Dax, Worf, Leela, Bashir and Quark head off to Risa for fun in the sun. Naturally, Worf has a Klingon sized stick up his butt about the trip and ends up siding with a self-righteous religious group of sorts that wants to ruin the fun people are having on Risa to drive home their ideals.
This episode provides examples of
- Casual Kink: This is the episode that reveals that Worf's and Jadzia's sexplay has been known to lead to broken ribs. Way past Safe, Sane, and Consensual if you are human, but confirms what everyone always suspected about Klingons.
- Church of Happyology: The "New Essentialists" are against what they believe are loosening values in the Federation.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Granted he does turn into a dick, but Worf goes along with everything Dax wanted to do for vacation. And is still treated like he's being uncooperative.
- Death By Jamaharon: Turns out Curzon met his end on Risa, courtesy of too much jamaharon.
- Easily Forgiven: Worf facilitates an act of terrorism on Risa and suffers no consequences. While a character does point out that the Risians are unlikely to prosecute, one would think that the Federation and/or Starfleet would have something to say about one of their own openly breaking the law.
- In My Language, That Sounds Like...: The O'Brien are considering the name Sean (presumably after Miles' ancestor Sean Aloysius from "Bar Association") for their son, however, Odo objects since it sounds like the Bajoran word for "swamp".
- Insane Troll Logic: The puritanical group think that too much self-indulgence will weaken the Federation compared to the Klingons, whose taste for hardcore partying is known throughout the galaxy and makes the stuff that happens on Risa look restrained. Plus, acting like Risa is representative of the entire Federation, when it's just a vacation spot for these people to snatch a bit of relaxation in their stressful lives, and everyone knows it.
- Interspecies Romance: Dax mentions the trope by name in regards to herself and Worf.
- Literary Allusion Title: From John 8:7, although this is more a case of Beam Me Up, Scotty!.
- My Greatest Failure: In this episode, we finally learn why Worf is so uptight for a Klingon—he was much more enthusiastic in his youth, until he accidentally killed a friend during a soccer match. He's kept his emotions on a relatively short leash since then.