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"If Wishes Were Horses" was the 16th episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the show's first season, first aired on 16 May 1993. The episode was written by Nell McCue Crawford, William L. Crawford and Michael Piller and directed by Robert Legato.


People's imaginations become real as a strange phemomenon threatens to destroy the station and the Bajoran star system.

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Benjamin SiskoKira NerysJadzia DaxJulian BashirMiles O'BrienOdoQuarkJake SiskoKeiko O'BrienMolly O'BrienMornBroikTaylor MooreBuck BokaiRumpelstiltskin
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Joe DiMaggioEddie NewsomTris SpeakerStadiusTed WilliamsZek


Bajoran systemDeep Space 9Denorios BeltHabitat ringOperations centerPromenadeQuark'sReplimatStation commander's office
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Bajoran wormholeDerryHanoliHanoli rift

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USS Horizon (Daedalus-class model)

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Bajoran MilitiaStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Cleveland IndiansLondon Kings


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Season 1 "Emissary" • "Past Prologue" • "A Man Alone" • "Babel" • "Captive Pursuit" • "Q-Less" • "Dax" • "The Passenger" • "Move Along Home" • "The Nagus" • "Vortex" • "Battle Lines" • "The Storyteller" • "Progress" • "If Wishes Were Horses" • "The Forsaken" • "Dramatis Personae" • "Duet" • "In the Hands of the Prophets"
Season 2 "The Homecoming" • "The Circle" • "The Siege" • "Invasive Procedures" • "Cardassians" • "Melora" • "Rules of Acquisition" • "Necessary Evil" • "Second Sight" • "Sanctuary" • "Rivals" • "The Alternate" • "Armageddon Game" • "Whispers" • "Paradise" • "Shadowplay" • "Playing God" • "Profit and Loss" • "Blood Oath" • "The Maquis, Part I" • "The Maquis, Part II" • "The Wire" • "Crossover" • "The Collaborator" • "Tribunal" • "The Jem'Hadar"
Season 3 "The Search, Part I" • "The Search, Part II" • "The House of Quark" • "Equilibrium" • "Second Skin" • "The Abandoned" • "Civil Defense" • "Meridian" • "Defiant" • "Fascination" • "Past Tense, Part I" • "Past Tense, Part II" • "Life Support" • "Heart of Stone" • "Destiny" • "Prophet Motive" • "Visionary" • "Distant Voices" • "Through the Looking Glass" • "Improbable Cause" • "The Die is Cast" • "Explorers" • "Family Business" • "Shakaar" • "Facets" • "The Adversary"
Season 4 "The Way of the Warrior" • "The Visitor" • "Hippocratic Oath" • "Indiscretion" • "Rejoined" • "Starship Down" • "Little Green Men" • "The Sword of Kahless" • "Our Man Bashir" • "Homefront" • "Paradise Lost" • "Crossfire" • "Return to Grace" • "Sons of Mogh" • "Bar Association" • "Accession" • "Rules of Engagement" • "Hard Time" • "Shattered Mirror" • "The Muse" • "For the Cause" • "To the Death" • "The Quickening" • "Body Parts" • "Broken Link"
Season 5 "Apocalypse Rising" • "The Ship" • "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places" • "Nor the Battle to the Strong" • "The Assignment" • "Trials and Tribble-ations" • "Let He Who Is Without Sin..." • "Things Past" • "The Ascent" • "Rapture" • "The Darkness and the Light" • "The Begotten" • "For the Uniform" • "In Purgatory's Shadow" • "By Inferno's Light" • "Doctor Bashir, I Presume" • "A Simple Investigation" • "Business as Usual" • "Ties of Blood and Water" • "Ferengi Love Songs" • "Soldiers of the Empire" • "Children of Time" • "Blaze of Glory" • "Empok Nor" • "In the Cards" • "Call to Arms"
Season 6 "A Time to Stand" • "Rocks and Shoals" • "Sons and Daughters" • "Behind the Lines" • "Favor the Bold" • "Sacrifice of Angels" • "You Are Cordially Invited" • "Resurrection" • "Statistical Probabilities" • "The Magnificent Ferengi" • "Waltz" • "Who Mourns for Morn?" • "Far Beyond the Stars" • "One Little Ship" • "Honor Among Thieves" • "Change of Heart" • "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night" • "Inquisition" • "In the Pale Moonlight" • "His Way" • "The Reckoning" • "Valiant" • "Profit and Lace" • "Time's Orphan" • "The Sound of Her Voice" • "Tears of the Prophets"
Season 7 "Image in the Sand" • "Shadows and Symbols" • "Afterimage" • "Take Me Out to the Holosuite" • "Chrysalis" • "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River" • "Once More Unto the Breach" • "The Siege of AR-558" • "Covenant" • "It's Only a Paper Moon" • "Prodigal Daughter" • "The Emperor's New Cloak" • "Field of Fire" • "Chimera" • "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang" • "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" • "Penumbra" • "'Til Death Do Us Part" • "Strange Bedfellows" • "The Changing Face of Evil" • "When It Rains..." • "Tacking Into the Wind" • "Extreme Measures" • "The Dogs of War" • "What You Leave Behind"


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