With all his debts about to catch up to him at once, a desperate Quark agrees to enter the dangerous world of weapons trading with his treacherous cousin Gaila and feared weapons merchant Hagath.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Gaila tries to invoke this in his "one star in the sky" speech to Quark, but Quark disagrees. Later, Quark considers the death of the Regent and Hagath to be a small price to pay for the lives of 28 million people—a sentiment Sisko agrees with.
- Bad Dreams: Quark's conscience gets the better of him, and he dreams of his friends being killed by the weapons he's selling.
- Badass Boast: Quark gets off thanks to Hagath's old connections with the Bajoran government due to his business with the Resistance during the occupation. But Sisko makes sure he knows he's skating on super thin ice.Sisko: You'd better hope there isn't a next time, mister. I have cut you a lot of slack in the past. I even looked away once or twice when I could have come down hard on you, but those days are over. Now we may not get you for selling weapons, but you so much as litter on the Promenade and I will nail you to the wall!
- Call-Back: This is not the first time that Gaila and his weapons business have been mentioned.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Quark has done some reprehensible things, but even his conscience can't justify ending 28 million lives.
- Everyone Has Standards: While the crew is usually content to roll their eyes at Quarks greedy nature, his entry into weapons trading is the straw that breaks the camel's back. Even Jadzia freezes him out.
- Evil Brit: Hagath.
- Evil Is Hammy: Hagath sells weapons, not subtlety.
- Hero Insurance: Averted for Quark, who finds himself in debt to Sisko at the end of the episode for the firefight that caused damage to part of the station. Sisko is open to a payment plan, thankfully, and Starfleet is not a creditor that is liable to resort to thuggish measures unlike his previous ones.
- Loan Shark: Quark is facing a lot of business debts about to come due, with what are implied to be dire consequences if he doesn't pay up.
- Loophole Abuse: Quark knows that Odo would never allow any weapons onto the station, so buyers are given demonstrations using holographic replicas instead.
- Shout-Out: Gaila's speech to Quark about whether Quark should care about some people he doesn't know and will never meet is very similar to Harry Lime's speech in The Third Man.
- War for Fun and Profit: Subverted - Quark acts like he's willing to sell to both sides, but he's really setting it up so that the leaders of both sides will "accidentally" run into each other and start shooting.
- Worth It: Implied several times regarding Quark's screwing of the deal at the climax. If Quark died in the execution, it was worth it to stop the slaughter of 28 million people. (As he himself puts it: "One life for 28 million. Best deal I ever made.") He sheds no tears over the Regent's death when it's revealed, and he doesn't even try to wiggle out of being sent the bill for the damage dealt in the firefight, only asking for a payment plan that Sisko agrees to.