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.
This episode contains examples of
- 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
- 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.
- Enforced Method Acting: The party scene was pretty much a real party. The director wanted a certain energy level that was missing from Star Trek parties in the past, and liked the realism of the actors having to shout to hear each other.
- 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 Mantra: "Kill Worf. Kill Worf."
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Martok's unpleasable wife.
- Shrug of God: Dax refers to Captain Shelby at one point, and this may or may not be the Shelby from The Next Generation's "The Best of Both Worlds." Ronald D. Moore forgot that he had told Pocket Books that there were no plans for the character so she could be used in non-canon novels. Since they only mention her last name, Moore says that the fans can decide for themselves whether it's the same Shelby.
- 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.
- 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...
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Lt. Atoa.
- What Could Have Been: Producers looked into getting the TNG cast to make quick cameos at the wedding, but abandoned those plans when only Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton were available during filming.
- Ronald D. Moore has stated the original intention was for a guilty Odo to alienate himself from the others over what he did in the last few episodes. However, no one (including Moore himself) knew where to go from there or how to make Odo feel redeemed, so they dropped that storyline. Unfortunately, by the time they decided that, there was no time to write an Odo/Kira scene about the issue, leaving it an off-screen matter that no one was satisfied with.