Weigh In: 198 (up a few… damn thanksgiving)
A runabout has returned from the Gamma Quadrant but the power failed and O’Brien, Sisko, Kira and Bashir frantically get the crew out. Dax and the other Starfleet officer are fine and there is a third person, Vash. Vash you remember as Captain Picard’s one time girlfriend who last time we saw her went off with Q seeking adventure. She is now on board DS9 hoping to sell artifacts from the Gamma Quadrant instead of giving them to a museum. The station is also having some minor power failures which are causing no more than minor annoyances but are keeping the whole crew on their toes. Q appears and it seems he is trying to convince Vash to stay with him even after he abandoned her alone in the far off land. Q finds Bashir hitting on Vash so he convinces him to fall asleep for the rest of the episode. O’Brien sees Q and reports the new problem to Sisko, who now believes that it is Q causing all of the problems. Vash places her items up for auction with the help of Quark, and they include one very special looking item that is shrouded in mystery. The stations problems continue to get worse and now the station is being pulled to the wormhole and Q insists that it is not his actions at the center of the problem. Dax and O’Briend localize the power drain and disturbance to Quarks. The mysterious item up for auction is the cause and when it is beamed out to space it transforms into a space creatures and goes home through the wormhole. Vash ends up leaving with Q again and the station returns to normal.