Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 3 Episode 3

The House of Quark

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Oct 10, 1994 on Syndicado
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When a Klingon warrior is accidentally killed in Quark's Bar, Quark becomes the unwilling steward of a Klingon Great House.

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  • Quark the Killer

    7.5
    It's the old Steve Urkel gag again. Similar to Li Nalas becoming a hero by blind luck, Quark has his own "Did I do that?" moment, and it's used as a catalyst for a humorous story with a bit of action, comedy, and heart (the typical Quark episode formula). It's a nice take on Quark and the Klingon culture, with Mary Kay Adams turning in a fine performance as Grilka (the widow), Robert O'Reilly making his first appearance as Gowron on DS9, and Armin Shimmerman yet again bringing respectability to the Ferengi.



    Meanwhile, the B story about Chief O'Brien trying to please his wife is short and forgettable, serving simply to move Keiko out of the picture for a while to make room for more Chief O'Brien/Dr. Bashir scenes.



    Grilka and her advisor, Tumek (played by Joseph Ruskin, who appears in every Star Trek series except TNG,) return in the fifth season in the episode, "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places".

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  • Among the best Ferengi episodes.

    8.0
    For the second time in a row, DS9 pulls off a Klingon episode very effectively in a way that TNG could not during its last 3 seasons. This time around, they're played almost entirely for laughs off the Ferengi. The irony is especially rich because in this case, the hero is an avaricious and venal Ferengi who shows more bravery than all the bombastic "warriors" who surround him.



    We also get a nice support role from Max Grodenchik here – though this was not our first look at Rom, the character's depth was beginning to round out nicely by this point. Eventually, he'd be much more than a foil and punching bag for Quark.moreless
  • An over the top funny and very good episode

    9.0
    This episode was just hilarious from start to end. Here you have the two extremely diverse cultures Ferengi and Klingons mixing it up, with our heroic Quark in the middle of it all. Of course you love the serious and action packed episodes, however the over the top comedy such as this one is well deserving of praise, not to mention this episode has some fine acting and simply flows nicely along. Credit goes to the writing and of course our infamous Kilngon slayer Quark.



    There's a side story regarding O'brian and the Keiko which for a change wasn't the typical scenes of Keiko playing the whining wife when her school gets shut down, but rather an opportunity presents itself and leaves for a rather constructive ending as well as some good scenes between the two of them. A breath of fresh air actually.



    Again the real credit to the episode lies with the misfit Quark, who always seems to find a way into a jam, and yet always seems to find a way out as well.



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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 Kay Adams

Mary Kay Adams

Grilka

Guest Star

Carlos Carrasco

Carlos Carrasco

D'Ghor

Guest Star

Joseph Ruskin

Joseph Ruskin

Tumek

Guest Star

Rosalind Chao

Rosalind Chao

Keiko O'Brien

Recurring Role

Max Grodenchik

Max Grodenchik

Rom

Recurring Role

Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

Gowron

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: After the Klingon is killed in Quark's bar, he is put on a grav-lift in full view of everyone else on the promenade. Surely Odo would have dispersed the crowd and the body taken away or at the very least, covered up?

    • Goof: Gowron's robe disappears after he announces Quark and Grilka's wedding is official.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Grilka: So you lied to the station security officer, to your customers and to D'Ghor. You must be quite a liar
      Quark: It's a gift.

    • Quark: I should have gone into insurance. Better hours, more money, less scruples.

    • Quark: It's not about profit anymore, it's about respect.
      Rom: It is?
      Quark: See the way they look at me now. I'm not just some mean old Ferengi trying to take their money, I am 'Quark, slayer of Klingons'. I've struck a blow for Ferengi everywhere.
      Rom: But what about Kozak's family? What if they come looking for revenge?
      Quark: If that happens, I'll stand up, look them straight in the eye... and offer them a bribe.

    • Gowron: (in disbelief) A brave Ferengi, who would have thought it possible?

    • Quark: (Quark and D'Ghor prepare to duel, but as soon as D'Ghor takes his first swing, Quark throws down his batleth) Go ahead. Kill me. That's why I'm here, isn't it, to be killed? Well, here I am, so go ahead and do it. (continuing, to Council) You all want me to pick up that sword and try to fight him, don't you? But I don't have a chance and you know it. You only want me to put up a fight so your precious honor will be satisfied. Well, I'm not going to make it easy for you. Having me fight D'Ghor is nothing more than an execution. So if that's what you want, that's what you're going to get: an execution. No honor, no glory. (to D'Ghor) And when you tell your children and your grandchildren the glorious story of how you rose to power and took Grilka's house from her, I hope you remember to tell them how you heroically killed an unarmed Ferengi half your size.
      D'Ghor: Whatever you say, Ferengi.

    • Grilka: Thank you, Quark. You may have saved my family.
      Quark: Well, it is the House of Quark, after all.
      Grilka: I am very grateful for all you have done, Quark. That's why I'm going to let you take your hand off my thigh instead of shattering every bone in your body.

    • Grilka: You have given me back my House and my family name. How can I repay you?
      Quark: I would like a divorce, please. No offense.
      Grilka: None taken.

    • Quark: I am Quark, son of Keldar, and I have come to answer the challenge of D'Ghor, son of... whatever.

    • Quark: Rule of Acquisition Number 286: 'When Morn leaves, it's over.'
      Rom: There's no such rule like that!
      Quark: There should be.

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