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Rules Of Acquisition 

A female Ferengi named Pel, posing as a male so that she can engage in business, falls for Quark during very important negotiations between the Ferengi and a Gamma Quadrant race.


David Livingston


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
Helene Udy ... Pel (as Hélène Udy)
Brian Thompson ... Inglatu
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Emilia Crow Emilia Crow ... Zyree
Tiny Ron Tiny Ron ... Maihar'du
Wallace Shawn ... Zek


A group of Ferengi are playing a game of tongo with Dax. Pel, a new waiter in the bar, has a great idea to ensure the customers are always thirsty. Suddenly Quark gets a message on subspace from Grand Nagus Zek. Zek has chosen him as the chief negotiator for the new business opportunities that will open up in the Gamma Quadrant. As his first task he must negotiate with the Dosi to acquire 10.000 vats of tulaberry wine. Zek believes the wine can be the key to opening the markets in the quadrant. He tries to convince Sisko and Kira to have a conference on DS9. Pel manages to put himself forward as assistant of Quark. He seems unusually devoted to Quark. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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The Ferengi "Rules of Acquisition" are a numbered series (285 total in DS9 time) of aphorisms, guidelines, and principles that provided the foundation of business philosophy in Ferengi culture written by the first Grand Nagus Gint. See more »


The originally-aired version spelled the word "Acquisition" without the "c" and it appeared in the credits as "Aquisition." Also, the actress Helene Udy's name (appropriately spelled Hélène Udy) was given incorrect marks as Hêlene. Both goofs have been corrected in the DVD versions. See more »


Pel: Where're you going?
Quark: To get serious about profit.
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Alternate Versions

The word "Acquisition" in the title was misspelled "Aquisition" in the original airing. It was changed to the proper spelling for all future releases and airings of the episode. See more »


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The Nagus comes to Deep Space 9
25 November 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Wallace Shawn is always welcome for me on DS9 as the Grand Nagus of Ferengar, head of state and chief interpreter of the Rules of Acquisition by which their materialistic and male dominant society live by.

You've heard the phrase, 'barefoot, pregnant, naked, and in the kitchen'. It's how Ferengi women are supposed to be. They never go out. Moslem women under the Taliban had it better.

Helene Udy is a Ferengi woman in male drag who is working at Quark's establishment and she/he proves invaluable to Armin Shimmerman. Udy is also in love with the big lobe galoot.

Shawn and Shimmerman are working on a big deal and Udy proves to be a big help. But if she is unmasked, the foundations of Ferengi society could crumble.

This one is an amusing story about Ferengi male chauvinism.

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