Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1, Episode 10

The Nagus (21 Mar. 1993)

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The Ferengi's greatest politician and leader, the Grand Nagus, comes to the station. He seems very interested in Quark's bar.



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The leader of the Ferengi, Grand Nagus Zek and his son Krax suddenly appear in Quark's bar. Quark and his brother Rom are in awe and quickly arrange for everything Zek needs, including precious time in the holosuites. Zek praises Quark's business instinct for opening a bar near a wormhole that wasn't even discovered yet, but Quark fears for the worst. He is convinced Zek wants to take over his bar for free and the he won't take no for an answer. Zek has different plans however. He tells Quark a conference will be held in the bar where Ferengi politicians will discuss how to exploit the business opportunities in the Gamma Quadrant. Zek tells the members he won't be the Ferengi leading the Alliance into the Gamma Quadrant and will appoint his successor. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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The first real lighthearted episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). See more »


Zek: The Gamma Quadrant, gentlemen - millions of new worlds at our very doorstep. The potential for Ferengi business expansion is staggering.
Krax: And best of all, no one there has ever heard the name 'Ferengi'!
Gral: Our reputation will be absolutely stainless.
Nava: Our word can be our bond.
Krax: Until we decide to break it!
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The Airlock Jokes begin Here
23 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first Deep Space Nine episode where Quark threatens to toss Rom "Out of the nearest Airlock" - This joke was used and expanded upon for the whole seven-year run of the series.

The only difference is - In this episode, it almost happened.

This episode also introduces the internal government of The Ferengi and its Leader, Grand Nagus "Zek" played by Wallace Shawn, always accompanied by his personal servant/bodyguard(?) "Maihar'Du" - Who stayed in Character for seven years by never saying one line of Dialogue except in the episode "Prophet Motive" where one of the Prophets uses Maihar'Du's form to Speak to Quark.

It was only fitting to explore this in Deep Space Nine, where we had actual Ferengi as part of the inner workings of The Station. So it was proper here for us to really begin learning how The Ferengi government operated: In this episode, much like "The Three Stooges."

Initially, we want to attach racial/ethnic characteristics to Ferengi, but which race? What Ethnic group? Every people-group on Earth has members who act like Ferengi, sometimes they are even members of a Government body. So, rather than compare The Ferengi to any particular ETHNIC group, I want to make them into their own "ETHIC" group. The Ferengi have Strong ethics, which like The Klingons, they are proud of.

Seen in that light, they are less of a joke, which I think was the goal of having them on Deep Space Nine. They were no longer "Cardboard Cutouts" or "Comedy Relief" — Although comedy was built around certain characters.

In this episode, The Nagus stands down and gives his Title unexpectedly to Quark, and the Ferengi Leaders who have gathered at The Station immediately begin to jostle for position, either by sucking up to Quark, or trying to blow him into little bits with a Gravitic Mine.

In the end, The Grand Nagus was testing his son Krax, who failed to live up to the exacting standards of greed upheld by Zek. I guess it was a permanent disowning, as we never saw Krax ever again, or heard any mentioning of his name by the Nagus in the entire run of the series.

This episode almost guaranteed that we would see more of Grand Nagus Zek - And we did, he was a major part of the DS9 Universe. But it also guaranteed, that in every episode since, someone would be threatened with Airlock Ejection: Even The Cardassians used the gimmick.

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