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Prophet Motive 

Grand Nagus Zek is acting bizarre by giving away money and rewriting the Rules of Acquisition. Quark attempts to get the old Nagus back.


Rene Auberjonois


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
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
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Juliana Donald ... Emi
Tiny Ron Tiny Ron ... Maihar'du
Wallace Shawn ... Zek
Bennet Guillory ... Medical Big Shot


Quark and Rom get a visit from a rather strange acting Grand Nagus Zek. He shows them a book with the rewritten Rules of Acquisition to include rules like 'If they want their money back, give it to them' and 'Latinum tarnishes, but family is forever' isn't concerned anymore about profit and devotes his life to charity. Quark is worried and tries to find out what is wrong with the Grand Nagus, especially since he suspects Zek will be thrown of the Tower of Commerce and he and Rom with him when he presents the new rules. Meanwhile Bashir is nominated for the prestigious medical Carrington Award. Bashir thinks he's too young to be a serious contender and tries not to pay too much attention to it. To his dismay the subject is constantly brought up however. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The origins of the teleplay for this episode are to be found in Ira Steven Behr's early career. When he was trying to make it in Hollywood, he wrote a teleplay for the TV show Taxi, entitled "Uncle Sylvester", to try to demonstrate his writing abilities. The plot revolved around Sylvester, uncle to the main character Louie. Sylvester had built up a reputation for being a shameless womanizer and an altogether unpleasant individual, and he was Louie's hero. Louie was dying to meet him to impress him with his own womanizing abilities, but when Sylvester arrives he no longer enjoys womanizing, and now just wants to get back with his wife. Louie is heartbroken and becomes convinced that Sylvester has undergone some kind of deep psychological trauma. The teleplay was not purchased by the producers of Taxi. See more »


At about 19:30 the label on the container behind Bashir changes from green to pink while he is playing darts with O'Brien. See more »


Doctor Bashir: The only one that has a reason to celebrate is Ghee P'Trell.
Odo: Perhaps, but P'Trell is by no means as popular as Dr. Wade.
Doctor Bashir: According to your friend.
Odo: Actually, according to my friend's friend's...
Doctor Bashir: I get the picture.
Odo: The point is, if it's not going to be Wade, it could be anyone - P'Trell, Senva, Roget... even you.
Doctor Bashir: I didn't think I was gonna win before; and I don't think I'm going to win now.
Odo: Is that a fact? Then, why have you been working on your acceptance speech?
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Spoofs Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary (1993) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Is the Grand Nagus losing his mind?!
22 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Once again, Wallace Shawn plays the Grand Nagus in yet another comic episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9". However, this time something clearly is going wrong the with the man. After all, he's re-written the Rules of Acquisition--and the re-write clearly violates all the basic beliefs of the Ferengi. For example, the new revised rules encourage Ferengi merchants to give refunds to dissatisfied clients as well as values friendships and family over profits!! Clearly the Nagus either is using this as part of some complicated scheme or he's lost his mind! Quark and his brother clearly are very disturbed by all this and they struggle to figure out what to do next.

This is one of the funnier episodes of the series. While it's rather inconsequential in the overall scheme of things for the show, it's very cute and a nice change of pace. Not to be missed.

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