Recap: Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 04 E 16 Bar Association

Fed up with exploitative working conditions at Quark's Bar, Rom forms a union of Quark's employees, which is illegal according to Ferengi law.

This episode contains examples of:

  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    Rom: It's not Quark's fault that I got sick. I forgot to get my bimonthly ear scan. And besides, I've probably been getting too much oo-mox.
    Leeta: Really? Who's the lucky female?
    Rom: [sheepishly] No female. Just me.
    Leeta: [embarrassed] I'm...sorry...
    Rom: [hopeful] Sorry enough to do something about it?
    [Rom tilts his ear toward Leeta]
  • Call Back: When Worf complains about the fact that security was lax enough to allow someone to break into his quarters and that "nothing like this ever happened on the Enterprise ", Odo says, "Oh, realllly?" and relates the plots of Next Gen episodes "Rascals" and "A Matter of Time". Judging by his the big grin on his face and the quickness of pulling up the info on a padd, Odo was just waiting for Worf to start complaining about his methods again.
  • Comically Missing the Point: One of Rom's rousing speeches for the other Ferengi, trying to encourage them that forming a union helps their own standing and future capitalist ambitions, directly quotes the Communist Manifesto.
  • Funny Background Event: The Nausicaans amusing themselves by throwing knives back and forth into each other's chests.
  • Grew a Spine: After standing up for his mom and standing up for his son, Rom finally stands up for himself by quitting Quarks and becoming a diagnostics officer for the station.
  • Make an Example of Them: Inverted and lampshaded. Brunt has his Nausicaan thugs make an example of Quark for maximum impact.
    Quark: But I'm on your side!
    Brunt: Ironic, isn't it?
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Rom stops being his brother's lackey and plays a much more important part of the series from here on in.
  • Pose of Supplication: Frool does this to Brunt.
    Waiter: I thought you said you weren't afraid of the FCA.
    Frool: I Lied!
  • Rousing Speech: Rom has two in this episode: One when he's forming the union, and one to keep them together after Brunt and the Nausicaans threaten them.
  • Writer on Board: As SF Debris noted, with all the union people working on this episode, there was no way Rom and his union were going to be presented as anything but blameless and noble and no way the forces of business were going to be presented with any sympathy or nuance whatsoever—to the point where Rom gloating over the sight of his brother in sickbay, having nearly been beaten to death, is presented as an unambiguously good thing.