Dax, Worf, Leela, Bashir and Quark head off to Risa for fun in the sun. Naturally, Worf has a bat'leth 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
- Absolute Cleavage: Leeta shows this in an open shirt while explaining Dabo to a Risian male.
- 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.
- Debate and Switch: Jadzia and Worf start out arguing about whether they trust one another, but it ends with Worf joining the New Essentialists.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When Worf finds Jadzia and Arrandis getting a little too passionate with sculpting, he smashes the horga'hn she gave to him, and joins the New Essentialists in disrupting Risa.
- 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.
- Fanservice: No, of course not. Don't be ridiculous, guys, that image you see up there of Jadzia in a one-piece swimsuit is completely plot-relevant.
- 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!.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Worf thinks this about Leeta and Bashir.
- 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.
- Perfectly Cromulent Word: According to Quark, there are 178 different words for rain on Ferenginar. "Right now, it's glebbening out there. And that's bad."
- Please Dump Me: Leeta and Basihr go to Risa to enact the Bajoran Rite of Separation - an tradition couples use to end a relationship amicably.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Jadzia chews out Worf over siding with the New Essentialists, saying the only reason he'd do so was to get back at her.