|Episode||175 & 176|
|Airdate||June 2, 1999|
|Directed by||Allan Kroeker|
|Written by||Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler|
|Executive Producers||Rick Berman & Ira Steven Behr|
|Also Starring||René Auberjonois|
On the eve of battle, Bashir (Alexander Siddig) and Ezri (Nicole deBoer) spend the night together. Later, with Sisko (Avery Brooks) in command, the Defiant joins the Federation-Klingon-Romulan fleet as the invasion of Cardassia is launched. On Cardassia Prime, Kira (Nana Visitor), Damar (Casey Biggs) and Garak (Andrew J. Robinson) discuss Resistance plans to sabotage the Dominion's power and communication centers. On Bajor, Kai Winn (Louise Fletcher) asks Dukat (Marc Alaimo) to join her when she releases the Pah-wraiths from the Fire Caves, and Dukat vows to destroy Sisko.