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According to Memory Alpha's original in Universe Timeline, the story sequence is: Darkling : Ties of Blood and Water : Favorite Son.


Tekeny Ghemor, the high-ranking Cardassian who once thought that Kira was his long-missing daughter, appears at the station. He is going to die soon, but not before revealing to his family the secrets he holds. As Ghemor doesn't seem to have any living relatives, he has elected his "daughter" Kira. She grudgingly agrees, seeing the opportunity to learn something to be used against the abhorred Cardassian-Dominion alliance. But then Gul Dukat appears and demands Ghemor to be turned over to him. He provides Kira with a military record stating that Ghemor, as a young man, took part in a massacre on Bajor. Kira turns away from Ghemor in disgust, but then remembers how she left her father to die when he needed her most. She joins the Cardassian in his last moments and buries him next to her father.

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  1. BrianB on Thursday, April 15, 1999 - 2:42 am: If Dukat wanted Gehmor so badly, why didn't he just beam the dude off the staion? Remember what Dax said on The Ship? "The Jem'Hadar can beam thru just about anything." That could be regarded as a violation of the non aggression pact with Bajor. CdnTim 1642 EST 16Feb2021 - Every use of the Dominion transporter gives Starfleet a chance to study it and work on countermeasures. Given that (20+ year old spoiler) Dukat is not surprised that Starfleet has improved their shields at the end of the season, he may not want to risk it.
  2. Keith Alan Morgan on Thursday, April 29, 1999 - 7:48 am: Kira struck me as being a little too emotional in this episode, and I didn't believe for a moment that this tough as nails, anti-Cardassian would hesitate to get as much dirt on the Cardassian government as she could. The writers have really taken a great character and turned her into a weakling. ScottN on Thursday, April 29, 1999 - 2:37 pm: Actually, I think that's quite realistic. She's had to learn how to be a diplomat/administrator/bureaucrat, and it's begun to color her thinking.Jayma S on Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 3:33 am: Keith, the emotions in this episode came from Kira being forced to relive how she chose not to be with her real father on his deathbed, reminding her how she had been unable to face her fear at that time. She had the chance to it differently this time with Ghemor, and at first, reverted to her previous defence mechanisms, but ultimately overcame her fear of the death of her 'father'.
  3. Keith Alan Morgan on Thursday, April 29, 1999 - 7:48 am: To get to DS9 the Jem'Hadar warship had to pass through the DMZ and fly through Bajoran space. So why didn't anyone tell DS9 that it was coming or at least ask it what authority it had to enter these regions of space? The Jem’Hadar didn’t believe it was necessary.
  4. Doug B. on Tuesday, August 06, 2002 - 4:08 pm: Isn't it just a bit improbable that Kira never saw Ghemor's military record until Dukat brought it to her? It may not have been accessible to Bajor or the Federation.
  5. John A. Lang on Thursday, December 04, 2003 - 9:38 pm: GREAT MOMENT: Kira finally giving up her petty bigotry & going to Gehmor's bedside. LUIGI NOVI on Friday, December 05, 2003 - 5:48 pm: She gave up her bigotry of Cardassians as early as the end of Duet, when she asserted to Kainon that one didn't deserve to be killed merely for being Cardassian. She also expressed the opinion that Ghemor was good man as early as the end of Second Skin, when he first appeared. She also came to express concern for Ziyal in Indiscretion and Crossfire.
  6. Anonymous on Monday, January 09, 2006 - 1:21 pm: Kira's father dying messes up what is previously known about Kira's life during the ocupation. In an earlier episode I thought it was said that she was just a scared kid out on her own when she decided to join the resistance. If her father were alive, why would he let his daughter, a child, join the fighting resistance? Brian FitzGerald on Monday, January 09, 2006 - 9:20 pm: Perhaps he was jailed by the cardies for something. Seniram Or he realised that it was necessary for him to give permission for Nerys to join the fight.
  7. David (Guardian) on Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 12:12 am: Why is everyone so worried about this one ship when they've got DS9, the Defiant, and at least one other ship (an Excelsior appears in the shot of the warship approaching the station)? Or are they just worried about starting a war? Perhaps they think it could attempt a suicide run on the station’s fusion reactor, or transmit a cascade type virus to the station computers.
  8. Ghemor, like everyone else in Dominion-controlled Cardassia, apparently had no trouble finding the proper codes to evade patrols and escape his former homeworld. He wasn’t living in Dominion controlled Cardassia at this point – he had been given asylum by another race at the end of Second Skin.

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