Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 15

Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 24, 1999 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown A "jack-in-the-box" - a surprise twist - is discovered in Vic Fontaine's program, and his casino is bought by gangsters. Now, to save Vic's job, and possibly his life, the senior staff must rob the casino to run Vic's nemesis out of Vegas.

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  • A Fun Piece of Fluff

    Star Trek does Ocean's Eleven two years before the George Clooney film (which would mean more if the episode didn't happen 39 years after the Rat Pack original) in this ensemble caper episode that gives the DS9 cast another chance to cut loose and have some fun.

    With a flimsy premise that's another variation of the old malfunctioning holodeck idea, even the writers know the audience is going to have to suspend its belief more than usual. (They do help themselves by establishing that only a holographic character is at risk, which is easier to swallow than a real person... though the episode's promotional spot is artfully edited to make it sound like everyone is in danger). But like "Our Man, Bashir" and "Take Me Out to the Holosuite", the plot itself is secondary; what this one is really about is a chance to get the cast into some new clothes and to do something left of center for the franchise.

    Veteran character actor Robert Miano stars as Frankie Eyes, the episode's heavy, which would seem like an opportunity for hamminess, though Miano (apparently taking this a little too seriously) plays it straight. With Mike Starr as his right hand man Cicci, and 89 year old Marc Lawrence as his boss, Mr. Zeemo, however, there's plenty of scene stealing performances. (In fact, the replacement accountant, played by a "Bobby Reilly", is pretty good in his own right. Maybe they should turn him into a Klingon leader or something).

    Perhaps the most notable character in the whole deal, however, is Sisko. Used initially as an audience surrogate for those who dislike Vic Fontaine, he's ultimately won over and steals the show at the end with a special coda stuck in by the writers to show off his talents and send a message to the fans about the last few episodes of the series.

    It's all tied together by Jay Chattaway's score, a throwback to the 60s with classics like "Night Train" thrown in that perfectly matches the old style cinematography.

    All in all, it's not something DS9 would want to do every week (especially since it's one of the most expensive episodes of the season), but for a breather before the big war stuff that's upcoming, it's a lot of fun.

  • One of my very favorites.

    I really have to say that this was entertaining. It took a break from the Dominion war theme and actually managed to stay serious. I liked the acting, the plot, and the entire episode. My favorite aspects was when the crew teamed together to help out Vic and his show. I found that by everyone teaming up and working together, it made for a very good episode that was never boring. It also made me wish that I had a Holodeck. Either way, I was never bored. Overall, this was a great episode that was well written, well acted, and was entertaining. Thank you.moreless
  • Filler, but good filler!

    Okay, so here's a quick run-down on this episode:

    Good ole Julian and Miles are spending a little time on the Holodeck with Vic Fontaine, a singing (and advice giving) hologram that has been seen in several past episodes. All of a sudden, the program changes and the mob takes over Vic's club!

    I know what you're thinking: Reset the program! Nope, can't be done or else the Vic character would lose all of his memories. And now I know what else you're thinking: there is a war with the Dominion going on, who cares about a stupid Hologram? Ouch.

    Well, you're right (assuming you were thinking what I thought you were thinking). There are bigger things going on within the DS9 universe. But it is nice to have a little stand-alone episode now and then, and the Star Trek writers seem to enjoy writing episodes that take place on the Holodeck.

    To be sure, there have been some great Holodeck episodes but it has also been overused a bit between DS9, TNG, and Voyager. Still, once in awhile, the writers still manage to come up with an original idea for a Holodeck episode and there's fun to be had. This is one such episode.

    I couldn't get into the earlier season 7 Holodeck episode ("Take me Out to the Holosuite," I believe it was called), but this episode was pretty entertaining in it's own way. The stakes were pretty low for our heroes on the space station, but not for Fontaine, whose program is at stake. On the one hand, the viewers probably don't care for Fontaine quite as much as the characters do. On the other hand, there was some genuine suspense because I didn't know how they would end this one. In "Chimera," when Odo was talking about leaving the station, the viewer knew he wouldn't. Vic isn't an essential character though, and DS9 is the darkest of the Trek world. I didn't think it was impossible that they would destroy the program (Voyager's Doctor, he ain't).

    Much of the episode is a spoof of (or perhaps an homage) to the original Ocean's Eleven and the music is quite good. And if you enjoy a good heist (I know I do!), you'll probably enjoy this episode quite a bit. And, if you're still not sold, we get to hear our Captain Sisko sing in this episode......and he's really not too bad!

  • Like "Take Me Out to the Holo-Suite", this one is just a fun filler episode, with one particularly amusing element: Sisko Sings! It's also a caper episode, as the DS9 crew rob a casino.moreless

    Miles and Julian are about to do their usual, Defend the Alamo, and are visiting Vic in the Show Lounge in order to invite him to join them there, when, suddenly, things go awry and the Casino is taken over by an old rival of Vic's, with mob connections. For reasons I won't go into, the program can't simply be reset, and Vic is tossed out. DS9's senior staff, plus Jake, Nog, and Kasidy, most of whom are good friends with Vic, decide to help him out.

    Julian, after consulting with the friend who created the Vic program, reveals that this is a "jack in the box", a kicker intentionally put into the program to keep things unstable and interesting. To set things right, the rival must be eliminated. Problem is, he must be eliminated within the constraints of the 1960-era rules, and the rival is "made", so he can't just be killed.

    Sisko becomes fairly annoyed with his staff, who are all off helping Vic, and ignoring their day to day work, until, eventually, he gives in and joins them.

    What ensues is an homage to "Ocean's Eleven", as they create a clockwork plan to rob the casino's vaults and get Vic's rival in hot water with his capo.

    In a fun final touch, Sisko and Vic perform a duet of "The Best Is Yet To Come"!moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Mike Starr

Mike Starr

Tony Cicci

Guest Star

Robert Miano

Robert Miano

Frankie Eyes

Guest Star

Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly


Guest Star

James Darren

James Darren

Vic Fontane

Recurring Role

Aron Eisenberg

Aron Eisenberg


Recurring Role

Penny Johnson Jerald

Penny Johnson Jerald

Kasidy Yates

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Part of the plan involves Ezri leaving the tray (which is Odo in disguise) with the spiked drink in the countroom. But waitresses never leave the tray behind at a table! They should have had Odo become the martini glass, since that had to remain in the room.

    • Vic's Las Vegas program was never malfunctioning, it just has a jack-in-box within it, but O'Brien's commands were still not obeyed.

    • Trill spots go all the way down to their feet, but you can't see any on Ezri's legs.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Kassidy: I know that Vic's isn't a totally accurate representation of how things were. But it isn't meant to be. It shows us the way things could have been. The way they should have been.
      Sisko: We cannot ignore the truth about the past.
      Kassidy: Going to Vic's isn't going to make us forget who we are or where we came from. What it does is remind us that we are no longer bound by any limitations, except the ones we impose on ourselves.

    • O'Brien: Robbing casinos isn't part of any Starfleet job description I've ever read.

    • Vic: There's got to be a way for us to bury the hatchet.
      Frankie: I already did. In your head.

    • Cicci: You call this a cheesesteak? I wouldn't feed this to my parole officer!

    • Bashir: Miles, are you thinking what I'm thinking?
      O'Brien: That depends on what you're thinking.

    • Bashir: You need to get some rest. Maybe take a little vacation.
      Vic: A vacation? Did you guys take a vacation when the Dominion took over DS9?
      Bashir: It's not the same thing...
      Vic: It is to me. This is my life, remember? I don't run at the first sign of trouble.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Avery Brooks (Sisko) and James Darren (Vic Fontane) sing "The Best is Yet to Come" as a duet at the end of the episode.

    • Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.

    • Bobby Reilly, who plays the countman is actually Robert O'Reilly, who normally plays Gowron. Like J.G. Hertzler in "Chimera", he is credited under a slightly different name when playing a different character than the one he's best known for.


    • Bashir: Vodka martini, stirred, not shaken.
      This is a sideways nod to another popular movie series beginning in the sixties centered on the super spy James Bond, who is parodied in another Deep Space Nine episode, "Our Man Bashir". Bond always ordered his martini shaken, not stirred.

    • Badda Bing, Badda Bang
      This is from the quote "Badda Bing, Badda Boom", a saying that roughly means "it's all taken care of". This quote was made famous by actor Bruce Willis in the 1997 film The Fifth Element.

    • Jack-in-the-Box:

      This "feature" of the Vegas holosuite program is similar to a video game feature called an Easter Egg, an undocumented feature that is triggered by a particular, and often complicated, sequence of game actions.

      Some easter eggs provide access to undocumented game play; others do silly things like scroll the programmer's initials or trivial messages across the screen. Many game designers consider easter eggs of the latter sort unprofessional.

    • Ocean's 11
      The casino caper used to "rescue" Vic from his rival is clearly intended as an homage to Ocean's 11 - not the recent one, of course, but the original Frank Sinatra one, even down to a scene with them marching off to the holosuite ready to "take on the mob".