Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

What You Leave Behind (1)

Season 7, Ep 25, Aired 6/2/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Sisko launches the Federation/Klingon/Romulan attack against the Dominion on Cardassia. Kira, Damar and Garak destroy a power supply on Cardassia as the Cardassian population rises against the Dominion. Kai Winn asks Gul Dukat to join her in releasing the Pah-wraiths from the Fire Caves. Bashir and Ezri spend the night together on the eve of the war. The Founder Leader orders the execution of Damar, Garak and Kira after Jem'Hadar forces capture them; however, Cardassian forces free them. Meanwhile, on Bajor, Kai Winn recites from the Kosst Amojan in an attempt to release the Pah-wraiths.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Armin Shimerman


  • Michael Dorn

    Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

  • Rene Auberjonois

    Constable Odo

  • Nana Visitor

    Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

  • Avery Brooks

    Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • My attempt to review half an episode

    By Celedorian, Mar 09, 2015

  • Great Episode

    By lianamwhite, Nov 26, 2014

  • "What You Leave Behind" still makes me cry even when I watch it now. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was and still is my favorite Star Trek show. And my favorite characters were Odo, Worf (even in TNG) and Quark.

    By SPARKLE4U, Nov 28, 2006

  • A great episode.

    By cactusjack39, Jan 20, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Ezri: (referring to her new relationship with Julian) You're sure you're not angry? Worf: Why should I be angry? I have been asking you to tell the doctor how you feel about him for the past month. Ezri: Well, now that he knows... Worf: I am happy for you. Ezri: That's a relief. Worf: But, I am going to kill him.

    • O'Brien: (referring to his Alamo model) Molly, please don't touch that. Molly: I let you play with my toys.

    • Damar: Keep... (chokes, then dies) Garak: He's dead. Kira: Remember his orders: we carry out the mission, we stop for nothing. Garak: FOR CARDASSIA!!

    • Weyoun: (stunned) I don't believe it. Female Shapeshifter: What now? Weyoun: The Cardassian fleet has turned against us. Female Shapeshifter: (sternly) Have our forces fall back and regroup at Cardassia Prime. Weyoun: But we'll be totally surrounded. Female Shapeshifter: There will be no more running. We should have rid ourselves of the Cardassians at the first sign of rebellion!

    • Broca: If I could talk to the rebels, get them to change their minds... Weyoun: (offers a suggestion) Perhaps you could reawaken their patriotic spirit. Broca: (grabs the suggestion) Exactly! Weyoun: (burns the suggestion) On the other hand, they're just as likely to convince you to betray us. Broca: Me? Betray you? Never! Female Shapeshifter: That's right. And we're not going to give you that opportunity.

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    Notes (4)

    • O'Brien and his family talk about their plans to return to Earth after the war ends, as Miles had been asked to teach at Starfleet Academy. At the time this episode was filmed there was a project in the works for a new spin-off show centered at Starfleet Academy, and the O'Briens were to be a part of it. But the series never went into production.

    • This episode marks the death of Mila (Julianna McCarthy)

    • Just The Way You Look Tonight performed by James Darren.

    • The re-used battle clips for the final invasion of Cardassia Prime come from "Sacrifice Of Angels", "Tears Of The Prophets", "The Changing Face Of Evil", and even Star Trek: Generations.

    Trivia (5)

    • As Worf and Odo are walking to the Defiant, Worf says that he hopes that they will find Colonel Kira alive and well at Cardassia. But at this point her correct rank is Commander, as she is acting as an officer of Starfleet for her mission. Worf, as a stickler for military protocol, should not have made that slip.

    • In "Shattered Mirror", Sisko tells Mirror O'Brien that evasive maneuvers pattern Delta is rocking the ship. However, in this fight, Nog does a loop-da-loop.

    • When Weyoun is giving his speech about the rebels being destroyed, the Dominion logo in the background is reversed, this is caused by the whole image being reversed as the birthmark on Weyoun's face is also on the wrong side.

    • Damar, Garak and Kira's raid on Dominion headquarters is temporarily halted because the cargo doors are made of neutronium and explosives won't work on them. So what? Is the entire building made of neutronium? Why not just blow a hole in one of the walls?

    • The Founder promises the Breen that they can have Earth if the battle for Cardassia is won. Then she turns around and tells Weyoun she was lying to get their support. She talks in a perfectly normal tone of voice, and the Breen is standing just a few feet behind her with his pals. He should easily be able to hear her.

    Allusions (3)

    • Kasidy: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated...
      This is a quote from Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain). Mark Twain said this after hearing that his obituary had been published in the New York Journal. The quote was also paraphrased by Picard in Star Trek: First Contact, as "Reports of my assimilation have been greatly exaggerated."

    • Vic: Ladies and gentlemen, tonight is a very special night for some friends of mine. They've been together a long time. But like the man said... nothing lasts forever. So gang, this one's from the heart.
      In reality, James Darren, who played Vic Fontaine, had released an album called This One's From The Heart, which contains most of his songs featured on Deep Space Nine.

    • O'Brien: Somebody has to teach you officers the difference between a warp matrix flux capacitor and a self-sealing stem-bolt.
      The Flux Capacitor of course is the item that Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) envisioned after slipping off his toilet and hitting his head while hanging a clock. The Flux Capacitor is what makes time travel possible in the modified Delorean-turned-time machine that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) used in Back To The Future. The self-sealing stem-bolt is a reference to an earlier episode in which Nog and Jake trade various items, one of which is a large amount of stem-bolts.

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