According to Memory Alpha's original in Universe Timeline, the story sequence is:
Fascination : Prophet Motive : Through the Looking Glass.


Grand Nagus Zek comes to the station with a volume of the new Ferengi Rules of Acquisition. To Quark's horror the old man has rewritten the rules to endorse benevolence instead of greed. Investigating the rediscovered Orb of Wisdom that Zek is going to donate to the Bajoran people, Quark and Rom realize that the Nagus received it as a gift from the Bajoran Prophets. Determined to restore his greedy nature, the two and his servant Maihar'du kidnap Zek and take him to the wormhole. There the Prophets are appalled about Quark's behavior and tell him they would change his state of existence like they did with Zek. But Quark proposes them a deal: If they revert Zek to the man he was, he promises that no Ferengi will ever bother the Prophets again. Zek destroys the revised rules and decides to sell the orb to the Bajorans.

Errors and Explanations

The Nitpickers Guide for Deep Space Nine Trekkers

Changed Premises

  1. In Heart of Stone, Nog convinces Sisko that he wants to join Starfleet because he doesn’t have the lobes for business. He says he gets this from his father. For someone who purportedly doesn’t have the lobes for business, Rom seems to put in a pretty good showing. Not only does he steal from Quark, he also embezzles a large sum of money from the grand nagus himself, while acting as co-chairman of the Ferengi Benevolent Association! He probably never had an opportunity to properly show off his business acumen before now! CdnTim 1307 EST 5 Feb 2021 - He' still a Ferengi! But there's a difference between taking advantage of an opportunity (we see even Ensign Nog show his lobes a bit), and being able to create opportunity. Without the latter, you'll never consistently succeed in business.

Equipment Oddities

  1. When the nagus first appears, Quark entertains a young female. Zek and Maihur’Du enter Quark’s quarters. The young female leaves. Quark and Rom stare dumbfounded at this turn of events. Apparently, the door is dumbfounded as well, because it forgets to close! Either the door sensor is faulty, or someone is using an over-ride to keep the door open.

Nit Central

  1. Keith Alan Morgan on Saturday, May 08, 1999 - 7:44 am: REFERENCE TO 5TH SEASON SHOW Bashir's hesitant attitude about being nominated for the award takes on new meaning what with the revelation that he had been genetically enhanced.That could explain why he feels he doesn’t deserve the award.
  2. New rule of acquisition 22: Latinum tarnishes... How does a liquid tarnish? Curdle, maybe, dry up, maybe, but tarnish? Mike Nuss on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 5:00 pm: Maybe he meant that latinum tarnishes what it touches. Like, it leaves a stain or something.dotter31 on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 11:22 am: 'Latinum' is shorthand for gold-pressed latinum.
  3. The Ferengi relief shipment is being sent by high-warp courier. I wonder what the Federation has to say about the Ferengi's exceeding the warp speed limit? dotter31 on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 11:22 am: Probably nothing, since it was a Ferengi transaction in (I presume) Ferengi space. If it was in Federation space, perhaps the courier company uses variable geometry warp nacelles (like the USS Voyager) which allow it to go faster, or maybe the courier has a special license to go faster (much like coal-fired power plants in the US have permits allowing them to pollute) Seniram What can they say? The Ferengi aren’t part of the Federation, so maybe they don’t feel obliged to stick to the limit!
  4. Quark calls Bashir a quack. Where did Quark learn an ancient Earth insult for a bad doctor? Probably overhearing the Starfleet personnel in his bar.
  5. John A. Lang on Saturday, November 01, 2003 - 10:33 pm: GREAT LINE: "Then why are you working on your acceptance speech?" Odo to Bashir It is usually a good idea for nominees to have something ready, just in case.

Deep Space Nine Season 3
The Search Part 1 I The Search Part 2 I The House of Quark I Equilibrium I Second Skin I The Abandoned I Civil Defense I Meridian I Defiant I Fascination I Past Tense Part 1 I Past Tense Part 2 I Life Support I Heart of Stone I Destiny I Prophet Motive I Visionary I Distant Voices I Through the Looking Glass I Improbable Cause I The Die is Cast I Explorers I Family Business I Shakaar I Facets I The Adversary
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