Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 4 Episode 22

For the Cause

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM May 06, 1996 on Syndicado
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Sisko discovers that Kasidy is smuggling medical supplies to the Maquis. However, the motives of the security officer conducting the investigation are less than honorable.

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  • Good stuff from Ron Moore

    8.0
    Like a fine magic act, this Sisko/Maquis episode uses suspense and misdirection to build up anticipation and ultimately deliver a memorable finish.



    Featuring the Maquis for the first (and only) time in the season, the whodunnit story gives the group a new face and its most iconic speech, even if it takes a while to get there. But the real meat of the episode falls on Sisko's plate. Playing to Avery Brooks's strengths, "For the Cause" gives the Captain conflicting professional and personal feelings and illustrates his thoughts and decisions through action rather than words. In fact, all the major players here are tight lipped, apart from the aforementioned speech, unwilling to confide in others and let us know what's going on in their heads. It's left to us to speculate on their motivations and ruminations and fill in the blanks. It's something that limits character development, but it also heightens the mystery and suspense.



    There's also a throwaway B story that's much more simplistic: Garak and Ziyal go on a date. The premise relies upon the actors to make it work, and Andrew Robinson (Garak) is as good as ever. Unfortunately, a new actress (Tracy Middendorf) plays Ziyal and is so awful the part is subsequently recast again for her next appearance in the fifth season. (What is it with DS9 and recasting anyway? Between Ziyal and Quark's mom, they go through enough actresses to field a basketball team). Fortunately, Ziyal's part in the episode is minor, and on the whole "For the Cause" is quite fun.moreless
  • "You know, in some ways you're worse than the Borg. At least they tell you about their plans for assimilation. You're more insidious... you assimilate people and they don't even know it."moreless

    9.5
    Although Michael Eddington's swan song would come next season, this is the episode where he goes from being a conscientious, competent security officer into a full-fledged villainous rebel. The above quote, courtesy of Eddington, shows just how far the show had come from its Star Trek forbearers--that it was not a Romulan, Cardassian, Klingon or Ferengi complaining about the Federation's cultural imperialism, but a human and, wait for it, a Starfleet Officer!



    That's not what the episode is about, though. It focuses mostly on the Sisko/Kasidy relationship. There is a suspected Maquis smuggler on board, and Sisko is told that it might be Kasidy. They proceed slowly, as the seeds of doubt begin to grow in Sisko's mind. There is one scene which particularly struck me--it's the one where Sisko asks Kasidy to drop everything and go to Risa with him. Sisko is acting out of love--he doesn't want Kasidy to get hurt and wants to give her a way out. Kasidy is acting out of duty, which trumps her love for Sisko. Sisko knows this, and knows that she could never accept. So why ask? It just tells us something about Sisko.



    However, the Sisko/Kasidy plot isn't what people remember about this episode. It's Eddington, the scheming, revolutionary Canadian security officer-turned-Maquis. His character would return for two excellent episodes in Season 5: "For the Uniform" and "Blaze of Glory".moreless
  • Exceptionally well-written episode. Mostly an episode about the Kasidy-Sisko relationship, but there's a very nice twist near the end.

    8.5
    I wonder why the writers of this episode chose to include a second sub-plot (Garak and Ziyal) -- the main plot (Eddington-Sisko-Kasidy) is so good that it could have probably been stretched into a full episode. On the plus side, this means that the main story is perfectly executed; there are no slow spots.



    Early in the episode, Sisko is informed by Odo and Eddington that his girlfriend is suspected of smuggling cargo to terrorists (the Maquis). Sisko is extremely skeptical, but grudgingly allows security to investigate. At several points through this episode, you can see Sisko bend (but not break) his duties as a Starfleet Officer on Kasidy's behalf. He waives a thorough search of her ship (but orders the Defiant to follow her ship and establish her connection to the Maquis); he tries to persuade her to forgo a second mission. I have to admit that I feel weird seeing Penny Johnson in this role, as I'm used to her playing Sherry Palmer. But she does a good job.



    The plot takes a fascinating twist when it turns out that Kasidy is small fry; Eddington uses her as a decoy while he executes a major Maquis operation on the station and defects. Whoever wrote Eddington's speech to Sisko deserves serious props; it's exceptionally well done. Ken Marshall does a great job as Eddington.



    The plot with Ziyal and Garak is OK. The writers took the opportunity to include a scene with Quark in Garak's shop -- probably the best part of the story.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

John Prosky

John Prosky

Brathaw

Guest Star

Steven Vincent Leigh

Steven Vincent Leigh

Lt. Reese

Guest Star

Tracy Middendorf

Tracy Middendorf

Ziyal

Guest Star

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Garak

Recurring Role

Ken Marshall

Ken Marshall

Lt. Cmdr. Michael Eddington

Recurring Role

Penny Johnson Jerald

Penny Johnson Jerald

Kasidy Yates

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (About his "date" with Ziyal
      Garak: I was going to cancel. I've had visions of Ziyal presenting my head to her father as a birthday gift.
      Quark: That's a little paranoid, wouldn't you say?
      Garak: "Paranoid" is what they call people who imagine threats against their life. I have threats against my threats.

    • Michael Eddington: The only reason I've contacted you is to ask you to leave us alone. Our quarrel is with the Cardassians, not the Federation. Leave us alone, and I promise you you'll never hear from the Maquis again.

    • O'Brien: (referring to the Maquis) Look at what's happened to those people. One day they're eking out a living on some godforsaken colonies on the Cardassian border, the next day the Federation makes a treaty handing those colonies over to the Cardassians. What would you do?
      Worf: I would not become a terrorist. It would be dishonorable.
      O'Brien: I wouldn't say that around Major Kira.

    • Kira: Listen closely. I don't know what kind of sick game it is you're playing with Ziyal, but it better stop and it better stop right now.
      Garak: I assure you, I have no...
      Kira: I don't want to hear any of your lies. Now that girl is here under my protection, and I swear if you do anything to hurt her, I will make you regret it. Is that clear?
      Garak: As Tabalian glass.

    • (talking about Sisko's cooking)
      Kasidy: Don't your neighbors ever complain?
      Sisko: Sometimes. But it's usually just an excuse to get a taste of what I'm cooking.
      Kasdiy: How sneaky of them.
      Sisko: Yes, they are a duplicitous bunch.

    • Kasidy: (to Sisko) I'm not going to stand here and apologize for what I did. You had your duty, I had mine.

    • Eddington: I know you. I was like you once, but then I opened my eyes. Open your eyes, Captain. Why is the Federation so obsessed about the Maquis? We've never harmed you. And yet we're constantly arrested and charged with terrorism. Starships chase us through the Badlands, and our supporters are harassed and ridiculed. Why? Because we've left the Federation, and that's the one thing you can't accept. Nobody leaves paradise. Everyone should want to be in the Federation. Hell, you even want the Cardassians to join. You're only sending them replicators so that one day they can take their rightful place on the Federation Council. You know, in some ways you're worse than the Borg. At least they tell you about their plans for assimilation. You're more insidious... you assimilate people and they don't even know it.

    • Sisko: You know what, Mr. Eddington... I don't give a damn what you think of the Federation, or the Maquis, or anything else. All I know is that you betrayed your oath, your duty and me. And if it takes me the rest of my life, I'll see you standing before a court-martial that'll break you and send you to a penal colony where you'll spend the rest of your days growing old and wondering whether a ship full of replicators was really worth it.

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