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In the Cards 

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, all in order 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, all in order to cheer up the war-fatigued Captain Sisko.

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Following on from "Rapture", this episode continues to add ambiguity to the usually villainous character of Kai Winn, in much the same way as the writers had added ambiguity to the character of Gul Dukat throughout the third and fourth seasons. See more »

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When Jake and Nog agree to complete Chief O'Brien's work for him, Nog says "You calibrate, I'll scan", however, he hands Jake the tricorder by mistake. See more »

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Cadet Nog: Jake, as your friend I think I should tell you you're starting to go over the edge. You need to get some perspective on all this. You need to get away, clear your head...
[both are beamed away and rematerialize in some unknown quarters]
Cadet Nog: This isn't what I had in mind...
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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Like most of the Jake and Nog episodes, this one is rather poor.
18 January 2015 | by 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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