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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) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Commander Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lieutenant Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief 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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20 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Quark: I have an idea.
Rom: Does it involve me?
Quark: Not really.
Rom: Aah. I like it.
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Spoofs Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Emissary (1993) See more »


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The Old Ferengi Heirarchy
16 October 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The Negus shows up. Quark is threatened. He forces Quark to stay with his brother (who is being a pig). The whole business is that the Ferengi and their culture gets boring after a while. I have no real interest in an episode like this. The second plot, the Doctor being nominated for a major reward, is as dull as can be. I'm waiting for someone who is praised or rewarded to just accept the accolades.

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