Q, the Enterprise-D's consistent omnipotent annoyance, comes to harass the DS9 crew when his traveling companion, Vash, refuses to travel with Q any longer.



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Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Bajoran Clerk
Laura Cameron ...
Bajoran Woman


The runabout Ganges returns to Deep Space Nine in serious trouble. The ship has no power, the hatch can't be opened and oxygen is running out. Also there seems to be an extra person on board. O'Brien is able to open the hatch and recognizes the guest as Vash, a corrupt archaeologist, from his time on Enterprise. She tells them she has been traveling in the Gamma Quadrant for two years and has collected artifacts there. O'Brien meanwhile can't find anything wrong with the ship other than the power was being drained. Then the same malfunction appears on DS9. Dangerous blackouts are hitting the station. Meanwhile Vash gets a unexpected visit in her quarters. It's Q, the omnipotent being, and he seems upset Vash left him. He wants her back. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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7 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Hannah Louise Shearer's original pitch for this episode involved Vash, but not Q. See more »


When the clerk in the station's assay office is entering in the items Vash is putting into her locker, after he enters in each item except for the last one into the computer it beeps. With the last item, the computer doesn't beep. The next beep is several seconds later after Vash says something and the Clerk says, "End inventory." See more »


Q: I suppose it's my fate to be the galaxy's whipping boy. Oh, heavy is the burden of being me.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Qpid (1991) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Not particularly logical...
10 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The show features Vash arriving at Deep Space 9. If you don't remember, Vash is a lady friend of Captain Picard and she appeared in a few episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation". This character was enjoyable but never made a lot of sense regarding her relationship with Picard, as she is clearly amoral and steals antiquities--so why would the very straight-laced and very moralistic Picard like her? What doesn't make sense in this episode is her relationship with Q. Although Q is all-powerful and clearly very condescending, he chases after her like a love-starved puppy-- almost constantly begging her to rejoin him in adventures. What also didn't make a lot of sense is Q's stating that he knows everything--yet didn't remember Miles O'Brien when they meet once again. And, speaking of not making sense, why did EVERYONE on the ship behave so incredibly calmly and non-emotive when the station was about to be torn apart?! Logic is NOT a strong suit in this episode!

Despite all these and several other inconsistencies, the show is enjoyable enough. Q is always enjoyable (well, maybe not so much in the old Farpoint episode) and his banter with Vash is nice.

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