Grand Nagus Zek is acting bizarre by giving away money and rewriting the Rules of Acquisition. Quark attempts to get the old Nagus back.



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Dr. Julian Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
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Quark and Rom get a visit from a rather strange acting Grand Nagus Zek. He shows them a book with the rewritten Rules of Acquisition to include rules like 'If they want their money back, give it to them' and 'Latinum tarnishes, but family is forever' isn't concerned anymore about profit and devotes his life to charity. Quark is worried and tries to find out what is wrong with the Grand Nagus, especially since he suspects Zek will be thrown of the Tower of Commerce and he and Rom with him when he presents the new rules. Meanwhile Bashir is nominated for the prestigious medical Carrington Award. Bashir thinks he's too young to be a serious contender and tries not to pay too much attention to it. To his dismay the subject is constantly brought up however. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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20 February 1995 (USA)  »

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For brief time, a new set of Rules of Acquisition replaces the old ones. Some of the new Rules are: 1: If they want their money back give it to them. 10: Greed is dead. 21: Never place profit before friendship. 22: Latinum tarnishes, but family is forever. 23: Money can never replace dignity. 285: A good deed is its own reward. See more »


[Quark and Rom are trying to make sense of the new Rules]
Quark: It must be some kind of code. Read me the first word of every Rule.
Rom: [flipping through the first Rules] "If"... "Never"... "Keep"... "Profit"... "A"... "Good"... "Smile"... "Honesty"...
[Quark interrupts him with a shout, then repeats the words]
Quark: "If never keep profit a good smile honesty."
Rom: What does it mean, Brother?
Quark: It means... absolutely nothing!
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Is the Grand Nagus losing his mind?!
22 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Once again, Wallace Shawn plays the Grand Nagus in yet another comic episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9". However, this time something clearly is going wrong the with the man. After all, he's re-written the Rules of Acquisition--and the re-write clearly violates all the basic beliefs of the Ferengi. For example, the new revised rules encourage Ferengi merchants to give refunds to dissatisfied clients as well as values friendships and family over profits!! Clearly the Nagus either is using this as part of some complicated scheme or he's lost his mind! Quark and his brother clearly are very disturbed by all this and they struggle to figure out what to do next.

This is one of the funnier episodes of the series. While it's rather inconsequential in the overall scheme of things for the show, it's very cute and a nice change of pace. Not to be missed.

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