Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Take Me Out to the Holosuite

Season 7, Ep 4, Aired 10/21/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Stardate: Unknown Sisko is challenged by Captain Solok, an old Vulcan rival from Starfleet Academy, to a game of baseball in the holosuite, and is given only two weeks to turn his senior staff into a team.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Armin Shimerman


  • Michael Dorn

    Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

  • Rene Auberjonois

    Constable Odo

  • Nana Visitor

    Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

  • Avery Brooks

    Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • It's not about baseball.

    By brunowayne2, Apr 20, 2009

  • 40 minutes of mind numbing cliche and tedium! BUCKLE UP!

    By ProphetTenebrae, Mar 18, 2006

  • Okay episode.

    By cactusjack39, Feb 18, 2009

  • Silly, but not necessarily in a bad way, hehe. DS9 goes out onto the sunlight, and the baseball field.

    By Liria, Apr 07, 2007

  • A Vulcan captain challenges Captain Sisko to a baseball game. Bravo to the writers!

    By dalepremier, Jan 15, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Quark: I don't have the slightest interest in this hew-mon game. Leeta: Oh, you know why? Jake says it's a game that takes heart, and you sold yours a long time ago!

    • Quark: I don't know what you're complaining about. At least you didn't require major surgery. Kira: Knitting together a couple of bones is not major surgery. Quark: It is when the bones are in the back of your skull. (to Rom) I hope you learned your lesson. Rom: Always look behind you before swinging a bat.

    • Solok: (after the Niners celebrate their defeat) This is a typical human reaction, based on emotionalism and illogic.
      Sisko: Is that irritation I hear in your voice?
      Solok: Certainly not.
      Bashir: That sounded positively defensive to me.
      O'Brien: With a hint of anger.
      Quark: Plus a touch of jealousy.
      Kasidy: And a lot of bitterness.
      Ezri: (to Solok) Are you always this emotional?
      Solok: I refuse to engage in this human game of taunting.
      Ezri: Did I forget to wear my spots today?
      Quark: All that intelligence, and he still doesn't know what a Hew-mon looks like.

    • Odo: Gentlemen, you're trying my patience. Sisko: He stole a run from us! (gesturing at Odo, he touches him with his finger) Stole it just as if you'd reached up and tore it off the scoreboard! Odo: (shouts) You're outta here! Sisko: What? Odo: "No player shall at any time make intentional contact with the umpire in any manner." The prescribed penalty for the violation is immediate ejection from the game. Rule four point zero six, subsection (a), paragraph four - look it up. But do it in the stands. You're gone!

    • Sisko: (after their first practice) How are my casualties doing?
      Kira: We'll live.
      Ezri: If you believe Julian. Personally, I'm not sure I'm going to make it.

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    Notes (7)

    • Ironically, though Rom was the worst player on the Niners, Max Grodénchik, the actor who plays Rom, was actually the best player in the cast. Grodénchik had played semi-professional ball in high school and had to play left handed to convincingly play such an unskilled character. By comparison, Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys) was the worst player in the cast.

    • Kasidy Yates' number on her baseball uniform is number 47. 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.

    • Some of the actors unfortunately had very poor baseball skills. Joey Banks, son of Chicago Cubs outfielder Ernie Banks and member of the Deep Space Nine stunt team gave them lessons to appear more experienced.

    • Nicole DeBoer's opening credit changed to reflect the promotion of Ezri to Lieutenant.

    • The baseball field scenes were filmed at Loyola-Marymount College, in Los Angeles, CA.

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    Trivia (8)

    • Goof: When Sisko holds the baseball signed by the team up to Solok, the Starfleet Chevron on the ball has no marks near it. But during the closeup at the end of the episode, you can see Worf has signed his name above the Chevron.

    • Nitpick: In "Little Green Men" we find out that Quark and the other Ferengi are actually speaking Ferengi and the universal translator is translating for them. In "Statistical Probabilities" it becomes apparent that this is true for most aliens, when Jack instructs the computer to play back the recording in native language mode and Weyoun starts speaking Dominion. At the end of this episode it is clear that Quark signed the ball in English as did all the other players. This isn't a big stretch for the alien Starfleet officers to know English as they may have picked it up at the Academy, but Quark, Kira, Rom and Leeta probably don't speak English, so how could they write in it?

    • Kira seems to have two different jerseys. When she walks into the dugout after the top of the first, it says "Kira". In later scenes it says "Nerys". Baseball jerseys traditionally list the player's last name, but since for Bajorans this is the first name listed, Kira's jersey should say "Kira". Also, Leeta's name can not be seen on her practice jersey, but is printed as "Leeta" on her game jersey, the same mistake. Granted, we never learn Leeta's family name, but she presumably would have one.

    • Bashir's definition of a "bunt" is a little too specific. A bunt is simply the intentional tapping of the ball in an attempt to catch the defense off guard. A "sacrifice bunt" is what Bashir describes, which is intended to move the runner up.

    • Shouldn't Nog be better versed on baseball than he appears? Early seasons revealed he and Jake used to play on the holosuite when Ben couldn't. Jake may just not have explained all the rules, since physically he appears to be a decent player.

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    Allusions (3)

    • During Sisko's initial speech on the pitcher's mound, he says "I know it looks simple. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball." This is also part of the speech that the coach recites in the famous lollygaggers scene in the movie Bull Durham.

    • Atlanta Braves baseball cap
      During the tryouts and practices of the Niners, Jake wears an Atlanta Braves baseball cap. Cirroc Lofton's uncle is MLB player Kenny Lofton, who played for the Braves during the 1997-98 season (roughly the same time this episode was produced and aired).

    • Take Me Out To The Ball Game The title of this episode is a reference to the song Take Me Out To The Ball Game (written by Jack Norworth) that is sung during the seventh inning stretch at nearly every ball park in the country. Ironically, Norworth never saw a baseball game in his life.

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