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The start of the world's most spiteful mountain climb.
Odo arrests Quark, but while transporting him to trial in a runabout they crash land on a deserted planet and are forced to depend on each other to survive and call for help. Meanwhile, Nog returns to the station. Jake moves out of Ben's quarters so he and Nog can be roommates, but Starfleet Academy has changed Nog and things don't go as smoothly as they had hoped.

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  • Artistic License – Biology: Odo claims the local plants are poisonous. That makes little sense on a planet with no animal life, as poisons are designed to discourage being eaten.
    • Averted in a case of Fridge Brilliance... There is no animal life on this planet because the local plants are so poinsonous. Generations ago the Plant Kingdom won the evolutionary war and has just been resting on the spoils every since, with no factors forcing them to evolve further. This has happened plenty of times on this very planet as well.
  • Call-Back: A couple.
    • Quark offers to teach Odo how to play Fizzbin.
    • The title of one of Jake's stories is Past Prologue.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Odo and Quark find it in themselves to laugh about the whole unpleasant experience, especially after they both admitted that in their trading of insults in the middle of the episode, they both meant everything they said.
  • Not Himself: Played for laughs with Jake surprised Starfleet has turned Nog into a rule-abiding neat freak which annoys him to no end. Meanwhile, Rom is so worried about his son's new attitude that he actually draws blood to make sure Nog isn't a Changeling.
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  • Odd Couple: Jake, the laid back slob. And Nog, the stuck up Starfleet cadet.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Odo likes to read trashy romance novels. He "claims" they help him gain insight into crimes.
  • Stunned Silence: Quark leaves Odo at a loss for words with this exchange.
    Odo: Well, I guess you're not as successful a businessman as you think you are.
    Quark: Which means you spent the last ten years of your life trying to catch a nobody – with little success, I might add. So you tell me, which one of us is the bigger failure?
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The only thing keeping Odo and Quark going is the idea of dying together.
  • Video Will: Odo dictates his will on his combadge near the end, when it seems like Quark has failed. He requests that his ashes be placed in his bucket and shot through the wormhole.
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