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Profit and Loss 

A Cardassian woman named Natima Lang, who was once a flame of Quark's, visits the station under dubious circumstances.


Robert Wiemer


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Mary Crosby ... Natima Lang
Andrew Robinson ... Garak
Michael Reilly Burke ... Hogue
Heidi Swedberg ... Rekelen
Edward Wiley Edward Wiley ... Gul Toran


A heavily damaged Cardassian ship approaches the DS9. On board's professor Natima Lang, and 2 of her students. She wants to leave as soon as possible, and to avoid problems with the Bajorans, When Lang enters Quark's bar, he seems very happy to see her. The feeling's not mutual; rhe 2 had once been in a relationship, and now, Quark tries everything to get back into her favour. When the 3 Cardassians see Garak they turn to leave. In the meantime, the crew of Deep Space Nine find out Natima's shuttle wasn't damaged in a meteor storm as she had told them, but was hit by Cardassian weapons. Natima tells the DS9 crew they're part of a movement which wants to remove the military from the government, and they're now fugitives, and on the run. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Release Date:

20 March 1994 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Quark has been on the station longer than Odo, and Quark sold food to the Bajorans during the occupation. See more »


As Garak fired his phaser at Toran, Toran is the only person in the scene who isn't casting a shadow on the floor. See more »


Odo: So, how well does this woman know you? Just enough to dislike you or well enough to really hate you?
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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Exile (2003) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Profit and Loss is a juicy one
24 April 2013 | by BsuallSee all my reviews

This episode is extra juicy.

For one thing, there is substantial character development of Garak. Quark's background, too, is expanded upon.

It has a "Casablanca" feel that impresses.

And here's some more; The guest star and Quark's cardassian love interest is who of "Who shot J.R. Ewing". Her character did it, and everyone realized it in the most watched TV episode ever, or close to it. She is also the tom-boy daughter of legendary crooner and screen actor Bing Crosby.

This particular episode has some real "umph!"

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