Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 5 Episode 25

In the Cards

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jun 09, 1997 on Syndicado
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Episode Summary

Stardate: Unknown Jake and Nog attempt to obtain an ancient baseball card to help lift Ben out of his depression. However, in order to get it from its new owner, they must steal equipment from the station, but this brings them under interrogation from the Dominion.

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  • Good Humorous Trek

    This one is sure different! Reversing the standard formula, a lighthearted A story threads its way through a darker B story.

    Much like how Star Wars takes the lowest of the characters, the droids, and follows their adventures through a backdrop of drama and importance, Jake and Nog's hunt for a baseball card winds its way through the other characters, including an eccentric scientist, Kai Winn and Weyoun. It's a solid piece of work by Ron Moore and expertly pulled off by Lofton, with his easy going manner and goofy grin being just what the story needs. The beauty of the plot is that Jake and Nog drive the action, interrupting the regulars and the evil geniuses alike with their scavenger hunt. It allows each actor to have his or her moment, and it's funny BECAUSE of them rather than at the expense of them. (The script also has fun lampooning some of Star Trek's own philosophy, technobabble and convoluted time travel plots, some of which Moore originally penned himself). It's all pulled together by Michael Dorn, who directs his first episode with a sure hand, showing his talent behind the camera.moreless
  • Humor and intrigue - light but not lightweight.

    In between the intensity of "Empok Nor" and the eight-parter that would carry into season six, "In the Cards" offers humor and breathing space. Yeah, there's serious stuff going on in the background - but life goes on.

    Jake and Nog's quest to obtain a Willie Mays rookie card echoes some of their crazy shenanigans from season one. As it was back then, it's played for laughs here (I burst out into laughter when Jake attempts to con Weyoun with his time travel story), but the two characters (and actors) have a maturity they lacked five years earlier.

    Aside from the aforementioned Jake speech, there are plenty of other funny moments. But there are also serious parts - and the two villains, played by Louise Fletcher (showing flashes of her "good side") and the wonderfully smarmy Jeffrey Combs - show why they are such fan favorites.

    In the end, like Sisko and the senior crew, we too forget that even in the most serious times it's OK to laugh a little.moreless
  • Another Low Key Episode but w/ good points

    The only good thing about this episode is that its another wierd and wacky blast about with Jake and Nog. These character continue their relationship here, with the main plot being their attempt to get a rare Willy Maze baseball card for Sisko.

    The angle that gives the plot any semblance of interest is that a human inventor get its at an auction and has Jake and Nog run about fetching some items for him. Its their quest to get this thats interesting. That and the the way they have to allieviate some of the anxiety of a crew expecting war that is worth watching. By the time theyre done, the crew have been diverted to do things to take their mind of the impending invasion as J&N did their chores in order to get the items they needed.

    In a surprising twist they are kidnapped by Weyhoun who wrongly suspects they are plotting something against the Dominion. The ending is uninspiring, even if it works!moreless
  • Jake, Nog and Willie Mays?

    Jake and Nog have never been favorites of mine. So, imagine my surprise when I realized that this is one of my top ten episodes of this series?

    Yes, I'm a little strange and there are better choices for a top ten ep, but this one just struck me right.

    It's not big broad comedy like we've come to expect with...well a lot of the Ferengi episodes. But it lives in that same world of fun fluff. What makes it work is the heart. What makes it work better is the fact that it really does have something to do with the overall story which was still rare in DS9.

    To me, maybe that's the strength of the show. It took this little offkilter adventure that was a little pretentious and found a way for it to intersect with the major arc and have an impact. Infuse that with heart...and Well, that's a good episode to me. can't go wrong with an allusion to the Wizard of Oz.

Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman


Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jake (to Weyoun): The entire future of the galaxy may depend on us tracking down Willie Mays... and stopping him.

    • Quark: (handing Nog a list of auction items) Here, find something you like and make a bid with all that latinum you've got stashed under your bed.
      Nog: (looking around nervously) Shhhh!
      Quark: Oh Nog, you don't really keep it under your bed?!

    • Sisko: Two days ago, this station felt like a tomb. I'd never seen so many of my crew depressed at the same time. But for some reason, it now seems as though a new spirit has swept through the station. As if someone had opened a door and let a gust of fresh air blow through a musty old house. Why is this happening frankly is... a mystery to me. After all, nothing has really changed. The Dominion is still a threat, the Cardassians are still threatening to retake the station, and I can still see the clouds of war gathering on the horizon. So why do I sense this newfound sense of optimism in the air? But maybe I'm overthinking this. Maybe the real explanation is as simple as something my father taught me a long time ago: Even in the darkest moments, you can always find something that'll make you smile.

    • Nog: It's not my fault that your species decided to abandon currency-based economics in favor of some philosophy of self-enhancement.
      Jake: Hey, watch it! There's nothing wrong with our philosophy. 'We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.'
      Nog: What does that mean exactly?
      Jake: It means... it means we don't need money!

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