A Cardassian woman named Natima Lang, who was once a flame of Quark's, visits the station under dubious circumstances.



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Dr. Julian Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
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A heavily damaged Cardassian ship approaches the DS9. On board's professor Natima Lang, and 2 of her students. She wants to leave as soon as possible, and to avoid problems with the Bajorans, When Lang enters Quark's bar, he seems very happy to see her. The feeling's not mutual; rhe 2 had once been in a relationship, and now, Quark tries everything to get back into her favour. When the 3 Cardassians see Garak they turn to leave. In the meantime, the crew of Deep Space Nine find out Natima's shuttle wasn't damaged in a meteor storm as she had told them, but was hit by Cardassian weapons. Natima tells the DS9 crew they're part of a movement which wants to remove the military from the government, and they're now fugitives, and on the run. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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20 March 1994 (USA)  »

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The scene in Natima's quarters in act two was shortened in the broadcast version, with the start of the scene being unfilmed or deleted from the final cut of the episode. In the scene, Lang discusses getting Hogue and Rekelen to Sadera VI to other Cardassian dissident members and compliments them for their accomplishments over the past five years in opposing the Cardassian Central Command. Later, Quark impersonates a "Lieutenant Smith" and contacts Lang through the com, telling her that Commander Sisko is on his way to her quarters to speak to her. Natima sends Hogue and Rekelen to check on O'Brien's repairs to their ship and Quark enters Natima's quarters soon after they exit. See more »


After Quark says that Odo means as much to him as his own brother, we see Odo holding his pad, with the Mickey Spillane book on it, in his left hand. When the camera angle changes to his right side, the book is in his right hand. See more »


Elim Garak: You'd be surprised how detrimental a poor choice of fashion can be. Take this dress: it may be all the rage now, but in a very short time it can become tiresome, an affront to the eyes. Certain people might even think it's objectionable. And then...
[he tears the dress apart]
Elim Garak: ...nothing but rags.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Profit and Loss is a juicy one
24 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is extra juicy.

For one thing, there is substantial character development of Garak. Quark's background, too, is expanded upon.

It has a "Casablanca" feel that impresses.

And here's some more; The guest star and Quark's cardassian love interest is who of "Who shot J.R. Ewing". Her character did it, and everyone realized it in the most watched TV episode ever, or close to it. She is also the tom-boy daughter of legendary crooner and screen actor Bing Crosby.

This particular episode has some real "umph!"

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