Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 5, Episode 18

Business as Usual (7 Apr. 1997)

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Quark must wrestle with his conscience when he becomes involved with arms merchants.


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Alexander Siddig wanted his uncle, Malcolm McDowell (who played Dr. Soran in Star Trek: Generations (1994)) to play Hagath, but McDowell was not available so the role went to his A Clockwork Orange (1971) costar Steven Berkoff instead. See more »


Quark: Why did you sell weapons to the Bajorans? They couldn't have had any money...
Hagath: My dear Quark, not every deal is about making money. Sometimes you have to look at the big picture. And at times gaining a friend is more important than making profit.
Gaila: It's not the Ferengi way, but it's good business, nonetheless.
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Spoofs The Third Man (1949) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Quark is faced with the possibility that he MIGHT have a conscience.
18 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A few episodes before this one, Quark's cousin, Gaila (Josh Pais), ruins Quark....for kicks. Because of this, Quark is broke and his future very bleak--especially since he's a Ferengi. So, when Gaila shows up at Quark's bar, you wonder what more can the cousin do to him?! No, it seems that he is actually there for a business proposition and perhaps bankrupting Quark was all part of this plan. So what is the plan? Quark will open up the bar to entertain Gaila's business prospects--folks who come from all around the quadrant to buy various weapons. Quark seems to have no choice to accept--even though he has repeatedly stated that selling arms is against his personal code of honor, such as it is.

This is a rather clever episode and helps to further develop Quark as a character. While it's not among the very best of the Ferengi episodes, it is quite good and worth seeing.

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