The station is assisting the Bajoran government in an energy transfer, tapping the molten core of Bajor's fifth moon Jeraddo in an attempt to provide energy for the planet. The moon holds some settlers, so Kira and Dax are dispatched with a runabout to make sure the evacuation is complete before the transfer begins. Sensors pick up lifeforms. Kira beams down to find a group of three Bajoran farmers, who refuse to leave their homes. Among them is an older man named Mullibok, who invites Kira for supper. Kira returns without the farmers. When she beams down again to Jeraddo with two security officers, they are being attacked and one of them shoots Mullibok. Kira stays on Jeraddo to care about the injured man. But although she sympathizes with him, Kira eventually decides that there is no way back and destroys his house. On the station, Jake and Nog make a bargain with Cardassian yamok sauce that Quark just wanted to get rid of.[N 1]

Errors and Explanations

The Nitpickers Guide for Deep Space Nine Trekkers

Plot Oversights

  1. Bajor tapping the core of a moon, instead of using Federation supplied fusion reactors. The Bajorans obviously want to be self sufficent regarding their energy supply.
  2. Quark being unable to unload the yamok sauce until Nog offers to dispose of it. 1) The Cardassians probably avoid DS9 after Gul Dukat’s withdraw order and the end of Emissary. 2) It probably doesn’t have a long shelf life!

Nit Central

  1. Keith Alan Morgan (Kmorgan) on Sunday, September 10, 2000 - 1:45 am: Why doesn't Bajor just use the geothermal energy of Bajor? That might not be possible due to the potential of tectonic instability.
  2. Okay, Bajor has 5 moons and the one moon they plan to use as a battery just happens to be M Class. Does this mean that all the moons are M Class? If there are moons which are not M Class, why not use one of them for the battery instead of ruining a perfectly good place to live? Those moons may not be suitable as an energy source.
  3. So why didn't the Cardassians colonize this moon when they took over the planet? Maybe they didn’t consider it worthwhile.
  4. John A. Lang on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 7:42 am: Say...why DIDN'T Kira beam up Mulubock when he was unconscious? Just so she can burn down his house? Mike Nuss on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 7:41 pm: She felt guilty, and she wasn't ready yet. It was only after Sisko gave her advice that she made up her mind.
  5. D.K. Henderson on Friday, March 18, 2005 - 6:52 am: Looks like Nog still has a lot to learn. He shouldn't have offered his uncle a flat rate to negotiate with the Bajorans until he learned just how much they were willing to pay. He basically sold the opportunity for 5 bars of gold-pressed latinum--what if Quark was able to sell the land for 15, 20, 30 bars? It would have been nice if they had had time to show Nog and Jake discussing their business venture with Quark. I'm sure that Quark would have been impressed with his nephew's "lobes". John-Boy on Monday, November 07, 2005 - 3:44 pm: I doubt it, Quark probably would have just wanted on in the profits. Brian FitzGerald on Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 4:02 pm: I agree, but that was the point, they are just boys who were perfectly happy with 5 bars, when they could have gotten more.


  1. One of the items they trade for, 100 gross of self-sealing stem bolts, is later mentioned in the Season 3 episode Prophet Motive.

Deep Space Nine Season 1
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