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Family Business
Stardate 48731.2
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, episode 69 (3.23)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Avery Brooks   IMDB   Commander Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois   IMDB   Odo
Siddig El Fadil   IMDB   Lieutenant JG Julian Bashir
Terry Farrell   IMDB   Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton   IMDB   Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney   IMDB   Miles Edward O'Brien
Armin Shimerman   IMDB   Quark
Nana Visitor   IMDB   Major Kira Nerys
Guest Cast:
Penny Johnson   IMDB   Kasidy Yates
Max Grodénchik   IMDB   Rom
Jeffrey Combs   IMDB   Brunt
Mel Green   IMDB   F.C.A. Secretary
Andrea Martin   IMDB   Ishka
Music:
Jay Chattaway   IMDB
Director:
Rene Auberjonois   IMDB
Author:
Ira Steven Behr   IMDB
Robert Hewitt Wolfe   IMDB
Published
VHS   ST:DS9 VHS 3.12
Teaser
Deep Space Nine Teaser #069: Family Business

Quark returns to his home planet to confront his mother, who has broken the Ferengi law prohibiting females from earning a profit.
Synopsis
In Quark's, an agent named Brunt from the Ferengi Commerce Authority (FCA) - their version of the IRS - serves Quark with a Writ of Accountability for improper supervision of a family member. Quark and Rom's mother, Ishka, is charged with earning a profit - an illegal activity for Ferengi women. As the family's eldest male, Quark is held responsible. He and Rom return to their homeworld, Ferenginar, where Quark must convince Ishka to confess, as required by Ferengi law.

The brothers arrive at their childhood home with Brunt, but Quark is not comfortable with seeing his mother again. They are surprised to find Ishka wearing clothes, which is also illegal for Ferengi women. Brunt tells Quark he has three days to get his mother to sign a confession, then leaves. Later, Ishka confirms over dinner that she broke Ferengi law by investing a portion of her monthly stipend from Quark, earning a meager three bars of latinum in the process. Still, she refuses to confess, which angers her oldest son.

In her room, Ishka reveals to Rom that she will not admit to being wrong - this is a matter of pride, and proof that she is just as capable of earning profit as a man. But Quark discovers that Ishka has actually been conducting business transactions under dozens of aliases all over the Ferengi Alliance, making much more than just three bars of latinum. Even if Quark sells everything he owns, he will be unable to pay back what his mother has earned. Quite simply, he's ruined.

Quark confronts Ishka, who accuses him of being jealous of her financial acumen - just like his deceased father. With that, an infuriated Quark decides to turn in Ishka to the FCA. Rom tries to stop him, but the conversation deteriorates into a brawl, after which Ishka declares that if Quark insists on reporting her secret transactions, then she won't stand in his way.

In the Tower of Commerce, Quark waits outside Brunt's office when Rom suddenly rushes in with the news that Ishka will split her profits with Quark, fifty-fifty. Seeing the entire affair in a different light, Quark hurries home to accept Ishka's offer. But when he arrives, Quark learns Rom made up the story, lying to both of them to force a conversation between the two. Alone with Quark Ishka tells him that, since he is her son, she will sign the confession and give back the money. Later, she pays her reparations to Brunt, and a relieved Quark says his good-byes and leaves. Now alone with Rom, Ishka reveals that she outsmarted Quark and the Ferengi government yet again - by giving up only a third of her profits.
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