Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 07 You Are Cordially Invited

Worf and Jadzia find out that Alexander is going to be transferred away from the station, so they move up their wedding plans. Worf takes some of the men to a holosuite to participate in a Klingon pre-wedding ritual of male bonding, which Bashir and O'Brien assume will be like a bachelor party. (It isn't.) Meanwhile, Martok's wife Sirella arrives to judge whether Jadzia is worthy to join their house.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Jadzia seems unwilling to play this trope with Sirella, until Sisko convinces her otherwise.
  • Altar the Speed: Jadzia and Worf move the date of their wedding so Alexander can attend.
  • Battle Couple: The tale of the first Klingon marriage.
  • Breather Episode: After 7 episodes of violence and bloodshed, this episode is a welcome bit of comical relief.
  • Cleavage Window: In Jadzia's wedding dress. Maybe it's traditional?
  • Easily Forgiven: Odo's actions during the Occupation arc. He and Kira talk it out off-screen. Pretty much no one working on the show liked that.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Leeta can barely break her attention from Atoa. Same with Jadzia.
  • Got Volunteered: Bashir gets to be first for the Trial of Blood, in the "everyone else steps backwards" variety.
  • Hangover Sensitivity: Jadzia after her bachelorette party. Worf is not amused.
  • Happily Married: To the other characters' surprise (not to mention the audience's), Martok and Sirella.
    "We are not accorded the luxury of choosing the women we fall in love with. Do you think Sirella is anything like the woman I thought that I'd marry? She is a prideful, arrogant, mercurial woman who shares my bed far too infrequently for my taste. And yet... I love her deeply. We Klingons often tout our prowess in battle, our desire for glory and honor above all else... but how hollow is the sound of victory without someone to share it with? Honor gives little comfort to a man alone in his home... and in his heart."
  • Madness / Survival Mantra: "Kill Worf. Kill Worf."
  • Mythopoeia
  • No True Scotsman: Sirella's Training from Hell to marry into her house despite the revelation that Sirella's claim to nobility is false, and that her mother-in-law's ancestor was not the Princess but a concubine who lived out of the royal stables.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Martok's unpleasable wife.
  • Pardon My Klingon: Jadzia and Sirella go at it with knives and words.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: The cold war with Sirella comes to a head during the ceremonial reading of The Chronicle, a history of the Martok family's unbroken (until now, ahem) bloodline. Jadzia sprinkles in her own extracurricular research, including: a positive spin on an Oliver Cromwell-type figure in Klingon history and Sirella's own (see above):
    Sirella: You are STRAYING FROM THE SAGA!!
  • Stag Party: The guys find out that a traditional Klingon "bachelor party" is about as much fun as you can expect from anything Worf suggests. Jadzia's party is more in line with the trope: the entire station seems to have been invited, there's a shirtless fire-dancing guy, and the neighbors call security about the noise.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Worf worries that his relationship with Jadzia is a Deconstruction of this trope, and that they're not meant to be married. Martok convinces him otherwise.
  • Vision Quest: Worf's "rather invigorating" bachelor party.
    Bashir: Miles... it's working. I've had a vision, about the future. I can see it so clearly.
    Miles: What is it?
    Bashir: I'm gonna kill Worf. I'm gonna kill Worf. That's what I'm gonna do. I can see it clearly now, I'm going to kill... him...
    Bashir and O'Brien: Kill Worf...kill Worf...kill Worf...
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Lt. Atoa.
  • What Could Have Been: Worf's friends from the Enterprise were intended to be there for the wedding, seen as background characters at the Stag Party. Unfortunately while some actors were working in Hollywood at the time, others were overseas and unavailable.