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The Nagus 

The Ferengi leader, Grand Nagus Zek, comes to the station. He seems very interested in Quark's bar.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 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
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Max Grodénchik ... Rom
Lou Wagner ... Krax
Barry Gordon ... Nava
Lee Arenberg ... Gral
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog
Tiny Ron Tiny Ron ... Maihar'du
Wallace Shawn ... Zek


The leader of the Ferengi, Grand Nagus Zek and his son Krax arrive at DS9. Quark and his brother, Rom are in awe and quickly arrange for everything Zek needs. Zek praises Quark's business instinct, but Quark fears for the worst; thinking Zek wants to take over his bar for free, and won't take no for an answer. Instead, Zek tells Quark a conference will be held in the bar, where Ferengi politicians will discuss how to exploit the business opportunities in the Gamma Quadrant. Zek tells the members he won't be the Ferengi leading the Alliance into the Gamma Quadrant and will appoint his successor. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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21 March 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Max Grodénchik (Rom) and Tiny Ron (Maihar'du) previously appeared together in the film "The Rocketeer" (1991), as Wilmer and Lothar, respectively, with the former brutally murdered by the latter. See more »


Benjamin Sisko finds his son Jake is secretly teaching the Ferengi Nog. One of the facts Nog recites is that Bajor is the largest planet in its system, and that it has three moons, to which Jake agrees. Bajor, however, is said to have five moons. For example, later in the first season, "Progress" features a story line about a drilling operation on Bajor's fifth moon named Jeraddo. See more »


[Zek comes back from the dead, and confronts his son]
Zek: It was a test, to see if you were ready to take my place! And you failed, miserably!
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »


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A rare funny episode...
14 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The first season of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" was generally a deadly serious and tremendously under-emotive. So, "The Nagus" clearly stands out because it is so different in style.

The show begins with the Grand Nagus (Wallace Shawn) arriving on the station. This sends Quark into a dither because he assumes this Ferengi leader is out to steal his club. However, the venerable Grand Nagus actually has a more sinister plan--one that comes as a huge surprise to everyone. The first part of his plan is a total surprise, as he appoints Quark his successor! What's the second part? See the show to find out for yourself.

This is a light-hearted and rather silly episode but also one that is rather enjoyable--especially since it allows Quark, his brother and nephew an opportunity for character development.

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