Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 4, Episode 13

Return to Grace (5 Feb. 1996)

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Dukat returns, stripped of his prestige, to escort Kira to a Cardassian conference about the Dominion. But an attack by a Klingon raider may give Dukat a chance to redeem himself in the eyes of his government.



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Kira has been asked by Shakaar to attend a conference on a remote Cardassian outpost. The two governments will exchange intelligence about the Klingons. The Major will be personally brought to this location by Gul Dukat. Ever since he brought his half Bajoran daughter Ziyal to Cardassia, things haven't been going well for him. He was stripped of his rank and is now a simple freighter captain. But, so he ensures Kira, it is only a temporary setback for him. When Kira arrives in Cardassian space, the outpost has been attacked by a Klingon bird-of-prey. All the diplomats are dead. Kira suggests mounting an outpost disruptor on the freighter to go after the Klingons. While Kira wants revenge for the dead diplomats, Dukat sees this as the perfect opportunity to redeem himself. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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47 Reference: Time time the battle drill lasts is 3:47. See more »


While Major Kira is showing Ziyal the features of the Federation phaser rifle, she opens and closes the "fully autonomous recharge" component on the bottom of the rifle (heard locking back in to place). A few moments later, it accidentally drops loose when she demonstrates how the rifle is gyro-stabilized by tossing it in her hands. See more »


[a demoted Dukat is having dinner with Kira]
Gul Dukat: By the way, Major, what is this I hear about you and Shakaar?
Major Kira Nerys: I don't know what you've heard.
Gul Dukat: First it was Vedek Bareil, and now it's the head of the Bajoran government. You do like powerful men, don't you?
Major Kira Nerys: First of all, Shakaar's an old friend. Second of all, what business is it of yours?
Gul Dukat: Let's just say it's further incentive for me to regain my former position.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Indiscretion (1995) See more »


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Yet another seems smitten by the sexy Major Kira...
31 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Through the past couple seasons on "Star Trek: Deep Space 9", the character Major Kira has been quite the sexy lady. First, she had an affair with Vedek Bariel--one of the high religious leaders of Bajor. Second, through much of the fourth season, Odo's been secretly in love with her. Third, just an episode ago, she began a relationship with Shakaar--the new leader of Bajor. Now in "Return to Grace" we have a new and extremely odd romance of sorts beginning. Here, the Major is paired with Gul Dukat for a mission-- and it sure looks like Dukat is yearning for some good lovin' with the Major!

The episode begins with Kira complaining about having to go to some joint Bajoran-Cardassian conference. Before she leaves, she's instructed NOT to give any human or Klingon technology to the Cardassians--a no-brainer, right? Well, perhaps not. When her ship (commanded by Dukat) nears the conference, it seems that all the participants have been blown up--presumably by the Klingons. Dukat wants revenge but it seems unlikely, as now he's only a lowly freighter captain--demoted due to the embarrassment of having a Bajoran as a daughter. However, Kira also wants revenge for the attack and she helps Dukat to go on a mission against the Klingons-- and there is a HUGE prize ahead--one that might just violate the Major's orders.

This is a pretty good episode and once again establishes Dukat's strong attraction for Bajoran women--something that got him in trouble long ago and which will become a HUGE problem later in the series. Worth seeing and genuinely strange in its pairing of Dukat and the Major.

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