According to Memory Alpha's original in Universe Timeline, the story sequence is:
The Reckoning : Profit and Lace : Time's Orphan.


Zek has been disposed of his position as Grand Nagus because of his relationship with and support for the feminist Ishka, Quark's and Rom's mother. Brunt is now the acting Grand Nagus, and will permanently take this position unless Zek gets support from the commissioners of the FCA within three days. Ishka is ready to meet with "Slug-o-Cola" manufacturer Nilva, but during an argument with Quark she suffers a heart attack. It is now up to Quark to play the role of a Ferengi female to convince Nilva of the feminist idea, for which purpose he is altered using a hormone treatment. When Brunt blows the whistle on the ruse, Quark can prove, thanks to the hormones, that he is a real female. Nilva promises to support Ishka and Zek.

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Plot holes

  1. Ferengi culture seems to have developed a well-defined sense of female fashion, highly distinct from the way males dress, which is odd in a culture where women have never been able to wear clothes. This could have been developed in secret.

Nit Central

  1. Callie Sullivan on Wednesday, March 31, 1999 - 4:03 am: What on earth was Bashir thinking of by agreeing to perform this surgery? "Listen, doctor, Moogie's in your recovery room and so we need you to turn Quark into a woman so that we can continue to exploit the rest of the Ferengi." And he agrees to do it? Come to think of it, is Ferenginar even a member of the Federation, in which case wouldn't the Prime Directive apply? I don't know if the Ferengi are part of the Federation or not - but whatever, it doesn't seem the sort of job that a Federation doctor would agree to undertake without very good reason - certainly not just for the benefit of a few people. Mike Konczewski on Wednesday, March 31, 1999 - 6:52 am: Why not? At this point in the future, cosmetic surgery seems to be done on an outpatient basis. I can't count the number of times Kirk, Picard, Riker, etc., has had their features surgically altered to look like an alien. They never seemed upset with the idea, and they were also returned to their correct appearance, no worse for wear. I also doubt that Quark got a complete sex-change; it was probably no more complicated than breast implants and hormon injections to supress facial hair. I'd also like to point out that Quark is an alien. We don't know anything about the appearance or gender-specificness of his race's genitals. Perhaps the male and female Ferangi genitalia are very similar, so Bashir was in essence just performing small cosmetic surgery, on par with a facelift or a tummy tuck. In and out in 20 minutes. ScottN on Wednesday, March 31, 1999 - 9:28 am: I don't think the Prime Directive applies to warp-capable civilizations. Seniram Besides, Having someone like Brunt in charge of the Ferengi Alliance could have potentially destabilised the Alpha Quadrant.
  2. Keith Alan Morgan on Sunday, May 02, 1999 - 7:58 am: Nog is only wearing one pip instead of the two that he received in the previous episode. dotter31 on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 7:41 pm: Perhaps Starfleet did not recognize the rank conferred upon him by the Red Squad captain(who disobeyed orders and was under the influence of drugs), or only viewed it as temporary, given what happened. Torque, Son of Keplar on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 10:34 am: It's hard to recognize any promotion when the Captain doesn't submit any papers to Starfleet Command. CdnTim 1727 EST 17Feb2021 - Even in Valiant, the promotion was only an acting one, while aboard an isolated ship, not intended to be permanent.
  3. At the beginning, Quark sexually harrasses a Dabo girl. At the end Quark realizes that this was wrong, but then the girl admits that it sounded like fun. Was anyone else bothered by this bit of alledged comedy? ("Oh, sexual harrassment's okay the the harrassee is into it!") Ratbat on Wednesday, February 28, 2001 - 7:35 pm: Does anything, sexual or otherwise, count as harrassment if the 'harrassee' doesn't mind? Don't you actually have to get annoyed for it to count as harrassment? Nove Rockhoomer on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 11:17 am: It seems to me it would still qualify as harassment because you don't know if the Dabo girl is really into it or pretending to be into it so she can keep her job. Remember, she wasn't so enthusiastic when Quark first brought it up.
  4. Anonymous on Wednesday, July 18, 2001 - 4:49 pm: In the prior episode Nog was supposed to personally deliver a message from the Federation council to the grand nagus. I guess after what happened with the Valiant and it's crew of red squad cadets the council decided not to send Nog to Ferenginar because in this episode Rom introduces Nog to the Grand Nagus for the first time. Nove Rockhoomer on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 5:50 pm: When Rom introduces Nog to the Nagus he says, "You remember my son Nog, don't you?" So they met at some point, but I don't know when. Dan Gunther on Saturday, January 03, 2004 - 6:36 pm: Zek met Nog in the first season episode, The Nagus. He expressed disbelief and outrage that Nog was attending a school on the station, run by a hew-mon female.


  1. According to the episode list, the provisional stardate for this episode is 51877.

Deep Space Nine Season 6
A Time to Stand I Rocks and Shoals I Sons and Daughters I Behind the Lines I Favor the Bold I Sacrifice of Angels I You Are Cordially Invited I Resurrection I Statistical Probabilities I The Magnificent Ferengi I Waltz I Who Mourns for Morn? I Far Beyond the Stars I One Little Ship I Honor Among Thieves I Change of Heart I Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night I Inquisition I In the Pale Moonlight I His Way I The Reckoning I Valiant I Profit and Lace I Time's Orphan I The Sound of Her Voice I Tears of the Prophets
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