Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5, Episode 25

In the Cards (9 Jun. 1997)

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Jake and Nog go through hell and high water, from participating in an auction to dealing with the Dominion, to receiving a Willie Mays baseball card to cheer up the war-fatigued Captain Sisko.

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Jake and Nog go through hell and high water, from participating in an auction to dealing with the Dominion, to receiving a Willie Mays baseball card to cheer up the war-fatigued Captain Sisko.

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The lines "Lions, Giger, bears" and "Oh, my" are a play on "Lions and tigers and bears. Oh, my" from The Wizard of Oz. See more »

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Apparently, when Giger comes to DS9, no one thinks anything of the suspicious way he acts, and all the electronic equipment he brings to the station. He's even given large enough quarters in which to set it all up. See more »

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Jake Sisko: We weren't supposed to divulge this, but since you left us no choice... We're working for Starfleet Intelligence.
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Like most of the Jake and Nog episodes, this one is rather poor.
18 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have recently been binging on "Star Trek: Deep Space 9". Although I saw the series when it first debuted, now I've decided to re-watch the shows. In general, I like the show better than I'd remembered but I have noticed some patterns. Episodes involving the Ferengi are funny and are among the best. Klingon episodes are also quite good. But among the worst of the shows are those that star Jake and Nog together. It's as if the show was trying to make a few episodes that would appeal to kids--and the quality difference is obvious.

"In the Cards" is problematic because much of the show makes little sense and Jake behaves uncharacteristically--a bit selfish and awfully clueless. He's somehow come up with the notion that he MUST get his father a 1951 Bowman Willie Mays baseball card to show him how much he loves him. But, he has no money and seems to expect Nog to buy it and then give it to him to give his father (talk about nerve). This strange sense of entitlement is bizarre. However, the auction lot that includes the card goes for far more than they can afford and suddenly their interest in the lot practically starts a war with visiting Dominion representatives(???). But, in the end, everybody has a good laugh...well, everyone but the guy who got murdered.

This episode is just plain strange--as if it was written by someone who had never seen the show. I didn't like it and my family kept asking me 'how much longer do we have to watch this?!'. All in all, a terrible episode--and among the worst in the show's history.


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