DS9 Episode Overview: Season 3

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 3x01 THE SEARCH, PART I

Sisko is assigned the mission of taking the Defiant into the Gamma Quadrant to make peaceful contact with the founders of the Dominion. However, the Defiant is soon ambushed by Jem'Hadar fighters. The crew is captured, but Odo and Kira manage to escape in a shuttle.

   
 3x02 THE SEARCH, PART II

Odo and Kira arrive at the Founder's homeplanet, but Odo's people consider him contaminated by humans. When Sisko and Bashir are rescued and return to DS9, things are not what they seem: Starfleet has started negotiations with the Dominion, but are ignoring the Romulans from the peace-talks.

   
 3x03 THE HOUSE OF QUARK

A drunken Klingon tries to kill Quark in a dispute over his bar bill, and winds up falling on his own knife by accident. When a stream of Klingons arrive on the station, Quark releases he has gotten himself into a dangerous situation which takes him to the Klingon homeworld.

   
 3x04 EQUILIBRIUM

Dax goes into shock when the computer aboard the Defiant displays a picture of the Trill composer of a song that has been on her mind. Sisko tries to seek out the mysterious link with the long-dead musician and Dax only to have all the official channels closed in their faces.

   
 3x05 SECOND SKIN

Kira is captured and transported to Cardassia Prime, where she wakes up in the guise of a Cardassian woman. She is told that she is, in fact, a Cardassian by birth whose deep cover spying assignment necessitated her cosmetic alteration to look like a Bajoran rebel.

   
 3x06 THE ABANDONED

Quark discovers a rapidly evolving infant Jem'Hadar. A chance encounter with Odo reveals that the boy is genetically programmed to respect changelings. Odo tries to show him that he does not have to follow in the violent footsteps of his fellow warriors.

   
 3x07 CIVIL DEFENSE

O'Brien accidentally triggers an automatic security program designed to halt any Bajoran uprising. When various obstacles are thwarted by the crew, the station's self destruct sequence suddenly activates. Dax discovers that only Gul Dukat himself can abort this program.

   
 3x08 MERIDIAN

The Defiant witnesses an entire planet appear from nowhere. They discover that its inhabitants spend 60 years in non-corporeal form, and emerge into solidity for only a few days at a time. During the visit, Dax falls in love with Daral, but is forced into a difficult decision.

   
 3x09 DEFIANT

Thomas Riker arrives at DS9 and hijacks the Defiant with Kira as his prisoner. Thomas is a member of the Maquis on the run from Starfleet. His target is a secret Cardassian installation which, as Gul Dukat and Sisko find, is apparently an operation of the Obsidian Order, Cardassia's widely-feared secret police.

   
 3x10 FASCINATION

Odo is filled with utter dread when Lwaxana Troi boards the station. Thanks to a slight telepathic ailment being suffered by Troi, her feelings for Odo are projected onto others, amplifying some subconscious attractions.

   
 3x11 PAST TENSE, PART I

A strange phenomenon sends Sisko, Dax and Bashir into the early 21st century. Sisko and Bashir are picked up and sent to a large high-security ghetto and find they are days away from a historical event known as the Bell Riots, sparked when a violent uprising in the San Francisco sanctuary district was quashed by the National Guard.

   
 3x12 PAST TENSE, PART II

Sisko takes charge of a hostage situation, insisting that the sanctuary's residents be treated like normal civilians. In the sanctuary, tensions rise between the hostages and their captors, and Sisko and Bashir have to keep both parties in check.

   
 3x13 LIFE SUPPORT

Vedek Bareil is severely injured in an accident. Bashir is able to keep his brain alive, but the prospects of keeping Bareil alive without putting him in stasis are not hopeful. As Cardassian peace talks reach a critical stage, the only option left is to allow Bareil to die on his feet.

   
 3x14 HEART OF STONE

While hunting a Maquis rebel on a planet in the Badlands, Kira's foot is caught in a strange crystal which seems to be spreading. Despite making every effort with the equipment at his disposal, Odo is unable to free Kira from the crystal, which eventually traps Kira's entire body.

   
 3x15 DESTINY

Three Cardassian scientists arrive on DS9 to help with a communication array. A Vedek informs Sisko that prophecy predicts the Cardassians' presence will result in calamity, not the least of which will be the closure of the wormhole.

   
 3x16 PROPHET MOTIVE

Grand Nagus Zek arrives on the station with a new version of the Rules of Acquisition promoting giving and generosity. Quark refuses to accept the sweeping change proposed by the Nagus, discovering that Zek visited the wormhole, making contact with the prophets.

   
 3x17 VISIONARY

O'Brien begins experiencing a series of apparent trips into the not too distant future. When he experiences such events as the sight of his own death and the evacuation and destruction of DS9, the whole crew soon takes notice.

   
 3x18 DISTANT VOICES

Bashir is viciously attacked by a Lethean raiding his supplies. When Bashir comes to, everything seems amiss - the station is abandoned and wrecked, what few members of the crew can be found are acting wildly out of character, and Bashir's age is increasing rapidly.

   
 3x19 THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Sisko is kidnapped by O'Brien's counterpart from the mirror universe, and is cornered into assuming the role of his violent alter-ego and contact scientist Jennifer Sisko before she can develop a new sensor array that will mean the end of the rebellion.

   
 3x20 IMPROBABLE CAUSE

An explosion in Garak's clothing store leads Odo and Garak to set out to find ex-Obsidian Order mastermind Enabran Tain on Garak's hunch that Tain may also be an assassin's target, but they are intercepted en route by a Romulan ship carrying Tain as a passenger.

   
 3x21 THE DIE IS CAST

Starfleet orders Sisko to keep the Defiant at the ready in the event of Dominion retaliation against the Cardassian/Romulan offensive. Sisko decides to leave DS9 ahead of schedule and retrieve Odo. What he does not know is that the Dominion has planned for the Cardassian-Romulan assault for a long time...

   
 3x22 EXPLORERS

Sisko recovers records of a Bajoran sailship which somehow traveled to Cardassia in ancient times. He enlists Jake's help in his quest to construct a working replica of the sailship from old Bajoran blueprints and recreate the journey.

   
 3x23 FAMILY BUSINESS

Quark is charged with negligence in taking care of his mother. As it happens, she has made profit on the Ferengi homeworld, a capital crime in the male-dominated society, so Quark and Rom head home to deal with the problem.

   
 3x24 SHAKAAR

One of Winn's first acts as head of the provisional government is to ask Kira to retrieve soil reclamators from a Bajoran farm. Kira will have to deal with Shakaar, the former leader of her resistance cell during the occupation, who is unwilling to surrender the equipment.

   
 3x25 FACETS

Jadzia undergoes a ritual in which the memories of each of Dax's past hosts is telepathically transferred to another person so she can come to understand them better. Problems are anticipated when it comes to encountering Joran, the mentally unstable host preceding Curzon.

   
 3x26 THE ADVERSARY

En route to the Tzenkethi homeworld, O'Brien finds that the Defiant has been sabotaged, and someone 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.