Kira finds herself on Cardassia as a Cardassian. She is told she is called Iliana Ghemor and was a Cardassian spy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Chief O'Brien (credit only)
Tony Papenfuss ...
Cindy Katz ...
Christopher Carroll ...
Gul Benil
Freyda Thomas ...
Alenis Grem


Kira's contacted by Alenis Grem of the Bajoran Central Archives, who's doing research on the former Elemspur detention center. Grem has proof Kira was once detained there, but she's sure it isn't true. When the only remaining living inmate recognizes her, Kira decides to travel to the Archives to sort things out. But she never arrives. While the crew searches for her, Kira awakes on Cardassia. She's been turned into a Cardassian, and is told she served as a spy on Bajor, whose long term memory was altered to avoid discovery. Her name is Iliana Ghemor, daughter of legate Tekeny Ghemor. Though she denounces the situation as preposterous as first, she starts having serious doubts when Entek of the Obisidian Order provides more convincing proof. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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24 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Kira says to Ghemor at one point that her mother died of malnutrition when she was three. We later learn that this was a cover story, and she was actually taken as a comfort woman for Dukat. See more »


Garak: Major, I don't think I've ever seen you looking so ravishing.
[on Kira's Cardassian appearance]
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Kira...the Cardassian.
20 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Major Kira is supposed to be going down to Bajor. However, the Obsidian Order of the Cardassians have instead intercepted her and brought her back to Cardassia Prime. Here is the weird part--they've also done extensive cosmetic surgery on her so that she now LOOKS just like a Cardassians. Additionally, they're now telling her a crazy story that she's ALWAYS been a Cardassian and that her memories are fake--because she is a Cardassian agent! Of course this isn't true...but WHY would they do all this? See the show to discover the answer in this strange but otherwise okay episode. I say okay because although the premise is interesting enough, the actual answer and what happens next isn't particularly thrilling.

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