This episode contains examples of:
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A platonic version. Quark's rant about humanoid genes seems to stem from his genuine worry for Odo's well-being. Of course, he has to express it in the most grating way possible.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Switch "Changeling" with "Gay" and the metaphor writes itself. Especially Quarks "Changeling pride demonstration" line.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Kira is willing to set Laas free and let Odo be with him.