O'Brien and Bashir are stuck on a planet, and they start to bond. Keiko thinks she knows her husband better than she actually does. Quark is almost sentimental. And holy crap, do the aliens of the week have the most absurd damn hairdos. The DS9 Rewatch plays an "Armageddon Game."
Until the climax, this is actually rather a good episode (absurd hairdos notwithstanding), the biggest step forward in the ongoing Bashir-O’Brien bromance as they bond over past and present relationships and the differences between career officers and enlisted personnel, and so on. Colm Meaney and Siddig el-Fadil are at their best here, playing magnificently off each other and revealing a great deal about each of their characters. So many great bits, from O’Brien’s impersonation of Bashir when prompting him to talk about Palis to Bashir putting his foot in his mouth regarding the O’Brien marital strife to “I wanna die on m’feet!” And the very ending is brilliantly hilarious.