When Garak begins to have headaches, he refuses Bashir's offer of help. When the pain gets really bad, Garak reveals the truth that he has a memory implant put there by the Obsidian Order, the Cardassian Secret Police. The implant is to help Garak to feel pleasure instead of pain to endure pain when interrogated. Eventually, Garak accepts Bashir's offer of help. Whilst in surgery, the operation doesn't go to plan which forces Bashir to seek further help. Once he has the knowledge he needs, he saves his friend and brings him round again. All the reasons that the implant was put in is fake.