A Vulcan ship has made contact with a new species in the Gamma Quadrant, the Wadi, and Sisko and his senior officers don their dress uniforms to greet them when they arrive at DS9. But all the visitors are interested in is Quark's games. After a while the Wadi catch the Ferengi cheating. As a penalty, Sisko, Dax, Bashir and Kira are trapped inside a game world controlled by the Wadi, while Quark is watching helplessly, reacting to the game as they go, in an attempt to free the officers. When Quark thinks that the officers are lost because of his fault, the Wadi leader declares that it was all just a game.

Errors and Explanations

The Nitpickers Guide for Deep Space Nine Trekkers

Plot Oversights

  1. Sisko implying that the upcoming meeting with the Wadi is the first contact, despite them meeting the Vulcans three weeks earlier. Sisko is referring to the first contact with a Gamma Quadrant race in the Alpha Quadrant - the Wadi's meeting with the Vulcans was on the Wadi's 'home turf'. CdnTim 1616 EST 3 Feb 2021 - He may also mean the first official contact, between government representatives.
  2. The Wadi heading straight to Quark's, despite the Vulcans being their only source of information on the Alpha Quadrant. The Vulcans probably made such disparaging remarks about Quark's that the Wadi were compelled to check it out for themselves!

Nit Central

  1. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Thursday, August 31, 2000 - 10:26 pm: Why were Sisko, Kira, Dax and Bashir chosen to be pieces? BrianA on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 3:23 am: They were the four who greeted the Wadi at the airlock. constanze on Saturday, October 02, 2004 - 1:57 am: I thought that the aliens probably think that Sisko et al. are ultimately responsible for what's going on at Quarks, and therefore choose the four people who greeted them.
  2. Why didn't the Wadi tell Quark that the pieces represented real people? If it weren't for Odo mentioning that four officers were missing, Quark would never realize what was going on, and that realization was quite a leap of logic. They wanted to see if he could work it out.
  3. constanze on Tuesday, January 14, 2003 - 6:58 am: I'm always amazed that the Ferengi - who are supposedly greedy capitalists who even demand an entrance fee when you visit their home, who value profit about everything else and use every means possible for that aim - have more moral scruples and consciences than todays' rich people. After Quark realizes that the four missing officers represent pieces on the board, he becomes very concerned and acts as if he wants to save them. Why should he care what happens to them as long as he wins the game? Merat on Tuesday, January 14, 2003 - 9:38 pm: KIRA would probably cause great harm to come to him in the form of Odo. constanze on Wednesday, January 15, 2003 - 2:56 am: You're right, that sounds plausible, Merat, I only thought of Starfleet consequences ("so these aliens played a game with you, and at the same time 4 officers vanished without a trace? Is there any evidence for it?" I just couldn't see how Starfleet would convict Quark on these charges.) Seniram He knows that if anything really bad happens to them, he will be in trouble with both the Federation and the Bajoran government!
  4. constanze on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 10:57 am: Why is Bashir -without his dress uniform - in the greeting party anyway? Is a medical officer that essential for First contact, which is so important (according to Sisko)? (I would understand if there were health reasons - like a quarantine and a health check, which would make sense - but apparently, nobody is afraid of Gamma Quadrant people of an unknown race carrying unknown, potentially dangerous pathogens, or be adversely affected by some of the bacterias floating around on DS9. Since they step through an airlock, it can't even be the biofilter of the transporter!)
    For that matter, if First contact is that important, and since a lot of first contact from the Gamma Quad. can be expected, why doesn't Starfleet assign a diplomat to DS9 to handle this? (Yes, I know Sisko is expected to be able to handle some First Contacts, but shouldn't a diplomat/specialist with extra training be better prepared, if these contacts crop up every other week? Or don't they?) LUIGI NOVI on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 12:34 pm: Constanze, as the Chief Medical Officer, Bashir is part of the senior staff. It's not a question of needing a medical officer; just having the senior members there. constanze on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 12:58 pm: What about Odo as chief security officer and O'Brien as chief engineer, then? Are they not Senior staff? Duke of Earl Grey on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 6:27 pm: Senior staff, maybe, but Odo's not Starfleet, and O'Brien's not an officer, so they're not senior officers. Whether that matters, I don't know.
  5. Anonymous on Friday, July 01, 2005 - 10:10 am: In the DS9 Guide, Phil questions the Vulcans' telling the Wadi about Quark's being the place to go for games. Why? They're heading for DS9 anyway and obviously aren't familiar with the Alpha Quadrant, so isn't it logical for the Vulcans to point them towards Quark's? John-Boy on Monday, October 31, 2005 - 8:19 pm:The Vulcans probably told the Wadi all about DS9, including Quarks, which the Vulcans would have told them that there were games there, and that’s the only part that the Wadi cared about.

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