Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 2 Episode 18

Profit and Loss

2
Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Mar 20, 1994 on Syndicado
7.6
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Stardate: 47701.5

Quark puts everything at stake to win back his long love Natima Lang, a Cardassian woman suspected of terrorism on Cardassia.

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  • "Of all the raktajino joints in all the stations in all the universe, she walks into

    7.0
    Unlike "Necessary Evil", this episode doesn't depart from the style of the series to tell its story (other than some snappy film noir dialogue), but it does take the story of Casablanca (1942) and loosely adapts it into a Quark/Garak story, with Quark as Bogey and Garak as Garak.



    As a love story it might be Michael Westmore's demented dream, but it does come across as a little silly, not to mention out of character for Rick er, Quark. The story itself, though, is interesting and thoughtful (hey, it worked the first time around, didn't it?) and is well structured, slowing down in the second half for some lengthy scenes well played by Shimerman, Auberjonois, and Robinson.

    Unfortunately, we never do find out what the fallout of the conclusion is!moreless
  • Not great, but enough good parts to make it worthwhile.

    7.5
    Yeah, the romantic dialogue is a little cheesy. But otherwise, this episode has enough moments to make it worthwhile for the viewer. It certainly is far, far from the light fluff of "Melora" or "Shadowplay".



    Every moment in which Garak occupies the screen is worth watching here; the combination of Andy Robinson's acting and some fantastic lines fed to him by the writers almost make us forget the episode's weakness. The dialogue about fashion, both clothing and politics, with Quark is particularly well-executed.



    One of the other reviewers criticizes Quark's portrayal as out-of-character, but I don't think so - in later seasons, we would routinely see such "slips" as the guy reveals that profit isn't the ONLY thing he cares about.



    Really, the romantic dialogue is the only turn off here. (Yeah, the dissidents are pretty thin gruel, but they are little more than a plot device.) By the time of the dramatic and exciting conclusion, it's all long forgotten as Garak, like Quark, reveals he has a soul.moreless
  • Weekly episode contains more plot holes than Swiss cheese.

    5.5
    Were there any consequences for Odo's unilateral decision to let the prisoners go? Presumably this was done without authorization from Sisko or the Bajoran Provisional government. Does this mean that the prisoner exchange deal is off? I would think so. Wouldn't you expect this to piss someone off?



    People have suggested that Quark was out of character in this episode, but what of Garek? I mean do you think that Garek would be so easily fooled by Gul Toran's trick? Also don't you think that someone would wonder what happened to Gul Toran? Did Odo investigate this? What happened to Deep Space Nine's internal sensors? Did they not detect the lethal phaser blast?moreless
  • I love Casablanca as well as the next guy. But this is pretty lame stuff.

    4.2
    I wanted to like this, I really did. A Casablanca homage sounded like a whole lot of fun in theory...but this is just a mess. The characterisation and performances are extremely poor. In fact, Quark was so uncharacteristic as to be unrecognisable and I didn't care for Mary Crosby's performance as Quark's long-lost love one little bit. The 'romantic' scenes between the two are nothing short of cringe-worthy, featuring horribly cheesy dialogue and a painful lack of chemistry or authenticity. It all seemed so...false.



    The political dissident sub-plot is ultimately wholly unrewarding, although I suppose it does give us a glimpse into Cardassian society and reveals an element of revolt which will be expanded upon in subsequent episodes.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Terry Farrell

Terry Farrell

Lt./Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax (Season 1-6)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

Mary Crosby

Mary Crosby

Natima Lang

Guest Star

Michael Reilly Burke

Michael Reilly Burke

Hogue

Guest Star

Edward Wiley

Edward Wiley

Gul Toran

Guest Star

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Garak

Recurring Role

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: At the end of the teaser Natima strikes Quark on his right cheek, yet after turning around he rubs his left cheek.

    • Garak asks Bashir if his noble quote is from "Sarek of Vulcan". Sarek is the father of Mr. Spock.

    • Rule Of Acquisition #223: Beware the man who doesn't make time for oo-mox.

      Note: oo-mox is a Ferengi form of sexual stimulation.

    • This is the first episode to refer to the Cardassian dissident movement. By the beginning of the fourth season, it would result in the formation of the Dutapa Council.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Garak: (Garak shoots Gul Toran after he tells Garak that his exile will not be ended) Well, don't just stand there. Your ship's waiting.
      Quark: I'm going to see to it that every Ferengi on the station shops at your store.
      Garak: (sarcastically) That alone makes this all worthwhile.

    • Quark: Odo, look at me. I'm on my knees... I'm begging you. I don't care why you do it... pick any reason you want. But please, let Natima and the others go.
      Odo: All right. I'll do it.
      Quark: You will?
      Odo: But not for you. Turning Hogue and Rekelen over to the Cardassians will mean their deaths. I've read their files... and nothing they've done warrants that kind of punishment. I'll free them, Quark. But only in the name of justice.
      Quark: Justice... that was going to be my next suggestion. So, you're really not doing this for me?
      Odo: That's right.
      Quark: Then I don't owe you a thing. Thank you!

    • Quark: I never told you this Odo, but I consider you as dear to me as my brother.
      Odo: And I see how well you treat him.

    • Garak: You'd be suprised how detrimental a poor choice of fashion can be. Take this dress: It may be all the rage now, but it could quickly become tiresome, an affront to the eyes. Certain people may even find it... objectionable. And then - nothing but rags...

    • Odo: So, how well does this woman know you? Just enough to dislike you, or well enough to really hate you?
      Quark: She used to work here at the station. She was a correspondent for the Cardassian information service. It was before your time.
      Odo: So... which is it: dislike or hate?
      Quark: It's none of your business, but if you have to know... I was the love of her life!
      Odo: Must have been some life.

    • Odo: I heard an interesting rumour.
      Quark: Only one? I started at least twelve.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The powerful 1994 Northridge Earthquake struck while this episode was being filmed. Armin Shimerman (Quark) and Edward Wiley (Gul Toran) both hurried off the Paramount lot so quickly after it hit, they were still in full make-up, including their prosthetics.

    • Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) does not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Casablanca
      A bar owner in a multi-cultural port is reunited with his long lost love, who has allied herself with a political refugee, only to lose her at the end when she escapes with the help of an object within his possession - Casablanca! Even the final scene of Garak and Quark walking off is similar to the final scene in Casablanca.

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