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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 7
Directed by Paul Lynch
Teleplay by Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Story by Hannah Louise Shearer
Featured music Dennis McCarthy
Cinematography by Marvin Rush
Production code 407
Original air date February 7, 1993 (1993-02-07)
Running time 50 minutes (runtime)
Guest actors
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"Q-Less" is an episode of the syndicated American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the seventh of the first season.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures on Deep Space Nine, a space station located near a stable wormhole between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy. In this episode, Vash (Jennifer Hetrick), a former love interest of Captain Jean-Luc Picard,[2] arrives aboard the Deep Space Nine station trying to elude her companion, Q (John de Lancie), and make a profit from selling Gamma Quadrant archaeological artifacts.


Lt. Dax (Terry Farrell) returns from the Gamma Quadrant in her runabout with a woman Chief O'Brien (Colm Meaney) recognizes as Vash (Jennifer Hetrick).[2] Although the crew is unaware of his presence, Q (John de Lancie) — a nearly omnipotent prankster — has also stowed away on the runabout. Vash explains that she has spent the past two years in the Gamma Quadrant, but she describes her method of getting there as a "private matter".

Soon after Vash's arrival, the station begins to experience power drains similar to those experienced by Dax's runabout. In the meantime, Q appears to Vash, apparently infatuated with her. Q was the one who transported Vash to the Gamma Quadrant two years earlier, but now she wants nothing to do with him, much to Q's annoyance. When Dr. Bashir (Alexander Siddig) asks Vash out for dinner, a jealous Q uses his powers to send Bashir off to sleep. Meanwhile, Quark (Armin Shimerman) arranges to auction off various items Vash has found in the Gamma Quadrant, most notably an unknown but extremely valuable crystal of some kind, and in the meantime O'Brien spots Q and recognizes him immediately, since they met during O'Brien's tour of duty on the Enterprise.[3]

O'Brien warns Commander Sisko (Avery Brooks) of Q's presence and the likely cause of the power drains. Q denies any wrongdoing, although he offers no alternative explanation. As the power drains become more severe, some type of gravimetric field begins pulling the station toward the nearby wormhole. Q challenges Sisko to a boxing match on the Promenade, and they suddenly are wearing antique-style boxing costumes. A few punches are thrown, and Q is shocked when Sisko knocks him down. "You hit me! (Captain) Picard never hit me!" Q exclaims. Vash and Quark go about their auction and the crystal receives bids in excess of one thousand bars of gold-pressed latinum.

Casually joining the bid process, Q ups the ante on Vash's crystal to 2501 bars before bidding one million. Soon after, however, the source of the gravimetric field and power losses is found to be the crystal. The crystal is beamed into space before it can destroy the station, and once outside, it reveals itself to be a mysterious life form and travels into the wormhole. After the trouble is over, Bashir finally awakes. Unaware of what has happened, he yawns and tells Dax that he feels like he has been asleep for days. A bemused Dax gives him a strange look to which Bashir replies "What--did I miss something?"



  1. ^ ""Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" Q-Less (1993) - Full cast and crew". IMDb. n.d. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b cf. Star Trek: The Next Generation's Season Three episode "Captain's Holiday" and Season Four's "Qpid"
  3. ^ Colm Meaney's Chief O'Brien was a recurring character on Star Trek: The Next Generation during that show's first five seasons where the character mostly served as the Enterprise's transporter chief.


  • P. Farrand (1996). Nitpicker's Guide for Deep Space Nine Trekkers. New York: Dell. pp. 29–32. 

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