Dr. Bashir is working with a group of four genetically engineered people like he is one too. However, Jack, Lauren, Patrick and Sarina have spent most of their lives in an institution because, in spite of being highly talented, they are not ready for social life. When the group proves quite helpful in making projections about the war and possible peace negotiations, they are given access to classified data of the Federation. Their devastating prognosis: The Federation would lose hundreds of billions of lives if the war were going to continue.
When their proposal to surrender is naturally turned down by Starfleet, Jack, Lauren and Patrick attempt to meet with Weyoun and Damar to supply them with strategic information. But Bashir foils their plan with Sarina's help, and he sees no alternative but sending them back to the institution. Bashir points out that Jack’s entire plan to inform the Dominion was derailed because he didn’t anticipate Sarina freeing Bashir. And if he couldn’t see that, what else might they have missed?
O’Brien tries to cheer Bashir up a bit, and then Bashir goes to play dabo, promising Quark that he won’t cause a scene this time. He makes a really crazy bet and wins. The Jack Pack refuse to board their transport until Bashir says goodbye. Sarina actually smiles at him, Lauren gives him a big smooch, and Jack makes him promise to listen if they come up with a way to defeat the Dominion. (Patrick’s still just generally happy.)
Errors and Explanations
- Chris Thomas on Friday, December 18, 1998 - 8:52 pm: It's strange how the leader of Cardassia is only referred to as a Gul, usually the leader or captain of a ship. You'd think they'd have another word for the person in charge. Something like Kron Dukat or Kron Damar, indicating who the big boss was. Murray Leeder on Saturday, December 19, 1998 - 11:32 am: It was addressed in Ties... that Dukat kept the Gul moniker to seem unpretentious. Perhaps Damar did the same. Corey Hines on Saturday, December 19, 1998 - 1:25 pm: This was until "Tears of the Prophets", when a Cardassian officer called Damar "Legate".
- BrianB on Friday, April 16, 1999 - 4:22 am: If all Lauren does is aggressively flirt, why is she in an institute? Why is she a misfit? She doesn't act like she's dangerous or unstable. Maybe it's because she hangs with Jack. Seniram 16:34, October 18, 2017 (UTC) She may be dangerous and/or unstable without acting that way.
- According to the startrek.com episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 51349.