Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 7

Rules of Acquisition (7 Nov. 1993)

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A female Ferengi, posing as a male to be available to participate in business (a rule STRICTLY forbidden by the Ferengi government), falls for Quark during very important negotiations between the Ferengi and a Gamma Quadrant race.

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A group of Ferengi are playing a game of tongo with Dax. Pel, a new waiter in the bar, has a great idea to ensure the customers are always thirsty. Suddenly Quark gets a message on subspace from Grand Nagus Zek. Zek has chosen him as the chief negotiator for the new business opportunities that will open up in the Gamma Quadrant. As his first task he must negotiate with the Dosi to acquire 10.000 vats of tulaberry wine. Zek believes the wine can be the key to opening the markets in the quadrant. He tries to convince Sisko and Kira to have a conference on DS9. Pel manages to put himself forward as assistant of Quark. He seems unusually devoted to Quark. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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This is the first appearance of a Ferengi female. The only other "actual" Ferengi female to which we are introduced is Quark's mother, Ishka, who appeared 5 times throughout the series. She was first portrayed by actress Andrea Martin in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Family Business (1995). Cecily Adams would reprise the role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Ferengi Love Songs (1997), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Magnificent Ferengi (1998), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Profit and Lace (1998) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Dogs of War (1999). Actually, there may be 3 Ferengi females if you count Quark's temporary sex change in "Profit and Lace". See more »

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The originally-aired version spelled the word "Acquisition" without the "c" and it appeared in the credits as "Aquisition." Also, the actress Helene Udy's name (appropriately spelled Hélène Udy) was given incorrect marks as Hêlene. Both goofs have been corrected in the DVD versions. See more »

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Pel: This is not about profit anymore, it's about love!
Quark: [scoffs] Spoken like a true female.
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A Ferengi Feminist
9 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Ferengis are renowned for their business acumen but only the men are allowed to engage in business, feminism clearly never took off on Ferenginar as their women are expected to stay at home and aren't even allowed to wear clothes... because of this Quark doesn't suspect for a second that Pel, his new business savvy waiter, isn't the man he appears to be. When the Grand Nagus turns up and asks Quark to lead a deal with a group of aliens from the Gamma Quadrant Quark invites Pel to assist him. It appears that the deal has collapsed but Pel suggests following the aliens back to the Gamma Quadrant so show just how keen they are to make a deal. While they are away Quark's brother Rom discovers Pel's secret and he intends to use this information to get rid of his brother's new favourite.

As is usual with Ferengi dominated episodes there were plenty of fairly humorous moments some of which were funnier than others. This episode is notable for being the first where The Dominion is mentioned; the Gamma Quadrant power which will dominate later series of Deep Space Nine. Helene Udy did a good job as Pel, until the reveal scene is wasn't obvious that she was female.


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