Tekeny Ghemor, the Cardassian who befriended Kira in "Second Skin
", comes to the station at her request. He has been in danger on his homeworld since the Cardassians allied with the Dominion and Gul Dukat was placed in charge of the empire. Kira hopes that Ghemor will use DS9 as the base of a resistance to Dukat's rule, but Ghemor reveals that he has a terminal disease and doesn't have long to live. Kira agrees to record all the intelligence he can provide about Cardassian politics, but when information about his part in the Bajoran occupation comes to light, she's not sure if she can continue.
- Back from the Dead: Weyoun by way of cloning.
- Expendable Clone: This episode introduces the concept of Vorta cloning. This was done because producers loved Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun, but didn't have time to rewrite "To the Death" to change Weyoun's death.
- Flashback: A few interspersed to show Kira losing her father and how she handled it. Furel (killed off in "The Darkness and the Light") also appears and still has both arms at this point.
- Foreshadowing: Ghemor reveals that many Cardassians were actually not happy with the deal Dukat cut with the Dominion. This would pay big dividends in Season 7.
- Not so Above It All: Weyoun gets a kick out of dabo.
Weyoun: DABO! That is dabo, isn't it?
Dukat: I don't see why you insist on playing this ridiculous game.
Weyoun: I like games.
- Parental Substitute: Ghemor to Kira.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Kira ignores this plea from her father to go on a raid, and he dies an hour before she returns. She later admits she didn't want to witness it and would've taken any excuse to leave. When it comes time for Ghemor to die, Kira stays by his side.
- Smug Snake: Dukat, as always.
Kira: You are really enjoying this, aren't you? Hm? All your sick little games.
Dukat: I must admit, I do get a certain... perverse pleasure out of it.