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Jean-Luc Picard's old flame, Vash, arrives on Deep Space Nine... pursued by the omnipotent Q.
This episodes marks the first mention of the pre-ganglionic fibre that cost Dr Bashir the Valadictorian honour of his Starfleet Medical class. And it's the first (and only) appearance of Q on the series. I'm glad they moved him to Voyager, I just don't see too many unique stories to be told in a static setting.

But, aside from the Q-distraction, there wasn't much more to this episode.
In the replimat, we open on Bashir who's in the middle of telling a story to his date... about his final Medical exam. O'Brien is sitting at the next table over... listening and scoffing. They are both called to landing pad five.

Where they find a runabout out of power, so Kira and Sisko can't get the hatch open. Bashir notes three lifeforms on board, istead of just two... while O'Brien plugs in a big jumper cable and gives the ship some power.

The hatch opens and they race aboard to find a woosy Dax and Vash! As they disembark headed for the infirmary we focus on a crewman working on the exterior - it's Q!

After the opening titles, Bashir is dissapointed to learn Vash is in perfect health - disappointed because he wanted to see her again (oh boy...) Vash leaves and heads to the Assay office, where she drops off a number of items including a mysterious object in a box.

O'Brien tells Sisko he can't find anything wrong with the runabout aside from it being completely drained of power. In her quarters, Vash begins to unpack (even though she's leaving tomorrow...) as Q appears. They banter about he left her (or she left him.)

Q tries to get her to go with him again, but it doesn't work. Then Quark enters and baters to split the profits of an auction of the items she brought back from the Gamma Quadrant. Next in is Doctor Bashir, while classic Q continues in the background...

He invites her to dinner, but before they can meet up Q - as a waiter - approaches Bashir and tells him he's tired, so off he toddles to bed. O'Brien sees Q and races to Ops... Sisko's not laughing about the prospect of the omnipotent being hanging around. Then another power outage...

Vash and Quark are going through the inventory when Sisko arrives looking for answers, only to be interrupted by Q... who whisks everyone away. Following a boxing match, Sisko responds to Q's provokative punches by flooring him.

Meanwhile several interested parties arrive on station, and a little while later in Ops - a focused graviton pulse causes a hull breach. Investigating, Sisko doesn't believe Q is responsible.

As the station begins to move towards the wormhole... and certain doom... Vash and Quark conduct the auction as the senior officers try to isolate where the gravitons are coming from.

Sisko, Dax and Kira narrow it down to the promenade, and Quarks... then finally the mysterious object in a box which is beamed off the station and turns into a space dwelling lifeform.

Vash is content on returning to Earth and the Daystrom Institute, until Q convinces her once again to go exploring.
Starring:
Avery Brooks as Commander Sisko
Nana Visitor as Major Kira
Terry Farrell as Lieutenant Dax
Siddig El Fadil as Doctor Bashir
Colm Meaney as Chief O'Brien
René Auberjonois as Odo
Armin Shimerman as Quark
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Guest Cast:
Jennifer Hetrick
John De Lancie
Teleplay By:
Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Story By:
Hannah Louise Shearer
Directed By:
Paul Lynch
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