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. (Spoiler alert: 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.
- Blatant Lies: Worf's bachelor party is pitched as a typical Klingon party, so half the senior staff agrees to go. It turns out to be the other kind of Klingon ritual.
- Both Sides Have a Point: When Quark explains that the couple have split because he's stubborn and obsessed with tradition, and Jadzia is frivolous and won't take his culture seriously, Miles and Julian agree that the problem is that they're both right.
- Breather Episode: After 7 episodes of violence and bloodshed, this episode is a welcome bit of comical relief. Sisko lampshades this in his Captain's Log by saying the war feels very far away for the moment.
- Cleavage Window: In Jadzia's wedding dress. Maybe it's traditional?
- Continuity Nod: The Sutherland was previously established in the "Redemption" two-parter (also written by Ronald D. Moore) on TNG. Word of God states that it was intended for Captain Shelby of the Sutherland to be the same Shelby from "The Best of Both Worlds" two-parter.
- Deadpan Snarker: After Worf learns that Sirella opposed him becoming a member of the House of Martok.Martok: I had every right to bring you into our family, and she's accepted that there's nothing she can do about that!
Worf: How comforting.
Martok: [laughing] And they say you have no sense of humor!
- 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.Jadzia: You're mad.
Worf: I am concerned.
Jadzia: Yeah, well, I'm hung over.
- 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."
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In-Universe. The one time the Klingons were a democracy is known as "the dark times."
- Madness / Survival Mantra: "Kill Worf. Kill Worf."
- 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!!
- Percussive Therapy: Jadzia is angrily rearranging her shelves when Sisko shows up to talk to her.
- 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, the neighbors call security about the noise, and everyone goes home hung over, especially Morn.
- 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...
- Waking Non Sequitur: When Alexander passes out from the heat.Bashir: (slapping his face) Alexander.
Alexander: (groggy) Grandma?
Bashir: Guess again.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Lt. Atoa.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: The look on O'Brien's face when he and Bashir are about to dig into a huge dinner — only for Sisko to have it all taken away.