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The Die Is Cast 

Now rejoined with his former mentor, Garak is ordered to interrogate Odo about the secrets of his people, while the joined Romulan/Cardassian attack fleet moves towards the Founders' home world on a mission of destruction.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark (archive footage)
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Andrew Robinson ... Garak
Leland Orser ... Lovok
Ken Marshall ... Michael Eddington (as Kenneth Marshall)
Leon Russom ... Admiral Toddman
Paul Dooley ... Enabran Tain
Wendy Schenker ... Romulan Pilot


The joint Romulan and Cardassian fleet approaches the station. Sisko is ready for a fight, but the fleet immediately goes through the wormhole - on their way to destroy the Founders' home planet. Sisko wants to pursue them and defies Starfleet orders to stay back and guard Bajor. Meanwhile on the fleet, Enabram Tain gives Garak his first assignment: interrogate Odo to find out about possible planetary defenses of the Founders. Garak gets a device which prevents changelings from altering their form. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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1 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As with Garak's quick, almost reflexive killing of Entek and Tekeny Ghemor's warning to Kira not to trust him in "Second Skin", the writers saw this episode as another chance to remind viewers that Garak wasn't a typical good-guy, that he was in fact capable of committing knowingly nefarious actions. According to Ira Steven Behr, "We wanted to show what he's capable of, even if he doesn't want to do it. Could you torture someone, if you had to? Garak can do it." See more »


Odo: They're still my people. I tried to deny it, I tried to forget. But I can't! They're my people, and I want to be with them, in the Great Link!
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Improbable Cause (1995) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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The Two Best Characters in the Series
16 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Garak and Odo are cloaked in mystery. Garak did something of which we have little or no knowledge. Those actions are at the center of this episode. The first half ended with his joining forces with an evil man with whom he once had an alliance and to whom he owed a huge favor. He must save face and is forced into torturing Odo. I thought for a moment, he was in spy mode, but his allegiance to Tain turns out to be genuine. The writing here is excellent as is the non-stop action. There are some interesting twists and turns along the way. We have a confrontation among the three most powerful evil forces in the known galaxy.

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