Quark: Season 1, Episode 3

The Good, the Bad, and the Ficus (10 Mar. 1978)

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Quark and his crew leave Perma One on their usual mission to collect garbage, but this is no ordinary mission. Their starship is sucked into a black hole causing the it to vibrate and ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Gene / Jean (as Timothy Thomerson)
Richard Kelton ...
Patricia Barnstable ...
Betty (as Tricia Barnstable)
Admiral Flint
Sean Fallon Walsh ...
Commander Kroll
Lee Travis ...
Commander Stark


Quark and his crew leave Perma One on their usual mission to collect garbage, but this is no ordinary mission. Their starship is sucked into a black hole causing the it to vibrate and putting the ship under abnormal pressure. But, instead of the ship exploding, they survive the passage though the black hole only to be split into two separate starships. Ficus soon determines that the black hole they passed through was an antiuniverse and Quark now faces his antiself, an evil Adam Quark who vows to destroy the good Adam Quark. To make things worse Quark finds out that all of the forces of the United Galaxy have been sent to destroy him, making him realize that it isn't very pretty what a Galaxy without pity can do. Quark's only hope is to fight his evil self; a fight that will be to his death. But good always wins over evil and Quark is able to vanquish his antiself and send the evil starship back into the black hole thus saving himself and his crew for future adventures. Written by H Pylypiw

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Light stands are reflected from Andy's head several times. See more »


Adam Quark: This is just a thought, but could it be possible that passing through that black hole in any way caused this to happen?
Ficus: I cannot be sure for certain, but in my personal opinion I am certain that I am not sure.
Adam Quark: What does that mean? Can't you just say yes or no?
Ficus: Yes.
Adam Quark: [yelling] Yes what?
Ficus: Yes, I can say yes or no.
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Spoofs The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Another enjoyable episode
24 August 2011 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

A black hole splits the crew into good and evil counterparts with the notable exception of science officer Ficus (the excellent Richard Kelton). Director Hy Averback, working from a sharp and witty script by Stuart Gillard, relates the entertaining story at a constant brisk pace and maintains a winningly smart tongue-in-cheek tone throughout. The able cast has a field day with the hip and crafty material: Richard Benjamin anchors everything with his deft dry'n'deadpan presence as Quark, Tim Thomerson does his trademark cool'n'funny thing as Gene/ Jean, Conrad Janis positively oozes smarm from every slimy pore as the oily Otto Palindrome, Bobby Porter is a complete hoot as unreliable abject coward robot Andy, and, last but certainly not least, the insanely gorgeous Tricia and Cyb Barnstable are both alluring and appealing as lovely'n'perky lookalike clone engineers Betty I and Betty II. Special guest star Geoffrey Lewis contributes a fine huffy turn as the hard-nosed and overzealous Admiral Flint. The regulars are hilarious as their hammy wicked alternative selves; the sneering nasty Quark in particular is sidesplitting and the climactic duel between the radically contrasting Quarks is highly amusing. The tacky (not so) special effects possess a certain lovably cheesy charm. A hugely delightful show.

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