Written by Rene Echevarria
Directed by Les Landau
Season 4, Episode 12
Production episode 40514-485
Original air date: January 29, 1996
Station log: Odo sets everything just so for his Tuesday morning security meeting with Kira, complete with a raktajino for her. One of the items on their agenda is a political agitator who objects to First Minister Shakaar’s upcoming visit to the station. They’re interrupted by Quark, who has a complaint about the noise made by Odo when he shapeshifts around his quarters.
Sisko, Kira, Dax, Bashir, and O’Brien are in their dress uniforms to greet Shakaar on his arrival. (O’Brien wonders why he’s there, since he’s not an officer, and Bashir says the dress uniform shows off his figure, thus sending slash fans into a frenzy. It’s also the only scene for those two and Dax, and I was just waiting for one of them to wail, “But it’s my only line!”) They escort him to the big-ass crowd on the Promenade, and as he goes to make his big speech (Sarish, his aide, reminding him to enunciate), Odo informs Sisko that he’s received intelligence of a planned assassination attempt on Shakaar by the True Way. Odo insists on cancelling his meeting with Federation delegates, but both Sarish and Kira say Shakaar won’t go along with that. He won’t capitulate to threats. Sisko therefore orders security levels to be raised significantly, and Odo asks to use Starfleet security as well as his own Bajoran Militia personnel. Eddington is on leave, so Sisko assigns Worf to head up Starfleet security.