Stardate not given: Grand Nagus Zek once again plans to use DS9 as the launch pad of Ferengi business opportunities in the Gamma Quadrant, and again he sees Quark as a valuable agent in securing the financial future of the Ferengi Alliance – or a scapegoat should his efforts to make commercial inroads through the other side of the wormhole fail. A newcomer to Quark’s is another Ferengi named Pel, who is especially savvy to Ferengi rules of commerce and materialism – but flies in the face of the rules of traditional Ferengi customs, since Pel is a female in disguise who, in Ferengi society, could be jailed for stepping out of her house with clothes on.
teleplay by Ira Steven Behr
story by Hilary J. Bader
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Helene Udy (Pel), Wallace Shawn (Zek), Tiny Ron (Maihar’du), Brian Thompson (Zyree), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Emilia Crow (Inglatu)
Notes: This episode marks the first mention of the Dominion in Deep Space Nine. Infamously, this episode was originally broadcast with an incorrect spelling (“Aquisition”) in the episode title.
LogBook entry by Earl Green