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: Nagus? You remember my son Nog, don't you? He's the first Ferengi to join Starfleet.
Zek: I'll try not to hold that against him.
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Pushing Ferengi humor to nearly the breaking point.
24 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Profit and Lace" is considered by some to be the worst episode of "Star Trak: Deep Space 9". While I wouldn't go that far, I would agree that it's sub-par and I can EASILY understand why folks wouldn't like it. It IS dumb. I laughed at some of the dumb and feel it is poor but there are many worse episodes.

When this Ferengi episode begins, the Grand Nagus has been removed from office and evil Brunt has taken his place--at least temporarily. This is because his fellow Ferengi assume the Grand Nagus has lost his mind, as he's out cavorting with Quark's moogie-- a woman who wears clothes and earns profit! The ex-Grand Nagus and Moogie soon arrive and are full of bluster, but Quark knows that it will be a very, very difficult fight to get the Grand Nagus' job back at the upcoming election.

So far, the show is a bit silly. But it shifts into warp drive silliness when Moogie has a heart attack when Quark is yelling at her. The plan HAD been for Moogie to wow one of the most powerful Ferengi leaders and convince him that there is profit to be made by treating females better. So what will they do? Yep, give Quark a sex change and have him handle the difficult meeting. It's all very embarrassing and I am sure that it must have also been uncomfortable for the actors. Even with the laughs the show provides periodically, the sheer weirdness and ickiness would probably make many viewers blush. Overall, I don't think it was awful but it sure could have been handled better...and without the sex change. Mega- weird, that's for sure!

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