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- In the very first episode, there's a rather understated one between O'Brien and Captain Picard. During the episode, O'Brien transfers from the Enterprise to DS9 as part of a promotion. When the time finally comes to leave, he stops by the captain's ready room on the bridge, but decides against interrupting when told that Picard is busy at the moment. But when he heads to the transporter room, Picard walks in right after being told that O'Brien stopped by to see him.Picard: This is your favorite transporter room, isn't it?O'Brien: Number three, yes, sir.Picard: You know, yesterday I called down here and I asked for you without thinking it won't be quite the same.O'Brien: It's just a transporter room, sir.
- The whole scene is very understated but also meaningful. Even the comment about it being "just a transporter" is perfectly in O'Brien's character, pretty much reassuring the captain that it'll be just fine without him to look after things. And O'Brien gets the perfect sendoff from his ST:TNG career when Picard himself takes over the transporter controls and personally beams O'Brien away to his new station.
- The pilot earns its Heartwarming stripes by the mere Character Development The Captain, okay really Commander, undergoes in the space of one episode. When we first meet Sisko, he's consumed with rage and regret over the death of his wife, going so far as to come this close to outright insubordination to Captain Picard, such is his contempt for the man he holds responsible for his wife's death. He doesn't want to be in Starfleet and he doesn't want to be on a wrecked Cardassian station. But, a run-in with some non-corporeal aliens and Sisko rediscovers that the end of one thing is an opportunity for something different; maybe something greater this is one of Star Trek's founding themes. The revitalized Commander asks Picard to rescind his request for a transfer and makes it clear he's at DS9 to stay. Picard simply smiles and wishes Sisko good luck before shaking hands and leaving.
- A nice touch production-wise is that as the Enterprise departs, the music shifts from the TNG theme to DS9's, a nice musical torch-passing moment.
A Man Alone
- Keiko wants to open a school for children aboard DS9 so they can stay out of trouble. She brightens up considerably when Sisko, a father himself, agrees to provide whatever she needs to make it happen.
- When Odo is accused of murder, several customers at the bar talk of how little they know of him and how he's the only person left from the Cardassian rule. Quark quickly speaks up in Odo's defense.Quark: Nobody knows him like I do. He's an ill-tempered, overbearing, cross-patch. But he was no Cardassian collaborator, and he's no killer.Zayra: I can't believe you're defending him, Quark. You're his worst enemy.Quark: Guess that's the closest thing he has in this world to a friend.
- Quark also offered to help find who vandalized Odo's office.
- When Jake is stricken with the aphasia virus, Sisko tries to comfort him, even knowing that Jake can't understand him. What's more, even though Jake can't understand the words, he clearly understands what his father is doing.
- At one point, Odo has to manually blow out the mooring clamps to get a damaged ship away from the station before it explodes, which he manages with only seconds to spare. Odo and Quark have been sniping at each other the entire episode, but when Quark is trying to hail Odo after the explosion, there's a note of genuine concern and fear in his voice.
- Q's farewell to Vash is a surprisingly touching moment of sincerity for a character who's default setting is snarky disdain.Q: It's not going to be the same without you. When I look at a gas nebula, all I see is a cloud of dust, but seeing the universe through your eyes I was able to experience... wonder. I'm going to miss that.
- Enina Tandro's solemn request that Jadzia Dax "live a long, fresh, and wonderful life," after she had kept her silence in an effort to protect the secret of Enina's husband's collaboration with the enemy, even to the risk of Dax's own death. Harsher in Hindsight still comes in to play, given the events of "Tears of the Prophets," but it is still a solemn moment of well wishing to a woman who Enina barely knew, and yet had acting to defend a secret that would have destroyed the image of a war hero that her people needed.
Move Along Home
- "Move Along Home". This one's unorthodox, but I find it sweet how Sisko joins in the Allamaraine skipping chant as if he were a little kid playing. Bear in mind, he has a son, so that's something he might be tapping, especially since the two had recently had a discussion about how Jake was getting older.
- The same episode had a heartwarming moment with Quark. He is playing a game with the aliens of the week where several members of the station's crew are used as playing pieces (which he did not know when he started). At one point he is told he has to sacrifice one of the pieces for the rest to move on. After agonizing over this decision for a time, Quark cannot bring himself to do this and throws himself at his opponent's feet, begging for them all to survive. (Of course, it turns out they were never in any actual danger, but Quark doesn't realize this.)
- Also, Sisko refusing to leave an injured Dax behind as they approach the finish line, and then Kira insisting on staying back with both of them. Again, they have no idea that the danger is anything but very, very real.
- Sisko discovering that Jake is teaching Nog how to read in "The Nagus."
If Wishes Were Horses
- Buck giving Sisko his baseball at the end, which would become a permanent fixture on his desk.
- Lwaxana holding Odo in the folds of her skirt as he regenerated.
- What could have ended up being a rather Anvilicious anti-racism episode managed to be one of the most moving and beautiful episodes in Star Trek history, complete with a Tear Jerker ending.Kira: Why are you doing this?
Aamin Marritza: For Cardassia! Cardassia will only survive if it stands in front of Bajor and admits the truth! My trial will force Cardassia to acknowledge its guilt! And we're guilty, all of us! My death is necessary!
Kira: What you're asking for is another murder. Enough good people have already died. I won't help kill another.
- It bears repeating that Kira, a Bajoran, tells Marritza, a Cardassian, that she won't help him with his plan to be tried and executed for Gul Darheel's war-crimes. And why? Because she refuses to help kill a good man.
- There's a moment where Sisko sits down with Kira to tell her that Odo will be conducting the episode's investigation, since Kira is too close to the situation to be objective. Kira replies by giving her word that she'll conduct the investigation as it deserves, but also adds that a Bajoran needs to do this, for "the ones who moved too slowly and never moved again." By this point in the series, after some false starts, Kira had more than earned Sisko's respect, and right then and there he hits his com badge, and informs Odo that Kira is now in charge of the investigation. As if to show solidarity with Kira, Odo immediately replies "Understood." This is a definitive point where Kira and Sisko really start becoming good friends.
In The Hands Of The Prophets
- The first season finale "In The Hands Of The Prophets" involves Vedek Winn stirring up conflict between the Bajoran and Federation crews, and when Sisko reaches the end of his rope, he starts speechifying.Sisko: The Bajorans who have lived with us on the station, who have worked with us for months, who helped us move this station to protect the wormhole, who joined us to explore the Gamma Quadrant, who have begun to build the future of Bajor with us, these people know that we are neither the enemy nor the devil. We don't always agree. We have some damned good fights in fact, but we always come away from them with a little better understanding and appreciation of each other.
- As Kira tries to pack - having been "reassigned" as punishment for her unauthorized rescue mission in the previous episode - nearly every major cast member from Odo to Dax to Bashir to O'Brien and even Quark enters her room to either talk her out of leaving or wish her well. Exasperated by the unwanted attention, Kira is about to yell at the next visitor... who just happens to be Vedek Bareil. When Bareil asks if it's alright to come in with so many others present, Kira replies "It's alright. These are... (realizing) These are my friends."
- While an extremist Bajoran military force is bearing down on Deep Space Nine, the Starfleet crew is trying to evacuate everyone as fast as they can, and his uncle Quark is gleefully plotting how best to screw the evacuees out of their money...Nog discovers that he and Jake are on different runabouts, going to different systems, and when Jake mourns having to lose his home again, along with his friend, Nog takes the time to unabashedly reassure Jake that they will see each other again, because there's never been a greater friendship than theirs between Human and Ferengi. It's both heartwarming, and one of the first notes of foreshadowing that Nog is at his best when he's not trying to be a "proper" Ferengi. (Though it briefly turns Funny when Nog can't pronounce "coup d'état".)
- Just for a moment, in between long stretches of being a braying jackass, Quark shows a flash of genuine concern when he tells Odo, "Take care of yourself."
- After Li Nalas' Heroic Sacrifice, Sisko vows to keep his legacy alive and tell anyone who asks that Li was the legendary hero that everyone says he was.
Rules of Acquisition
- Mixed with Tear Jerker (of the happy kind), for every LGBT fan, Jadzia's complete shock that Pel is female AFTER she has recognized openly that Pel is in love with Quark. For the time, this was a rare acknowledgement of non-heterosexuality, and Jadzia being openly accepting of the idea that one of Quark's male waiters is in love with him is a sign that same-sex attraction and love has a place of acceptance in the 24th century. Couple this with season 4's "Rejoined" and it's no wonder Jadzia Dax is such a huge queer icon.
- For all of Quark's constant griping about his family and how they cause him nothing but trouble, in the episode "Sanctuary," he leaps immediately to Nog's defense when he is jumped by a handful of Skrreean teens.
- A moment with Miles and Keiko. Miles is psyching himself up for a racquetball match against Dr. Bashir, who had beaten him soundly earlier. Keiko stands beside him, assuming the attitude of a samurai's wife as her husband prepares for battle, while reminding him, "Remember, Miles. Win or lose, tonight we celebrate." Before he leaves, Keiko presents Miles with a Japanese silk scarf scented with her perfume. She wraps the scarf around his head, kisses him and says, "Kick his butt."
- Doctor Mora has realized that Odo has been affected by some gas that is making him tear apart the station and suffer memory loss about it. He goes to Odo, and begins to gaslight him about the station crew, that when they realize that Odo is the responsible party, they'd lock him away and study him, stuff him in a zoo. Odo loses control and Mora goes to Sisko to tell him. All their efforts immediately go to trying to help Odo recover, limiting themselves, at the least until necessary (which it turns out to not be), to maximum stun, proving Mora to be wrong.
- Up until this point, O'Brien and Bashir's relationship has been a bit of a one-way rivalry (Bashir likes and respects O'Brien, but O'Brien finds Bashir irritating and smug). They begin the episode in much the same way, but as the crisis goes on and the situation becomes more dire, they start to connect and have a real conversation for the first time. By the time they're rescued, they've become friends, a friendship that lasts through the rest of the series.
- Earlier in the episode, O'Brien explaining to Bashir, who had expressed skepticism about the idea of marriage, what being married means to him.O'Brien: Marriage is the greatest adventure of them all. It's filled with pitfalls and setbacks and mistakes, but it's a journey worth taking because you take it together. I know Keiko's been unhappy about us coming to the station. We still argue about it. But that's all right, because at the end of the day, we both know we love each other. That's all that matters.
- Throughout this episode, Sisko spends so much time talking up Jake's prospects for joining Starfleet that the boy is afraid to tell his father that he doesn't really want to join Starfleet, for fear of disappointing him. It takes a pep talk from O'Brien for Jake to tell his father the truth, and how does Ben react? He's perfectly cool with it, encouraging Jake to do his best at whatever he chooses to do. Score another point for the father-son relationship between these two.
- Dax and Odo — mostly Odo — convincing Rurigan to stay with the holographic village.Odo: But what about the villagers? What about your granddaughter?
Rurigan: She's not real.
Odo: Technically, I suppose you're right. Maybe by our definition, Taya's not real... I'm sure if you asked her, she'd say she was real. She thinks, she feels.
Rurigan: She only seems to. It's all an illusion. An illusion that I created.
Odo: Maybe, but I saw the way you held her hand when she was sad. I saw the way you tried to comfort her when she was frightened.
Rurigan: I didn't want her to get hurt.
Odo: If she's not real, what does it matter?
Rurigan: It matters. It matters to me.
Odo: Why should it matter to you if a hologram cries?
Rurigan: Because I love her.
Dax: And she loves you.
Odo: Don't you see? She's real to you, and she's real to me too. They're all real. And you can't turn your back on them now.
Profit and Loss
- Kor calls Jadzia "Curzon" when she first explains who she is/was, shouting "Curzon, my beloved old friend!" She tells him she's Jadzia now. His response, without any awkwardness, any change, anything else, is: "Well, Jadzia, my beloved old friend!".
- Building off of the above LGBT Fanbase that has grown up around Jadzia, many trans fans take heart in this moment, as Kor immediately rolls with Dax's new identity - face and gender alike - instead of any kind of stumbling over his references to her.
- It's just a small thing, but still. Watching Koloth nursemaid Kor (despite his complaints that he would do no such thing) in "Blood Oath" was rather adorable in its own way. These are two battle hardened warriors who have watched each other's backs for almost a hundred years, so it kind of makes sense. Though it's also great on a meta level, since this is the first time the pair (and the trio, once you add Kang) have ever been seen on screen together. The fans of the original series have been hoping for a team-up like this for years, and they finally got their wish.
The Maquis Parts 1 & 2
- Garak and Bashir in "The Wire", when Garak asks Bashir to forgive him, which he does while holding his hand.
- Everything Bashir does for Garak, really, up to and including confronting the head of the Obsidian Order one-on-one. Whatever Garak's take on the friendship is at this point, it's clear that Bashir has already come to value Garak as a friend. (It takes Garak a little longer, but he does eventually reciprocate in his own way.)
- It's no surprise that Keiko has no patience for the Cardassian legal system after they kidnapped her husband in Bajoran space (re: outside their jurisdiction). But the absolute fire in her voice as she tells the Arbiter of the Court that she has no intention of abandoning her husband displays EXACTLY how much she loves Chief O'Brien. You get the feeling that if she had a phaser, she'd have staged a rescue all on her own.
- For all that it's marred by the later discovery that they're the Founders, there is something touching in seeing Odo's initial meeting with the Female Changeling and his people, particularly when Kira still tries to help him take the opportunity to bond despite the circumstances of her own presence.
- While talking with the Female Changeling about their distrust of solids, Odo, for all his distance from the rest of the crew, explicitly acknowledges that he has good experience with other solids.
- As Kira and Odo depart from the Founders' homeworld, she stands close to him and holds his hand.
House of Quark
- Rom assuring Quark that even if everyone else is sick of hearing the story about Quark's confrontation with the Klingon High Council, he's not.
- O'Brien doing everything he can to lift Keiko's spirits after the school closes for good.
Keiko: When we moved here, we made an agreement.O'Brien: I know.Keiko: And I'm not trying to back out of that agreement. Don't let this business about the school make you feel guilty and-O'Brien: This isn't about guilt. This is about you being happy and me knowing that you're not.Keiko: I made a promise to stay with you and make this work.O'Brien: I know. But you're a botanist. That's what you trained to do. That's what you love. Be a botanist, Keiko. Be the best damned botanist in the galaxy.
- In specific, there's the ultimate result of how to make this work - when they came to DS9, it was in the name of allowing O'Brien to have his promotion and raise Molly together. O'Brien can tell, however, that Keiko isn't happy remaining on the station without something to do, and so sacrifices having Keiko and Molly, his wife and daughter, on the station with him (admittedly, an easier decision with the looming threat of Dominion invasion), in the name of allowing Keiko to go and do what she loves.
- Kira saying that Odo's method of stirring (stationary spoon and moving the bowl under it) is "cute," along with her smile as she observes him.
- The entire scene in Bashir's quarters. Even though the conversation is lighthearted, there's a lot of genuine care underlying it. Then cap it all off with Dax — who had just said she was having trouble sleeping — falling asleep almost immediately in Bashir's quarters. Whatever else was going on, she feels completely safe there with him.
- Kira is in no position to appreciate it, but just how devoted Legate Ghemor is to his daughter's safety is one of these all on its own. He's nothing but kind, patient and supportive all through the episode, and even if we are initially led to believe he's just an Order plant playing a role, The Reveal makes it clear that this is entirely genuine. That he's willing to take the risk of the political trouble that would ensue from Kira escaping under his watch, even if he doesn't think at first that he'll be suspected of his dissident activities only makes it better.
- Sisko is so busy cooing over the infant Jem'hadar that he's not really listening to what Dax and Bashir are talking about. They smile at each other over seeing this new side to their commander.
- Odo putting Kira's gift plant into the pail he USED to sleep in.
- As part of the b-plot, Quark is trying to get a picture of Major Kira for a naughty holosuite program. As part of this scheme, he declares Kira Nerys the one-millionth customer to his bar, lavishing several prizes on her (a bottle of fine champagne, dabo spins, and holosuite time). That's not the heartwarming part. While Kira turns down the holosuite time, she seems really happy at having won everything. Bear in mind both that Kira despises Quark's scheming and lechery and that her childhood was a nightmare. She even flat-out says this is the first thing she's ever won. Even if she hates the source (especially later in the episode), she looks like she really appreciates it.
Past Tense, parts 1 & 2
- Dax willingly walks into the heart of one of the most violent riots of the century, just to make sure that Sisko and Bashir are all right.
- Bashir turns down a chance to get away safely in favor of staying behind to help Sisko and the hostages. Bear in mind that both he and Sisko know that a violent confrontation is going to happen.
- O'Brien and Kira risk their own safety to go back in time and rescue their crewmates.
- While in the past, Sisko forms a real friendship with fellow Sanctuary District resident (or inmate, if you prefer) Michael Webb.
- BC, who had instigated the riot and been threatening the hostages, joining with Sisko to protect them during the raid.
- The same guards who had brought Sisko and Bashir into the Sanctuary District deciding to let them go and fake their deaths so they can get away clean. It's even more heartwarming when you realize that they don't know that "Bell" and Bashir will be able to get away clean regardless. As far as they're concerned, they're offering them a chance to take on new identities and live out their lives as free men rather than fugitives.
Heart of Stone
- Odo's anguished confession of love to what he thinks is Kira is heartwarming and heartbreaking.Odo: No, I won't leave you.Kira: Why?Odo: Because—because, I'm in love with you.
- The end of Nog's story in "Heart of Stone". After Sisko finally forces Nog to tell him why he wants to join Starfleet, Sisko realises how badly he's misjudged Nog and commits to helping him become a Starfleet officer. Nog is so delighted he hugs Sisko and promises he'll never regret it. Watch it!
- And on the greater scale of things, Nog lives up to that promise, becoming a model Starfleet officer who makes Sisko proud. In a way, even though Sisko was happy enough to let Jake become a writer and journalist rather that following in Sisko's footsteps as he'd hoped, Nog fulfilled Sisko's dream in Jake's place. Just to give it some perfect closure, one of Sisko's last acts in the final episode is to promote Nog to lieutenant junior grade.
- Not to be missed is Rom's reaction to Nog wanting to join Starfleet. Quark forbids it and Rom, in a rare display of backbone, puts his foot down, tells Quark that he runs the bar, but Nog is HIS son, and wishes Nog good luck at Starfleet Academy.
- In many ways, Nog taking this step is what gives Rom the courage and resolve to kickstart his own personal development - he begins to stand up to Quark to protect Nog, and in the following season, leaves the bar to join the station's engineering team. All because he saw his son attempt to follow his own path, rather than what was expected of a Ferengi.
- A very interesting and decidedly meta moment of heartwarming- Over on Star Trek: Voyager, Harry Kim was an ensign for seven years. He was actually served a drink by Nog back on Deep Space Nine before Voyager left dock. In seven years, he never was promoted above ensign. Nog not only went to Starfleet Academy, graduated, but now is a Liutenant Junior Grade, in less than half that time. Now consider that the Ferengi were originally designed as a Straw Race—designed to look bad and show as a reflection of modern day humans, how our greed and misogyny and bad habits would eventually turn out, while the Federation was made of humans, who were perfect. Now, well over a decade later, and we see what happens to a race created as an anviliciously evil menace when they really apply themselves. Nice way to overcome the stereotype, Ferengi.
- At the end of "Prophet Motive", Quark says he was sad he couldn't profit somewhat from the Grand Nagus' charitable streak or the experience both had with the Prophets. Rom then reveals he embezzled funds from the Nagus' charity fund, leaving a tidy bit of money for Quark and himself. Imminently impressed, Quark says "Father would be proud" and they walk off together laughing. It's one of the few times Quark expresses genuine pride in his brother, and it's absolutely adorable.
Through The Looking Glass
- At the start of the episode, Garak mentions to Bashir that he managed to get Delavian chocolates, and promises to bring some to the infirmary later. When Garak is about to set off to rescue Tain, Bashir gives him the chocolates, figuring that he'll need them more.
The Die Is Cast
- Garak's interactions with Tain's housekeeper, Mila. In "The Die Is Cast," Garak persuades Tain that she is trustworthy and loyal when Tain suggests killing her for knowing too much, and, while Garak, Damar, and Kira are hiding out in her basement on Cardassia, she essentially says she's proud of Garak, and he gives a rare sincere smile.
- It's implied (and the novel A Stitch In Time, written by Garak's actor, goes with this interpretation) that she is his mother.
- The whole of the episode "Explorers" explores the loving father-son bond between Commander Sisko and Jake. From Ben and Jake sharing an adventure together by building an ancient solar sail-barge and becoming the Federation's version of Thor Heyerdal by proving that ancient Bajorans used these vessels to travel all the way to Cardassian space, to his unconditional support of Jake's desire to pursue a writing career. Ben and Jake Sisko present one of the most positive father-son relationships since Sherrif Taylor and Opie.
- The subplot in the episode with Bashir and O'Brien is also heartwarming. The valedictorian from Bashir's class in medical school visits the station, and doesn't appear to recognize Bashir. To lift his spirits, Bashir gets sloshed with O'Brien, and eventually they have this heart to heart:O'Brien: You're not an in-between kind of guy. People either love you or hate you.Bashir: Really?O'Brien: I mean, I hated you when we first met.Bashir: I remember.O'Brien: And now...Bashir: And now?O'Brien: Well... Now, I don't.Bashir: That means a lot to me, chief, it really does.
- The subplot in the episode with Bashir and O'Brien is also heartwarming. The valedictorian from Bashir's class in medical school visits the station, and doesn't appear to recognize Bashir. To lift his spirits, Bashir gets sloshed with O'Brien, and eventually they have this heart to heart:
- Even Dukat of all people gets in on the heartwarming, genuinely congratulating Ben and Jake on their successful voyage and welcoming them into the Cardassian system with an honor guard of starships and fireworks.
- Just as much awesome as heartwarming, considering the source, but Rom's reaction to Quark trying to sabotage Nog's testing for Starfleet Academy is first to tell Commander Sisko and get him to let Nog retake the test, and then threaten to BURN THE BAR TO THE GROUND.Rom: My son's happiness is more important to me than anything, even latinum. Remember that, brother.
- While Quark's actions are despicable, it's a little heartwarming that he wasn't motivated by greed or prophet like he usually is. Quark did what he did out of genuine concern for his nephew's future.
- This line from the beginning of "The Adversary"...Jake: "Dad, there's something I've been wanting to say to you for a long time and now that I finally have the chance, I'm going to make it short and simple. Congratulations...Captain Sisko!"
The Way Of The Warrior
- The moment in "The Way of the Warrior" where Worf and O'Brien reminisce about the events surrounding "The Best of Both Worlds". It becomes a Tear Jerker when they start eulogizing the Enterprise-D because, in a meta sense, they are also eulogizing the Next Generation.Worf: We were like warriors from the ancient sagas. There was nothing we could not do.
O'Brien (smiling): You look good in red.Worf (adjusting baldric): It feels good.
- O'Brien is hugely supportive of Worf when he arrives, and for his part Worf is genuinely glad to see him. O'Brien even extends compliments when Worf decides to stay on the station and appears in his new Command uniform. At the beginning, Worf was thinking of leaving Starfleet after the Enterprise-D went down. Now he's back and better than ever.
- What is effectively Worf and Jadzia's first date on the holosuite, where she ultimately helps him figure out how to solve the question of what the Klingons are even doing there. You can already see the hints of flirtation on both their parts as they spar.
- Early in the series, Odo had difficulty understanding the humanoid preoccupation with dining, having no need to eat, himself. Here, however, he has developed a technique with his shapeshifting abilities to make a mug of coffee (that he can refill as needed) to allow him to socialize with others over meals.
- Despite Kira's difficulties with the concept, the fact that Dax is trying to get her to relax on the holosuite, take some time to stretch her imagination, is a great moment of friendship and companionship between them.
- In "The Visitor", we see a flashback to Jake a few months after his father's death. He and Nog have made plans to spend some time together, but Nog tells him that with how slammed the bar is, it looks like he'll need to keep working. Quark takes a look at Jake and tells Nog to take off.
- "The Visitor" is made of this and Tear Jerker in equal portions. To wit: Ben Sisko becomes trapped in subspace due to a Negative Space Wedgie, to Jake's distress. Ben, however, keeps appearing in Jake's life at increasingly long intervals, leading Jake to abandon everything, from a happy marriage to his career as a writer, to study the physics of the accident and try to save his father. In the end, Jake realizes his father's subspace mishap is tied to him, and he puts into motion a plan to kill himself when his father appears one last time in the hopes that Ben would be sent back to shortly before the accident. Ben's heart is shattered at the lengths Jake took, just to get a second chance to live with his father.
- The fourth season episode "Indiscretion" also has one of these for Dukat and his half-Bajoran daughter Ziyal. While he originally wanted to kill her to save his career, the episode ends with father and daughter embracing each other in a big, big hug. Especially heartwarming considering he actually gave up his career and social status by letting her live and openly acknowledging her as his daughter.
- Jadzia Dax and Lenara Kahn in "Rejoined." Lovers in past lives, Dax and Kahn have been dealing with unresolved issues and taboo, but can't help flirting, and eventually share a Big Damn Kiss. While on the Defiant, Kahn is in the Engineering Bay and Dax is on the bridge when a plasma conduit is ruptured in Engineering. Jadzia wastes no time getting down there, and if Eddington says that if they don't vent the plasma into space, the entire ship will go. Dax walks over the plasma leak by putting a force field on top of it, pulls Kahn into the next room. Their exchange as they're holding each other:Kahn: I don't want to lose you...not again...Dax: Not again. Never again. Never again. Never...
- The kiss, in and of itself, is one of the show's most heartwarming moments in general, not to mention a simultaneous Tear Jerker.
- The Defiant gets hit hard by the Jem'Hadar, the aftermath of which leaves Sisko bleeding on the floor with a concussion, and Kira notes that if he passes out, he'll likely go into a coma. She stays with him, talking to him to keep him awake, and slowly opens up to him: she's overcome with regret over how they always talk about work, noting how intimidating it is working with the Emissary. At the end of the episode, Kira discusses schedules in Sisko's office, and turns to leave... but not before Sisko happily invites her to a Holodeck baseball game, even giving her one of his caps. You will never see a smile bigger than Kira's in your life.
Little Green Men
- At the beginning, Rom and Nog are selling things off, as part of a Ferengi rite of passage. Rom quickly snaps up something that Nog offers to sell him for three strips of latinum. Rom offers two and Nog takes the offer. Both are clearly enthusiastic, showing that this is just a bonding opportunity for them, and Nog's perfectly happy to let his dad have a memento of his for cheap.
The Sword of Kahless
- In "Crossfire," Odo, upset over losing out on romance to Kira and Worf capturing a would-be assassin, comes to his quarters and smashes the place up. Quark comes to complain about the noise but is struck by how defeated Odo looks. Quark tells Odo he's losing money in a "manhunt pool" he runs because of this attitude and that the pool is a sign of how much the station's inhabitants respect and admire Odo. Quark tells Odo has to either tell Kira how he feels or forget her and move on.Quark: Well, I've said my piece. Sorry to come down hard but I'm looking out for my business.Odo: Funny...For a minute there, I thought you were talking to me as a friend.Quark:...Nah.
- At the episode's end, Quark tells Odo he's moved by the discovery Odo is having the floor of his quarters sound-proofed. Odo scoffs and claims he's just having the floor reinforced, the sound-proofing is a coincidence and Quark pretends to accept it but clearly, they both know it's a cover.
Return To Grace
Sons Of Mogh
- Rom quits his job as a waiter at Quarks' and joins the station engineering team. He gives Quark a great justification for leaving, one that has nothing to do with years of being exploited:Rom: Think about it, from my point of view: if I keep working for you, all I have to look forward to is waiting for you to die, so I can inherit the bar. (bashfully) Well, I don't want you to die.
- Keiko and Molly return from a year-long botanical survey on Bajor. Miles, used to spending his time with Julian (to compensate for Keiko and Molly being absent) doing things such as re-enacting the Battle of Britain, finds the transition surprisingly difficult and even goes so far to try to teach Molly how to play darts - something he always did with Julian. As much as it pains him, he is determined to spend time with his family and be a good husband and father. Keiko, understanding his pain, concocts a little story about how depressed Julian has been lately and perhaps Miles should go spend time with him to "cheer him up"... and then concocts the very same story to Julian about Miles over the comm. As Miles himself states: he's a lucky man.
Rules Of Engagement
- Miles is put through 20 years of simulated jail time, in which he killed his cellmate Ee'char when he suspected he was hoarding food from him (it turned out he was saving the food for both of them). This experience leaves Miles traumatized, and when he loses his temper towards his daughter Molly, Miles is so ashamed that he heads down to the phaser locker to kill himself. Thankfully, Dr. Bashir finds him before Miles presses the trigger button.Miles: When we were growing up, they used to tell us humanity had evolved, that mankind had outgrown hate and rage. But when it came down to it, when I had the chance to show that no matter what anyone did to me, I was still an evolved human being, I failed. I repaid kindness with blood. I was no better than an animal.Bashir: No, no, no, no. An animal would've killed Ee'char and never had a second thought, never shed a tear. But not you. You hate yourself. You hate yourself so much you think you deserve to die. The Argrathi did everything they could to strip you of your humanity. And in the end, for one brief moment, they succeeded. But you can't let that brief moment define your entire life. If you do, if you pull that trigger, then the Argrathi will have won. They will have destroyed a good man. You cannot let that happen, my friend.
- "Be well, Miles."
- Odo enters into a Marriage of Convenience with Lwaxana to help her escape her controlling husband. During the ceremony, he has to tell Lwaxana why he wants to marry her, and do so convincingly enough to convince the spectators, including the current husband. He starts off with a stitled, formal speech, but when he's challenged, he gives a speech so good that even the husband is convinced — and there's very little acting involved. He may not have romantic feelings for her, but if it wasn't already clear that Lwaxana is a very important person to Odo, it certainly becomes clear after the speech.Odo: Before I met her, my world was... a much smaller place. I kept to myself, I didn't need anyone else, and I took pride in that. The truth is, I was ashamed of what I was, afraid that if people saw how truly different I was, they would recoil from me. Lwaxana saw how different I was... and she didn't recoil. She wanted to see more. For the first time in my life, someone wanted me as I was. And that changed me forever. The day I met her is the day I stopped being alone.
For The Cause
- Sisko doesn't want Kassidy to leave in the morning, so he resigns himself to tossing his pillow and resting on hers instead, just to be able to smell her scent a bit longer.
To The Death
- Quark's brief appearance, showing genuine concern for Rom's safety. For all the guff he gives him, he is still his brother.Quark: Oh, what a relief... Wait 'til I find him, I'll kill him for scaring me like that!
- The scene where O'Brien gives Dax a video will to give to Keiko, just in case he doesn't survive the mission. He discusses how frequently he's had to leave a goodbye message for his wife and child, clearly worried about what might happen. But Dax gives him a gentle pep talk, assuring him that he'll live to be a hundred and forty, and die in peace surrounded by his friends and family.
- In "The Quickening" when Bashir seems to have utterly failed... but thanks to his antigen, a Teplan baby is born without the deadly blight, so while he hasn't found a way to cure the infected, he has found something that will make a difference.
- Highlighted by the reaction of the local doctor - the situation with the blight was so hopeless that he'd been reduced to being little more than a euthanasia provider. Now, he weeps as he holds the baby and thanks Bashir for giving his people hope.
- Up to this moment, the aforementioned doctor considered Bashir little more than a snake oil salesman, but when he realizes what Bashir has done for his people, he falls apart telling Bashir that it'll be a privilege to spend the rest of his life administering the vaccine across the planet, so that the next generation will be free of the blight.
- At the end of "Body Parts", Quark sits in the empty space that used to be his bar, all his possessions and business assets having been confiscated. Rom comes in to console him, and after a little bit... cue practically every non-Ferengi on the station coming up with contrived, mock-cynical, Quark-esque excuses to set up the bar exactly as it was.Rom: Look at them, brother. And you thought you had no assets.Quark: Sisko, Dax, Bashir, Morn? They're my assets?Rom: To name a few.
- Personally, the scene that got me was Quark telling Sisko (who was essentially giving him free furniture to "Store" while someplace on the station was "Being fixed") that there was a small storage fee for keeping the stuff there. ("A minimum storage fee. Practically nothing.") I don't know why, but something about it just said that even after the emotional roller coaster that Quark went through, he's capable of getting back to who he is- a greedy, lovable scoundrel. And it's capped off by Sisko just cocking an eyebrow and rolling with it. ("Send me the bill.")
- It's a Call-Back to the very premise of the episode: Quark is a Ferengi to his core. He's not evil, he's just committed to his beliefs. In many ways, he's just as dedicated to his religion as Kira and Worf are to theirs.
- The B-plot from the same episode, in which Kira allowed Bashir to transplant Keiko's unborn baby into her womb when Keiko is injured in a Runabout accident. The O'Briens welcome Kira into their extended family and invite her to stay with them for the duration of her pregnancy. Especially sweet when Molly calls her "Aunt Nerys".
- Also falls under heartwarming on the meta level - Nana Visitor was genuinely pregnant, so they found a way to keep her in the show without having to do Hide Your Pregnancy trickery (that would have likely required significantly reducing her screen time) or forcing her character into an OOC pregnancy storyline.
- Personally, the scene that got me was Quark telling Sisko (who was essentially giving him free furniture to "Store" while someplace on the station was "Being fixed") that there was a small storage fee for keeping the stuff there. ("A minimum storage fee. Practically nothing.") I don't know why, but something about it just said that even after the emotional roller coaster that Quark went through, he's capable of getting back to who he is- a greedy, lovable scoundrel. And it's capped off by Sisko just cocking an eyebrow and rolling with it. ("Send me the bill.")
- As Odo limps from the Promenade to the Defiant, Quark has some parting words:Quark: I hear you're taking a little trip to the Gamma Quadrant.
Odo: (sarcasticaly) Care to come along?
Quark: (smugly) Are you kidding? I expect to own this station by the time you get back. With you gone, profits from smuggling alone should go up sixty percent.
Odo: Well, don't get used to it. I'll be back before you know it, making your life miserable.
Quark: (quietly) Then you are coming back?
Odo: Count on it.
Quark: I will.
- Garak wants to come along on the mission to meet the Founders. Sisko refuses him...but then offers to allow him to come along if he occupies Odo by giving him mysteries to solve. Garak happily complies, and does a very good job of it. His purpose for meeting with the Founders is also out of a legitimate desire to see if there were any survivors from a group of M.I.A. Cardassians.
- On a wider note, basically the entire senior staff (and possibly a few junior officers we don't see) are willing to put themselves at risk on the chance that the Founders will be able to help Odo; even the Female Changeling acknowledges their loyalty to Odo does Sisko credit (although it's hard to know if she's acknowledging Sisko as a fellow leader or just as a solid showing 'due deference' to a Changeling).
- Although he eventually dies, O'Brien and Sisko not giving up on the injured redshirt, who they considered to be their friend, was sweet.
- As is Worf joining O'Brien at Muñiz's coffin, probably to make up for being a jerk.
- Worf helps Quark court Lady Grilka, showing him step by step how to declare his intentions, how to roleplay the most romantic moment in klingon history in the holosuite, and helping Quark fight a duel against Grilka's bodyguard. It's clear that Worf has put a lot of thought into courting Grilka, and wishes that Grilka would give him another chance, but he shares his knowledge with Quark knowing that Grilka would be more happy with him than with Worf. And Dax takes notice and initiates a relationship with him because of it.
- Sisko's So Proud of You moment with Jake, praising him for telling the whole truth about what happened on Ajilon Prime.
- The end of "The Assignment", after O'Brien saves his wife Keiko from a disembodied alien that had possessed her in order to blackmail O'Brien into sabotaging the station in an effort to destroy the wormhole. Lovely exchange between those two at the end;Miles: You don't have to talk about it if you don't want to.
Keiko: It helps to talk about it. Besides, I never want to forget how you fought for me.
- Also from "The Assignment" there was the subplot about Rom joining the station engineering crew. After showing unwavering loyalty to O'Brien in his struggle to save Keiko, even keeping the faith when he was arrested for sabotage and O'Brien was forced to let him take the blame, he is rewarded at the end when O'Brien promotes him to the day shift in gratitude. It's quite genuinely endearing.
Trials And Tribbleations
- Essentially the whole episode, it being a love letter to The Original Series and Star Trek in general. The sheer wonder and joy on DS9 crews' faces as they get to visit the "past" and meet long-time heroes of Kirk and company.
- The fact that Odo managed to undo the exctintion of the tribbles. Yeah they're a menace, but Star Trek just wouldn't be the same without those little purring fluff balls.
Let He Who Is Without Sin...
- Odo is alarmed when he briefly believes that Quark is dead and tries to slap him awake. It speaks to how, despite all of their snarking and bickering, Odo actually cares about Quark.
- When Odo makes what he believes will be his last log entry, he takes the time to describe where they will find Quark and what to do with his remains. It's sweet that Odo wants Quark to get a proper Ferengi sendoff despite his dim view of Quark and Ferengi culture in general.
- After Odo is beamed onto the Defiant:Odo: I'm alive!
Bashir: Yes. I'm gonna make sure you stay that way.
- Quark and Odo bantering at the end of the episode. Even after they reaffirm that they meant everything they said about hating each other, they share a chuckle together, as if wordlessly acknowledging that they're still friendly adversaries.
- Kasidy Yates's return to the station. She's been in jail for about a year for smuggling food and medical supplies to the Maquis, and Sisko was the one who had to arrest her. When she comes back? It's like she never left and they never bring it up again. It's not a lack of continuity, it's that to Sisko, this is the woman he loves, and he doesn't care - she's done her time, and they can continue with their lives together.
The Darkness And The Light
- The entire episode "The Begotten", where Odo plays Dad to a baby Changeling, especially the moment where it imitates his face. And bonus heartwarming in that the experience reconciles Odo with his own father figure in Doctor Mora Pol and it gives him back his shapeshifting abilities as a parting gift.
- Odo and Mora's reconciliation is heartwarming in itself. Odo finally concedes that Mora wasn't trying to hurt him, but rather was dealing with something he didn't even realize at first was a living creature, and Mora finally admits that he did hurt Odo and he is responsible for that. And then they share a drink to celebrate the baby Changeling's progress.
- Once Quark gets over his suspicions at seeing Odo truly happy for the first time, and has the situation explained, he's willing to celebrate right alongside his frenemy.
- At the end of the episode, Kira admits that she's struggling to be happy for the O'Briens because giving up the baby after carrying him for so long was more difficult than she had ever expected. And Odo understands perfectly, because he's experiencing the same kind of mixed feelings about getting his shapeshifting abilities back at the cost of the baby Changeling's death. The episode ends with them deciding to take a quiet walk together. It's a Tear Jerker but it's also heartwarming for the understanding and support they share.
For The Uniform
In Purgatory's Shadow / By Inferno's Light
- Garak and his father Enabran Tain in the Dominion prison camp in "In Purgatory's Shadow".
- Even more so, the fact that when Tain asked Garak if they were alone, Garak lied about the fact that Bashir was in the room, allowing him to stay and not only witness him reveal the biggest secret of his life but share in one of his most emotional and vulnerable moments. It's easy to miss this powerful unspoken statement of how much Garak trusts Bashir.
- Klingons have historically hated Cardassians, yet Garak, by virtue of battling his claustrophobia to work on an escape plan earns Worf and Martok's respect, the latter even noting "There is no greater enemy to conquer than one's own fears."
- The Klingons Worf and Martok have established a brotherhood between them, as they think "highly" of each other by the episodes' end.
- The surprising bond between Worf and his Jem'hadar opponent. The First clearly sees Worf as not just a Worthy Opponent, but someone he finds clearly more relatable than the Vorta, at one point snapping that the Vorta will clearly never understand Worf's honour.I yield. I cannot defeat this Klingon. All I can do kill him, and that no longer holds my interest.
Doctor Bashir, I Presume
- The subplot where Rom is trying to tell Leeta that he loves her. It's obvious that Leeta reciprocates, but Rom is too nervous to say anything, and Leeta becomes frustrated. She decides to leave with Dr. Zimmerman, who has taken a romantic interest in her and has offered her a chance to advance her career elsewhere. But right when they're about to depart, a voice cries out in the background:Zimmerman: Do you hear that?
Leeta: What is that?
Zimmerman: It's getting closer.
Rom: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit! (catches his breath) Wait.
Zimmerman: We heard you the first time.
Rom: Leeta! Don't. Go.
Leeta: (frustrated) Why not?
Rom: Because! (quietly) I love you, and I want you to stay.
Leeta: (drops her bag) I love you too, Rom!
- Bashir has several with his parents near the end of the episode.
- The first takes place in his quarters, when his mother explains why they had him genetically enhanced. He's spent years assuming they did it because they were ashamed of having a developmentally delayed child. When she finally tells him the truth, it's quite different: they did it because they loved him and couldn't bear to watch him struggle any longer.
- Following that conversation, he tells them he's going to go to Sisko in the morning and resign. When he arrives at Sisko's office to do so, he finds that his parents are already there, and his father has just agreed to turn himself in and serve a prison sentence in exchange for Julian being allowed to keep his job.
- The goodbye between Bashir and his parents is heartwarming enough on its own, but it becomes doubly so when compared to the way they were when they said hello.
- At the end of the episode, O'Brien and Dr. Bashir are playing darts in Quark's as usual. Bashir isn't playing well, and O'Brien soon realizes that the doctor (whose hand-eye coordination has been enhanced) has been deliberately missing the bullseye for years just to fit in. After the doctor reluctantly confirms his suspicions, O'Brien stubbornly insists for Bashir to "really play". After Bashir hits the bullseye multiple times in rapid succession, O'Brien, rather than giving up on their games together, modifies the game so that Bashir throws his darts from the other side of the room, several meters behind O'Brien. The moment speaks to how Bashir values their friendship enough that he doesn't want O'Brien to feel inferior, and O'Brien values their friendship enough that he doesn't want Bashir to pretend to be something he isn't. And both value their friendship enough that, despite their differences, they both do their best to make it work.
- Even before that, O'Brien gets over the shock of learning the truth about Bashir pretty quickly, and reassures Bashir that his augmentations aren't what make him the good man that he is. It's also clear that even though Bashir is violating regulations by just being in Starfleet as an augment, O'Brien doesn't want to see his friend cashiered.
A Simple Investigation
- Odo's relationship with Arissa is really one big CMOH, but special mention goes to the scene where he tells her why he wants to help her. He sees Arissa's work for a crime syndicate as similar to his own sins in working for the Cardassians, and he admires her for doing what he never could and getting away.
- Bashir explaining to Odo why it is that everyone is so interested in his personal life, and then giving him a little advice.Bashir: If people are talking, it's only because they care. You put on a good front, but anyone who really knows you can tell that you're lonely...You can't go through life trying to avoid getting a broken heart. If you do, it'll break from loneliness anyway. So you might as well take a chance. If you don't, she'll move on and you'll never know what you might have had. And living with that is worse than having a broken heart, believe me.
- The final scene between the pair, after "Arissa" has been revealed as a deep cover agent with false memories, and has been physically and mentally restored to her true self. She tells Odo that even if Arissa was temporary and based on implanted memories, "She was real. And she loved you. In a way, she still does."
Business As Usual
- Quark telling Sisko that can live with the fact that the Regent of Palomar is dead because Quark set him up with a meeting with his arch-enemy, and that he can think of 28 million people who can live with that too — the people that the Regent was planning to kill. Sisko corrects him by saying, "Twenty-eight million and one."
- When Sisko shows Quark the repair costs from the firefight between the Palomarian Freedom Brigade and the Regent of Palomar, He balks and asks Sisko if he can pay with an installment plan. Sisko's response? "Works for me!"
- Jadzia Dax rejected Quark's friendship because was selling weapons. When he finally redeems himself? The two of them are best friends again, laughing and playing Tongo with each other as if nothing ever happened.
- Near the end of the episode, Worf is talking to O'Brien while O'Brien is caring for his son. In an uncharacteristic moment, Worf admits regret that he never got to see his own son as an infant and tells O'Brien he's fortunate to have gotten that experience.
- Also, when O'Brien gets Worf to hold Kirayoshi for a moment while he goes to find his bottle, he comes back and is astonished to find that Kirayoshi doesn't cry while Worf is cradling him the way he does with everyone else.
Ties Of Blood And Water
- "Ties of Blood and Water" is a big mix of this and Tear Jerker. Kira returns Ghemor's side and remains with him until he dies. Then she buries him next to her father, under the same tree.
Ferengi Love Songs
- The romance between Quark's mother and The Grand Nagus Zek may seem like a Crack Pairing, but the affection they display towards each other sells it.
- The subplot between Rom and Leeta deserves mention. Rom is forced to make a difficult choice between protecting his profits and marrying the woman he loves, when she refuses to sign a one-sided prenup agreement.
- O'Brien pays Rom a visit to coach him on his priorities as he stares at his life savings.Rom: Have you ever looked at latinum? I mean really looked at it. It's so beautiful. Not to mention smooth to the touch.
O'Brien: Do you want Leeta back or not?
Rom: "Latinum lasts longer than lust." Rule of Acquisition 229.
O'Brien: Maybe, but lust can be a lot more fun. Now answer the question. Do you want her back or not?
Rom: (softly) I'd give anything to hold her in my arms again.
O'Brien: (picking up a strip of latinum) Anything?
- Rom repairs his relationship with Leeta with a sweeping gesture of generosity:Rom: I want you to marry me.
Leeta: I'm not signing that waiver.
Rom: You don't have to, not anymore. I don't have any profit left to protect.
Leeta: I don't understand.
Rom: I gave all my latinum to Major Kira for the Bajoran War Orphans Fund. She kissed me.
Leeta: Oh, Rom. You did that for me?
Rom: I did it for us. Now we have nothing but our love.
- There's also the short but sweet scene where Leeta is badmouthing Rom to Kira, and Kira is fully aware that she's just blowing air and trying to convince herself of it, so she just casually refutes her every claim, leading to Leeta bursting into tears, Kira comforting her as she does. The simple gesture of friendship makes you smile through the tears.
- O'Brien pays Rom a visit to coach him on his priorities as he stares at his life savings.
Soldiers Of The Empire
- The crew finally rallying behind Martok after he regains his courage to face the Jem'hadar in battle. They reprise their battle song with vigor and enthusiasm, where earlier in the episode it was solemn and slow.
- When they return to the station, Martok tells DS9 to send a large quantity of blood bloodwine to celebrate their victory over the Jem'Hadar, and his crew cheers in the background. Even the staff in Ops can't help but smiling at their newfound camaraderie.
- The ending, in which Martok invites Worf to join his house.
Children Of Time
- The Defiant crew helping the colonists in their harvest. In particular, Worf brings his descendants to help. Having spent their whole lives in a martial lifestyle, the Sons of Mogh ask Worf to help them find an honorable death.Brota: You said there was an enemy for us to fight.
Worf: They are attempting to plant their fields before the sun sets. Time is their enemy. We should help them defeat it.
- A giant heartwarming moment ensues between Kira and Future Odo after the latter finally confesses his feelings.Kira: Why didn't you ever say anything?
Odo: I didn't think you could possibly care for me the way I care for you. I suppose I was afraid of ruining what we had. Our friendship meant everything to me. It still does. (Beat) Maybe I shouldn't have said anything.
Kira: It's not that. I was just thinking about all the times I came to you for advice about Shakaar and Bareil. It must have been very hard for you to listen to me go on about another man.
Odo: No, I can't say I enjoyed it, but I wanted to be a good friend to you.
Kira: You were.
- It doubles as a Tear Jerker, but there's definitely a heartwarming element to the way that the crew ultimately decide to sacrifice their own futures to preserve the colonists' timeline. Even though it doesn't work out that way.
Blaze Of Glory
In The Cards
- The episode "In the Cards" is one of the franchise's few truly successful comedy episodes, focusing on Jake's attempt to cheer up his father in the wake of the looming war by getting him a mint condition Willie Mays rookie card. This ultimately involves both him and Nog having to do favors for a bunch of other people: do jobs for O'Brien so he can go kayaking on the holodeck, retrieve Bashir's childhood teddy bear after his ex-girlfriend stole it, punch up an important speech for Kira, and fix distortions in Worf's collection of opera recordings. At the episode's end, we see the results of all this as Captain Sisko records a log entry that somehow people on the station seem happy again. Finally, he receives the hard-won card from his son and wraps him in a huge hug. Watch the ending with Sisko's log and the hug here.
- There is a rare one for Weyoun, as well. After listening to Jake's farfetched explanation of who Willie Mays is, Weyoun concludes that Jake's original story, that he was trying to get a thoughtful gift for his father, was the truth. What's more, while Weyoun has no reason to help him or allow him to succeed, he casually allows Jake and Nog to depart with their hard won baseball card.
Call To Arms
- In "A Call to Arms" Sisko's speech to the remaining people on the station promising to return before he beams over to the Defiant.
- From the same episode, just before the battle, Quark asks Rom why he hasn't evacuated with Leeta (his new wife), to which he says that he needs to look out for his brother. Quark responds by calling him an idiot—and kissing him on the head. They may argue a lot, but they're brothers.
- Later, after the Federation has withdrawn and the Dominion welcomed to the station, Rom shows up in the bar, no longer in his station operations uniform but the traditional bar wear, saying that "Rom, Assistant Manager" is back to work. He and Quark then share a brief bit of banter - Rom's actually there to spy on the Dominion, Quark declares the Federation more desperate than he thought - before Quark loudly and performatively shouts "I knew you'd come crawling back, now get back to work!" clearly playing along.
A Time To Stand
- There is something almost... charming in the way that Weyoun interacts with Jake. Sure, he's withholding Jake's news reports from going out in dispatches to the Federation because of a "bias against the Dominion," and, realistically, of course, he HAS to be nice to the son of the Emissary (to say nothing of what is probably a bred-in disposition to be polite and cordial), but still, he actually manages to come across as sincere when he tells Jake that, due to the treaty with Bajor, he and the Dominion want to be friends, even making it seem almost a personal request, that he and Jake be friends.
Rocks And Shoals
- Sisko joking with an injured Dax that the cave they're sheltering in is a hotel.
Sons And Daughters
Behind The Lines
- The scene with Dukat and Weyoun angrily insisting to each other that the Damar is not a liar and the Jem'Hadar aren't thieves after the bar fight in "Behind the Lines" can be somewhat touching. It may be mere posturing, but it's also very possible to interpret as them genuinely trying to defend the honor of their men.
Favor The Bold
- Sisko describing his love for Bajor and his desire to build a house there once the war is over.
- Quark's rare display of Big Brother Instinct towards Rom when Rom is in prison and facing execution.Quark: Besides, do you think your big brother would let anything happen to you?
Rom: What can you do?
Quark: I'm not sure, but I will think of something. No matter what it takes, no matter what I have to do, I'm going to get you out of here.
Sacrifice of Angels
- In Sacrifice Of Angels, when the Klingons dive in out of the sun to assist a beleaguered Starfleet force against a large Dominion fleet, Worf hails the Defiant and apologizes for being late. The camera cuts to Worf's Love Interest, Jadzia Dax, on the Defiant's bridge with Tears of Joy in her eyes.
You Are Cordially Invited
- The wedding of Worf and Jadzia, and the tale of the first two Klingon, who instead of fighting each other, joined together and slew their gods, showing that nothing is stronger than two hearts together.
Martok: We are not accorded the luxury of choosing the women we fall in love with. Do you think Sirella is anything like the woman I thought that I'd marry? She is a prideful, arrogant, mercurial woman who shares my bed far too infrequently for my taste. And yet... I love her deeply. We Klingons often tout our prowess in battle, our desire for glory and honor above all else... but how hollow is the sound of victory without someone to share it with? Honor gives little comfort to a man alone in his home... and in his heart.
- Special mention also goes to Martok talking some sense into Worf when he decides the wedding is off.
- In the marriage ceremony, Sirella, who had been unusually hard on Jadzia the entire episode, is the one who tells the tale of the two Klingon hearts. She ends it with a statement that nothing can withstand the beating of two Klingon hearts together..."not even I".
- And when the ceremony's complete Sirella smiles and hugs Jadzia.
The Magnificent Ferengi
- Ishka tells Quark how proud she is of him after his team rescues her from the Dominion, then warmly hugs Rom.
- This exchange:
Who Mourns For Morn?
Far Beyond The Stars
One Little Ship
Honor Among Thieves
- That one episode where Worf sacrifices the mission and the Cardassian defector with valuable information to go back and get Jadzia back to proper medical facilities instead of letting her die.
"One last thing...as a man who had a wife, if Jennifer (his first wife) had been in that clearing...I wouldn't have left her either."
- Also, after he had just reprimanded Worf for the failure of the mission, Sisko says this...
Wrongs Darker Than Death Or Night
- This is a very painful episode that forces Kira to confront everything she thought she knew about her mother, how wrong she was about all of it, and how much she can respect her anymore, but at the end of the episode it's clear to her all over again: Meru was her mother, and whether she died a freedom fighter or as Gul Dukat's mistress, she did what she felt she had to do in order to give her children a better life.
In The Pale Moonlight
- When Odo and Kira finally hook up. It's almost like a CMOF meets CMOA meets CMOH. Watch it here
- The best part is definitely Quark's look of approval. You can just sense him thinking "Good for you, Odo. You deserve it."
Profit And Lace
- Odo — who's usually the letter-of-the-law guy — helps Miles and Keiko sneak Molly off the station.
- The scene between young Molly and teenager Molly. The interaction between them is heartwarming enough, but the moment after little Molly steps through the portal, the older Molly has a moment of realization. O'Brien later wonders if she realized just what it was she was doing — it's pretty clear she did.
- Worf is visibly moved when he learns that Kirayoshi picked up a lesson he was trying to teach him.
- Also, Jadzia's description of Kirayoshi doing the thing Worf taught him (some kind of Klingon baby exercise) is adorable.
The Sound Of Her Voice
- Lisa Cusack finally getting the war-weary crew to open up and not only talk to her, but also remember the bonds they have with each other. At her wake, both Bashir and O'Brien make a point of telling everyone in the room how much they care.
- The sub-plot is mostly humorous, but Odo finally gets a chance to repay Quark for some of his earlier heartwarming moments. Quark makes a plan to get Odo out of the way for a night so he can move some contraband, and it almost works, except that Odo (possibly intentionally) picks a different night than Quark had anticipated. Quark knows he's screwed and rants about it to Jake, complaining that Odo is out to get him even after everything Quark did for him. Unbeknownst to him, Odo overhears this conversation and decides Quark is right, so he switches the plan to the night Quark had had in mind, letting Quark go ahead with his plans and think he'd finally pulled one over on Odo.
Tears Of The Prophets
- Sure, it's to set up the eventual Mood Whiplash, but the opening of the episode is still a bright spot for the characters in the middle of the war. The Bajoran Gratitude Festival has just concluded, Sisko's being given a medal for his service, and Jadzia and Worf are planning on having a baby. You know the other shoe is going to drop before the episode ends, but for a moment, you just get this sense that things are going right for them.
- Something that isn't undermined by the end of the episode, Odo had been avoiding Kira after arresting a Vedek for breaking a minor law on the Promenade. She tracks him down the night before leaving with the Federation task force to Chin'toka, and he's spent the last few days avoiding her, thinking that she wanted to end their relationship because of their fight. After assuring him that she is still invested in their relationship (and that he was still wrong to arrest the Vedek), they agree to spend the night together.
- Despite the ultimate result, the fact that first Kira says a prayer to the Prophets to encourage her and Worf being able to have a baby, and then, when Bashir says that it's feasible, Dax going to the temple to offer her own happiness to the Prophets, despite how she views them as "wormhole aliens" more than Prophets are a genuine joy for the friendship between these two. Especially since, as Jadzia says, she doesn't even believe in the Prophets, but because her friend does, she's willing to make the effort.
Image In The Sand
- After O'Brien discovers why Worf has been busting up Vic's lounge while listening to Jadzia's favorite song, he, Bashir, and Quark decide that they need to arrange for him to fight in some battle that he can dedicate to her and ensure her entry to Sto-Vo-Kor, rather than the convoy duty that Admiral Ross has had him on for three months. In the span of a scene change, General Martok meets Worf for a sparring match and invites him along on a dangerous mission where conceivably, they could die horrible deaths. The implication is that Martok needed no convincing, just the confirmation about what Worf wanted to do.
- Bashir, Miles and (in the next episode) Quark then decide to join Worf's quest - showing that Worf's not the only one who deeply valued Jadzia and is willing to risk their life to give her a worthy sendoff.
Shadows And Symbols
- Dax meeting the Siskos in "Shadows and Symbols." Ezri is dealing with being an unprepared host for the symbiote and all the issues that go with the joining, Ben is trying to come to terms with Jadzia's death, his failure as the Emissary, and some Eldritch Abomination-provided hallucinations. But at the end of the day, they're still Sisko and Dax, and just being together again clearly helps both of them cope.
- Worf's Klingonese poem at the conclusion of the mission, his way of welcoming her to Sto-Vo-Kor.(translated) Open your gates, Sto-vo-kor. Welcome Jadzia to your halls. Welcome this honored warrior. Welcome her, Sto-Vo-Kor, for all eternity.
- Odo standing beside Kira on the Bajoran impulse ship as she faces down Romulan vessels, acting as her first officer on her flagship. Of course he would, this is the woman he loves, and yet Kira still is clearly touched by the fact that it's not even a question for him, that the moment she tells him what she intends to do, he is already volunteering himself.
- The moment Ezri tells Worf that Jadzia loved him, the look on Worf's face is like he just let out a breath he'd been holding since she'd died. Just the relief at hearing, once more, how much Jadzia loved him...
- Despite needing more time to accept her on the station, Worf still not only attends the party for Ezri's promotion and assignment to DS9, he even offers her a toast.
Take Me Out To The Holosuite
- While it may sound surprising, the episode "Take Me Out to the Holosuite" is probably one of the series biggest CMOH's. Watching Deep Space 9's senior staff pulling together all throughout the episode was very pleasant to watch. From everyone standing by Rom's side when Sisko kicked him off the team. Watching Quark of all people putting his heart and soul into the training, and the team. But the best part would have to be when Sisko gets Rom back in the game and Rom manages to score.
- And both the "manufactured triumph!" bit and the team giving Sisko a baseball signed by all of them. Aww.
- At the end of the Season 7 episode "Take Me Out To The Holosuite", Sisko's Vulcan Rival tries to rub in just how badly DS9 lost at baseball, even if they did manage to score a run. Sisko takes it in stride, enjoying the camaraderie and remembering how much he loved the game, then Sisko's team stand up for him, getting under the Vulcan's skin so bad it leaves him at a loss for words, showing how great the True Companions and Fire-Forged Friends tropes are. To "manufactured triumph," indeed.
- Topping everything off with giving Sisko a new baseball signed by every player on his roster.
- Earlier in the episode Kira is passing by Odo's office door and overhears him practicing his umpire moves and phrases. She smiles in the best way. It's clearly not a "what a bozo" smile, it's a "I'm glad he's enjoying himself" smile. See it here.
- And note that during the celebration of the "Manufactured Triumph" the Vulcan crew is drinking along with the DS9 crew. Even his own crew does not appear to agree with Solok and is willing to fraternise with the DS9 crew.
- While waiting for news on Sarina, the Jack Pack is uncharacteristically subdued. They're not great at expressing emotion, but they're clearly worried about her, which speaks to the bond they share.
- Sarina can't quite speak naturally yet, so her friends, the other genetically-enhanced patients, sing with her. They're all having a great time, and Julian stands to the side smiling.
- When Sarina is introduced to Bashir's friends, she makes a comment about Odo not having as much trouble expressing his feelings as Bashir and O'Brien do. Kira says that Odo never talks about his feelings, and Sarina replies that he's showing her by holding her hand. Kira smiles as she realizes Sarina is right.
Treachery, Faith And The Great River
Once More Unto The Breach
- Worf and Kor, sharing a toast to Jadzia, summing her up in a way only a Klingon could, and a way she'd have been proud to hear.Worf: She died a warrior.Kor: I expected nothing less.
The Siege Of AR-558
- Kira calls out Dukat's change of heart and turning to the Pai-Wraiths, asking if the "opening of his heart" came before or after he killed Jadzia, the anger at Jadzia's death plain to hear in her voice. On top of his crimes throughout the Occupation, he killed her best friend, and she still has a flame of anger just on that front for him.
It's Only A Paper Moon
- As a way to thank to Vic for his tough love, Nog arranges to have the program run 26 hours a day. The smile on Vic face is pretty heartwarming.
The Emperor's New Cloak
Field Of Fire
Inter Arma Enim Silem Leges
Till Death Do Us Part
- Sisko and Cassidy get married. Even more so, Sisko is willing to defy the Prophets because of his love for Cassidy.
The Changing Face Of Evil
When It Rains...
Tacking Into The Wind
- Virtually any moment with Odo and Kira after they get together is a heartwarmer, but if you want to know what real love means, watch this exchange from "Tacking into the Wind":Garak: I am afraid he's been hiding the true extent of his illness from you for some time now.Kira: I know.Garak: You do?Kira: I love him, Garakdid you really think I wouldn't notice?Garak: Then why the pretense?Kira: Because I also know he doesn't want me to find out about it. If he wants to put up a brave front and protect me from the truth, then fine. If that gives him one last shred of dignity to hold onto, then I'll go on ignoring what's happening to him until the very end.
- Before all that, Garak notices the difficulty that Odo is having maintaining forms and is genuinely worried about him. When Odo cuts him off with a brusque, "If I don't want pity from the woman I love, what makes you think I want it from you?" Garak simply nods and walks away, leaving Odo with his dignity.
- Any part of this story arc ("When It Rains", "Tacking Into the Wind", and "Extreme Measures) is chock-full of these, mostly due to the awesomeness that Kira and Odo bring to any scene. Special mentions go to the beginning scene of "Tacking Into the Wind" with Odo and Garak, the above-quoted scene, the end of this episode where Kira is so focused on Odo when he collapses that she seems to barely notice that she is being held at gunpoint, and the opening scene of "Extreme Measures".
- During "Tacking Into The Wind", Worf tells Ezri that he and Martok had a talk, and they decided that they both considered her to still be a member of the House of Martok. He also values her opinion enough to ask her about the Gowron situation.
Ezri: Worf... you are the most honorable and decent man that I've ever met. And if you are willing to tolerate men like Gowron, then what hope is there for the Empire?
- Ezri admits to Worf that she feels the Klingon Empire is in decline, and deserves to die because of its widespread and deep corruption. While it's not what Worf wants to hear, he willingly hears her out, and she explains that she's telling him this because of the high regard she holds him in.
- In a Klingon way, Worf performing the Death Roar after killing Gowron. Even though Gowron was a dick who frequently looked down on Worf for his loyalty to The Federation and risked not only the Klingon Empire but also the Alpha Quadrant just to spite Martok, Worf still acknowledges that he died as a warrior in honorable combat.
- The way Kira admonishes herself for throwing "what kind of people give orders like that" in Damar's face after learning the Dominion executed his wife and children. Yes, a Bajoran saying this to a Cardassian is entirely justified, and, as Garak points out, the new Cardassia needs the reminder of the old Cardassia's sins. But Kira taking this moment to even briefly believe that was the wrong thing to say shows her compassion for this man, the man who was right hand to Gul Dukat himself and killed Ziyal, who is now at the forefront of bringing about that new Cardassia.
- O'Brien insisting on going with Bashir to help find the cure for Odo's disease in Sloane's mind, which keeps Bashir from dying when the operative tempts him with knowledge to bring down Section 31 that he can't possibly look through in time.
- O'Brien inviting Bashir to dinner.
The Dogs Of War
- From "Dogs of War":Quark Rom, I want to buy back the bar.Rom: That's all right, brother, I'll give it to you.Quark: I suppose you're going to let me keep the five thousand bars of latinum too.Rom: You're my brother.Quark: And you're an idiot.*Rom looks sad*Quark But I love you.
- Pretty much any time Quark shows affection for Rom counts. He may be a Jerkass, but family's family.
- "Never let family stand in the way of opportunity." Rule of Acquisition #6
- Quark risks his life to free his brother from the Dominion and has a key role in the success of the entire war mostly as a side effect of freeing his brother. He was willing to bribe the Dominion everything he had, he even got Zek to offer an official bribe as the Grand Nagus.
- Pretty much any time Quark shows affection for Rom counts. He may be a Jerkass, but family's family.
What You Leave Behind(Has its own page.)
- Can we count the fact that Chief O'Brien goes through a yearly tradition of how he must suffer for an episode, but not once was Keiko divorcing him a plot? The O'Brien marriage goes through ups and downs, but they actually manage to spend the entire series Happily Married.
- Similar to below, the father-daughter bond between Miles and Molly O'Brien.
- And on the subject of relationships, there's also the consistently strong father-son bond between Ben and Jake Sisko, to the point that the writers had to scrap an episode concept because it would've involved creating a rift between them, and that simply could not be done.