Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 23

Family Business (15 May 1995)

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Quark and Rom return to the Ferengi home world because their mother has broken the law - by wearing clothes and earning profits, forbidden for women in Ferengi society.



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Quark and Rom are in panic when suddenly the Ferengi liquidator Brunt posts a writ of accountability on the bar's walls. He is from the Ferengi Commerce Authority. Only after a couple of bribes Quark finds out what they're charged with. They are held accountable for the criminal activities of their mother Ishka. Apparently she has been earning profits, strictly forbidden for a woman. Quark is required by law to convince her to sign a confession and reveal her accomplices. Failure will result in her being placed in servitude and Quark will have to make restitution for her crimes, a prospect he doesn't fancy. He and Rom travel to the Ferengi home world. Meanwhile Jake tells his father freighter captain Kasidy Yates is back on the station. He really wants them both to meet and wants to arrange dinner. Sisko wants to take it more easy and do things his own way. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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One of a precious few depictions of a female Ferengi in any Star Trek (1966) series. See more »


Ishka addresses Rom as "Quark" See more »


Brunt: I sincerely hope I never see any of you again.
Quark: The feeling is mutual.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Family problems for Quark
6 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Quark has a nasty shock when he is visited by Liquidator Brunt of the Ferengi Commerce Authority, it turns out that his mother has broken the law by making profit, something that only males are allowed to do in Ferengi society. He and Rom return home to Ferenginar in order to persuade her to confess, when they get there Quark and Brunt are shocked to find that she is wearing clothes; another thing that Ferengi women are not allowed to do. While Quark is having family problems on Ferenginar Sisko is being set up by Jake who is playing matchmaker, setting him up with freighter captain Kasidy Yates. It looks like their date will end without them finding a common interest till she mentions she is expecting a message from her brother featuring a commentary on a baseball game played recently on the other side of the quadrant.

While there was no action to speak of this episode had a good if rather obvious message about the stupidity of sexual discrimination. The story about Sisko meeting captain Yates isn't particularly interesting but does introduce somebody who will become an important character.

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