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     Episode Guides Home : Startrek Deep Space Nine : Season 5 Episode 14

In Purgatory's Shadow

Episode:  
   14
Season:  
   5
Air Date:  
   10-February-1997
Director:  
   Gabrielle Beaumont
Written By:  
   Robert Hewitt Wolfe & Ira Steven Behr
 
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  Synopsis
 
StarDate: Unknown

Worf and Garak are taken prisoner by the Jem'Hadar.



When the station picks up a mysterious coded message from inside
the Gamma Quadrant that appears to be Cardassian, Garak is asked to
analyze it. He reports that the message is insignificant, but is
later caught trying to sneak off the station in a Runabout. He then
admits that the message is some sort of distress call from his
mentor Enabran Tain, the former head of the Obsidian Order. Garak
convinces Sisko to allow him to travel to the Gamma Quadrant to
search for Tain, but Sisko sends Worf along as a "chaperone."

Garak and Worf bicker consistently and find nothing. Finally, Worf
announces that they can go no further and takes the ship out of
warp, explaining that the source of Tain's signal is deep in
Dominion space. Garak, however, is unwilling to give up, and pushes
Worf to travel through the nebula to avoid detection. Worf
reluctantly agrees, and almost immediately upon entering the nebula, they wind up in the midst of the Jem'Hadar fleet.

Worf realizes that the entire fleet can only be assembled for one
reason — they intend to invade the Alpha Quadrant. He immediately
sends a warning message to the station, but is not confident it
will get through. Moments later, four Jem'Hadar soldiers
materialize on the ship and take Worf and Garak prisoner. Back on
Deep Space Nine, the crew is able to decipher enough of Worf's
signal to realize the Dominion is coming. Sisko sends Kira to find
Worf and Garak, but they are already imprisoned in a Dominion
detention center, where they are told they will remain until they
die.

Inside the camp, Worf meets Martok, the Klingon general who was
replaced by a Changeling. Martok leads Worf and Garak to Tain, himself a prisoner, who is dying. Instead of being thankful to
Garak for coming, Tain chastises him for allowing himself to be
taken prisoner. Meanwhile, Kira returns with grim news that at
least 50 Dominion ships are headed their way. With reinforcements
at least two days away and only Gul Dukat on hand to help out,
Sisko sees only one choice — sealing the wormhole. If Worf and
Garak don't escape in 36 hours, they will be trapped. Meanwhile,
Worf and Garak are introduced to another prisoner: Bashir ... meaning the Bashir at the station is a Changeling.

On the station, the Bashir Changeling begins making himself useful
to Dax and O'Brien while they work out the technology that will
seal the wormhole. In the internment camp, Garak meets with Tain
again, desperate for a kind word from his mentor before the old man
passes on. When Tain makes Garak promise to escape as a final request, Garak makes a request in return — that Tain acknowledge him
as his son. He does, and father and illegitimate child share a
memory before Tain dies peacefully. His mission complete, Garak is
ready to find a way out. But he may be too late. On Deep Space
Nine, the crew shoots a particle beam at the wormhole, intending to
close it. However, something goes wrong. The wormhole remains open,
and the Jem'Hadar fleet begins pouring through.

 
  Cast
 
Avery Brooks as Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois as Odo
Michael Dorn as Worf
Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney as Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman as Quark
Alexander Siddig as Dr. Julian Bashir
Nana Visitor as Kira Nerys

 
  Guest Cast
 
Andrew J. Robinson as Garak
Marc Alaimo as Gul Dukat
Melanie Smith as Ziyal
J.G. Hertzler as Martok
Paul Dooley as Enabran Tain
James Horan as Ikat'ika

 
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