Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 05 E 25 In The Cards

Jake:: I'm not crazy... I'm just a little obsessed.
Nog: A little?

The mood aboard DS9 has grown dark and despondent as the threat of the Dominion has intensified; not even Captain Sisko can raise his crew's spirits. But Jake has a plan to lift his father's spirits when he sees a mint-condition 1951 Willie Mays rookie baseball card is among the items in Quark's auction. He figures it'll be a simple task to show up, bid on the card and make it a gift for his father.

Of course, it's not that simple. Jake is outbid by the eccentric scientist Dr. Elias Geiger, who leaves with the card. Not to be outdone, Jake bargains with Geiger to buy the card off him, but Geiger's price sends Jake and Nog all over the station gathering seemingly random items and having to trade for them with even more favors for individual members of the crew. Just when it seems that they've got all the items they need, they return to Geiger's quarters to find that he and his equipment have vanished... and the Vorta diplomat Weyoun suspects them of conspiring against him.

This episode contains examples of

  • A Day in the Limelight: For Jake, of course.
  • Breather Episode: Especially since it hits the fan in the very next episode.
  • Blatant Lies: The ridiculous story Jake tells Weyoun when the latter refuses to believe the truth. So ridiculous, in fact, that Weyoun decides their original story made more sense, inverting So Crazy It Must Be True.
  • Call Back: To Star Trek: First Contact, when Jake says that humans don't need money because they "work to better [themselves]."
  • Chain of Deals: What Jake and Nog go through for the card.
  • Determinator: Jake is going to get that card, no matter how much Nog worries about his friend's sanity.
  • Good Times Montage: The ending montage, in which we see how all of Jake and Nog's favors have lifted the spirits of the crew (except Leeta) overlaid with Sisko's monologue about how sometimes it's the simple things that make you smile.
  • Handshake Refusal: Geiger refuses Jake's handshake, apparently because of germaphobia, and they seal the deal with a nod instead.
  • Immortality Seeker: Geiger.
  • Not So Different: Weyoun says that he and Kai Winn are more similar than she thinks. She quickly denies it.
  • Only Sane Man: Nog, for once.
  • Overly Prepared Gag: This exchange, as Jake tries to figure out where Geiger disappeared to.
    Jake: Don't you see? The Vedek was bidding on that lot because there was an old Bajoran mandala in it. He must have been working for the Kai. When they lost, the Kai must have gotten angry. And we all know how dangerous she is when she's angry.
    Nog: What are you saying? That in order to get the mandala she kidnapped Geiger?
    Jake: It all makes sense now.
    Nog: Jake, I'm really starting to worry about you.
    Jake: Come on.
    Nog: Where're we going?
    Jake: Let me introduce you to a new human expression. We're going to beard the lion in its den.
    Nog: Lions, Geigers and bears.
    Jake: Oh my.
  • Reality Ensues: A society without money doesn't work so well when it has to negotiate with societies that do.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Jake invites this trope when he first proposes the plan to Nog.
    Jake: How hard can that be?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Jake guilt-trips Nog into helping him. Nog sees through it immediately, but it still works.
    • Sisko gives Jake and Nog a blistering one for accusing Kai Winn of burglary and kidnapping. Jake lying and saying that he and Nog were drunk at the time doesn't help at all.
  • Willie Mays Is A Time Traveler: Jake's second attempt to explain things to Weyoun.