Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 6, Episode 23

Profit and Lace (13 May 1998)

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Quark's mother and the Grand Nagus show up on DS9, announcing a new amendment to the Bill of Opportunities he has instituted on the home planet of Ferenganar, and then follows up with the ... See full summary »


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Quark's mother and the Grand Nagus show up on DS9, announcing a new amendment to the Bill of Opportunities he has instituted on the home planet of Ferenganar, and then follows up with the announcement, that, due to the new amendment, chaos has followed and he has been deposed. Written by Moviedude1

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Considered by many to be the worst episode of DS9 ever made. While still in its initial stages, the writers thought it had the makings of a classic episode. Armin Shimerman (Quark) was accused of playing it too seriously, while the producers wanted it more comical. Shimerman hated the script, and Alexander Siddig (Bashir) directed it too seriously, with none of the high-energy farce the writers had clearly envisioned with it. The major complaint against it was that it straddled a serious and funny story and ended up being neither one. The sheer disappointment everyone had ensured it was the show's last Ferengi episode. See more »


Rom: Moogieee! I was so worried!
Ishka: You're a good son.
Quark: I was worried too.
Ishka: And you're a good liar!
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Possibly the worst episode of DS9.
16 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not a huge fan of any Ferengi heavy episode, especially one with the annoying mother (Moogi) or the grand Nagus (Wallace Shawn). I normally love his acting but he always plays it over the top annoying. The voice is especially bad and the dialog is always horrid. This particular one is incredibly unpleasant to watch. The tone is inconsistent, story is weak and pacing is poor. Watching so many Ferengi act feminine was embarrassingly unpleasant. I have heard a bunch of reasons why it fell flat, particularly the poor directing, but it stands to reason no one involved in the actual production liked working on the episode.

The charming and gorgeous Leeta is not enough to pull this stinker up. Its a horrible episode and out of 173 this one could easily be deleted from all records and I don't think too many people would miss it. Even Ferengi lovers would be disappointed this time.

I can forgive the actors and producers because this season contains so many excellent episodes, so it doesn't really pull the rest down.

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