Stardate not given: Kira has been recalled to Bajor, and accepts an invitation from Vedek Bareil to spend some time at his monastery. There, she encounters the Third Orb, which gives her a strange vision including Dax, Vedeks Winn and Bareil, Minister Jaro, and the Bajoran Chamber of Ministers. In the meantime, as Li Nalas tries to fit into his role as DS9’s first officer, the crew stumbles across evidence that the Circle is not just an isolated faction, but is instead a well-organized and surprisingly well-armed movement which is waiting in the wings to overthrow the provisional government of Bajor by force. Unknown to the Circle’s members, however, they are being provided weapons by the Cardassians, who anticipate correctly that Starfleet will order Sisko and all other Federation personnel to evacuate DS9 and leave Bajor to its own political machinations, wide open for a renewed Cardassian occupation. The Circle launches assault ships to take over the station, and many of the Starfleet occupants have no choice but to stay behind and fight for their survival.
written by Peter Allan Fields
directed by Corey Allen
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Louise Fletcher (Vedek Winn), Richard Beymer (Li Nalas), Stephen Macht (Krim), Philip Anglim (Vedek Bareil), Frank Langella (Minister Jaro), Bruce Gray (Admiral Chekote), Mike Genovese (Zef’no), Eric Server (Peace Officer), Anthony Guidera (Cardassian)
LogBook entry by Earl Green