I have been looking forward to savaging this one from the moment we created this blog. That right there should be evidence enough that this episode sucks and sucks hard.
If you're really dying to know the plot of this piece of excrement, Memory Alpha has a summary here.
Actually, I recommend that you head to the Memory Alpha entry even if you don't care to learn the particulars of this episode's laughable three-pronged story, as the commentary at the bottom of the page is truly astonishing. Apparently, Wolfe, Behr, and the rest of DS9's creative team are under the impression that Let He Who Is Without Sin... fails because it's just not sexy enough. Ponder that for a bit while I bang my head into the wall thirty times.
This episode doesn't fail because it's lacking in T&A. First of all, it fails because, as SFDebris has already observed, the leads morph into utterly unlikable caricatures of themselves. Yes, Worf is a bit uptight, but would he really rain all over everyone's parade simply because he's fighting with his girlfriend? And if you think Jadzia escapes this character assassination extravaganza unscathed, think again. Here, she becomes a bratty, insensitive child who whinges constantly about Worf's controlling her when all Worf wants is for her to reign in her flirting.
Allow me to veer slightly off-topic for a second: Our parents have what is in all respects a very healthy and happy relationship. However, over the years, a few of Dad's female colleagues have achieved the status of "Woman Who Must Not Be Named." Why? Because these women insisted on flirting with Dad and sharing with him the intimate details of their love lives. Now, I don't think Mom is being a jealous bitch whenever she requests that Dad keep his relationships with his co-workers professional; as a matter of fact, I would think there was something very wrong with Mom if she didn't object to these women's advances. This post-modern idea that we should float from one relationship to the next without getting invested is such dehumanizing crap.
Now let's get back to Worf. Just as I believe Mom is completely within her rights to ask Dad not to talk about sex while at work, Worf is perfectly within his rights to ask that Jadzia refrain from gossiping about their inimate life -- and he is also within his rights to question Dax's associating with former lovers. Worf is responding as any normal red-blooded humanoid should, and I resent that the writers are so obviously trying to argue the contrary. Dax wants to be free to do whatever she pleases, but I'm sorry, sister -- it just doesn't work that way. In any good relationship, you have to give a little to get a little.
Secondly, this episode fails because it sets up a false dichotomy. Here, we are presented with a choice between the shallow promiscuity of the Risians and the stuck-up Puritanical Essentialists. No moderate voices are ever given a hearing. No one ever pipes up and says, "Hey, this Fullerton is a complete jackass and I would never condone his methods, but he may have a point about our decadence. Perhaps all this meaningless sex is a dangerous distraction." No -- instead, the writers spend the entire episode telling us what to think. And what message do they want us to take away from Let He Who Is Without Sin..., pray tell? That social conservatives are bitter, hateful people who need a good f--cking - no, I'm sorry, jamaharoning - to be cured of their hang-ups. Well, jamaharon you, writers. Personally, I think your peculiar brand of morality has become a boil on the backside of our republic.
As I remarked above, the main characters are assassinated left and right, and the central conflict is painted in such ridiculously black-and-white terms that you can't help but despise the writers for inflicting it upon us.
The cast gives it a good college try, but they largely fail to overcome the aforementioned terrible writing.
Have you heard? We conservatives are eeeeeeeeevil. Why, we'd even rain all over people's vacations if we had the means.