|Fecha de Emisión:(1)||1° de Enero de 1998|
Cuando la madre de Quark, Ishka, es capturada por el Dominio, el ferengi junto a Rom y Nog forman un equipo de Ferengis para encontrarse en Empok Nor con Keevan y su recompensa.
In Quark's Bar, Quark observes an incoming shipment of Syrup of squill. It had been previously thought to be nearly unavailable due to a drought on the planet Balancar. Quark explains to his customers how he had learned there was in fact no drought and that it was merely a ruse to drive up prices. Quark had then demanded a shipment of syrup or he would "expose this vile deception to the entire quadrant".
Quark's customers are impressed, though his moment of glory is short-lived. Dax, Bashir, and Miles O'Brien enter, having just returned from taking the Defiant on a mission behind enemy lines. Quark complains to Odo about the Starfleet officers stealing away his audience. Odo points out they're not just Starfleet officers, they're heroes. Quark is then interupted with a message from Ferenginar.
Quark explains that Moogie was returning home from a lobe-lift on Vulcan when her transport was attacked by Dominion forces, taking her prisoner. He says the Nagus offered a reward of fifty bars of gold-pressed latinum as a reward. Rom suggests they hire the toughest mercenaries they can find: Nausicaans, Breen, Klingons. Quark has another idea, however: the rescue team will be made up only of Ferengi. Rom is nervous but Quark believes Ferengi can be just as tough as Klingons with the right incentive. Being a typical Ferengi himself, however, they'll say the reward is only twenty bars of latinum. With that, they seek out their first recruit.
Nog immediately declines, explaining that he's a Starfleet officer and has duties to perform. Quark, however, points out that he could be the team's Strategic operations officer, just like Lt. Commander Worf. They suggests he could train the team for combat. Nog finally agrees, with the team becoming three.
Before contanting their next recruit, Quark tells Rom that Leck (last seen paying tribute to Zek in "Ferengi Love Songs") is not a typical Ferengi: his priorities are different. When two reach Leck on a secure subspace, Rom learns that Leck is an "Eliminator". He initially has no interest in joining the team or even in earning latinum. He does, however, enjoys testing his abilities with a challenge and agrees to join when he learns they'll be facing the Dominion. The team is now four.
Next they travel to a nearby starbase to pick up their cousin Gaila, who has fallen on hard times since they last met (see "Business as Usual"). The weapons dealer who was once so wealthy, he owned his own moon was recently arrested on Thalos VI for vagrancy. Gaila blames his misfortune entirely on Quark. When he learns Quark paid for his release and his offer to earn some latinum, Gaila's vengeance is overcome by greed and he too agrees to join. The team is now five.
Back at the bar on Deep Space Nine, Nog attempts to show them a schematic of a Dominion internment center, but soon gets into an argument with Leck over Leck's refusal to call him "sir" and finally quits. As Quark urges him to stay, Gaila asks how they're supposed to get to the internment center anyway, since they have no ship. As Quark tries to soothe things over, a loud clapping is heard and Brunt emerges from the other end of the bar.
Brunt initially mocks the group but quicky announces his intention to sign up as well. Having lost his job as a Liquidator for the FCA after trying to usurp Zek (again, see "Ferengi Love Songs"), he hopes that by helping to save Ishka, the Nagus would give him his job back. None of the others want him on board though; none of them like liquidators and it would smaller shares of the "twenty bar reward". "Fine," Brunt says, innocently. "I'll just get in my ship and leave." The team is now six.
In a holosuite simulation, Nog has the team engage a group of Jem'Hadar soldiers guarding Ishka with disastrous results: Quark is shot in the leg, Gaila drops his weapon and runs away, Rom runs into a wall, Brunt tries to surrender but is shot as well. The only one to get off a shot is Leck, who shoots Ishka! "I saw we weren't going to rescue her so I put her out of her misery." He says. Brunt suggests starting off with something simpler like ambushing Bolians, but a frustrated Quark simply sends them all away.
Back down in the bar, Quark tells Rom they don't have a chance of rescuing their mother. As he reminices about his impressive deal acquiring squill a few days earlier, Rom suggests perhaps instead of trying to fight the Dominion, they should negotiate instead. Quark agrees, deciding a trade is better since everyone goes home happy and alive. The two think about what they have to trade.
Quark later thanks Captain Sisko and Major Kira for talking to Starfleet on his behalf and giving him a prisoner to exchange. Kira tells him it is payback for freeing her from the Dominion (see "Sacrifice of Angels"). Kira also warns Quark not to turn his back on this prisoner; he's not to be trusted. "Neither am I." Quark says, confidently.
Aboard Brunt's shuttle, Gaila questions why Quark still needs any of them now that the rescue mission has become a simple prisoner exchange. "Becuase he doesn't trust the Dominion, and neither do I" Leck says. Nog tells them Quark chose the derserted Cardassian space station Empok Nor as the location for the trade because it is the same design as Deep Space 9, therefore they know the layout.
Quark then enters with their prisoner: Keevan (the Vorta captured in "Rocks and Shoals"). Keevan urges them all to send final messages to their loved ones and make sure their wills are in order "because the moment we leave the station you'll have signed your death warrants."
The shuttle arrives as Empok Nor and Nog confirms the station being empty. He tells the other to set up base camp in the station's infirmary, though they're slow to respond until Quark offers two slips of latinum for the first man who makes it to the infirmary.
Leck grumbles about the small size of the infirmary while Gaila complains about an upset stomach. Leck, noticing Keevan's glib responses, points out the Vorta doesn't seem happy at the prospect of rejoining his people. Keevan tells them that Vorta are supposed to commit suicide upon capture. He expect he'll be executed after what he predicts will be "a most unpleasant debriefing."
Hours later, five of the Ferengi are awaken by Gaila's screaming. During his shift to guard Keevan, Gaila had fallen asleep and let him escape! The Ferengi quickly rush back to the shuttle where Keevan is unsuccessfully trying to start it. Fortunately, Quark had Rom disengage the induction matrix after they arrived. He still ran, however, because "sometimes my brother gets things wrong."
Moments later, an alarm sounds, stating that a Dominion ship is approaching. The Ferengi, along with Keevan, hurry back to the infirmary and hide. After a few moments, Nog volunteers to take a look outside. Peeking out the door, he sees a legion of Jem'Hadar, their weapons all aimed at the infirmary.
Nog finally asks the other Ferengi, still cowering in the corner why they're hiding from the Jem'Hadar. They did ask them to come, after all. Brunt agrees and tells Quark all he needs to do is negotiate the prisoner exchange. Keevan tells them their only hope to is to get back to the ship and escape, but Nog tells him they're not going anywhere without their Moogie. Quark then heads out onto the promenade with Rom and Nog in tow.
As they three step out, they see Ishka, guarded by another Vorta named Yelgrun and flanked by two Jem'Hadar guards. Quark tells them, he's willing to arrange the trade, but needs some assurance first. He wants all the Jem'Hadar off the station, though he concedes to letting Yelgrun's two guards staying. Then, he'll have their ship head back to Dominion territory at warp nine. This will leave Yelgrun stranded on the station for a few days, giving the Ferengi more than enough time to get away safely before they return.
Yelgrun threatens to have the Jem'Hadar storm the infirmary and kill them all, but Quark tells him that Keevan would be the first to die. His fate may be sealed either way but Yelgrun likely wants to know what Dominion secrets Keevan revealed to the Federation first. Yelgrun is impressed with Quark's cunning and agrees to the deal, telling them to be ready in thirty minutes. Before they leave, however, Nog wants to know how they know it is really Ishka and not a Changeling. Nog cuts her hand with a knife, proving it is her, and getting a few angry cuffs from his grandmother in the process.
Back in the infirmary, the Ferengi are in good spirits over the success of the deal. They reminisce about going home to Ferenginar, with its torrential rains, rotting vegetation, dampness, and rivers of muck, much to Keevan's disgust. Their good mood is interrupted, however, when Rom accidentally reveals the reward money is fifty bars instead of the twenty they were promised. This infuriates Brunt, Gaila, and even Leck, who may not care about latinum but doesn't like being cheated. An enranged Gaila raises his weapon and shoots at Quark. Quark and the others duck out of the way and the blast hits Keevan instead. With a smoking hole in his chest, the fatally wounded Vorta says "I hate Ferengi" before falling to the floor, dead.
The Ferengi all gather around the dead Keevan before looking back up at Gaila. "You idiot." Leck finally grumbles.
The Ferengi sit around lamenting their situation: they'll likely be killed when Yelgrun learns the truth. Gaila suggests surrendering, Brunt suggests trying to escape in his ship, and Rom suggests hiding. Quark is offended by this, reminding them of the Battle of Prexnak, the most important battle in Ferengi history, when ten Ferengi stood alone against two hundred seventy-three Lytasians. Gaila, however, points out that all ten Ferengi were slaughtered. Quark, unswayed, tell them this is their chance to prove that Ferengi are as tough as any species in the galaxy.
Leck soundly agrees, though Brunt and Gaila only join in on a condition of equal shares of the fifty bars of latinum. "Fifty bars it is," Quark says, "minus my usual finder's fee."
During all this, Nog has been examining Keevan's body, finally deciding that he can't be revived. As he places a neural stimulator on Keevan's head, Keevan's right arm swings around and hits Nog. Nog explains that the neural stimulator caused a reflexive impulse in his cerebellum. "If you think about it, medicine isn't that different from engineering," he says. "It's all about keeping things running, fixing broken parts." And the six Ferengi begin to form a plan, Yelgrun announces it is time for the exchange.
Quark hurries out and tells them he'll need a few more minutes for Rom to do a sensor scan of the station to confirm the Jem'Hadar are gone. Yelgrun is furious at this latest delay and threatens to have Ishka killed. Quark begs him not to. "And I though the Breen were annoying." Yelgrun says. Quark also asks if they can make the exchange at the docking bay since that's where his ship is. Yelgrun has no choice but to agree.
Quark hurries back in, where Nog is using the stimulators to reanimate Keevan's body. With a signal from his tricorder, the dead Vorta suddenly sits up and opens his eyes...
In a corridor at the docking bay, Ishka and and Yelgrun are discussing investing in hypocat roots when Quark arrives with the upright Keevan. They each send their prisoners walking (Keevan with help from Nog, who is off to the side, sending signals from his tricorder). Yelgrun watches Keevan's stiff movements as he walks towards him. "What have they done to him?" He asks. Ishka makes it safely into Quark's arms, but Keevan walks into a wall and keeps walking into it again and again.
Quark and Ishka rush off. Yelgrun tells his Jen'Hadar to go after them, but before they can, Leck emerges and throws a knife at one of the Jem'Hadar, killing him. Rom then emerges and blasts the other one.
Ishka tells Quark the Grand Nagus will be proud of him, as she is. Quark tells them they'll take Yelgrun with them. "He'll be our gift to Starfleet. They gave us a Vorta, we'll give them one."
Leck notes this was the sloppiest, most amateurish operation he'd ever seen. "If you ever do something like this again," he says, "count me in." Rom asks his brother how it feels to be a hero. "You tell me." Quark says. "It feels good?" Rom suggests. Quark smiles. "You bet it does!"
With that, they board the shuttle and head out, leaving Keevan's body still walking into the wall.
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- Brasil: Os Magnificos Ferengis
- Alemania: Der glorreiche Ferengi (Los Gloriosos Ferengi)
- Italia: I magnifici Ferengi
- Francia: Les Sept Ferengi (Los Siete Ferengis)
- Michael Dorn no aparece en este episodio.
- El título del episodio es una referencia a la película clásica de 1960 "The Magnificent Seven", en la cual una aldea pequeña del Oeste Americano emplea a siete pistoleros para protegerlos contra los bandidos.
- Originalmente Zek iba a ser el ferengi secuestrado por el Dominio, pero por problemas de agenda Wallace Shawn no estaba disponible en el momento de la grabación del episodio.
- La aparición de Iggy Pop como Yelgrun fue un deseo personal de Ira Steven Behr, quien es fanático del músico y quería tenerlo como protagonista en un papel de la serie.
Créditos y Referencias:Editar
- Jeffrey Combs: Brunt
- Max Grodénchik: Rom
- Aron Eisenberg: Cadete Nog
- Cecily Adams: Ishka
- Josh Pais: Gaila
- Christopher Shea: Keevan
- Hamilton Camp: Leck
- Chase Masterson: Leeta
- Iggy Pop: Yelgrun
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