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The Magnificent Ferengi
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, episode 134 (6.10)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Avery Brooks   IMDB   Captain Benjamin Sisko
Michael Dorn   IMDB   Lt. Commander Worf
Rene Auberjonois   IMDB   Odo
Terry Farrell   IMDB   Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton   IMDB   Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Armin Shimerman   IMDB   Quark
Siddig El Fadil   IMDB   Lieutenant Julian Bashir
Nana Visitor   IMDB   Major Kira Nerys
Guest Cast:
Jeffrey Combs   IMDB   Brunt
Max Grodénchik   IMDB   Rom
Aron Eisenberg   IMDB   Ensign Nog
Cecily Adams   IMDB   Ishka
Josh Pais   IMDB   Gaila
Christopher Shea   IMDB   Keevan
Hamilton Camp   IMDB   Leck
Chase Masterson   IMDB   Leeta
Iggy Pop   IMDB   Yelgrun
Music:
Dennis McCarthy   IMDB
Director:
Chip Chalmers   IMDB
Author:
Ira Steven Behr   IMDB
Hans Beimler   IMDB
Published
VHS   ST:DS9 VHS 6.5
Teaser
Deep Space Nine Teaser #134: The Magnificent Ferengi

The Grand Nagus calls with news that Quark's mother, Ishka, has been captured by the Dominion.
Synopsis
Quark's mother, Ishka, has been kidnapped by the Dominion, and Grand Nagus Zek enlists Quark to rescue her, offering a substantial reward if he succeeds. Quark persuades Rom to join the mission to save their mother, telling him that they will lie about the reward in order to keep most for themselves. The two then recruit Nog for his Starfleet expertise, while fellow Ferengis Leck, Gaila, and Brunt form the rest of the team.

While running battle simulations in the Holosuites, Quark realizes they have no hope of taking back Ishka by force. Rom suggests doing what Ferengis do best - making a deal. With Sisko's blessing, Quark obtains the release of a Vorta, Keevan, from prison, and makes a deal with the Dominion to exchange him for Ishka. The team heads to Empok Nor, a deserted Cardassian space station, to make the exchange, but Keevan warns them that the Dominion intends to kill him, and will no doubt kill the Ferengi team as well.

At the station, Gaila falls asleep while he is supposed to be guarding their prisoner, and Keevan escapes. Luckily, Quark had Rom disable the ship's engines in anticipation of such a problem, so the group is able to apprehend Keevan. When they return to their base camp, dozens of Jem'Hadar soldiers are waiting for them.

Quark meets with Yelgrun, the Vorta who is holding Ishka prisoner. Yelgrun asks for Keevan, but instead of making the exchange, Quark responds with a list of demands designed to ensure his group's - and his mother's - safety. After some initial reservations, Yelgrun gives in, and he and Quark agree to exchange prisoners in a half hour. Quark goes back to complete the final preparations, but Rom accidentally reveals to the rest of the group that he and Quark are withholding some of the reward money. A fight ensues, and Keevan - their bargaining chip - is mistakenly killed.

Unwilling to leave without Ishka, Nog engineers a desperate solution - wiring Keevan with neural stimulators so it will look as if he's still alive. When the sides exchange their prisoners, sending each to walk toward the other group, Yelgrun immediately senses something is wrong. However, by the time he calls for his guards to attack, the rest of the Ferengi team arrives and kills them. The group heads back to Deep Space Nine with Yelgrun as their prisoner, Ishka free, and Quark a hero.
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