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Bar Association 

Unfair working conditions and pay cuts cause Rom to organize a union of the employees of Quark's Bar. Meanwhile, Worf still finds it hard to settle on the station.


LeVar Burton


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Capt. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Chase Masterson ... Leeta
Jason Marsden ... Grimp
Emilio Borelli ... Frool
Jeffrey Combs ... Brunt


It's the Bajoran time of Cleansing and business is very slow at Quark's bar. Rom's ear is aching up again, he even faints, but gets no sick leave from Quark. When Quark announces a pay cut for all the employees, Rom is fed up. On advice from Bashir, he decides to start a union, strictly forbidden by Ferengi law. But Rom is determined and convinces all the other employees to join. At first Quark laughs, then finds himself without the striking staff, still he won't give in. Just when Captain Sisko orders him to end the strike, Liquidator Brunt arrives. Meanwhile, Worf still has problems settling on the station. He dislikes that security is less than on the Enterprise, he is annoyed by the continuous technological malfunctions and even gets into a fight with O'Brien and Bashir over entering Quark's bar. Worf sees only one solution. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Jeffery Combs has the distinction of portraying eight different characters on Star Trek series. He has played the roles of Brunt, Weyoun, Shran, Tiron, Kevin Mulkahey, Penk, Krem, and a holosuite guest. He is one of only five actors to play seven or more different characters in the Star Trek franchise, the others being Randy Oglesby, J.G. Hertzler, Vaughn Armstrong and Thomas Kopache. Coincidentally, Combs has appeared on Star Trek with all four of those actors. See more »


Chief O'Brien describes the Anthracite Coal Miners Strike of 1902 incorrectly. It only lasted 6 months, not 11. The unions did not get all that they wanted, principally because the mine owners were not forced to recognize the unions by the government. Lastly, the Chief said that his ancestor, Sean Aloysius O'Brian, was murdered and left in the Allegheny River, but the strike did not affect western Pennsylvania where that river is. Western PA coal mines produced bituminous coal, which is less hard and burned with more smoke; anthracite coal was mined in easter PA, and it is harder and burned with less smoke. See more »


Rom: [Rule of Acquisition #263] Never allow doubt to tarnish your lust for latinum.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Rascals (1992) See more »


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Rom continues growing into his own....
2 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

One thing I appreciate with "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" is that over their seven seasons, the characters changed and grew. This is NOT the case with most series--or at least as much as many changes in this series. Of the characters that changed, Ferengis such as Nog and his father, Rom, changed among the most. And, in both cases, seeing them change and grow was a delight.

When the show begins, as usual Quark is treating his employees like dirt. However, after hearing Dr. Bashir talking about the benefits of a union, Rom decides to lead a strike and force Quark to allow a union. Not surprisingly, this sort of thing is 100% non-Ferengi-- and the Ferengi government is NOT pleased to hear about this. What will become of this unprecedented strike?! And, how will Rom change grow by the episode's end?

As I said above, it was a delight seeing the Ferengis grow and this one ends well. All in all, well worth seeing--as are all the episodes involving these odd aliens!

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