Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

“Profit and Lace”

Episode Number147 (6.23)
Production Number547
Original Airdate09-May-1998
TeleplayIra Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
DirectorAlexander Siddig
Quark undergoes a sex change to stop Brunt

Grand Nagus Zek and Ishka, Quark and Rom's mother, arrive on the station to announce that, thanks to his relationship with the proudly feminist Ishka, Zek has added a new amendment to the Ferengi Bill of Opportunities giving females equal rights. Unfortunately, this has plunged the entire Ferengi society into chaos, Zek has been deposed as Grand Nagus, and Liquidator Brunt is now Grand Nagus — Acting Grand Nagus — a position that will become permanent in three days. Sure that Ishka's amazing business sense will win them over, Zek invites the commissioners of the Ferengi Commerce Authority to the station, but cola magnate Nilva is the only one who agrees to a meeting.

Guest Cast

Henry Gibson (Chairman Nilva)
Jeffrey Combs (Acting Grand Nagus Brunt)
Max Grodénchik (Rom)
Aron Eisenberg (Ensign Nog)
Andrea Martin (Ishka)
Wallace Shawn (Grand Nagus Zek)
Chase Masterson (Leeta)
Tiny Ron (Maihar'du)
Sylvain Cecile (Uri'Lash)

  • Of all of the dreaded Ferengi episodes, this is the all-time worst. Ugh.
  • Thanks to Quark's drag performance, Ferengi women are now allowed to wear clothes and earn profit.
  • The running "gag" in this episode is that Brunt is the Acting Grand Nagus.
  • "Moogie" is played by Andrea Martin, who first appeared in the role in the 3rd season episode "Family Business". Moogie's second appearance was in the 5th season's "Ferengi Love Songs" and the third was this year's "The Magnificent Ferengi".
  • Nilva is chairman of Sluggo Cola, "The Slimiest Cola in the Galaxy™".