Synopsis: Jake and Nog get into trouble while trying to cheer up Sisko by acquiring a mint-condition 1951 Willie Mays rookie baseball card; the Dominion offers to sign a nonaggression pact with Bajor.
Memory Alpha Summary: And I run like Hayes
Review: It’s a bit odd for the penultimate episode of the season and the final episode before the Dominion War to be mostly fluff, especially given the B-story is serious but also fluffy. I’ve never been too comfortable when the A-story is super serious and the B-story is comedy, and it’s even weirder when things are reversed. We have Weyoun and Kai Winn both present and neither feels particularly intimidating, especially with Weyoun participating in the cellular ennui experiment.
Jake and Nog’s mission to get the Willie Mays baseball card is kind of fun, but it requires several of the senior staff to act out of character for their plan to even work. This isn’t slapstick enough to be funny, and isn’t clever enough to be thrilling. The moment when Jake gives the card to his dad is touching, but overall I just was shaking me head and waiting for the war.