A Bajoran woman hires Quark to recover an item on Deep Space Nine, which leads to the reopening of an old murder case, from the days of the Occupation, involving Odo, Gul Dukat, and Kira Nerys.

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* BadLiar: Odo accuses Kira of being one. He underestimated her.
* ConfessToALesserCrime: When she's accused of murder, Kira confesses to sabotage. Note that this would only be considered "lesser" by Odo; the Cardassians would be far more eager to execute a rebel than the murderer of a mere ''Bajoran''.
* GoodCopBadCop: Sisko and Odo, respectively, when grilling Rom about why Quark was shot.
* KarmaHoudini: Kira gets away with murder.
* NoirEpisode: The episode follows a detective examining a murder, portrays almost all the characters as morally ambiguous, and employs a {{chiaroscuro}} visual style previously unseen in the series. It even has as a version of PrivateEyeMonologue in the form of Odo's [[CaptainsLog log entries]], used for the first time here.
* OriginsEpisode: Specifically, shows how Odo came to become a security officer on the station.
* SmarterThanYouLook: During the theft, Rom demonstrates several techniques that leave Quark stunned (largely because Rom previously used them to get into the bar's store room and vault). On the other hand, while getting grilled:
-->'''Odo:''' You're not as stupid as you look.\\
'''Rom:''' I am too!
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Kira is grabbed by Dukat this way in one of the flashbacks and submits to it silently. Considering the fact that he could have her executed with a word, he probably could have restrained her with a finger. Kira later uses it on Vaatrick's widow.
* VorpalPillow: Attempted on Quark.

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