An infant Bajoran is found in Quark's and several residents look after it; a Starfleet captain arrives to inspect the crew.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Quark is counting his profits at the end of the day. He isn't looking forward to an upcoming Federation inspection, but considers that the inspector might be able to be bribed to overlook issues in the bar. Quark goes to lock up, but finds a baby Bajoran in the bar. He takes the baby to his quarters, where he tries to get the baby to sleep. This fails, as does Quark's attempts to feed and change the baby. The next morning, Quark passes the baby to Odo.

Odo uses his shapeshifting abilities to change his hands into rattles to keep the baby amused, but after several hours has to revert to his natural state. Odo passes the baby to Sisko. Sisko tries to get Jake to babysit, but Jake has to go to school. Caring for the baby reminds Sisko of when Jake was a baby. Sisko passes the baby to Dax and goes to meet the inspector.

Dax takes the baby to Ops and Bashir brings a bottle of breast milk, which contents the baby for a short time. Dax passes the baby to Kira, who sings it a lullaby. The baby drifts off to sleep, until O'Brien wakes it up. Kira passes the baby to O'Brien, but as the inspection is still going on, takes the baby to Keiko. Molly thinks she has a new baby sister.

In Ops, Captain Farrell is questioning Sisko on why he and his crew are so tired. Keiko enters with the baby and Farrell realizes that the crew are tired from looking after the baby. The baby's mother is reunited with her daughter.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Julian BashirJadzia DaxFarrellKira NerysKeiko O'BrienMiles O'BrienKeiko O'BrienMolly O'BrienOdoQuarkBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoJennifer SiskoZyra
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Locations[edit | edit source]

Deep Space 9Operations centerQuark's

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

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States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Bajoran MilitiaStarfleetStarfleet Inspector General OfficeUnited Federation of Planets

Other references[edit | edit source]

creditdaboDaedalus-class starship model • Ferengi Rules of AcquisitionlatinumlullabyreplicatorStarfleet uniform (2350s-2366)Starfleet uniform (2360s-2373)Thorillian fever

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Background information[edit | edit source]

  • The original comic included an article on the Trill race by Mark A. Altman and featured comments by Terry Farrell on Jadzia and the Trill.

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