STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE 
                              
                     "The Search, Part II" 
                          #40512-448 
                              
                           Story by 
             Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe 
                              
                          Teleplay by 
                        Ira Steven Behr 
                              
                          Directed by 
                        Jonathan Frakes 

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   STAR TREK: DS9 - "The Search, Part II" - 07/18/94 - CAST 

                  STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE 
                     "The Search, Part II" 
                             CAST 

          SISKO                    FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
          KIRA                     MALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
          ODO                      GARAK
          QUARK                    NECHEYEV
          BASHIR                   BORATH
          DAX                      JEM'HADAR
          O'BRIEN                  GARAK
          JAKE                     T'RUL
                                   EDDINGTON
          COMPUTER VOICE           JEM'HADAR OFFICER
                                   JEM'HADAR SOLDIER

          Non-Speaking             Non-Speaking
          N.D. SUPERNUMERARIES     N.D. JEM'HADAR
                                   N.D. SHAPE-SHIFTERS

  STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE: "The Search, Part II" - 07/18/94 - SETS 

                  STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE 
                     "The Search, Part II" 
                             SETS 

        INTERIORS                     EXTERIORS
        DEEP SPACE NINE                 DEEP SPACE NINE
          AIRLOCK/CORRIDOR              CEREMONIAL GARDEN
          COMMANDER'S OFFICE            LAKESHORE
          CREW QUARTERS                 DEFIANT
          CORRIDOR                      SHAPE-SHIFTER'S WORLD
          PROMENADE/SECOND LEVEL        SHUTTLECRAFT
          QUARK'S                       
          REPLIMAT                      
          SECURITY OFFICE               
          SISKO'S QUARTERS              
          WARDROOM                      

          SHUTTLE                       

          DEFIANT                       
            BRIDGE                        

          CAVERNS                       
            TUNNEL                        

          RUNABOUT                      

  STAR TREK: "The Search, Part II" - 07/18/94 - PRONUNCIATION 

                  STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE 
                     "The Search, Part II" 
                      PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 

          ARBAZAN                  ARE-buh-zan
          BAJOR                    BAY-jor
          BAJORAN                  buh-JOR-an
          BORATH                   bow-RATH
          CARDASSIAN               car-DASS-ee-en
          ERIS                     EAR-iss
          JEM'HADAR                JEN-huh-DAR
          TIRUL                    tuh-ROOL
          VORTA                    VOR-tuh

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - TEASER           1.

                  STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE                    
                        "The Search, Part II"                          
                            TEASER                              

	FADE IN:

                 Recap of "The Search, Part I"                  

1    EXT. LAKESHORE - NIGHT (OPTICAL)

	We pick up the action moments after the conclusion of part 
	one.  (Note: We see the shuttle in the background.)

	The FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER, and her three companions continue 
	to regard ODO with benign serenity.  KIRA stands beside him, 
	a smile slowly widening across her face.  For a moment she's 
	able to put aside her concern for Sisko and the other crew 
	members of the Defiant, happy that Odo's long search is 
	finally over.  As for Odo, he displays little emotion as he 
	intently scrutinizes the Shape-shifters standing before him.

					ODO
			You really are just like me, aren't 
			you?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Yes.

					ODO
				(gazing around him)
			And this is where I'm from?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			This is your home.

					ODO
			I wish I could remember it.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			It's understandable that you cannot.  
			You were still newly formed when you 
			left us.

					ODO
			"Newly formed?" You mean I was an 
			infant?

	The Female Shape-shifter takes a moment to think this over.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - TEASER           2.

1    CONTINUED:

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			An infant, yes.

					ODO
			I suspected as much.
				(a beat)
			Tell me do I have... any family at 
			all?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Of course.

					ODO
			I'd like to meet them.  If that's 
			possible.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(indicates the other 
				Shape-shifters)
			You already have.  We are all part 
			of the great link.

2    NEW ANGLE (OPTICAL)

	The Female Shape-shifter gestures toward the GELATINOUS LAKE.  
	Odo gazes out at it.

					ODO
			Is that all of us, or are there 
			others?

3    INCLUDE KIRA

	who senses Odo's having trouble dealing with the situation.

					KIRA
			Odo, this isn't a police 
			investigation.

					ODO
			I'm aware of that, Major.

					KIRA
			Then stop interrogating these people.  
			You've waited your whole life for 
			this moment, the least you can do is 
			try and enjoy it.
				(to the shape-shifters)
			He really is happy to be here.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - TEASER           3.

3    CONTINUED:

					KIRA
				(to Odo)
			Aren't you?

					ODO
				(somewhat abashed)
			Yes.  Of course.
				(to the shape-shifters)
			It's just... this is all very 
			sudden...

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(smiling)
			And you have many questions.


					ODO
			Yes.
				(has to know)
			What exactly is this great link?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			The link is the very foundation of 
			our society.  It provides a meaning 
			to our existence.  It is the merging 
			of thought and form.  The sharing of 
			idea and sensation.

	It all sounds uncomfortably intimate to Odo.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(noticing his reaction)
			Is something wrong?

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - TEASER           4.

3    CONTINUED:	(2)

					ODO
			I've lived a very solitary life.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			That's... unfortunate.  But necessary 
			as you'll learn in time.  But now 
			that part of your life is over, you're 
			home.

	She extends her hand to Odo.

					MALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(to Female)
			What are you doing?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Take it.

	Odo hesitates.

					MALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			But it's not time.  He isn't ready.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(still looking at Odo)
			He's been gone too long.  He needs 
			to remember.  If only for a moment.
				(to Odo; re: her hand)
			Don't be afraid.

4    OMITTED

5    NEW ANGLE (OPTICAL)

	Odo reaches out, clasps her hand, which MORPHS together with 
	his into their natural liquid state.  Odo is transfixed.  A 
	beat and then the Female Shape-shifter breaks the grasp and 
	their hands MORPH back into humanoid form, leaving Odo in 
	somewhat of a trance.

					KIRA
			Odo... Odo?
				(to Female Shape-shifter)
			What did you do to him?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			I allowed him to experience the link.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - TEASER           5.

5    CONTINUED:

	Kira shakes Odo slightly, trying to bring him back from 
	wherever he's gone.

					KIRA
			Odo...

	Odo gazes over at Kira.  He's back.

					ODO
			Yes, Major.

					KIRA
			Are you all right?  What happened?

					ODO
			I'm not sure.  But I know one thing... 
			they're right.  I am home.

	And for the first time in a long while, Odo smiles.

									FADE OUT.

                         END OF TEASER                          

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT ONE          6.
                            ACT ONE                             

	FADE IN:

	(NOTE: Episode credits fall over opening scenes)

6    INT. SHUTTLE

	SISKO'S in the pilot's seat.  BASHIR, eyes closed, is slumped 
	in seat behind him.  Both men are clearly the worse for wear.

	Sisko works the companel, then pauses a moment to collect 
	his thoughts.

					SISKO
			Commander's Log, supplemental.  It's 
			been six days since we were forced 
			to abandon the Defiant during the 
			Jem'Hadar attack.  We still don't 
			know what happened to the rest of 
			the crew.  Doctor Bashir and I have 
			plotted a course back to the wormhole 
			but whether our shuttle can get us 
			there is questionable at best.  Our 
			engines are failing, our external 
			sensors are barely functioning and 
			life support systems are at twenty 
			percent and dropping.

					BASHIR
				(eyes still closed)
			But other than that we couldn't be 
			in better shape.

	He opens his eyes and smiles over at Sisko.

					SISKO
			I thought you were sleeping.

					BASHIR
			From the sound of things I wish I 
			were.

					SISKO
			Things could be worse.

	Suddenly the ship is jolted to a halt.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT ONE          7.

6    CONTINUED:

					BASHIR
			I believe you.

	Sisko checks his panel.

					BASHIR
			You think it's some kind of tractor 
			beam?

					SISKO
			Could be.  I wish these sensors were 
			working.

	The ship is jarred again.  This time there's a LOUD METALLIC 
	CLANGING as if something has just attached itself to the 
	shuttle's hull.

					BASHIR
			Now what?

	As if in answer the back hatch begins to open.

	Both Sisko and Bashir pull phasers which they point at the 
	hatch.

					SISKO
				(continuing)
			Wait until you have a clear shot.

					BASHIR
			Right.

	They wait tensely as the hatch slides open.

7    NEW ANGLE

	As O'BRIEN and DAX appear in the hatchway.  They react to 
	the weapons pointed in their direction.  (Note: Behind them 
	we see the shuttle has been brought into a Federation 
	shuttlebay.)

					O'BRIEN
				(smiling)
			Don't shoot.  We surrender.

	Sisko and Bashir break into grins.

					SISKO
			Chief... Dax.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT ONE          8.

7    CONTINUED:

					BASHIR
			I don't believe it.  We thought you'd 
			been captured by the Jem'Hadar.

					DAX
			We had our doubts about ever seeing 
			you again either, Julian.

					O'BRIEN
			We've been searching for you for 
			days.

					SISKO
			What about the others?

					DAX
				(a beat; not hopeful)
			No sign of them yet.  But we still 
			have ships out looking for them.

					O'BRIEN
			Meanwhile, our orders are to get you 
			back to D.S. Nine as soon as possible.

					DAX
			Big things are going on there 
			Benjamin.  I think you're in for a 
			surprise.

	And off an intrigued Sisko...

8    EXT. SPACE - THE SHAPE-SHIFTER'S DARK WORLD (OPTICAL)

9    EXT. CEREMONIAL GARDEN

	An alien equivalent to a Japanese rock garden, meant to invoke 
	tranquility among its visitors.  Its pathways are filled 
	with a variety of plants, rocks and benches, providing a wide 
	range of shapes and textures.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT ONE          9.

9    CONTINUED:

	Kira examines the landscape with wonder, but Odo is 
	oblivious to the loveliness surrounding him.  His gaze is 
	off in the distance as if impatiently waiting someone's 
	arrival.

					KIRA
				(re: the garden)
			This is beautiful.

					ODO
				(edgy)
			How long do they plan on making us 
			wait here.

					KIRA
			It's only been a few hours.

	Odo harumphs.

					ODO
			I finally return home and I'm still 
			treated like an outsider.

					KIRA
			Believe me, you're not the outsider 
			here.  I am.

					ODO
			You?

					KIRA
			I'm the one they don't trust, not 
			you.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER (O.S.)
			How perceptive, Major.

10   NEW ANGLE

	Kira turns to find the Female Shape-shifter entering the 
	garden.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			If our history has taught us anything 
			it's to avoid contact with Solids 
			whenever possible.

					KIRA
			Solids?

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT ONE         10.

10   CONTINUED:

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Our name for mono-forms like yourself, 
			who'll never know the joys of the 
			great link.

					KIRA
			Well, Odo hasn't been able to "avoid 
			contact" with us and he hasn't done 
			too badly.

					ODO
			I doubt Starfleet Command would agree 
			with you, Major.

	The Female Shape-shifter is aware she's discovered a source 
	of tension between Odo and Kira.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(to Odo)
			Have you enjoyed living among the 
			Solids?

					ODO
			At times... though I never really 
			felt at home with them.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(smiling)
			That's because your home is with us.
				(to Kira)
			Unfortunately, I can't say the same 
			about you.  We have no place for 
			you here.

					KIRA
			I don't intend to be staying long.
				(to Odo)
			There's a chance Sisko and the others 
			survived the attack.  I'll try 
			contacting them from the shuttle.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			I'm sorry, but we cannot allow any 
			communications to be sent from the 
			planet's surface.  They could be 
			traced back here.
				(a beat)
			We value our isolation.

	Anxious to avoid an argument, Odo answers for Kira.

					ODO
			Yes, of course.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT ONE         11.

10   CONTINUED:	(2)

	Odo looks to Kira who nods in agreement.  Satisfied, the 
	Female Shape-shifter gives Kira a dismissive glance and turns 
	her attentions to Odo.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(pleasantly)
			Tell me, Odo, have you made good use 
			of our arboretum?

					ODO
				(not sure what she 
				means)
			In what way?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(surprised by his 
				response)
			By assuming the various shapes 
			surrounding you.

					ODO
			Why would I do that?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(as if explaining to 
				a child)
			To become a thing is to know a thing.  
			To assume its form... is to begin to 
			understand its existence.

					ODO
			Understand it?  How?

	A beat.  The Female Shape-shifter studies Odo with sadness 
	and sympathy.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT ONE         12.

10   CONTINUED:	(3)

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Living among the Solids has damaged 
			you far worse than I realized.  It 
			has left you ignorant of the gifts 
			you possess.

					ODO

				(humbled)
			Then teach me what I need to know.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			I'll do what I can.  But in the end, 
			this is another journey you must 
			make on your own.  And when it's 
			over you will be ready to take your 
			place in the great link.

	She reaches down and picks up a rock which she places in 
	Odo's hand.  Then she turns and walks out of the garden...

11   NEW ANGLE

	A stricken Odo watches her go.

					KIRA
				(gently)
			Odo.

					ODO
			I'd like to be alone if you don't 
			mind.

					KIRA
				(understanding)
			All right.  If you need me, I'll be 
			in the shuttle trying to contact 
			Sisko.
				(off Odo's reaction)
			Don't worry, when I was in the 
			resistance I learned to camouflage 
			subspace messages with quantum 
			interference.  I taught the method 
			to Commander Sisko.  If anyone 
			intercepts the signal all they'll 
			read is a slight elevation in 
			background radiation.

	Odo trusts that Kira knows what she's doing.

					ODO
			Good luck.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/22/94 - ACT ONE         13.

11   CONTINUED:

					KIRA
			You too.

	She leaves.

	HOLD on Odo as he contemplates the rock he holds in his hand.

12   INT. AIRLOCK CORRIDOR

	The airlock slides open as Sisko and Bashir EXIT, followed 
	by O'Brien and Dax.

13   NEW ANGLE

	To include ADMIRAL NECHEYEV, who grants Sisko a rare smile.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/22/94 - ACT ONE         14.


13   CONTINUED:

					NECHEYEV
			Well, Commander, it appears your 
			mission was an even greater success 
			than we hoped.

					SISKO
			So I'm told.  Has the delegation 
			from the Founders arrived on the 
			station yet?

					NECHEYEV
			They're already meeting with 
			representatives from the Federation 
			Council and a dozen other Alpha 
			Quadrant alliances.  We're hoping to 
			have a treaty signed within a matter 
			of days.  And we have you to thank 
			for it.

	Sisko, Necheyev and the others start down the hall.

					SISKO
			It's Lieutenant Dax and Chief O'Brien 
			who deserve most of the credit.

					O'BRIEN
			We were lucky the Jem'Hadar turned 
			us over to the Founders.

					DAX
			We just had to convince them all 
			that we were serious about peace.

					O'BRIEN
			Actually, it didn't take much 
			convincing.

					SISKO
			I suppose the only question is, can 
			we trust them?

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT ONE         15.

13   CONTINUED:	(2)

					NECHEYEV
			It's a risk, I know.  But both the 
			Federation Council and Starfleet 
			Command believe it's one worth taking.
				(a beat)
			By the way, Commander, one of the 
			Founders asked to see you the moment 
			you arrived on the station.

					SISKO
				(surprised)
			Asked to see me?

					NECHEYEV
			If you're not too busy.

					SISKO
				(intrigued)
			I think I can spare a few minutes.

14   INT. CREW QUARTERS CORRIDOR - MOMENTS LATER

	Sisko and Necheyev come around the corner.

					NECHEYEV
			I know we've had our differences 
			Ben, but I want you to know what a 
			fine job I think you...

15   NEW ANGLE

	As Sisko stops at the sight of a Jem'Hadar SOLDIER guarding 
	the corridor.

					NECHEYEV
			It's all right, Commander.  The 
			Founders have asked that the Jem'Hadar 
			handle security for them during their 
			visit.

					SISKO
			Is that so?

					NECHEYEV
			If these talks were being held in 
			the Gamma Quadrant we'd want our 
			security people along.
				(a beat)
			Enjoy your meeting.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT ONE         16.

15   CONTINUED:

	She continues down the hall, leaving Sisko to face the 
	Jem'Hadar soldier.  A beat and the Jem'Hadar steps away from 
	the door allowing Sisko to enter.

					SISKO
				(with an edge)
			Thank you.

					JEM'HADAR
				(equally cold)
			You're welcome.

16   INT. QUARTERS

	As Sisko steps inside.

17   NEW ANGLE

	As BORATH, a male Founder, turns from the window.  (The 
	Founders have the same look as Eris who we met in "The 
	Jem'Hadar").

					BORATH
			Commander Sisko, come in.  I've looked 
			forward to meeting you.  I am Borath.

					SISKO
			And you're one of the Founders?

					BORATH
			That's correct.  You seem surprised.

					SISKO
			Not really.  Only I hadn't realized 
			until now that I've already met one 
			of your people.

					BORATH
			You're referring to Eris, of course.  
			Yes, she's one of us.  Though she 
			couldn't very well admit it while 
			you were pointing a phaser at her.  
			I'm glad to see you're not holding 
			one now.

					SISKO
			Do I need one?

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT ONE        16A.

17   CONTINUED:

					BORATH
			Not at all.

	Sisko doesn't seem convinced.

					BORATH
				(continuing)
			You seem skeptical.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT ONE         17.

17   CONTINUED:	(2)

					SISKO
			Can you blame me?

					BORATH
			No.  I realize you have no reason to 
			trust the Dominion.  But you must 
			understand we were only trying to 
			defend ourselves.

					SISKO
			From what?

					BORATH
			We felt threatened by your incursions 
			into the Gamma Quadrant.

					SISKO
			And now?

					BORATH
			Commander, you risked your life to 
			bring us a message of peace and 
			friendship.  We chose to accept your 
			offer.  Would you rather we refused?

	A beat.  Sisko has to admit he's got him there.

					SISKO
			No.

      DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT ONE 18-19.         

17   CONTINUED:	(3)

					BORATH
			Good.  Because believe me, Commander, 
			an alliance between the Dominion and 
			the Federation will be beneficial to 
			both our people.

18   HOLD ON SISKO

	It's a lovely sentiment, but he's still having a hard time 
	buying into it.

									FADE OUT.

                        END OF ACT ONE                          

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT TWO         20.
                            ACT TWO                             

	FADE IN:

19   INT. PROMENADE - SECOND LEVEL

	Bashir is walking past the crossover bridge when GARAK spots 
	him and approaches.

					GARAK
			Doctor, welcome back.

					BASHIR
			Thank you, Garak.  It's good to be 
			back.
				(a beat)
			Business keeping you busy?

					GARAK
			You mean the tailoring business, or 
			the spy business?
				(off Bashir's reaction)
			I'm joking, of course.

					BASHIR
			Of course.

	The men continue walking.

					GARAK
			I've missed you, Doctor.  I admit I 
			was very concerned for your safety.  
			Lunch just hasn't been the same 
			without you.

					BASHIR
			That's very kind of you to say, Garak.  
			Hopefully things can start getting 
			back to normal around here.

					GARAK
			Oh, I doubt that's going to happen 
			Doctor.  I doubt that very much.

					BASHIR
			And why is that?

					GARAK
			There's an old saying on Cardassia, 
			"Enemies make dangerous friends."  
			And I fear the Dominion is going to 
			make a very dangerous friend indeed.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT TWO        20A.

19   CONTINUED:

					BASHIR
			I take it you're referring to the 
			peace talks.

					GARAK
			Exactly.
				(a beat)
			I'm afraid these treaty negotiations 
			are a mistake we'll live to regret.

					BASHIR
			Is that your opinion or the opinion 
			of the Cardassian Central Command?

	They start down the stairs to the first level of the 
	Promenade.

					GARAK
			The former I assure you.  The Central 
			Command is very much in favor of 
			this treaty.  Which, as far as I'm 
			concerned, only justifies my fears.

19A  INT. PROMENADE

	as Bashir and Garak step off the stairs onto the first level.

					BASHIR
			Well I, for one, hope you're worrying 
			about nothing...

19B  NEW ANGLE

	SUB-COMMANDER T'RUL EXITS the Infirmary.  A small bandage 
	covers a wound on her hand.

					BASHIR
			Sub-Commander T'Rul, are you all 
			right?

					T'RUL
			I'm fine.  I had a minor disagreement 
			with some Starfleet security officers.  
			They refused to allow me to speakwith 
			the Federation's negotiating team.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT TWO        20B.

19B  CONTINUED:

					BASHIR
			What did you want to talk to them 
			about?

					T'RUL
			I wanted to protest the exclusion of 
			the Romulan Empire from the treaty 
			negotiations.

					BASHIR
			I wasn't aware the Romulans had been 
			excluded.

					T'RUL
			Every great power in the Alpha 
			Quadrant has been invited to 
			participate except for us.

					BASHIR
			There must be some mistake.

					T'RUL
			The mistake is thinking the Romulan 
			empire will stand by and allow such 
			a betrayal to go unchallenged.  
			Believe me Doctor, if a treaty is 
			signed without our approval, it will 
			mean war.

	And with that T'Rul storms away.

					GARAK
			Still feel I'm worrying about nothing, 
			Doctor?

	Bashir isn't quite so sure anymore.

20   INT. SHUTTLE

	Kira is working the companel.  (Note: the ship is still on 
	the planet's surface.)

					KIRA
			Computer, transmit a subspace signal 
			using a narrow theta band frequency 
			shifted into a background radiation 
			domain.

					COMPUTER VOICE
			Working.

					KIRA
				(to herself)
			I hope you're out there, Commander.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT TWO        20C.

20   CONTINUED:

					COMPUTER VOICE
			Unable to transmit signal due to 
			external interference.

					KIRA
			Switch to theta band "B."

					COMPUTER VOICE
			Switching.  Unable to transmit signal 
			due to external interference.

					KIRA
			Okay.  Switch to theta band "C."

					COMPUTER VOICE
			Switching.  Unable to transmit signal.  
			External interference at all 
			frequencies.

					KIRA
			Identify source of interference.

					COMPUTER VOICE
			Interference generated by thermal 
			radiation from a subterranean power 
			source.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT TWO         21.

20   CONTINUED:	(2)

					KIRA
			Locate power source.

					COMPUTER VOICE
			Power source is located four 
			kilometers beneath the planet's 
			surface, coordinates one-two-seven 
			mark three.


					KIRA
			Can you identify?

					COMPUTER VOICE
			Unable to identify due to an unknown 
			poly-metallic substance within the 
			surrounding rock.

21   NEW ANGLE

	As a somber Odo ENTERS the shuttle.

					ODO
			Any luck, Major?

					KIRA
			There's some kind of power source 
			interfering with my signal.  Any 
			idea what it can be?

					ODO
			I haven't a clue.

	Kira studies Odo.  His depression is palpable.

					KIRA
			Are you all right?

					ODO
			I've just spent the last two hours 
			shape-shifting.  Rocks, flowers, 
			trees... I've been everything in 
			that garden.

					KIRA
			And?

					ODO
			And nothing.  Oh, I can become a 
			rock all right,  but I have no more 
			of an idea what it's like to be a 
			rock than I did before.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT TWO         22.

21   CONTINUED:

					KIRA
			I'm not sure I know what that means.

					ODO
			I'm not sure either.  And that's... 
			unfortunate.
				(a beat)
			Now, if you'll excuse me I have to 
			return to my bucket.

	He takes his bucket and EXITS the shuttle.  We hold on Kira's 
	reaction to his plight.

22   EXT. LAKESHORE - FIFTEEN MINUTES LATER (OPTICAL)

	Kira stands before the lake of shape-shifters.

					KIRA
				(calling out)
			Hello?  I need to talk to one of 
			you...
				(a beat)
			Can anyone hear me?

	We hold on Kira as we hear a MORPH SOUND EFFECTS cue then --

22A  NEW ANGLE

	To reveal the male Shape-shifter standing behind her.

					MALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			We hear you, Major.  But please be 
			brief.  We find the humanoid shape 
			to be... awkward.

					KIRA
			I won't keep you long.  It's about 
			Odo.  He needs your help.

					MALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			How would you have us help him?

					KIRA
			By talking to him... telling him 
			what he needs to know.

					MALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			In time all his questions will be 
			answered.

					KIRA
			And when will that be?

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT TWO         23.

22A  CONTINUED:

					MALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			When he's ready to hear them.

					KIRA
			And you'll be the ones to decide 
			that?

					MALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Who better?  After all, he's one of 
			us.  We know him.

					KIRA
			I "know him" too.

					MALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Do you?

					KIRA
			I'm his friend.

	The male Shape-shifter steps closer to Kira, and when he speaks 
	it is with a cold animosity.

					MALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			You're a solid.  All you have ever 
			done is teach him how to be like 
			you.

					KIRA
			That's not true.

					MALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Isn't it?  If you really cared about 
			your friend you'd stop interfering 
			and let us do what's best for him.
				(a beat)
			It's time you went home, Major.  Odo 
			no longer requires your presence 
			here.

23   OMITTED

24   HOLD ON KIRA

	Pondering his words.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT TWO         24.

25   INT. COMMANDER'S OFFICE

	Sisko working at his desk.

					DAX (COM VOICE)
			Commander.  Admiral Necheyev is here 
			to see you.

					SISKO
			Send her in.

26   NEW ANGLE

	As Necheyev ENTERS.

					NECHEYEV
			You asked to see me, Commander?

					SISKO
			I understand that the Romulans haven't 
			been invited to the peace talks.

					NECHEYEV
			That's correct.

					SISKO
			I was wondering what prompted that 
			decision.

					NECHEYEV
			The Founders requested that they be 
			excluded.

					SISKO
			Did they say why?

					NECHEYEV
			They felt the Romulans would be a 
			disruptive influence.

					SISKO
			More disruptive than the Cardassians?

					NECHEYEV
			They seemed to think so.  Do you 
			have a problem with this, Commander?

	Sisko rises from his seat.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT TWO         25.

26   CONTINUED:

					SISKO
			Whether I have a problem with it 
			isn't the point.  It's the Romulans 
			we have to worry about.

					NECHEYEV
			Commander, if this treaty is signed, 
			and I'm confident it will be, we'll 
			never have to worry about the Romulans 
			again.

					SISKO
			You're sure of that.

					NECHEYEV
			Quite sure.  After all, what chance 
			would they have against the combined 
			power of our new alliance?

					SISKO
				(has to admit it)
			They wouldn't have much of a chance 
			at all.

					NECHEYEV
			I'm glad we agree.  Believe me, 
			Commander, the Federation carefully 
			weighed all the options before 
			entering into these peace talks.

					SISKO
			I realize that.

					NECHEYEV
			Then we have nothing further to 
			discuss, do we?

	Hold on Sisko who's still concerned, despite Necheyev's 
	reassurances.

27   EXT. SPACE - THE SHAPE-SHIFTER'S WORLD (OPTICAL)

	Re-establish.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT TWO         26.

28   EXT. CEREMONIAL GARDEN - NIGHT (OPTICAL)

	The Female Shape-shifter is seated before an ornate water 
	fountain we haven't seen before.  She studies it carefully, 
	pleased with what she's seeing.  She runs her hand through 
	the water.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(addressing the 
				fountain)
			That's very good, Odo.  Now don't 
			worry about holding your shape... 
			you will.  Just let go.  Allow 
			yourself to feel the texture of the 
			stone, the warmth of the water.  
			Allow it to become real to you.

	A beat then the fountain begins to MORPH back into Odo.  
	(Note: we only see the beginning of the morph.)

28A  ANGLE - FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER

	WATCHING ODO MORPH

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			How do you feel?

29
thru   OMITTED
30

31   ODO

	who has MORPHED back into his humanoid form.

					ODO
			Like a baby learning to walk.
				(off her look)
			It's a Solids expression.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			You have lived among them too 
			long.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT TWO         27.

31   CONTINUED:

					ODO
			Why do you dislike humanoids so much?  
			I know they have their flaws, but 
			I've found many of them to be kind, 
			decent people.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Like Major Kira?

					ODO
			Yes, like Major Kira.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Then you've been more fortunate than 
			most changelings.

	Odo is surprised to hear her use that name.

					ODO
			Changelings?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			You recognize the term.

					ODO
			I've been called a changeling on 
			occasion.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			It's a name given to us by the Solids.  
			They meant it as an insult, but in 
			defiance we took it and made it our 
			own.

	A beat.  Odo presses her to continue.

					ODO
			Go on... please.

	She hesitates but is unable to refuse Odo's need for answers.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			The great link tells us that long 
			ago our people used to roam the stars, 
			searching out other races, so that 
			we could add to our knowledge of the 
			galaxy.  We went in peace, but too 
			often we were met with suspicion, 
			hatred and violence.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT TWO         28.

31   CONTINUED:	(2)

					ODO
			Why?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			The solids feared our metamorphic 
			abilities.  We were hunted, beaten, 
			killed.  Finally we arrived here.  
			And here...
				(a beat)
			... safe in our isolation we made our 
			home.

					ODO
			Tell me... why was I sent away?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Because even in our solitude we 
			desired to learn more about the 
			galaxy.  You were one of a hundred 
			"infants" we sent off to gain that 
			knowledge for us.

					ODO
			But how could you be sure we'd find 
			our way back here?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			You had no choice.  The urge to return 
			home was implanted in your genetic 
			makeup.
				(smiling)
			And now, thanks to the passageway, 
			you're the first to return to us.  
			We were not expecting you so soon.

					ODO
			When were you expecting me?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Not for another three hundred years.

	Each revelation seems to cut deeper into Odo.

          DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT TWO         29.

31   CONTINUED:	(3)

					ODO
			How long was I away?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			A long time.
				(a beat)
			But all that matters now is that 
			you're back.

					ODO
			It's... different then I imagined it 
			would be.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Whatever you imagined... I promise 
			it will be better.

32   NEW ANGLE (OPTICAL)

	She tentatively reaches out and takes his hand.  They stare 
	at one another slowly arriving at a mutual consent.  Their 
	joined hands MORPH into a gelatinous state, but this time it 
	doesn't stop there.  They reach out for each other with their 
	free hands and MORPH them together as well.  Moving closer 
	they MORPH torsos which undulate in liquid rhythm.  Joined 
	as one, only their heads retain humanoid form.  But after a 
	few moments they too melt together.  HOLD for a beat on this 
	column of swaying shape-shifters and then...

									FADE OUT.

                        END OF ACT TWO                          

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT THREE        30.
                           ACT THREE                            

	FADE IN:

33   EXT. CEREMONIAL GARDENS - NIGHT

	Kira ENTERS, her conversation with the shape-shifter still 
	weighing heavily upon her.

					KIRA
				(looking around)
			Odo, are you here?

	She begins examining various flora and fauna, thinking that 
	perhaps Odo is practicing his shape-shifting.

					KIRA
			Odo?  I'm going to try to track down 
			the source of the interference.  If 
			I can't find it and neutralize it, 
			I'll have to leave here and try to 
			find Sisko and the others.
				(a beat; saying good-bye)
			I'm glad you finally made it home, 
			Odo.  I know things are going to 
			work out fine for you and...

	Kira suddenly stops as she realizes she's been addressing 
	the last part of her speech to a large bush.

					KIRA
			I don't believe this... I'm talking 
			to a tree.  You're probably not even 
			here are you?

	She waits for an answer.  There isn't one.  It takes a beat 
	for her to accept this, and then she turns and walks out of 
	the garden.

33
thru   OMITTED
35

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT THREE        31.

36   INT CAVERN

	As Kira ENTERS.  She looks around the cavern and comes upon 
	a large metal door embedded in the rock face.  A complicated 
	lock system is visible on the frame.

					KIRA
				(to herself)
			Why would Shape-shifters need a door?

	She tries to scan the door with her tricorder but has trouble 
	getting a reading - she hits her combadge.

					KIRA
			Kira to shuttle computer.  Scan the 
			area dead ahead of me for a hundred 
			meters.

					COMPUTER COM VOICE
			Unable to penetrate due to 
			interference.

	A cursory check of the locking mechanism is enough to convince 
	Kira there's no way she's getting past that door.

37   INT. QUARK'S

	O'Brien and Bashir are seated together talking.  QUARK, 
	carrying a tray with drinks weaves his way through a crowd 
	that includes a couple of Jem'Hadar soldiers gathered around 
	a dabo table.

					QUARK
			Excuse me, pardon me... after you... 
			look out... coming through...

	Quark arrives at O'Brien and Bashir's table.

					QUARK
			Sorry to keep you waiting gentleman.  
			That's two synthales.  On the house.

	He places the drinks in front of them.  O'Brien and Bashir 
	are surprised by Quark's uncharacteristic generosity.

					O'BRIEN
			What's put you in such a good mood?

      DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - REV. 07/26/94 - ACT THREE      32.

37   CONTINUED:

					QUARK
				(confidentially)
			I have inside information that the 
			peace agreement is about to be 
			finalized.

					BASHIR
			And where did you get this 
			information, from one of your 
			"friends" on the Federation Council?

					QUARK
			If you must know, I overheard two 
			Jem'Hadar officers.

					BASHIR
			And you believed them?

					QUARK
			I don't see why not.
				(dismissive)
			Oh, I know we got off to a rocky 
			start but they're not so bad, really.
				(a beat; pleased)
			I think they have the gene.

					O'BRIEN
			What gene?

					QUARK
			The gambling gene.  They've barely 
			been on the station a week and already 
			they can't drag themselves away from 
			the dabo table.

					BASHIR
			How fortunate for you.

	Quark places a hand on each of their shoulders.

					QUARK
			How fortunate for all of us.  You 
			see, I have a dream.  A dream that 
			one day all people... human...

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT THREE        33.

37   CONTINUED:	(2)

					QUARK (Cont'd)
			Jem'Hadar... Cardassian... Ferengi, 
			will stand together in peace... around 
			my dabo tables.


	Quark stares off into the distance as if he could already 
	hear a waterfall of latinum pour down around him.

					BASHIR
			You're a regular visionary, Quark.

					QUARK
			I am, aren't I?

	O'Brien leans back to drain his glass just as a JEM'HADAR 
	OFFICER bumps into his chair.

					JEM'HADAR OFFICER
			You're in my way.

					O'BRIEN
				(bristling at the 
				Jem'Hadar's tone)
			Sorry.

	He goes to move his chair closer to the table, but the 
	Jem'Hadar lashes out and flips the chair and O'Brien onto 
	the floor.  Bashir leaps up from his seat.

					BASHIR
				(to the Jem'Hadar)
			Now look here...

	But before he can continue, O'Brien gets to his feet and 
	barrels past.

					O'BRIEN
			Out of my way...

	O'Brien and the Jem'Hadar go crashing over a table.

					QUARK
			Gentlemen please... remember my 
			vision.

38   NEW ANGLE

	As O'Brien and the Jem'Hadar have it out.  O'Brien puts up a 
	good fight but he's clearly outmatched.  Bashir tries to 
	come to O'Brien's aid.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/22/94 - ACT THREE        34.

					BASHIR
			That's enough.

	He struggles with the Jem'Hadar soldier, breaking the 
	soldier's grip on O'Brien, who slumps to the floor.  The 
	Jem'Hadar turns and grabs Bashir by the throat.  As Bashir 
	struggles to free himself...

39   NEW ANGLE

	SECURITY CHIEF EDDINGTON and another Security Officer ENTER 
	the bar.

					EDDINGTON
			All right.  What's going on here?

	The Jem'Hadar releases his grip on Bashir, who immediately 
	begins to examine the badly beaten O'Brien.

					JEM'HADAR OFFICER
				(re: O'Brien)
			He addressed me in a disrespectful 
			tone.

					BASHIR
			That's a lie.

					EDDINGTON
			Easy Doctor.  We're all friends here.

					BASHIR
				(re: the Jem'Hadar)
			Tell him that.

	Eddington turns to the Jem'Hadar, but when he speaks to him 
	it's with an almost submissive demeanor.

					EDDINGTON
			I'll see this doesn't happen again.

					JEM'HADAR OFFICER
			I expect you will.

	And with that the Jem'Hadar walks out of the bar.

					BASHIR
			That's it?  You're just going to let 
			him walk away?

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT THREE        35.

39   CONTINUED:

					EDDINGTON
			Our orders are to give the Jem'Hadar 
			a wide berth.

					BASHIR
			I know what the orders say.  But he 
			attacked Chief O'Brien.  We have 
			rules here against that sort of thing.

					EDDINGTON
			I'm aware of station regulations, 
			Doctor.  However, the Jem'Hadar are 
			not.  We have to allow them some 
			time to get used to our customs.

					BASHIR
				(outraged)
			And in the meantime, they're free to 
			do whatever they want?

					EDDINGTON
			Remember that before you get into 
			another brawl with them.

	Eddington nods to the other Security Officer and together 
	they EXIT, leaving an angry Bashir to tend to O'Brien.

40   INT. SISKO'S QUARTERS

	Sisko and Jake are seated at the dinner table.  Jake keeps 
	glancing over at his dad, who has barely touched his food.

					JAKE
			Dad, pass me the potatoes.

	Sisko doesn't respond.

					JAKE
			Dad?

					SISKO
				(snapping out of it)
			Yes, Jake.

					JAKE
			The potatoes?

					SISKO
				(realizing)
			Oh.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT THREE        36.

40   CONTINUED:

	He hands over the bowl.

					JAKE
			Dad is something wrong?

					SISKO
			Not really.  I'm just a little 
			preoccupied that's all.  It's these 
			Dominion negotiations...

					JAKE
			What about them?

					SISKO
			It's all happening behind closed 
			doors.  I guess I feel like I've 
			been cut out of the loop.

					JAKE
				(probing)
			No, it's more than that.  There's 
			something going on, isn't there?

	Sisko finds Jake's response odd.

					SISKO
			Like what?

					JAKE
			You tell me.

	Sisko isn't sure what Jake's fishing for, but before he can 
	ask, the door CHIMES.

					SISKO
			Come in.

41   NEW ANGLE

	As Dax storms in holding a PADD.

					DAX
			Benjamin, did you know about this?

					SISKO
			Know about what?

					DAX
			I've been transferred to the 
			Lexington.  I'm their new Science 
			Officer.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT THREE        37.

41   CONTINUED:

					SISKO
			There must be some mistake.

					DAX
			I have the orders right here.

					SISKO
			Let me see that.

	He takes the PADD from her.  Reads it.

					SISKO
			I don't believe it.

					BASHIR'S COM VOICE
			Bashir to Sisko.

					SISKO
				(to com)
			Go ahead Doctor.

					BASHIR'S COM VOICE
			Commander, I need to talk to you 
			about the Jem'Hadar.

	Sisko and Dax exchange looks wondering what else could go 
	wrong.

42   OMITTED

43   INT. BORATH'S QUARTERS

	Sisko bursts in on Admiral Necheyev and Borath, who are looking 
	over some PADDS.

					SISKO
				(interrupting)
			I want to know what the hell is going 
			on.

					NECHEYEV
				(not thrilled with 
				Sisko's tone)
			Commander, I don't appreciate your 
			barging in here...

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT THREE        38.

43   CONTINUED:

					SISKO
				(not interested)
			I want to know why my Science 
			Officer's been transferred without 
			my consent, I want to know why my 
			Chief of Operations is lying in the 
			Infirmary while the Jem'Hadar who 
			beat him is free to walk the station, 
			and I want to know why the Federation 
			is willing to risk a war with the 
			Romulans to form an alliance with a 
			group of people we hardly know and 
			barely trust.

					NECHEYEV
			Are you finished?

					SISKO
			I haven't even begun.

					BORATH
			Admiral, I think you should tell 
			Commander Sisko what he wants to 
			know.

	Necheyev thinks about it for a moment before answering.

					NECHEYEV
			All right.  I suppose he deserves to 
			be the first to hear the news.

					SISKO
			What news?

					NECHEYEV
			The Federation is pulling out of 
			this sector.  All Starfleet personnel 
			currently stationed on D.S. Nine 
			will be reassigned to other posts.  
			Yourself included.

					SISKO
				(stunned)
			What about Bajor?

					NECHEYEV
			Our plans for Bajor are on hold for 
			the time being.  From now on Bajor 
			will be the Dominion's responsibility.  
			They'll be running this station.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT THREE        39.

43   CONTINUED:	(2)

					SISKO
				(incredulous)
			Are you telling me the Bajorans have 
			agreed to this?

					BORATH
			We're confident they'll have no 
			objection.

					SISKO
			And if they do object, what then?  
			You send in the Jem'Hadar?

					BORATH
			The Jem'Hadar are used only against 
			our enemies.
				(a beat)
			Bajor will be protected, Commander.  
			We'll see to it.

					SISKO
				(to Necheyev)
			What about the wormhole?  Do they 
			get to protect that too?

					NECHEYEV
			It's the price of peace, Benjamin.

					SISKO
			Well, if you ask me the price is too 
			damn high.  What's the Federation 
			supposed to get out of all this?

					BORATH
			Our friendship.  Isn't that enough?

					NECHEYEV
			And you Benjamin, get a promotion.
				(a beat)
			Captain Sisko.  That's an important 
			step toward that Admiralcy you've 
			always wanted.

	But Sisko isn't interested in promotions at the moment.

					SISKO
			Admiral, I'd like a chance to speak 
			to the Federation negotiating team 
			before this treaty is signed.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT THREE        40.

43   CONTINUED:	(3)

					NECHEYEV
			It's too late for that Ben.  The 
			treaty was signed late this afternoon.

	The news hits Sisko hard.

					BORATH
			It's the beginning of a new era, 
			Commander.
				(smiling)
			And you helped make it possible.  
			Congratulations.

44   HOLD ON SISKO

	That's not a very comforting thought at the moment.

									FADE OUT.

                       END OF ACT THREE                         

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FOUR         41.
                           ACT FOUR                             

	FADE IN:

45   EXT. CEREMONIAL GARDEN

	Kira is seated on a bench, waiting.

	A bird flies down out of the sky and lands in front of her.  
	Hold on Kira as we hear the MORPH SOUND EFFECTS cue, then 
	cut to...

46   SMILING ODO

	Who has MORPHED back to humanoid form o.s.  This is probably 
	the most outwardly happy we've ever seen him.

					KIRA
				(a greeting)
			Odo, I've been waiting for you...

					ODO
				(interrupting)
			Major, I just had the most... 
			remarkable experience.  For a few 
			moments I actually felt what it was 
			like to be an Arbazan Vulture.  The 
			air currents beneath my wings, the 
			exhilaration of soaring above the 
			treetops... it was all very 
			stimulating.

					KIRA
			I'm happy for you.

					ODO
			I know you are.

					KIRA
			So, I guess you'll be staying here a 
			while?

	Awkward silence descends on them.  This isn't easy for either 
	of them.

					ODO
			I've enjoyed working with you, Major.

					KIRA
			I've enjoyed working with you, too.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT FOUR         42.

46   CONTINUED:

					KIRA
				(a beat)
			But before we say good-bye, I'm going 
			to need your help one last time.

					ODO
			Certainly.

					KIRA
			Remember that power source I was 
			telling you about?

					ODO
			The one preventing you from trying 
			to contact Commander Sisko...

					KIRA
			Well, I've found it.

					ODO
			And what did it turn out to be?

					KIRA
			I couldn't tell.  There's a door 
			blocking my path.  I need you to 
			help me get it open.

					ODO
			What kind of door?

					KIRA
			It's composed of some kind of metal 
			the tricorder couldn't identify.  
			But other than that it's an ordinary 
			door.

	Odo puzzles that one over.

					ODO
			That's odd.  My people have no need 
			for doors.  They dislike taking 
			humanoid form.

					KIRA
			I know.

					ODO
			Then who could be using it?

   DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - REV. 07/26/94 - ACT FOUR 43-44.      

46   CONTINUED: (2)

	That's the same question Kira's been asking herself.

47   OMITTED

48   INT. REPLIMAT

	Garak is walking by when he spots a solemn Sisko seated alone 
	drinking a raktajino.  Garak joins him.

					GARAK
			Ah, Commander.  I was hoping to see 
			you before you left.  I wanted to 
			tell you how impressed I've been 
			with you the last two years.  You've 
			run this station with strength, 
			dignity and compassion.  Well done.

	Sisko looks over at Garak who seems to be speaking, for once, 
	from the heart.

					SISKO
			Thank you, Mister Garak.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/26/94 - ACT FOUR         45.

48   CONTINUED:

					GARAK
			Oh, I'm sure you'll be back before 
			long.  Though from what I've heard, 
			it'll be to fight against Bajor.

					SISKO
			I've heard the same rumors.  That 
			Bajor has forged a pact with the 
			Romulans to make a stand against the 
			Jem'Hadar.
				(a beat)
			And their allies.

					GARAK
			The Bajorans have fought for their 
			freedom before.  It makes sense that 
			they would fight for it again.

					SISKO
			So much for my "peace" mission.

					GARAK
			Do I detect a note of bitterness in 
			your voice?

					SISKO
			I wouldn't be surprised.

					GARAK
			If it makes you feel better, I happen 
			to share your feelings about the 
			Dominion treaty.
				(a beat)
			I've given it a great deal of thought, 
			and the only explanation I can find 
			is that our leaders have simply gone 
			insane.

	They share a smile.

					SISKO
			It seems that way.

					GARAK
			Unfortunately, there's nothing you 
			or I can do about it.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FOUR        45A.

48   CONTINUED:	(2)

					SISKO
				(not totally convinced 
				that's true)
			I suppose not.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FOUR         46.

48   CONTINUED:	(3)

					GARAK
			After all, you have your orders and 
			as for me, I would never dream of 
			opposing the wishes of the Central 
			Command.
				(a beat)
			A pity.

	Sisko looks over at Garak, aware that they're both on the 
	same side here.

					SISKO
			I agree.
				(a beat)
			That it's a pity.

					GARAK
			I thought you would.

					SISKO
			Mister Garak, I never knew we thought 
			so much alike.

					GARAK
			Life is full of surprises, Commander.

	Suddenly there's a commotion from further down the Promenade.

49   NEW ANGLE (OPTICAL)

	As T'Rul races through the crowd.  She spots Sisko and Garak 
	and makes for them.

					T'RUL
			Commander Sisko...

	Sisko rises just as two Jem'Hadar soldiers, weapons drawn, 
	appear behind her.

					JEM'HADAR
			There she is.

	One soldier raises his weapon.

					SISKO
			No.

	The soldier fires, T'Rul is hit in the back and collapses 
	into Sisko's arms.  Sisko lowers her body onto the ground.

       DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - REV. 07/26/94 - ACT FOUR      47.

49   CONTINUED:

	As the two triumphant Jem'Hadar soldiers reach the Replimat 
	an outraged Sisko leaps up and grabs a rifle away from one 
	of them.  Sisko rams the rifle butt into the soldier's 
	stomach, then pivots and bashes the second in the face with 
	the barrel.  But the first soldier is able to slip around 
	Sisko and hit him from behind.  Sisko goes down.

50   HOLD ON GARAK

	watching grimly.

51
thru   OMITTED
52

53   INT. SECURITY OFFICE

	Dax, Bashir and Garak ENTER.  Eddington looks up from his 
	desk.

					EDDINGTON
			Can I help you?

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FOUR         48.

53   CONTINUED:

					DAX
			We're here to see Commander Sisko.

					EDDINGTON
			Sorry, my orders are no one sees 
			him.

					BASHIR
			But we're here on urgent business.

					EDDINGTON
			You'll have to talk to Admiral 
			Necheyev.  She's in charge here until 
			the Jem'Hadar...

	Garak suddenly reaches out and shoves a Cardassian hypospray 
	against Eddington's arm.  Eddington slumps onto the desk.  
	Dax and Bashir look at Garak.

					GARAK
			I'm sorry, but we are rushed for 
			time.

	Neither Dax nor Bashir are about to argue the point.

					DAX
			I'll get Sisko.

	She heads for the holding area.

					GARAK
				(re: Eddington)
			Doctor, if you'd be so kind as to 
			take his legs.

	Together they lift the unconscious Eddington and lie him 
	down out of sight of the door.

					BASHIR
			If I didn't know better, I'd say you 
			were enjoying this, Garak.

					GARAK
			Not at all Doctor.  Though I admit, 
			after years of hemming dresses, a 
			little action does seem a welcome 
			change of pace.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT FOUR         49.

53   CONTINUED:	(2)

					SISKO (O.S.)
			I hope you'll still feel the same 
			way an hour from now.

54   NEW ANGLE

	As Sisko and Dax ENTER the Security Office.

					SISKO
			First thing we have to do is get our 
			hands on a runabout.

					DAX
			It's already taken care of Benjamin.  
			The Chief is waiting for us at landing 
			pad "C" with the Rio Grande, and a 
			full complement of photon torpedoes.

					SISKO
				(impressed)
			How did you know we'd be needing 
			photon torpedoes?

					DAX
			Because I know you.  You want to 
			make sure the Dominion stays on their 
			side of the galaxy.  The only way to 
			do that is to collapse the entrance 
			to the wormhole.

					SISKO
			I'm glad we're all in agreement.

	A silent beat.  This is a big step for them to take, but 
	there seems to be no alternative.

					BASHIR
				(lightly)
			Well, I guess this means the end of 
			our Starfleet careers.

					GARAK
			I wouldn't worry about that, Doctor.

					DAX
			That's easy for you to say.

       DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - REV. 07/26/94 - ACT FOUR      50.

54   CONTINUED:

					GARAK
			You misunderstand me, Lieutenant.  
			All I meant was it's foolish to worry 
			about your careers at a time like 
			this.  After all there's a good chance 
			we're all about to be killed.

	Hold on our crewmembers as Garak's words hit home.

									FADE OUT.

                        END OF ACT FOUR                         

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FIVE         51.
                           ACT FIVE                             

	FADE IN:

55   INT. CAVERNS (OPTICAL)

	Kira and Odo are standing in front of the door.  Odo studies 
	it closely.

					ODO
			Interesting.  Judging from this 
			locking mechanism the purpose of 
			this door is not to keep people out.  
			But rather to keep whatever's on the 
			other side in.

					KIRA
			Do you think you can get it open?

					ODO
			We'll see.

	Odo places his hand up against the locking mechanism and 
	then MORPHS it into whatever shape is necessary to fit the 
	locks.

56   INT. DEEP SPACE NINE CORRIDOR (OPTICAL)

	On the move with Sisko, Dax, Bashir and Garak as they head 
	for landing pad "C."  Suddenly two Jem'Hadar appear around 
	the corner.

					JEM'HADAR SOLDIER
			Halt.  Put down your weapons.

	Without missing a beat Garak points his phaser at Sisko and 
	the others.

					GARAK
			By all means Commander, do as he 
			says.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT FIVE         52.

56   CONTINUED:

					BASHIR
			Garak?

					GARAK
			You heard me Doctor.

	Sisko and the others toss down their weapons.

					GARAK
			Good.

	Garak moves towards the Jem'Hadar soldiers, his phaser held 
	loosely by his side.

					GARAK
			I'm glad to see everything's going 
			according to plan.

	The Jem'Hadar seem as surprised by Garak's action as our 
	heroes do.

					JEM'HADAR SOLDIER
			What plan is that?

					GARAK
			Didn't anyone tell you?  You see, I 
			pretend to be their friend... and 
			then I shoot you.

	And before the Jem'Hadar soldiers can react Garak raises his 
	weapon and blows them both away.  Sisko, Dax and Bashir 
	quickly retrieve their weapons.

					SISKO
			Well done Garak.

					GARAK
			Just something I read once in a book.

					BASHIR
			I'm sure.

57   ANGLE GARAK (OPTICAL)

	As he's suddenly hit by a phaser blast that slams him back 
	against a bulkhead.

					BASHIR
			Garak!

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FIVE         53.

57A  NEW ANGLE

	Sisko and Dax fire at the advancing Jem'Hadar soldiers driving 
	them to cover as Bashir tries to administer to Garak.

					GARAK
			It looks like we won't be having 
			lunch after all, Doctor.

	Garak dies.  Bashir, refusing to accept Garak's death, 
	continues to work on him.  Sisko grabs hold of Bashir's arm.

					SISKO
			It's too late.  Come on.

	He drags Bashir away while Dax provides covering fire.

58   INT. AIRLOCK CORRIDOR

	Sisko, Bashir and Dax race over to the airlock gate.

	Dax hits the control panel and the airlock gate swings open.

59   INT. AIRLOCK (OPTICAL)

	Dax ENTERS and begins programming the interior control panel 
	as Sisko and Bashir rush in behind her.  Sisko pauses to 
	fire one last blast out the open gate.

					SISKO
			Move it, Lieutenant.

					DAX
			Right behind you.

	She finishes programming the control panel.  The gate swings 
	shut behind them, jamming shut with a gear-grinding CLANG.

60   INT. RUNABOUT

	O'Brien in the pilot's chair as Sisko, Bashir and Dax pile 
	on board.

					SISKO
			Get us out of here, Chief.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FIVE         54.

60   CONTINUED:

					O'BRIEN
			What about Garak?

					BASHIR
				(grim)
			He's not coming.

					O'BRIEN
				(understands)
			Right.  Hang on.

61   OMITTED

62   NEW ANGLE (OPTICAL)

	Sisko sits beside O'Brien; Dax and Bashir are seated behind 
	them.

					O'BRIEN
			We'll reach the wormhole in thirty 
			seconds.

					SISKO
			Prepare to launch photon torpedoes.

					DAX
			We're being hailed.  It's Admiral 
			Necheyev.

	Sisko works his panel.  Necheyev and Borath appear on a 
	monitor.

					NECHEYEV
			Commander, I'm ordering you to stand 
			down.  Return to the station 
			immediately.

					SISKO
			I'm afraid I'm going to have to refuse 
			that order.

					BORATH
			Please, Commander, don't make us 
			send the Jem'Hadar after you.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FIVE         55.

62   CONTINUED:

					SISKO
			Go right ahead.  But you'd better 
			warn them not to expect any 
			reinforcements for about seventy 
			years.

	Sisko shuts off the monitor.

63   NEW ANGLE (OPTICAL)

	Through the cockpit window we see the wormhole flash into 
	sight.

64   ANGLE - SISKO

					SISKO
			Attack pattern theta Mr. O'Brien.  
			Then hard aport.

					O'BRIEN
			Yes, sir.

65   ANGLE - COCKPIT WINDOW (OPTICAL)

	Through which we see the photon torpedoes sail toward the 
	gaping wormhole.

66   ANGLE - THE CREW (OPTICAL)

	As the wormhole explodes o.s.  the blast rocks the runabout, 
	the glare washing over the cockpit and whitening out the 
	screen.

67
thru   OMITTED
69

70   EXT. SPACE - THE SHAPE-SHIFTER'S WORLD (OPTICAL)

71   INT. CAVERNS

	Odo continues to work on the door's locking mechanism.  We 
	hear a loud tumbler CLICK.  Odo nods in satisfaction.  He 
	pulls his hand out of the lock.  It MORPHS back into its 
	humanoid form.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT FIVE         56.

71   CONTINUED:

					ODO
			Step back Major.

	Kira steps aside, allowing Odo to slowly swing open the door 
	to reveal... three Jem'Hadar soldiers, weapons at the ready.

72   INT. THE TUNNEL

	Odo and Kira move down the dark passage, flanked by the 
	Jem'Hadar soldiers.  In the distance a light emanates from 
	around a bend in the tunnel.  Odo and Kira turn the corner 
	only to halt in stunned surprise.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FIVE         57.

73   INT. CAVERN

	It's a small interrogation room.  The crew of the Defiant, 
	Sisko, Dax, O'Brien, Bashir and T'Rul are seated in a circle, 
	eyes closed, small (TECH) devices attached to their heads.  
	Borath and two other Vorta monitor the devices from a bank 
	of consoles.  Borath looks over at Kira and Odo; smiles.

					BORATH
			Please, come in.

	Kira and Odo approach their friends.

					KIRA
			Commander?  Dax?

					BORATH
			They can't hear you.

					ODO
			What have you done to them?

					BORATH
			Nothing harmful.  We're just 
			conducting a little experiment.

					KIRA
			What kind of experiment?

					BORATH
			To see how they'd respond to an 
			attempt by the Dominion to gain a 
			foothold in the Alpha Quadrant.
				(a beat)
			We were curious to see how much they'd 
			be willing to sacrifice to avoid a 
			war.

					KIRA
				(looking over at her 
				friends)
			And what have you found out?

					BORATH
			Unfortunately, they're proving to be 
			as stubborn as I feared.

					ODO
			I'm glad to hear it.

					BORATH
			Are you?  Well that is a problem.  
			But, thankfully, it's not one I have 
			to solve.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FIVE         58.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER (O.S.)
			But I do.

74   NEW ANGLE

	As the Female Shape-shifter ENTERS the interrogation room.  
	Odo is stunned to see her.

					ODO
			I don't understand.  You knew about 
			this?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Yes.

					ODO
			But how could you allow it?

	Kira thinks she knows the answer.

					KIRA
				(to Female Shape-shifter)
			You belong to the Dominion, don't 
			you?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Belong to it?  Major, the changelings 
			are the Dominion.

	And now it becomes all too clear to Odo.

					ODO
			You're the Founders.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(proudly)
			Ironic isn't it, that the hunted now 
			control the destinies of hundreds of 
			other races.

					ODO
			But why "control" anyone?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Because what you control can't hurt 
			you.  So, many years ago we set 
			ourselves the task of imposing order 
			on a chaotic universe.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FIVE         59.

74   CONTINUED:

					KIRA
				(scornfully)
			Imposing order?  Is that what you 
			call it?  I call it murder.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			What you call it is no concern of 
			ours.

					ODO
				(bewildered)
			But how do you justify the deaths of 
			so many people?

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			The Solids have always been a threat 
			to us.  That's all the justification 
			we need.

					ODO
				(re: Sisko and the 
				others)
			But these Solids have never harmed 
			you.  They travel the galaxy looking 
			to expand their knowledge.  The same 
			as you once did.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			The Solids are nothing like us.

	Odo regards the Female Shape-shifter with an infinite sadness.

					ODO
			No, I suppose they're not.
				(a beat)
			And neither am I.
				(a beat)
			I've devoted my life to the pursuit 
			of justice.  But justice means nothing 
			to you, does it?.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			It's not justice you desire, Odo, 
			it's order.  The same as we do.  And 
			we can help you satisfy that desire 
			in ways the Solids never could.
				(a beat)
			This will all become clear to you 
			once you've taken your place in the 
			great link.

					ODO
				(quietly firm)
			No.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT FIVE         60.

74   CONTINUED:	(2)

					ODO
				(a beat)
			I admit this link of yours is... 
			enticing.  But you see, I've already 
			formed a link... with these people.
				(to Borath re: Sisko 
				and the others)
			I want you to remove those devices, 
			then bring them their combadges.

	Borath looks to the Female Shape-shifter for guidance.

					BORATH
				(to Female Shape-shifter)
			We can't allow them to leave.

					ODO
				(to Female Shape-shifter)
			And I can't allow you to keep them 
			here.  They're leaving and so am I.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			It took you many years to find your 
			way back home.  Are you really willing 
			to leave it again so soon?

					ODO
			Unless you intend to stop me.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			No changeling has ever harmed another.

					ODO
				(hard)
			Until now.  Because whatever you do 
			to them you're going to have to do 
			to me.

	A beat as the Female Shape-shifter studies Odo.  Then she 
	turns to Borath.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			They're free to go.

	Borath hesitates.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(coldly)
			Do you question my decision?

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FIVE         61.

74   CONTINUED:	(3)

					BORATH
				(humbly)
			The Vorta serve the Founders, in all 
			things.

	Borath and the other Vorta begin removing the devices from 
	their prisoners.

					ODO
				(to Female Shape-shifter)
			Thank you.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(to Sisko and the 
				prisoners)
			Next time, I promise you, we will 
			not be so generous.

	Sisko and the others begin to stir as if waking from a deep 
	sleep.

					SISKO
				(groggy)
			Constable?

					O'BRIEN
			What happened to the Rio Grande?

					DAX
			The last thing I remember is 
			collapsing the wormhole.

					T'RUL
			The last thing I remember is being 
			shot by some Jem'Hadar soldier.

					KIRA
			I'm sure it all seemed very real, 
			but the truth is, you've been held 
			in this room ever since the Jem'Hadar 
			brought you here from the Defiant.

	Borath hands them their combadges.  He hates letting them 
	go, but has to follow his orders.

					SISKO
			Borath?
				(to Kira)
			What the hell is going on here?

					BORATH
			Your ship is in orbit.  You may 
			transport to it whenever you're ready.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FIVE         62.

74   CONTINUED:	(4)

	Before Sisko can protest...

					ODO
			Return to the Defiant, Commander.  
			I'll be along shortly.

					KIRA
				(to Sisko)
			Do as he says.  I'll stay down here 
			and see that he gets back to the 
			ship.

	By now the others are aware of the Female Shape-shifter.

					BASHIR
			It's another Shape-shifter.

					ODO
			Commander, you must leave now.  I 
			promise you I'll explain everything 
			later.

	Odo and Kira's urgent pleas are not lost on Sisko.  He trusts 
	their judgement enough to know if they say leave, it's best 
	to go.

					SISKO
			I'll look forward to it, Constable.

	Odo and Kira step away from the other crewmembers.

					SISKO
				(hits combadge)
			Sisko to Defiant.  Five to beam up.

75   NEW ANGLE (OPTICAL)

	Sisko and the other crewmembers DEMATERIALIZE.  Odo and Kira 
	remain with the Shape-shifters.

76   OMITTED

77   EXT. LAKESHORE

	Odo and the Female Shape-shifter face each other near the 
	lake's edge.


         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/18/94 - ACT FIVE        62A.

77   CONTINUED:

	Kira stands a respectful distance away.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			I hope one day you'll return to us 
			Odo, and take your rightful place 
			within the Dominion.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FIVE         64.

78   CONTINUED:

					ODO
			I don't think that's possible.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			Your link to the Solids won't last.  
			You'll always be an outsider.

					ODO
			Being an outsider isn't so bad.  It 
			gives you a unique perspective.  
			It's a pity you've forgotten that.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
				(with a smile)
			Then perhaps one day I'll come and 
			visit you.  The Alpha Quadrant seems 
			wracked with chaos.  It could use 
			some order.

					ODO
			Imposing you're brand of order on 
			the Alpha Quadrant may be more 
			difficult than you imagine.

					FEMALE SHAPE-SHIFTER
			We're willing to wait until the time 
			is right.
				(with regret)
			We will miss you Odo.  But you will 
			miss us even more.

78   NEW ANGLE (OPTICAL)

	And with a final look of farewell she MORPHS back into the 
	lake.

	Odo stands alone by the lakeshore for a beat and then is 
	joined by Kira.

					KIRA
			Odo?

					ODO
			I'm ready Major.

         DEEP SPACE: "THE Search, II" - 07/19/94 - ACT FIVE         64.

78   CONTINUED:

	Kira reaches out and takes Odo's hand in hers.  He's 
	surprised and touched by the gesture.

					KIRA
				(hits combadge)
			Kira to Defiant.  Two to beam up.

	They DEMATERIALIZE.

79   INT. DEFIANT BRIDGE

	Odo and Kira walk in from the Corridor, having beamed in o.s.  
	Everyone's glad to see them.  Kira takes her seat.  Sisko 
	and Odo exchange a welcome nod.  Then Sisko turns to Dax at 
	the helm.

					SISKO
				(smiling)
			Take us home, Lieutenant.

					DAX
				(working helm)
			Yes, Sir.

					SISKO
				(to Odo)
			Constable, we have a lot to talk 
			about.

					ODO
			You're right Commander, we do.

80   CLOSE ON ODO

	Aware he's sacrificed his dreams of home.  But as painful as 
	that sacrifice is, he's still satisfied he's made the right 
	decision.

81   OMITTED

									FADE OUT.

                        END OF ACT FIVE