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. (Spoiler alert: it isn't.) Meanwhile, Martok's wife Sirella arrives to judge whether Jadzia is worthy to join their house.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Jadzia seems unwilling to play this trope with Sirella, until Sisko convinces her otherwise.
- 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, in which the newlyweds killed the gods who had created them.
- Blatant Lies: Worf's bachelor party is pitched as a typical Klingon party, so half the senior staff agrees to go. It turns out to be the other kind of Klingon ritual.
- Both Sides Have a Point: When Quark explains that the couple have split because Worf's stubborn and obsessed with tradition, and Jadzia is frivolous and won't take his culture seriously, Miles and Julian agree that the problem is that they're both right.
- Breather Episode: After 7 episodes of violence and bloodshed, this episode is a welcome bit of comical relief. Sisko lampshades this in his Captain's Log by saying the war feels very far away for the moment.
- Bridezilla: Averted; Worf is the one making all the arrangements as he wants a traditional Klingon wedding. Dax just lets him get on with it as she's been married several times in her previous hosts and so finds it boring.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Not in the usual sense... but Sisko does give Dax a severe talking-to, and calls her "Old Man" as usual.
- Charge-into-Combat Cut: Played for laughs as the episode ends on Bashir and O'Brien charging in for some righteous retribution. Cut to black and the sound of their clubs hitting Worf.
- Cleavage Window: In Jadzia's wedding dress. Maybe it's traditional?
- Continuity Nod: The Sutherland was previously established in the "Redemption" two-parter (also written by Ronald D. Moore) on TNG. Word of God states that it was intended for Captain Shelby of the Sutherland to be the same Shelby from "The Best of Both Worlds" two-parter.
- Deadpan Snarker: After Worf learns that Sirella opposed him becoming a member of the House of Martok.Martok: I had every right to bring you into our family, and she's accepted that there's nothing she can do about that!
Worf: How comforting.
Martok: [laughing] And they say you have no sense of humor!
- Dojikko: Alexander has such a tendency to mess things up the other Klingons regard him as a good luck charm, figuring his mistakes use up any bad luck that's going to happen to them.
- 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.
- The exact details of the conversation are revealed in the spin-off novel Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine- Olympus Descending, which includes a flashback to Kira and Odo's conversation amid the primary plot set after the Dominion War.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Leeta can barely break her attention from Atoa. Same with Jadzia.
- Food Porn: All that delicious food...and nobody can eat any of it...
- Funny Background Event: After "volunteering" Bashir for the Trial of Blood, Sisko and O'Brien are clearly smirking.
- Get Out!: Sirella's reaction to seeing Worf in Jadzia's quarters.Sirella: What is he doing here?
Worf: I meant no disrespect—
Sirella: Then leave!
- Got Volunteered: Bashir gets to be first for the Trial of Blood, in the "everyone else steps backwards" variety.
- Hangover Sensitivity: Jadzia after her bachelorette party. Worf is not amused.Jadzia: You're mad.
Worf: I am concerned.
Jadzia: Yeah, well, I'm hung over.
- 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."
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In-Universe. The one time the Klingons were a democracy is known as "the dark times."
- Kicked Upstairs: Zig-Zagged. Martok will be in the thick of things during future battles, but now that DS9 is serving as sector headquarters, he is appointed supreme commander and he's none too pleased about all the paperwork this entails.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As Sisko points out. Dax is not Curzon, but a young upstart with his memories who wants to marry into Sirella's ancient Klingon house, and Dax knew all along what she was getting into.
- Madness / Survival Mantra: "Kill Worf. Kill Worf."
- No True Scotsman: Sirella's Training from Hell to marry into her house despite the revelation that Sirella's claim to nobility is false, and that her mother-in-law's ancestor was not the Princess but a concubine who lived out of the royal stables.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Martok's unpleasable wife.
- Pardon My Klingon: Jadzia and Sirella go at it with knives and words.Jadzia: Toruk-DOH!
Sirella: Mok'Ta vor, kash a'VEH!
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: The cold war with Sirella comes to a head during the ceremonial reading of The Chronicle, a history of the Martok family's unbroken (until now, ahem) bloodline. Jadzia sprinkles in her own extracurricular research, including: a positive spin on an Oliver Cromwell-type figure in Klingon history and Sirella's own (see above):Sirella: You are STRAYING FROM THE SAGA!!
- Percussive Therapy:
- Jadzia is angrily rearranging her shelves when Sisko shows up to talk to her.
- Miles and Bashir are quite eager to start clubbing Worf at the end of his wedding ceremony after all they've endured.
- Pet the Dog: While presiding over their wedding ceremony, Sirella acknowledges that she can't stand in the way of Dax and Worf's love, and welcomes Dax into their House as her daughter.
- 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, the neighbors call security about the noise, and everyone goes home hung over, especially Morn.
- Ten Hours in the Closet: Kira and Odo, during and after the party. They don't even notice that the party has ended until Jadzia tells them.
- Tsundere: Sirella likes to snipe at Martok and make his life harder, but it's quite clear that the two love each other very much.
- Unwilling Suspension: Miles and Bashir chained to a rope hanging over hot coals.
- Uptight Loves Wild:
- Worf worries that his relationship with Jadzia is a Deconstruction of this trope, and that they're not meant to be married. Martok convinces him otherwise.
- During the bachelor party, Rom can be seen unsuccessfully trying to coax Leeta down from the table she's dancing on.
- 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...
Bashir and O'Brien: Kill Worf...kill Worf...kill Worf...
- Waking Non Sequitur: When Alexander passes out from the heat.Bashir: (slapping his face) Alexander.
Alexander: (groggy) Grandma?
Bashir: Guess again.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Lt. Atoa.
- Wedding Smashers: No surprise that the greatest romance in Klingon history/mythology involves the happy couple (Kahless and Lukara) being attacked by their enemies during the ceremony. This gets reenacted by having the groomsmen launch a mock attack (Bashir and O'Brien rightfully so and with such passion after having to endure Worf's "bachelor party") right after the wedding vows.
- Women Are Wiser: As stated in the Klingon marriage ceremony. The Gods created the first Klingon heart, but it was lonely. They created a female heart that beat stronger, but the male heart was jealous of its power and fought it. "Fortunately the second heart was tempered by wisdom. 'If we join together, no force can stop us'." The two hearts joined become so powerful they overthrow the Gods.
- "You!" Exclamation: Sirella's reaction to seeing Lt. Atoa getting too close to Jadzia."You! Leave her, or I'll cut your head off and hang it from my belt!"
- You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: The look on O'Brien's face when he and Bashir are about to dig into a huge dinner — only for Sisko to have it all taken away.
- You Won't Feel a Thing: Worf brandishes a huge knife at Bashir for the bloodletting ceremony and promises that the pain will only last a moment.
- Your Mom: ...or grandma, in the case of Sirella: during the Passive-Aggressive Kombat while recounting the history of Sirella's family, Jadzia reveals that her research showed that the royal family Sirella claims to descend from had all been wiped out and that her actual grandmother was, in truth, a royal concubine.