Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

What You Leave Behind (2)

Season 7, Ep 26, Aired 6/2/99
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  • Episode Description
  • The Dominion War is entering its final stages, with many surprises. Meanwhile, in the Fire Caves, Kai Winn and Dukat continue their efforts to release the Pah-wraiths. Can they and the Dominion be stopped? Things look grim for the Federation and the crew of Deep Space Nine.

  • 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 (9)
  • This is the end. Hold your breath and count to ten.

    By Celedorian, Mar 09, 2015

  • A lack lustre finish to an otherwise great storyline - it just felt too rushed and 'flat'!

    By chrisjonesds9, May 07, 2007

  • The war finally comes to an end<br /><br /> and we finally see the back of sisko

    By dregj, Nov 04, 2006

  • A very unique and wonderful ending to a brilliant journey

    By twin1701, Apr 03, 2010

  • A good story always leaves some unanswered questions and know how to use silence, how to leave you questioning the motives, the future, the decisions of the characters. This was one of those stories.

    By sisterdeath, Jun 12, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Martok: Remember these are Cardassians lying dead at your feet. Bajorans would call this poetic justice. Sisko: That doesn't mean I have to drink a toast over their bodies.

    • Quark: (confidently to Kira after Odo refused to say a final farewell to Quark) That man loves me. Couldn't you see? It was written all over his back.

    • Sisko: You are pathetic! Dukat: Then why are you the one on your knees? Sisko: First the Dominion, now the Pah-Wraiths. You have a talent for picking the losing sides... (growls with pain) Dukat: Benjamin, please, we've known each other too long. And since this is the last time we will ever be together, let's try to speak honestly. We've both had our victories and our defeats. Now it's time to resolve our differences and face the ultimate truth: I've won, Benjamin. You've lost. Sisko: The Pah-Wraiths will never conquer anything. Not Bajor, not the Celestial Temple and certainly not the Alpha Quadrant. Dukat: And who's going to stop us? Sisko: I aaammm!!!!!! Dukat: (laughs) You can't even stand up. Winn: Then I'll stop you.

    • Female Shapeshifter: (after Weyoun is killed) I wish you hadn't done that. That was Weyoun's last clone. Garak: I was hoping you'd say that.

    • (last line of the series) Quark: The more things change... the more they stay the same.

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    Notes (13)

    • Originally, Morn was going to deliver the final line of the series.

    • The music that plays as Odo and Kira say goodbye is the same that plays while Kira says goodbye to Bareil in the third season episode "Life Support".

    • During breaks, the cast took souvenir pictures and swapped autographs. The official wrap party was held at Modrian Hotel with James Darren singing The Way You Look Tonight.

    • This episode marks the deaths of Damar (Casey Biggs), the last Weyoun clone (Jeffrey Combs) and Kai Winn (Louise Fletcher) in that order.

    • Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf) and Colm Meaney (Chief O'Brien) are only actors to appear in the finales of both The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), J.G. Hertzler (General Martok) and Mark Allen Shepherd (Morn) are the only actors, besides the regulars, to appear in both the pilot and finale of the series. This is the first of two Star Trek series finales in which Jeffrey Combs (Weyoun) appears. The second is the Enterprise finale "These Are The Voyages..." in which he plays Commander Shran.

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    Trivia (3)

    • After Dukat says "Farewell, Adami" in the fire caves, he is holding the Text of the Kosst Amojan in his right hand. A moment later, Sisko tackles Dukat over the precipice and the book has vanished. As we see both men plummet, Dukat is holding the book again.

    • Quark talks about the election of a new Kai. This makes sense because Winn is dead. But how does anyone know that? The only witnesses to her death were Sisko and Dukat. Sisko speaks to Kasidy later, but he only tell her what happened to him. He does not mention Winn. However, considering how long it would take for Kira to bring Odo to the Founders' Homeworld and return to Deep Space Nine (a few days' travel time at least), it is possible the Bajorans had come to the conclusion that Winn was dead, or at the very least were electing an interim Kai.

    • In the last closeup scenes with Weyoun and the Founder, you can see that Weyoun's right contact has moved out of place. His right eye appears to be looking upward, while the left is looking forward.

    Allusions (4)

    • your victory will taste as bitter as defeat. The Founder is referring to what is known as a Pyrrhic Victory. It is when a victory has came at such a high cost that it doesn't differ from a defeat.

    • Battle of Thermopylae
      The holosuit program that Dr. Bashir and Ezri Dax decide to run, the Battle of Thermopylae, is a reference to the battle where a small band of Spartans led by King Leonidas defended a mountain pass against the vast Persian army. It is also depicted in the movie 300.

    • Where No Man Has Gone Before
      The scene in the fire caves where the Pah-wraith-possessed Dukat forces Sisko to kneel before him is very reminiscent of when Gary Mitchell, Kirk's original first officer who was corrupted by god-like power, forced Kirk to 'pray' to him, in that Original Series episode.

    • Admiral Ross: Today the guns are silent...
      Admiral Ross quotes a couple of passages from the speech of General Douglas MacArthur at the end of World War II on Sep.2.45 after the Japanese surrender.

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    • samuelmorris750 May 10, 2014

      I wish the last episode weren't messed up. I just plays the one before it. Lame.

    • dariousbrookss Oct 26, 2013

      I wish you guys had all the Episodes just like they don't have all the episodes either!