Stardate 48959.1: The party surrounding Sisko’s promotion to Captain is cut short when a Federation ambassador brings disturbing news regarding the Tzenkethi, former enemies of the Federation. According to the ambassador, a change of government within the Tzenkethi could spell trouble for Federation outposts along their border, and the Defiant is ordered to patrol that area to show the Federation flag. But en route, O’Brien finds that the Defiant has been sabotaged, and someone else has pointed the ship toward an attack on the Tzenkethi. The crew learn that their saboteur is a changeling on a mission to spark a war between the Federation and the Tzenkethi, thus keeping those two powers too busy fighting each other to defend against a Dominion invasion. Naturally, the task of tracking down and fighting the intruder falls to Odo, who will become the first changeling to break with a sacred tradition and harm one of his own kind.
written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
directed by Alexander Singer
music by Jay Chattaway
Guest Cast: Kenneth Marshall (Eddington), Lawrence Pressman (Krajensky), Jeff Austin (Bolian), Dennis Madalone (Defiant Officer)
LogBook entry by Earl Green