Stardate not given: Quark returns from two weeks on Ferenginar and announces that he has been diagnosed with Dorek syndrome – a rare, incurable, fatal disease – and has six days to live. In order to pay off his debts, he offers his vacuum-desicated remains for sale on the Ferengi Futures Exchange, and is shocked when a 500-bar bid comes through. Naturally, Quark accepts – only to learn that he doesn’t have the disease after all. But then his mysterious buyer – Brunt of the FCA – arrives…and he doesn’t want a refund. Meanwhile, an accident forces Bashir to transfer Keiko’s baby to Kira, and the parties involved must adjust to the unexpected situation.
teleplay by Hans Beimler
story by Louis P. DeSantis & Robert J. Bolivar
directed by Avery Brooks
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Rosalind Chao (Keiko), Max Grodenchik (Rom/Grand Nagus Gint), Hana Hatae (Molly), Jeffrey Combs (Brunt), Andrew J. Robinson (Garak)
Notes: The transfer of Keiko’s baby to Major Kira was written into the story for a practical reason – Nana Visitor was pregnant at the time.
LogBook entry by Tracy Hemenover with notes by Earl Green