Dukat (busted down to hauling freight after "Indiscretion"
) and Kira go after a Klingon Bird of Prey that destroyed a diplomatic outpost, but are hampered by their rinky-dink ship and lackluster weaponry.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
K'TEMANG: I'm confiscating your ship and its cargo.
DUKAT: On whose authority?
K'TEMANG: (Slasher Smile)
On the authority of the Klingon Empire, and the disruptors I have pointed at your vessel.
- Boarding Party
- Blood Knight: Dukat only gets close to convincing Kira to join him when he offers her a long fight against impossible odds, instead of her padd-punching job on Deep Space Nine.
- Boring, but Practical: Major Kira explains why the Bajoran Resistance wasn't interested in Federation-made phaser rifles, instead opting for the Cardassian disruptor rifle. While the phaser rifle has all kinds of cool, neat gadgets and add-on features, in the field (when you don't have proper maintenance facilities and spare parts and the like) that's just more things to go wrong with it. A Cardasian disruptor only has stun and kill settings, but you can lean it against a tree and leave it for ten years and it'll still work without trouble.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Damar, who will pay an important role in later seasons, is introduced.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Dukat never blames Ziyal for his fall from grace, and openly treats her as his daughter.
- Dukat says his disgrace is temporary. This seems like his usual arrogance to Kira but you can't help wondering if he had feelers out to the Dominion even then.
- Dukat asks Kira to stay as his adviser on guerilla tactics. In Season 7 Kira acts in this role to the dissident Cardassian military officers fighting the Dominion.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: Dukat is now captain of a military supply freighter. His mother has disowned him and his wife has left him.
- Improvised Weapon: Kira tells Dukat he's got to start thinking more flexibly. "When you need a hammer and you don't have one, use a pipe!" So they install a ground-based disrupter cannon from the destroyed outpost in the cargo bay.
- Indy Ploy: "I think it's time to improvise!"
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: It's Cardassian tradition for The Captain to entertain his guests, so Dukat invites Kira to dinner. Kira doesn't want to refuse in front of Ziyal, so agrees.
- Not So Different: Dukat tries arguing this, which Kira refuses to accept.
- Not so Dire: Dukat has his freighter crew doing weapons drills on asteroids.
- Not Worth Killing: Dukat gets depressed when the Bird of Prey just flies off after being fired upon, not even bothering to destroy them.
- Power is Sexy: Dukat suggests that Kira, having dated both Vedek Bareil and now First Minister Shakaar, is attracted to powerful men, and this might be a good incentive to get his own rank back. Kira just laughs.
- Shock and Awe: Kira kicks a Klingon into a sparking instrument panel.
- Take No Prisoners: After beaming the Klingons to his own vessel, Dukat blows it up.
Kira: Was that necessary?
Dukat: You're the terrorist. You tell me.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Dukat delivers one on his own species when the Detapa Council opts for a diplomatic solution.
Dukat: There was a time when the mere mention of my race inspired fear. And now... we're a beaten people. Afraid to fight back because we're afraid to lose what little is left.
Kira: That's not the Cardassians I know.
Dukat: What Cardassians? Don't you see, Major? They're paralyzed. They're beaten and defeated. I am the only Cardassian left, and if no one else will stand against the Klingons, I will.
- This Is Unforgivable
Kira: What your father wants is forgiveness. And that's one thing I can never give him.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Dukat can't help making some snide comments about Shakaar, but Kira doesn't let him get to her.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: After Dr Bashir injects Kira with a vaccine.
- Well Done Daughter Girl: Ziyal
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Kira is understandably not psyched about all the praise she gets from Dukat.
- You Remind Me of X: Kira takes Ziyal with her back to Deep Space Nine, because she reminds Kira of herself at that age, and Kira doesn't want her to go through what she did.