Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 19

Strange Bedfellows (3)

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Apr 21, 1999 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown Ezri and Worf are taken aboard a Jem'Hadar ship where the Dominion/Breen treaty is signed. Ezri and Worf soon discover that they are to be put to death. Kasidy has a hard time adjusting to her new role as wife of the Emissary. Damar provides an escape route for Worf and Ezri just as they are led to the execution chambers. Kai Winn decides to join Dukat in following the Pah-wraiths.moreless

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  • Winn and Dukat get it on

    With a focus on the antagonists, this piece of the nine-part "Final Chapter" is an exciting look at one character turning to the "dark side", another turning to the good side, and another turning to the death side.

    In the roles of Anakin Skywalker and Chancellor Palpatine we have Kai Winn and Dukat, with Winn struggling to reject the power evil offers. (And really, does it get any more evil than the two of them getting it on?) With Winn's history and the Marc Alaimo's consistently strong performances, it would be easy for the writers to turn this into a "Dukat moment", where the Cardassian wins her heart just as easily as he wins his followers (if temporarily) that appear in "Covenant". But instead, Ron Moore wisely uses Dukat as merely a supporting player and sets the episode on Louise Fletcher's shoulders, giving her an internal struggle which ties together all the sympathetic and not so nice things we've learned about her over the years.

    At the same time, the writers (with Behr, Beimler, and Echevarria finishing the script after Moore's wife unexpectedly went into labor a month early) also effectively mine the history between Weyoun and Damar from previous seasons, giving the two some terrific scenes to drive the other half of the plot. (There's also the climax of the Worf/Dax storyline that begins as a comedy runner before finally getting the

    It's all exposition for future episodes, of course, and the writers don't really need a full episode to show us how all these characters, most notably Winn and Damar, have arrived at their decisions. (Indeed, originally this episode was to include Sisko's wedding, but it was shifted into the previous episode late in the But in this case, there's something more exciting about seeing the decisions drawn out. The fun isn't seeing what choices the characters make; it's seeing how they arrive at them. And the episode is another of many that shows how even the secondary characters of DS9 are important enough to be treated respectfully by the writers.

    For Rene Auberjonois, helming his eighth and last Star Trek episode, it's a heck of way to finish off his time in the director's chair.

Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


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

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

James Otis

James Otis


Guest Star

Penny Johnson Jerald

Penny Johnson Jerald

Kasidy Yates

Recurring Role

Marc Alaimo

Marc Alaimo

Gul Dukat

Recurring Role

Casey Biggs

Casey Biggs


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Time Index 8:08. Martok says he would not trade his wife for all the Targs on Qo'nos, which he pronounces Chronos. It is pronounced KwO-nOs, with a hard K and hard O's.

    • When Winn exits one scene, the arm of a Bajoran security guard is seen outside. Dukat proceeds to shout at Winn through the door. Security/police can keep secrets, but why would Dukat announce so publicly anything of what he or Winn had been up to?

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Martok: (on the subject of marriage) I would not trade Sirella for all the Targs on Qo'noS.

    • Damar: There's a Cardassian patrol ship sitting in launch bay A3 two levels above us. Its computers have all the necessary information to get you past our security checkpoints.
      Ezri: Why are you doing this?
      Damar: I want you to give a message to the Federation. Tell them they have an ally on Cardassia.
      Worf: Why should we trust you?
      Damar: You can either trust me, or you can stay here and be executed.
      Ezri: (to Worf) I vote for option one.

    • Worf: You are right. I do not love you as I loved Jadzia. I've dishonored myself. I know how often I use that word, maybe too often, but in this case it is appropriate. From the first moment you came on the station I knew that you were not Jadzia, and yet, I knew there was a part of Jadzia within you. On Goralis I allowed myself to see her instead of you.
      Ezri: I felt the same way. Part of me, the part that was your wife, wanted to be very close to you.
      Worf: I realized a while ago that Jadzia saw physical love very differently to me. To her it could mean many things, but to me it was a deeply spiritual act. On Goralis, my motives were not spiritual. It was an unworthy impulse.
      Ezri: Worf, we're not gods or Prophets. We're people. We make mistakes. There is... one other thing I want you to know. I honestly didn't realize how I felt about Julian. I would have never hidden something like that from you.
      Worf: I believe you, and I don't hold any malice against you or Dr. Bashir.
      Ezri: That's good to know. Friends?
      Worf: Friends.
      Ezri: And more.

    • Dukat: Adami, I know this may be hard to hear, but... you must listen. I've hidden something from you. I didn't come here by chance. I had a vision. The true gods of Bajor came to me and asked me to serve them.
      Winn: The true gods?
      Dukat: The Pah-Wraiths. They led me to you.
      Winn: (shocked) No!
      Dukat: They're not evil. They care about Bajor.
      Winn: No!!
      Dukat: They want to make Bajor strong!
      Winn: Heretic! (slaps Dukat across the face)

    • Winn: They've never spoken to me. Never offered me guidance. Never trusted me with the fruits of their wisdom. And now, I'm supposed to step down as Kai in order to be blessed by them? No. I have worked too hard, waited too long to give it all up now.
      Dukat: You shouldn't have to. Merciful gods don't ask their children to make such sacrifices.
      Winn: The Prophets have turned their backs on me. After all I've done for them, all the pain I've endured for them.
      Dukat: They're not worthy of you, Adami.

    • Winn: I remember when I first saw the gate to the Celestial Temple. I was on the Promenade. When it burst into view, this... whirlpool of color and light, the people all around me were in awe. They said that they could feel the love of the Prophets washing over them. Do you know what I felt, Anjohl? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. But I smiled and pretended I did. Because it was expected of me.

    • Damar: And how many more of these sacrifices will my people be asked to make?
      Weyoun: Your people? We are all one with the Dominion. Vorta, Cardassian, Jem'Hadar, Breen - we all serve the Founders and we'll all make whatever sacrifices they deem necessary.

    • Ezri: (while hanging upside down) I hate to say it... but this is doing wonders for my back.
      Worf: I doubt that was the intent of our captors.
      Ezri: Probably not...

    • Damar: Thot... that's the equivalent of a Legate, isn't it?
      (Thot Ghor issues some static sounds. Weyoun laughs)
      Damar: What did he say?
      Weyoun: He says you need to get your universal translator adjusted.

    • Weyoun: (regarding Worf and Ezri) Secure the prisoners below. And make sure they share a cell. They may wish to physically comfort each other during the long trip back to Cardassia. I find inter-species mating rituals fascinating to watch. Don't you?

    • Dukat: Sshhhhh, listen to me, please. The Pah-Wraiths will give you everything you've ever dreamed of. The power, the admiration of the people. In spite of your protestations of humility, that's what you really want. Admit it. Stop pretending to be something you're not. Take what they're offering you.
      Winn: Get out!!
      Dukat: Go. Crawl back to your Prophets. Beg their forgiveness. Live the rest of your life, in Sisko's shadow!!

    • Winn: I'm a patient woman, but I have run out of patience. I will no longer serve gods who give me nothing in return. I'm ready to walk the path the Pah-Wraiths have laid out for me.
      Dukat: I'll walk with you. And no one will be able to stand against us.
      Winn: Those who dare to try, the Federation and its Vedek puppets, the false gods and their precious Emissary, they'll all be swept aside like dead leaves before an angry wind.

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