Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 3, Episode 3

The House of Quark (10 Oct. 1994)

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Quark is forced to marry a Klingon widow after he takes credit for the accidental death of her husband, the head of a powerful Klingon House.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Mary Kay Adams ...
John L. Bennett ...
Kozak (as John Lendale Bennett)


"War is good for business" is the 34th Rule of Acquisition, but Quark is not noticing it at all. His bar is almost empty now people are leaving the station in droves in fear of the Dominion. Only a drunk Klingon, Kozak, is left and he refuses to pay. He assaults Quark and dies while accidentally falling on his knife. When Quark sees curious crowds outside the bar, he gets a great idea. He decides to tell everyone he killed the Klingon in a great fight to increase business. Odo warns him this might be dangerous, but arrogantly Quark refuses to listen. First he gets a visit by Zadok's brother D'Ghor seeking confirmation he died an honorable death, then he has to confess the truth to widow Grilka. She kidnaps him and forces him to marry her to save the House of Kozak. Meanwhile, Keiko has to close the school because all the Bajoran children left. Chief O'Brien tries everything to cheer her up. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Stephen Hawking visited the set during the filming of this episode. Armin Shimerman recalled: "I remember I turned, and the smoke seemed to part, and there was Dr. Stephen Hawking, visiting the set with Rick Berman". Shimerman considers meeting Dr. Hawking as a high point of his life and has a photo of himself with Hawking. See more »


Gowron's robe disappears after he announces Quark and Grilka's wedding is official. See more »


[first lines]
Quark: Now I know we're doomed.
Rom: Why, brother?
Quark: Rule of Acquisition 286: When Morn leaves, it's all over.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Mary Kay Adams - The best Female Klingon
10 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...Well, next to Kehylar, Worf's original mate - But she was half "Hooman".

This ep explores things that were initiated in Next Generation Klingon 'Sodes. The Production even uses Matte paintings and Sets created for "Sins of the Father" and "Redemption". But this 'sode goes a bit farther, revealing more about Klingon Family Traditions.

In the same way Mary Kay Adams (Grillka) acts to save her house, there is a B-Plot in this 'sode that shows the O'Briens dealing with some difficult changes. So... the common element of both plots are Family Ties.

Of course, as this sode is Quark-Centric, it begins and ends with Quark. This 3rd season Ep brings Quark to the front, and he becomes a lot more dimensional than his initial portrayal as the Ferengi "Barkeep" with eyes only for Gold Pressed Latinum. Armin Shimmerman gives the character more dimensions than a Fringe Alternate Universe plot line - So from this ep on, the Ferengi are treated with more respect than they originally got in the whole 7-year run of Next Generation. And even Gowron gives Quark one of the best compliments ever - Which actually created a tie between the Ferengi species and the Klingon species.

Mary Kay Adams created Grillka - Yes we know her character was created by writer Tom Benko for this ep in a Teleplay by the great Ron D Moore, but Mary Kay Adams - Best known as the Narn "Na'Toth" in Babylon 5 after taking up the role from Julie Caitlin Brown - created an image of a magnificent Klingon Woman - Proud, Powerful and even unattainable by Worf in a later 'sode (Looking for Par'mach in all the wrong places). I admit, I wish she were real - And as Brian Thompson/Klag in the Next Gen ep "A Matter of Honor" states, regarding Will Riker and Klingon Females - "They are inquisitive, they would like to know how you would endure... Them!" and my response is the same as Riker's "One? Or Both?"

  • But that would only apply if there were two Klingon Women as

magnificent as Grillka, and there is not - Because Martok's wife Sirella (Shannon Cochran) is of course, married to Martok.

Of the three Klingon Women explored in Next Generation and Deep Space Nine - Kehy'lar, Grillka and Sirella, Grillka is the best... But there is a 4th, Kahlest - Worf's "Nanny" played by Thelma Lee - Who also was memorable, for a "Klingon Bag Lady" (She tells Chancellor K'mpek he's still too fat).

Klingon Women, got to love 'em!

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