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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First appearance of Damar. See more »


Gul Dukat: [low-spirited] I have to inform Central Command. These Klingons have been operating behind our lines with impunity. Someone has got to stop them... Someone else.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Indiscretion (1995) See more »


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Dukat declares war on the Klingon Empire
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When Kira sets off for a conference to discuss the Klingon's actions she is shocked to find the freighter which is to transport her is captained by Gul Dukat. He has been demoted after returning to Cardassia with his half Bajoran daughter. When they get to the site of the conference they find that the site has been destroyed by a Klingon bird of prey which is still in the area. Gul Dukat attacks it but the weaponry on his ship is so feeble that it not only fails to damage the target but the Klingons just leave thinking it isn't even a worthy target. This turns out to be a mistake as under Major Kira's guidance they take the base's superior weapons to increase the freighter's fire power before hunting down the Klingon ship which during an audacious attack Dukat and Kira seize the bird of prey and transports its Klingon crew to the freighter which Dukat then destroys. With access to the Klingon database they learn where all Klingon vessels in the area and Dukat is determined to use that information to counter attack against the Klingons... even though his Government wishes to pursue only diplomatic efforts. As he prepares to wage war alone he returns Kira to Deep Space Nine along with his daughter.

This was a great episode which had plenty of action although that was secondary to the banter between Nana Visitor and Marc Alaimo as Kira and Dukat as he tries to recruit her to his cause. This episode is also notable as it is the first to feature Damar, played by Casey Biggs. Here he is just an unimportant character on Dukat's ship but he will become a major figure in later episodes.

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