Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5, Episode 18

Business as Usual (7 Apr. 1997)

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Quark must wrestle with his conscience when he becomes involved with arms merchants.


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[Quark has successfully made a weapons deal with an alien customer]
Quark: How'd I do?
Hagath: You're a natural salesman.
Quark: I am, aren't I? It's no different than selling sandwiches.
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Spoofs The Third Man (1949) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Siddig helms a great one
4 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quark is broke. He's mortgaged the bar to 3 different loan-sharks, if any of them are Ferengi, they'll hang his 'Lobes on their Belts! Meanwhile, with Keiko away, Chief O'Brien cannot locate a single babysitter on the station to take care of his new baby: So he has to carry Ioshi with him wherever he goes! Including OPs.

Quark's cousin Gaila (Josh Pais), who previously tried to kill him with a defective Ferengi Space Ship, throws Quark a very large BONE. Only catch is, he has to sell weAponS! They do so in the Holosuites, so that actual weAponS do not get carted through DS9... And that is where the Fun Begins. Odi tries to put a stop to it, but Hagath, the Arms Dealer who is the senior Partner with Gaila, at one time sold weAponS to the Bajora, and so the Bajoran Government will not pursue it.

Siddeg El Fadil directs this great 'sode, maybe his first, and does a fine job at it. Lawrence Tierney and Stephen Berkoff guest star as a "Regent" and "Hagath", the Arms Dealer Quark and Gaila are associated with. You will remember Lawrence Tierney as "Cyrus Redblock", a Sidney Greenstreet-Type Crook from the Next Generation Ep "The Big Goodbye" and he is just as good here.

This is one of the best Eps regarding Quark - As Religiously Ferengi as he is, he shows remarkable Humanity.

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