Admiral Chekote in this episode is of no relation to Cmdr. Chakotay of Star Trek Voyager. Bruce Gray would later reprise his role in the Star Trek The Next Generation episode "Gambit Part 1" and would later play Surak in the Star Trek Enterprise episode "Awakening".
Kira has her first orb experience with the Third Orb, The Orb of Prophecy and Change.
It is strongly suggested that Minister Jaro and Vedek Winn have previously had an intimate relationship, though it appears to have been a relationship based on a mutual desire of building their power bases, rather than about love.
As part two of the first three-part episode in Star Trek history, the narrator (Majel Barret) says "...and now the continuation" after the recap instead of her usual "and now the conclusion" (since it is not in fact the conclusion).
Goof: Prior to interrogating Kira Nerys, Minister Jaro Essa sits on a boulder, and it can be seen moving appreciably.
As Li Nalas talks to Dax in Ops, you can see a gold watch on his left wrist.
Goof: In the opening credits, Philip Anglim is credited as 'Vedek Bariel' instead of 'Vedek Bareil'.
Goof: The rescue team was taken down the Bajor in a Federation runabout, capable of beaming up only two people at once, as established in a pervious episode. Yet when the team finds Major Kira, Sisko calls to Chief O'Brien to beam them up. All five of them are promptly energized at the same time.
Kira: (when she learns Jaro leads The Circle) How can you betray your own government?!
Minister Jaro: Major, I don't have to tell you, I've heard your opinion of this government. Government- they can't even agree it is a government, so they call it "provisional". It's just another word for powerless. I won't allow the Bajoran people to be powerless anymore!
Kira: Woodcrafts, definitely the way to go.
Bareil: Is that where the Prophets led you?
Kira: Yeah, lots of hammers and nails and saws surrounded by monks and Vedeks. Very safe and secure.
Odo: Quark I hate to do this, but I guess I'll have to.
Quark: That's not fair.
Odo: I haven't done anything yet.
Quark: Whatever you're going to do, it's not fair!
Odo: You're a deputy.
Quark: I happen to know they have enough weapons and explosives and supplies to support an army.
Odo: How do you know that?
Quark: I've been asking questions of people who don't answer questions from people like you.
Quark: It's over.
Odo: What are you talking about?
Quark: Everything, Bajor, the provisional government, the Federation being here, all of it. We gotta leave. Well, I do anyway. You can just turn into a couch.
Odo: Cardassian rules, Bajoran rules, Federation rules - they're all meaningless to you. Because you have a personal code that's always mattered more. And I'm sorry to say you're in slim company.
Kira: I'll miss you too, Odo.
Odo: I suppose they expect me to break in a new man.
Kira: A great man. Li Nalas can handle the job, believe me.
Odo: You did fairly well at it, once I smoothed your rough edges. What's so funny?
Kira: I thought you did fairly well... once I smoothed your rough edges.
When Odo consults with a person on Bajor about the Circle, the viewscreen says "Bajoran Regional Comm Network, Routing Code 47-00076."
Writer Joe Menosky began including references to the number 47 in almost every episode of Star Trek since season four of The Next Generation. It is an in-joke, referring to The 47 Society at Pomona College in California, a college which Menosky attended.
Stephen Macht was a candidate for the role of Capt. Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation.