Raising a glass for the great Marty Gear, who died in his sleep last night at the age of 74. He's had heart trouble since the early 1980s, so it's likely that he died of complications due to his weak heart. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. My most recent memory of him was spending time at the bar with him at Farpoint. He was an example of the best that fandom had to offer, and the world is a less delightful place for his absence.
John Glover tries to steal the Dax symbiont. Plus bonus Tim Russ! The DS9 Rewatch undergoes "Invasive Procedures."
Verad arrives at ops—or, more accurately, Verad Dax. There’s a noticeable change in personality, in confidence, and, to Mareel’s dismay, in his interest in being affectionate with her. He also refers to Sisko as “Benjamin,” and they reminisce about old times. Sisko deliberately goes all nostalgic to show Mareel what’s happened here—and also, apparently, proving that “bros before hos” is a universal truism. The last thing he mentions is discovering the wormhole, which Verad remembers as one of Jadzia’s fondest memories—prompting Sisko to remind him that she’s now dying in the infirmary. When Mareel asks why he’s wasting time talking to him, Verad snaps back that he’s his friend, and then dismisses her to watch the others. However, Verad’s unwillingness to put the symbiont back where it belongs leads Sisko to declare their friendship to be over.