Dukat contacts Kira on the anniversary of her mother's death, claiming that her mother didn't actually die on a labor camp, but instead was his lover for several years. Kira doesn't quite know what to believe, so she decides to use the Orb of Time to visit the past and find out the truth about her mother.
- Manipulative Bastard: Dukat, whose Pet the Dog moments are just a ploy to manipulate women he's 'saving'.
- Incest Subtext: Dukat's long-term 'interest' in Kira has a disturbing aspect after the reveal that her mother was his mistress.
- Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: When Dukat first meets Kira, he should remember that a woman who looked exactly like her once saved his life from a bomb, but apparently he doesn't.
- Stockholm Syndrome
- Timey-Wimey Ball: The time travel in this episode appears to work quite differently than in the previous ones. Kira affects her own past, but that doesn't seem to have any ripple effects. It remains unclear whether she even physically travels back in time, or whether everything that happens is some kind Intangible Time Travel type of vision caused by the Orb. The previous time the Orb was used it worked like a regular time machine, though.
- This Is Unforgivable: Kira is so incensed at what she finds, she takes part in a plot to kill Dukat, knowing her own mother will be killed in the explosion.