An old friend of Kira's takes her by surprise by transporting her to Empok Nor, where she finds Dukat has gathered members of the cult of the Pah Wraiths.
This episode contains examples of:
- Agree to Disagree:Fala: You believe the Prophets are the true gods of Bajor. I believe the Pah-wraiths are. Let's just leave it at that.
Kira: I'd be happy to. There's just one problem: we can't both be right.
- Believing Their Own Lies: Dukat is so warped, that he really believes his own message.
- Broken Pedestal: Kira can't believe that Vedek Fala turned his back on the Prophets after preaching the faith in the refugee camps.
- Chocolate Baby: Dukat tells his followers that the half-Cardassian baby is a sign from the Pah-Wraiths.
- Converting for Love: Odo seriously considers taking up the Bajoran faith with Kira.
- Creepy Child: During production, the showmakers decided an animatronic baby would be less trouble than a real one. And decided to hire, of all people, the creators of Chucky to make it. The results were predictably creepy. And a real baby was used in the end.
- Cult Colony: What Dukat has set up on Empok Nor.
- Cyanide Pill: Promazine, the pill that the cultists were going to use. It was developed by the Cardassian Obsidian Order for their agents in the event of capture. Not only does it kill, but it causes the body to crumble to dust not long after, leaving no evidence behind.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: A charismatic cult leader with hundreds under his thrall who attempts to talk his followers into committing mass suicide once he's backed into a corner? Sounds a lot like Jim Jones.
- Don't Create a Martyr: After a failed attempt to kill Dukat, Kira decides to let him live long enough for him to be exposed as a fraud.
- Drinking the Kool-Aid: Dukat has the people of Empok Nor following him obediently and unwaveringly, right up until Kira revealed that he planned to trick them all into killing themselves while escaping scot-free. And even then, Vedek Fala still believes so much that he killed himself.
- Driven to Suicide: Vedek Fala willingly swallows his promazine pill, even though it's been revealed that Dukat is a fraud.
- Have You Told Anyone Else?: Not only does the mother admit she hasn't told anybody the truth, she also confesses that she doesn't think she can lie to her husband. While standing alone with Dukat in an airlock.
- Oh, Crap!: Dukat, when Kira knocks his fake suicide pill to the ground amid many real ones. It's one of the few times in the series where he comes close to genuinely losing his cool.
- One-Liner, Name... One-Liner: When Kira asks Vedek Fala why he swallowed the promazine pill that Dukat gave him, even though Dukat was a fraud:"Faith...Nerys...faith."
- Pet the Dog: Dukat contacts DS-9 to have them pick up Kira after his cult commits suicide.
- Riddle for the Ages: An In-Universe one. Kira wonders what Fala meant when he said that faith was the reason he killed himself—did he have faith that he was doing what he was supposed to, or was it that his faith betrayed him?
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As Dukat's plans go belly-up right before his eyes, he teleports off the station in a huff.
- Wham Shot: The Reveal that Gul Dukat is the Master of the Pah-Wraith cult.
- Written by the Winners: Dukat says this of the Bajoran texts that favor the Prophets over the Pah-Wraiths.