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* PoorCommunicationKills: If Kira's dad had told Kira about Meru's struggles or if Meru told Kira her reasons for staying with Dukat, most of the conflict would not have occurred.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: If Kira's dad had told Kira about Meru's struggles or if Meru told Kira her reasons for staying with Dukat, most of the conflict would not have occurred. (Granted, one can reasonably assume that it's difficult at best to tell your kids "your mother is sleeping with the leader of the occupiers of our planet to help us have a better life.")


* VictimBlaming: The "comfort women" are generally denigrated as collaborators. Even though the episode reveals that they were frequently abducted at gunpoint and were clearly unhappy about being used sexually by their oppressors, there's no real acknowledgement by the characters that these women are still treated unfairly in the present.


It is the anniversary of the death of Kira Meru, the mother of Kira Nerys, who died during the occupation in a labor camp. To honor the memory of her mother, Nerys, who was separated from her mother at the age of three, orders Bajoran lilacs, her mother's favorite. She had always admired her mother, whom her father described as one of the bravest women she had ever known.

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It is the anniversary of the death of Kira Meru, the mother of Kira Nerys, who died during the occupation in a labor camp. To honor the memory of her mother, Nerys, who was separated from her mother at the age of three, orders Bajoran lilacs, her mother's favorite. She had always admired her mother, whom her father described as one of the bravest women she he had ever known.


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.

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Dukat contacts Kira on It is the anniversary of the death of Kira Meru, the mother of Kira Nerys, who died during the occupation in a labor camp. To honor the memory of her mother, Nerys, who was separated from her mother at the age of three, orders Bajoran lilacs, her mother's death, claiming favorite. She had always admired her mother, whom her father described as one of the bravest women she had ever known.

That evening, however, Dukat sends Nerys a coded transmission. Ostensibly to come clean about his feelings, Dukat taunts Nerys with the knowledge
that her mother didn't actually did not die on in a labor camp, but instead was his lover had lived for several years. Kira doesn't quite know years before passing away as Dukat's lover! Nerys claims Dukat is lying, but when Dukat reveals that he knows Meru loved Bajoran lilacs and had a scar that very few people knew of, Nerys begins to call even what to believe, so she decides knows about her own mother into doubt...

With Dukat's words weighing heavily on her mind, Nerys asks Captain Sisko
to use call in a favor with the Vedek Assembly to allow her access to the Orb of Time Time, so she could travel back to visit the past occupation when her mother was alive and find out get to the truth bottom of the mystery.

With the Orb, Nerys travels to the labor camp she grew up in, the same one her father said Meru died in. There, she meets her parents and their children: Reon, Pohl, and little Nerys. She introduces herself as "Luma Rahl", and becomes fast friends with Meru.

Shortly thereafter, Cardassian soldiers and a Bajoran collaborator arrive at the labor camp to announce that some of the women working there were selected to be taken to Terok Nor to work as "comfort women" for Cardassian staff, with their families compensated with additional rations and medicine. Meru and "Rahl" are among those selected, and Nerys watches as Meru is tearfully ripped away from her family as they are taken away.

Upon arriving at Terok Nor, the comfort women are ushered into a room with fine dresses, fresh food, and instructions to clean themselves up before meeting with the Cardassian brass. Meru, who had eaten very little during her time in the labor camp, digs into the food immediately. Nerys, however, is not as enthusiastic. While Meru is happy to have a filling meal, she is worried
about whether the Cardassians would keep their word and ensure her family is taken care of. Nerys is not very hopeful, and believes their only hope is escape with the help of the Bajoran resistance.

Afterwards, the Bajoran women, now wearing their dresses, meet with the Cardassian leaders of Terok Nor, including Gul Dukat, the station's Prefect. The Bajoran collaborator threatens the women with having their families sent to labor camps for failure to serve, but Dukat chastises him and states his hopes to change the women's perception of Cardassians being cruel tyrants, helping him win some favor with some of the women. He takes a liking to Meru, in particular, assuring her that her family would be cared for and even using a dermal regenerator to remove her scar. To Nerys's chagrin, Meru seems taken with Dukat's act. Not helping matters is when Dukat intervenes when another Cardassian, drunk and amorous for Meru, tries to force himself on her. The Cardassian Nerys was tending to points out that this was an act Dukat often employed to curry favor with Bajoran women, not that Nerys needed it spelled out.

After tending to the Cardassians, Nerys returns to the quarters she and Meru had been assigned to, only to find Meru gone. The Bajoran collaborator explains that she was now tending to Dukat personally. Nerys lashes out at the collaborator and the Cardassian guards, but is subdued and thrown into the refugee center on the Promenade for her trouble.

For the next couple of weeks, Nerys gets by in the refugee center, learning what she can about Meru from other Bajorans in the know. One Bajoran, who aids the resistance, tells Nerys that Meru had returned from a vacation with Dukat. The resistance informant wonders why Nerys is putting in so much effort for someone he believes is little more than a collaborator, and tries to recruit Nerys into the resistance when guards come to escort Nerys to Dukat.

Dukat, having learned that "Rahl" was Meru's friend and as a favor to Meru, had Nerys summoned so the two could catch up. Nerys is disgusted to see Dukat and Meru cozy with one another. When Dukat leaves the two alone to catch up, Nerys calls Meru out on her enjoying being Dukat's lover, enjoying the luxuries that come with sharing his bed and forgetting about her family back in the labor camps while Dukat carries out their people's genocide. Meru tries to assure Nerys that Dukat is not the monster she makes him out to be, but Nerys is not interested in excuses: as far as she was concerned, her own mother was a collaborator.

After returning to the refugee center, Nerys agrees to help the resistance try to assassinate Dukat. The resistance informant gives her a bomb. The informant advises Nerys not to tell anyone, not even Meru. This isn't a problem for Nerys: why should she care whether a collaborator lives or dies?

Nerys asks the guards to let her be a comfort woman again and to be taken to Meru to apologize. After apologizing to Meru, Dukat takes his leave so the two can talk, but not before giving Meru a data rod.

As Nerys plants the bomb stealthily and prepares to leave, Meru plays the message on the data rod: it is from her husband, Nerys's father! To her surprise, according to her Nerys's father, the children have been well cared for and are eating better than they had in a long time: Dukat had kept his word! More shocking still, Meru's feelings for her husband had never faded, as she chokes up when he says that he misses her.

Nerys suddenly has a change of heart, warning Meru and Dukat to get out of the quarters and helping them escape moments before the bomb detonates. The Orb's vision ends shortly afterwards, and Nerys finds herself back in the present.

Afterwards, Nerys discusses her experiences with Sisko. In the past, Nerys had always believed their was a clear-cut difference between collaborators and patriotic Bajorans, and she admired her mother as a hero while despising the collaborators. Now, however, the line between the two is not as clear. According to her research, her mother passed away in a Cardassian hospital several years after the attempt on Dukat's life - and Meru's - and she wondered if they realized how many Cardassians died while Meru lived in comfort. Sisko asks Nerys why she saved Meru's life, and Nerys admits that a part of her wished she left Meru to die...but in the end, no matter what she had chosen to do, it didn't change the fact that Meru was still
her mother.


* CallBack: Dukat mentioned [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E11Waltz an assassination attempt after he became prefect]]. Turns out that Kira was involved.

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Dukat mentioned [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E11Waltz an assassination attempt after he became prefect]]. Turns out that Kira was involved.involved.
** Is that a Starfleet control panel behind Dukat when he contacts Kira? Oh, yeah, he still has that shuttle from the ''Honshu''.

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* KickTheDog: What reason would Dukat have to tell Kira about the relationship he had with her mother on the anniversary of her death, other than to be vindictive?

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* IrrevocableOrder: Once the bomb is activated, it can't be disarmed, meaning that anyone within 20 meters will have a ''very'' bad day.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:
--> '''Kira Meru:''' When I was a child, I dreamed of having food to eat and pretty clothes to wear, and now look at me - I have everything I ever wanted and I feel horrible.\\
'''Kira Nerys:''' That is pretty funny in a horrible way.


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* FauxAffablyEvil: All the Cardassians who get "friendly" with the Bajoran women.

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* CallBack: Dukat mentioned [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E11Waltz an assassination attempt after he became prefect]]. Turns out that Kira was involved.


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* LetMeGetThisStraight:
--> '''Sisko:''' ''(to Kira)'' Let me get this straight -- you want to travel back in time to see if Gul Dukat and your mother were lovers.


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* TheQuisling: Basso Tromac. Contemptuous of his fellow Bajorans.


* PoorCommunicationKills: If Kira's dad had told Kira about Meru's struggles or if Meru told Kira her reasons for staying with Dukat, most of the conflict would nothave occurred.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: If Kira's dad had told Kira about Meru's struggles or if Meru told Kira her reasons for staying with Dukat, most of the conflict would nothave not have occurred.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: O'Brien mentions that he wants to try a new holoprogram based on the Alamo.

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* VictimBlaming: The "comfort women" are generally denigrated as collaborators. Even though the episode reveals that they were frequently abducted at gunpoint and were clearly unhappy about being used sexually by their oppressors, there's no real acknowledgement by the characters that these women are still treated unfairly in the present.


This episode came about as the direct result of Creator/NanaVisitor, who played Kira, flat-out refusing to go along with the writers' initial plans for a Kira/Dukat romance.[[note]]Visitor also opposed Kira/Odo, feeling the two were BetterAsFriends (as did Rene Auberjonois), but didn't contest that pairing, perhaps in deference to the writers having backed down with regards to Kira/Dukat.[[/note]] Basically this was as close as the writers could get to writing the Kira/Dukat romance they wanted while at the same time mollifying Visitor's concerns about Kira's character.



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This episode came about as the direct result of Creator/NanaVisitor, who played Kira, flat-out refusing to go along with the writers' initial plans for a Kira/Dukat romance.[[note]]Visitor also opposed Kira/Odo, feeling the two were BetterAsFriends (as did Rene Auberjonois), but didn't contest that pairing, perhaps in deference to the writers having backed down with regards to Kira/Dukat.[[/note]] Basically this was as close as the writers could get to writing the Kira/Dukat romance they wanted while at the same time mollifying Visitor's concerns about Kira's character.

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* SmugSnake: The Bajoran collaborator who helps the Cardassian troops pick the next batch of comfort women.

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