, who the Cardassians once kidnapped and surgically altered to look like his long-lost child, to be his "daughter" one last time. When Sisko points out that this is an incredible opportunity to learn Cardassian secrets, Kira reluctantly agrees to the task, but Ghemor's imminent death rekindles painful memories of the loss of her real father.
 
Guest Cast
Lawrence Pressman (Tekeny Ghemor)
Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat)
Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun)
Thomas Kopache (Taban)
William Lucking (Furel)
 
Notes
Kira was kidnapped by the Cardassians and altered to look like Ghemor's daughter in the episode "Second Skin".
 

 

"Ferengi Love Songs"

 
Episode Number118  
Production Number518 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate4/21/1997 
 
Story 
TeleplayIra Steven Behr & Hans Beimler 
DirectorRene Auberjonois  
 
Synopsis
Depressed over his lot in life -- especially being blacklisted by the Ferengi Commerce Authority -- Quark goes to his homeworld of Ferenginar for some comfort from his mother, Ishka. The free-thinking Ishka is sympathetic, but clearly uneasy over his declaration that he will be "living" with her for an unspecified period of time. Quark soon learns the reason behind her uncertainty. When he enters his old bedroom, he finds Grand Nagus Zek -- the Ferengi leader -- hiding in the closet! It turns out that Ishka and Zek are in love. When Quark discovers an underhanded way to get a new business license, will he sacrifice his mother's happiness in order to regain his standing in Ferengi society?
 
Guest Cast
Cecily Adams (Ishka)
Wallace Shawn (Grand Nagus Zek)
Jeffrey Combs (Brunt)
Max Grodénchik (Rom)
Chase Masterson (Leeta)
Tiny Ron (Maihar'du)
Hamilton Camp (Leck)
 
Notes
a.k.a. "Of Love and Profit"
Rom and Leeta announce they're getting married. Rom donates all of his latinum to the Bajoran War Orphans Fund.
Moogie was first seen in the 3rd season episode "Family Business" (but was played by comedian Andrea Martin, who was unavailable). Moogie will next appear in season 6's "Profit And Lace" (played by Andrea Martin).
 

 

"Soldiers of the Empire"

 
Episode Number119  
Production Number519 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate4/28/1997 
 
Story 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorLeVar Burton 
 
Synopsis
General Martok receives orders from the Klingon High Council to search for a Klingon vessel, the B'Moth, missing near the Cardassian border. The mission will be Martok's first since he escaped from a Dominion prison. Assigned a Klingon ship, the Rotarran, to command, he gets permission to take along Worf as his First Officer, while Dax joins them as the ship's Science Officer. They board their vessel and begin the search, only to discover that their crew is hardly the group of proud Klingon warriors they expected. Instead, it is an embittered ensemble whose morale has been destroyed by a series of punishing losses at the hands of the Jem'Hadar, and Worf realizes that his friend General Martok is no longer fit to lead.
 
Guest Cast
J.G. Hertzler (General Martok)
David Graf (Leskit)
Rick Worthy (Kornan)
Sandra Nelson (Tavana)
Aron Eisenberg (Nog)
 
Notes
Martok invites Worf to become a member of the House of Martok. Worf removes the House of Mogh symbol from his sash and replaces it with a symbol of the House of Martok.
 

 

"Children of Time"

 
Episode Number120  
Production Number520 
Season
Stardate50814.2 
Original Airdate5/5/1997 
 
StoryGary Holland and Ethan H. Calk 
TeleplayRené Echevarria 
DirectorAllan Kroeke 
 
Synopsis
In the Gamma Quadrant, Dax insists on investigating a planet surrounded by an energy barrier, but the barrier cripples the U.S.S. Defiant. A colony lives on the planet, and the leader, Miranda O'Brien, reveals that in two days, when the Defiant departs, the barrier will cause the ship to crash on the planet -- 200 years in the past. Stranded for life, the crew will found this colony. The planet, Gaia, is populated by their descendants! Sisko realizes that this foreknowledge will allow his crew to now avoid that crash, but by altering history, the colony will cease to exist. Sisko and his crew must choose between the lives they have always known and the lives of their own descendants.
 
Guest Cast
Gary Frank (Yedrin Dax)
Jennifer S. Parsons (Miranda O'Brien)
Davida Williams (Lisa)
Doren Fein (Molly)
 
Notes
The colony of 8000 people was founded by the Defiant's 48 survivors. (Major Kira dies.)
The 200-year old Odo tells Kira that he is in love with her.
The crew decides to allow the Defiant to return back in time so that the colonists will not die. However, Odo (from the planet) changes the flight plan in order to save Kira.
 

 

"Blaze of Glory"

 
Episode Number121  
Production Number521 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate5/12/1997 
 
Story 
TeleplayRobert Hewitt Wolfe & Ira Steven Behr 
DirectorKim Friedman 
 
Synopsis
A secret message is intercepted by the Klingons and delivered to Sisko. The few Maquis terrorists who have not been wiped out by the Dominion have initiated a massive retaliatory strike against Cardassia, launching a series of cloaked missiles due to arrive in eleven days. Now that Cardassia is under Dominion protection, an all-out war is likely unless the undetectable missiles are stopped. Seeing no alternative, Sisko goes to Michael Eddington, the former Starfleet officer-turned-Maquis leader, now in prison. Eddington refuses to tell Sisko how to stop the missiles, so Sisko takes the handcuffed Eddington to compel him to help end this final Maquis attack that could lead to the destruction of the Federation.
 
Guest Cast
Kenneth Marshall (Michael Eddington)
J.G. Hertzler (General Martok)
Aron Eisenberg (Nog)
Gretchen German (Rebecca Sullivan-Eddington)
 
Notes
The Klingons gave cloaks to the Maquis when the Klingons were at war with Cardassia.
Eddington reveals to Sisko that there weren't any missiles. Rebecca sent the message to let Eddington know they escaped the Dominion and arrived at Althos IV.
Eddington is killed by the Jem'Hadar while the others escaped.
 

 

"Empok Nor"

 
Episode Number122  
Production Number522 
Season
Stardate 
Original Airdate5/19/1997 
 
StoryBryan Fuller 
TeleplayHans Beimler 
DirectorMichael Vejar 
 
Synopsis
With Deep Space Nine in disrepair, O'Brien is unable to replicate the Cardassian materials he needs to fix it. He assembles a team of engineers and leads a salvage mission to Empok Nor, an abandoned Cardassian space station, bringing along Garak to foil any security measures. They soon enter the eerie, deserted station and begin to work. Garak is disturbed to find two stasis tubes have recently been activated, each large enough to contain a Cardassian adult. Nog, sent back to the Runabout, is shocked to see the ship drift away and explode, leaving O'Brien and his team stranded on Empok Nor with the mysterious occupants of the Cardassian stasis tubes.
 
Guest Cast
Andrew Robinson (Garak)
Aron Eisenberg (Nog)
Tom Hodges (Pechetti)
Andy Milder (Boq'ta)
Marjean Holden (Stolzoff)
Jeffrey King (Amaeo)
 
Notes
Empok Nor is located in the Treva System in the Cardassian Union, about 3 light-years from Deep Space Nine ("Terok Nor"). Empok Nor was abandoned a year ago by the Cardassians.
Empok Nor rotates on its side to differentiate it from Deep Space Nine.
 

 

"In the Cards"

 
Episode Number123  
Production Number523 
Season
Stardate50929.4 
Original Airdate6/7/1997 
 
StoryTruly Clark and Scott Neal 
TeleplayRonald D. Moore 
DirectorMichael Dorn 
 
Synopsis
As the Dominion threat to the Alpha Quadrant intensifies, Jake notices Sisko growing increasingly depressed. Hearing that Quark plans to auction off a collection of antiquities that includes a vintage Willie Mays baseball card, he decides obtaining the card for his father is the perfect way to improve his mood. Jake persuades Nog to use his life savings to bid on the collection, but a man named Dr. Giger outbids them, taking the card and crushing Jake's hopes. When Giger later offers to trade them the card for various pieces of equipment and medical supplies, Jake and Nog risk an intergalactic incident in their innocent quest to lift Sisko's spirits.
 
Guest Cast
Louise Fletcher (Kai Winn)
Aron Eisenberg (Nog)
Brian Markinson (Dr. Giger)
Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun)
Chase Masterson (Leeta)
 
Notes
The Dominion proposes a non-aggression treaty with Bajor. Sisko asks Kai Winn to stall them.
 

 

"A Call to Arms"

 
Episode Number124  
Production Number524 
Season
Stardate50975.2 
Original Airdate6/14/1997 
 
Story 
TeleplayIra Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe 
DirectorAllan Kroeker 
 
Synopsis
As another convoy of Jem'Hadar ships emerges through the wormhole toward Cardassia, Sisko and his officers face the grim realization that the Dominion is taking over the Alpha Quadrant. When Starfleet Command notifies Sisko that he must stop further Dominion reinforcements from reaching Cardassia, he decides to mine the entrance to the wormhole -- a move that may cost them Deep Space Nine and will likely lead to war.
 
Guest Cast
Andrew J. Robinson (Garak)
Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun)
Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat)
Max Grodénchik (Rom)
Aron Eisenberg (Nog)
J.G. Hertzler (General Martok)
Chase Masterson (Leeta)
Melanie Smith (Ziyal)
Casey Biggs (Glinn Damar)
 
Notes
Season Finale. To be continued...
Rom and Leeta are married by Captain Sisko.
(Nana Visitor and Alexander Siddig got married in real life on June 22, 1997.)
Sisko convinces the Bajoran Council of Ministers to sign the non-aggression treaty with the Dominion. First Minister Shakaar orders all Bajorans on the station back to Bajor. Major Kira "formally protests" Starfleet's "refusal" to return the station to the Bajorans.
Once the mines are set, Sisko evacuates all remaining Starfleet personnel from the station, leaving Kira, Odo, and Quark. On behalf of the Bajoran Government, Major Kira welcomes the Dominion to Bajoran Station Deep Space Nine.
The Defiant and the Rotarran (Martok's ship) then rendezvous with a massive fleet of Starfleet and Klingon ships.
This is Robert Hewitt Wolfe's last episode as producer and writer. He makes an appearance as an injured science officer.
 

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