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According to Memory Alpha's original in Universe Timeline, the story sequence is: Rise : Ferengi Love Songs : Soldiers of the Empire.


Quark returns to Ferenginar to his mother's home. But Ishka is uneasy because she is secretly romantically involved with Grand Nagus Zek. When Quark discovers the liaison, he is thrilled but hopes in vain that Zek would restore his trade license, which only the FCA can do. Liquidator Brunt of the FCA proposes that Quark break up the relationship between Zek and Ishka to regain his license in return. The plan succeeds and Zek leaves Ishka, with Quark feigning sympathy. He agrees to become Zek's First Clerk and soon recognizes that the economic decisions of the Grand Nagus are disastrous without Ishka's advice. Quark helps Zek to redeem himself in the eyes of the Ferengi society, and he reunites the couple.

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  1. Keith Alan Morgan on Thursday, April 29, 1999 - 7:51 am: I thought in Body Parts Brunt told Quark that his mother would be kicked out of her house and living on the streets, but Quark returns home and his mother has apparently been living there the whole time? dotter31 on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 4:42 pm: Just saber-rattling from Brunt. Or, perhaps she bribed someone to keep her house.
  2. dotter31 on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 4:42 pm: Why is there a female division of the Global Tongo Championships? That doesn't seem consistent with the Ferengi view of women at this point in the series. David (Guardian) on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 12:56 pm: I agree about the female division of the Tongo Championships. Hasn't it been established that females can't leave their houses? Seniram Maybe the Championships are restricted to non Ferengi females?


  1. According to the startrek.com episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 50451.

Deep Space Nine Season 5
Apocalypse Rising I The Ship I Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places I Nor the Battle to the Strong IThe Assignment I Trials and Tribble-ations I Let He Who Is Without Sin I Things Past I The Ascent I Rapture I The Darkness and the Light I The Begotten I For the Uniform I In Purgatory's Shadow I By Inferno's Light I Doctor Bashir, I Presume I A Simple Investigation I Business as Usual I Ties of Blood and Water I Ferengi Love Songs I Soldiers of the Empire I Children of Time I Blaze of Glory I Empok Nor I In the Cards I Call to Arms