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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Episode cast overview:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Pel (as Hélène Udy)
Emilia Crow ...


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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7 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Referenced Rules of Acquisition: #21 ("Never place friendship above profit"), #22 ("A wise man can hear profit in the wind"), #33 ("It never hurts to suck up to the boss"), #48 ("The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife"), #59 ("Free advice is seldom cheap"), #62 ("The riskier the road, the greater the profit"), and #103 ("Sleep can interfere with...."). See more »


After Major Kira talks to The Grand Nagus and walks away, Quark and Pel arrive to speak with The Nagus. When the camera moves, blocking tape can be seen from under the table, located where Major Kira was standing. See more »


Quark: When it comes to business, my brother has the weak little lobes of a female.
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Entertaining...but perhaps an opportunity missed.
18 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While the episodes featuring the Ferengi were meant as comic relief, this one is a bit deeper--with a nice message about gender equality. When the show begins, Quark has a very efficient new assistant, Pel. Pel is invaluable to Quark--especially during his dealings with the Grand Nagus (Wallace Shawn) and the Dosi, a race from the Gamma Quadrant. However, no one knows that Pel is actually a woman--a woman who cleverly disguises herself as a man because unlike the usual docile and naked Ferengi women, she loves business and profit.

This episode is important because you hear the first mention of the Dominion--a race that will become SUPER-important in future episodes. However, this sense of continuity you do not find with Pel. She is a very interesting new character and like most, you never hear of her again after the episode is complete. It's a shame, as I would have liked to see more of this gender-bending lady. This is the fate of many great new characters on the show, such Melora from the previous episode!

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