The whole point of the scene is to set up more potential clues. In other words, it's plot based.
Plot is my number one weakness. I have a number of unfinished epics on my hard drive that aspired to be mega-stories with intricate plots, only to fizzle the moment I hit that first necessary yet boring set-up scene. *sigh*
soulonds9 is amused by my agony on this. My bastard brother has just finished a novel-length DS9 fic that is bursting with plot and is gearing up to write another. I hate him.