This is the first episode to ever show multiple Defiant Class Warships together in a scene.
Nitpick: Much of the damage and battle footage was re-used from DS9: "The Way of the Warrior"
Nitpick: During the battle for DS9, Weyoun seems surprised that the station's Federation shields are withstanding the Dominion weapons fire, as in previous encounters Federation shields had always proven ineffective (i.e. USS Odyssey). Yet he shouldn't be that surprised, as the Defiant, in it's 3 years of service at this point, has always withstood attacks from Dominion weapons, so it shouldn't be surprising that the Federation would do the same to other ships/stations.
Jake: (after his first article for the Starfleet News Service is published) You're news!
Sisko: Don't remind me! (grudgingly) Guess I can't stop you from doing your job.
Jake: Can I quote you on that? (Sisko gives him a dirty look) I guess not.
Sisko: Maintain current course.
Jadzia: Aye, captain. We should rendezvous with the Federation task force in forty-eight hours.
Bashir: And then what?
Nog: And then we make the Dominion sorry they ever set foot in the Alpha Quadrant.
Sisko: Cadet, you took the words right out of my mouth.
Quark: Leeta, that fifteen minute break you asked for was up an hour ago!
Rom: Brother, what do you think of this dress?
Quark: I don't want to think about, all I know is that any marriage where the female is allowed to speak and wear clothing is doomed to failure.
Kira: Captain, as a major in the Bajoran Militia, I must officially protest Starfleet's refusal to turn over this station to my government
Sisko: Your protest is duly noted.
Kira: Good. Now that that's out of the way... Kira Nerys reporting for duty.
Garak: Let me tell you a story. I once knew a Cardassian, a dashing, handsome young man with a promising career. And then one day, through no fault of his own, he found himself exiled and alone, with nowhere to turn. But did he give up? No. Instead he struck upon a brilliant plan. Rather than fleeing for the rest of his life, he sought shelter in the one place no one expected him to go. In a stronghold of his people's most hated enemies. There, surrounded by hostile strangers, he built a life. And there, against all odds, against the merciless logic of the Universe itself, he thrived.
Ziyal: By becoming the greatest tailor in the galaxy.
Sisko: (disappointed) I'll say one thing for the Dominion, they're punctual.
O'Brien: That's the fifth convoy headed to Cardassia in the last five weeks. I can only imagine how many Jem'Hadar soldiers they have stationed there by now.
Sisko: Too many.
O'Brien: I wish they'd just attack and get it over with.
Sisko: I have a feeling you're going to get your wish.
Sisko: When I first took command of this post, all I wanted was to be somewhere else. Anywhere but here. But now, five years later, this has become my home and you have become my family. And leaving the station, leaving you, is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. But this war isn't over. I want you to know that, while we were keeping the Dominion occupied, a Starfleet/Klingon task force crossed the border into Cardassia and destroyed the Dominion shipyards of Torros III. Your sacrifices, our sacrifices, made that victory possible. But no victory can make this moment any easier for me and I promise I will not rest until I stand with you again. Here. In this place where I belong.
Dukat: I've been waiting for this moment for five years.
Damar: First we reclaim Terok Nor, then onto Bajor.
Weyoun: Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Or must I remind you that the Dominion just signed a non-agression pact with Bajor?
Dukat: The Dominion might have. I never did.
Weyoun: The Dominion will honor its treaty. And as a member of the Dominion, you will honor it as well.
Dukat: Where the Dominion leads, I will follow.
Weyoun: I never doubted it.
Dukat: Captain Sisko - I don't suppose you would like to surrender and avoid unnecessary bloodshed?
Sisko: Absolutely not.
Dukat: I was hoping you'd say that.
Sisko: Battle stations.
Garak: I'd like to come along, if you don't mind. You never know when you might need a good tailor.
Odo: I'm not here as a Founder. I'm the station's Chief of Security.
Weyoun: Whatever you say. Nevertheless, having a god walk among us is most gratifying.
Dukat: I agree. You, me, the Major, together again - it should be most interesting. Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be in my office.
Damar: This is a great victory for Cardassia!
Dukat: And the Dominion.
Weyoun: Over 50 ships lost, our spacedocks on Torros III destroyed. A victory, perhaps, but a costly one.
Jake: I promised the Federation News Service a first-hand account of the battle.
Bashir: You'll get it. Just remember, 'Bashir' is spelled with an 'i'.
Garak: It's ironic. When the Klingons attacked the station, Gul Dukat and I were fighting side-by-side. At one point, he turned his back to me, and I must admit that for a moment he made a very tempting target.
Odo: You'd shoot a man in the back?
Garak: Well, it's the safest way, isn't it? But then I thought, well, no, I can't fight all these Klingons by myself. So I let him live.
Odo: And now you regret it?
Garak: Ah, my dear Constable, before this day is over, everyone on this station is going to regret it.
Rom: You're my brother. Whatever happens, we belong together.
Quark: Well, like I said, you're an idiot.
Weyoun: I assume Captain Sisko removed or destroyed everything of value.
Dukat: Not everything.
(picks up the baseball from Sisko's desk)
Weyoun: What is that?
Dukat: A message, from Sisko.
Weyoun: I don't understand.
Dukat: He's letting me know he'll be back.
Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
#190: "Hear all, trust nothing."
At the time of this episode, the Dominion has signed non-agression pacts with the Romulans, the Tholians and the Miradorn.
The beginning of the Dominion War.
Jadzia agrees to marry Worf.
The final scene of this episode features one of the largest fleets of Federation starships ever seen on screen.
Ronald D. Moore commented that historical parallels brought up during the story discussions included the events depicted in Tolstoy's War And Peace, the fall of the Philippines in WWII, and the evacuation of Dunkirk.
Sisko: (a log entry) As someone once said: "These are the times that try men's souls."
This quote is from Thomas Paine's 1776 revolutionary pamphlet The American Crisis.