“Return to Grace”
Written by Tom Benko and Hans Beimler
Directed by Jonathan West
Season 4, Episode 13
Production episode 40514-486
Original air date: February 5, 1996
Station log: Kira has been assigned by Bajor’s First Minister (who’s also her new boyfriend) to represent Bajor at a conference on a Cardassian outpost to discuss their intelligence on the Klingons. Because of the Klingon invasion, Cardassian healthcare is at an all-time low, so Bashir has to give an annoyed Kira more than a dozen inoculations. Her escort is the Groumall, a crappy ship that is now captained by Dukat. After bringing Ziyal home, his mother disowned him, his wife took their children and left, and he was demoted from legate back to gul and assigned to a not-very-glorified freighter.
On the Groumall, Kira is visited by Ziyal, who didn’t last long on Cardassia, as too many Cardassians couldn’t see past the Bajoran ridges on her nose, so she’s living on the freighter with her father.