Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 10 The Magnificent Ferengi

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Iggy Pop, ladies and gentlemen!

Rom: You know, brother I've been thinking. We can't rescue Moogie from a Dominion internment centre. Not alone, anyway.
Quark: You're right. We're going to need help.
Rom: We could put together a commando team. Gather the toughest mercenaries we can find. Nausicaans, Breen, Klingons.
Quark: Shh. We don't need Nausicaans, Breen or Klingon.
Rom: Humans?
Quark: We'll just use Ferengi.
Rom: Then we'll all die!

When Quark's mother is captured and held hostage by the Dominion, he decides to prove that the Ferengi can be heroes as much as any race in Starfleet by assembling an all-Ferengi team to get her back.

Tropes

  • Affably Evil: Yelgrun, who is quite friendly with Ishka. He's a Vorta, so it goes with the territory.
  • Analogy Backfire: Quark brings up a battle that the Ferengi fought in as part of his Rousing Speech, and Gaila points out that the Ferengi in that battle got their asses kicked. Then again, it could be their version of the Alamo.
  • Arson, Murder, and Admiration: Leck's summation of the mission:
    Leck: This is the sloppiest, most amateurish operation I've ever seen... If you ever do something like this again, count me in.
  • Asshole Victim: Let's face it, nobody liked Keevan.
  • A-Team Firing: The Ferengi are absolutely terrible shots during their holosuite training. Brunt suggests something easier, like ambushing some Bolians. Nog replies "You couldn't ambush a Bolian if he was blindfolded and tied to a tree!"
  • Black Comedy: No other way to describe Keevan's corpse being driven around. And left to endlessly walk into the wall.
  • Captain Obvious: Nog's tricorder confirms that the Vorta with a smoking hole in his heart is dead.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The still-functional medical equipment, which Nog uses on Keevan's corpse.
  • Comically Missing the Point: After Nog cuts Ishka's hand to see if she's a changeling, and Ishka administers her own "test" by slapping him repeatedly on the forehead:
    Rom: That's no way to tell if he's a changeling!
  • Continuity Nod: The return of both Empok Nor and Keevan.
    • Also, every one of the Ferengi are ones that have shown up in past episodes- no ass-pulling an original character!
    • Furthermore, the way Keevan's body gets remote-controlled is somewhat similar to what was done with Spock in the infamous TOS episode Spock's Brain.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sisko's completely nonchalant reaction to Quark and Rom popping out of a hatch in his office.
    "May I help you, gentlemen?"
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: After Keevan got shot, Quark had to change his plans on the fly. As a result, Ishka is rescued, Starfleet gets a new Vorta prisoner and the Dominion are left empty-handed.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Played With:
    Leck: How can we be sure these schematics are accurate?
    Nog: Sir!
    Leck: No need to stand on formalities here. Just call me Leck.
    Nog: No, I meant you should call me "sir."
    Leck: Don't be ridiculous.
    Nog: You mean, "Don't be ridiculous, sir."
    (Quark moves to prevent an altercation)
    Quark: Gentlemen, please! Let's not squabble. We're a team, Nog.
    Rom: "We're a team, sir!"
    Quark: Stay out of this.
  • Dying Curse: "I hate Ferengi."
  • Friendly Enemy: Yelgrun and Ishka seem to have worked up quite the rapport. She even offers him some investment advice.
  • Get Out: Quark after a round of failed simulator missions.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Poor Keevan...
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: Rom's Eureka Moment.
    "Brother...I think we've been going about this the wrong way. We're not commandos. We're negotiators. We make deals. That's what we're good at."
    • Gaila gets into the act:
      "I'm a weapons dealer, not a soldier!"
  • I Owe You My Life: Kira helps Quark set up the Prisoner Exchange as repayment for him rescuing her from the Dominion.
  • I Work Alone: Leck says this word-for-word.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: People who have seen "Rocks And Shoals" will be pleased at seeing Keevan taken hostage, killed by complete accident, having his corpse turned into a puppet and left continuously walking into a support beam.
  • Mad Scientist: Nog, when he uses neural stimulators to make Keevan's corpse move (sort of).
    Nog: If you think about it, medicine isn't that different from engineering. It's all about keeping things running, fixing broken parts.
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: Well, there's only six, but...
    • Unless you're counting Ferengi, in which case there are seven in this episode (counting Quark and Rom's Mom).
  • Mandatory Line: Most of the main cast, except Worf (who doesn't appear) and Quark, who's the main character of the story.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": When Gaila shoots Keevan.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: After Gaila kills their hostage.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The mission that the Defiant went on before the episode starts.
  • Oh, Crap!: All the Ferengi during Keevan's escape attempt. Then Nog when he sees dozens of Jem'Hadar on the station. Then all the Ferengi again when Gaila shoots Keevan.
    • Played for laughs when the Dominion arrive at the station. It takes a minute for the team to remember that they invited them, and that it just means everything is according to plan.
  • Only in It for the Money: Of course, this is seen as a positive thing by Quark:
    Brunt: Let's do it for equal shares of fifty bars of gold-pressed latinum!
    Quark: It always comes down to profit with you people, doesn't it?
    Gaila: We're Ferengi.
    Quark: And that's why I love you!
  • Palm Bloodletting: Nog does this to Ishka to prove that she's not a changeling. She is not happy about it.
  • Parrot Exposition: Rom does this several times when Quark explains the situation to him.
  • Prisoner Exchange: What Quark and his team go with when it becomes clear that they can't carry out an armed rescue.
  • Psycho for Hire: Leck, and by extension all "Eliminators" in the Ferengi Alliance, are thought of this way. The Ferengi see assassination as merely the loss of potential customers, never mind that Eliminators enjoy the kill more than the profit.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Brunt sums it up nicely.
    Brunt: A childnote , a moronnote , a failurenote  and a psychopathnote . Quite a little team you've put together!
  • Rousing Speech: Quark starts one for the other Ferengi when it looks like all is lost. Leck joins in.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Brunt when he first shows up.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Leck does this during a Virtual Training Simulation, much to Nog's annoyance.
  • Skewed Priorities: Lekk is one of the few Ferengi who cares little for latinum. However, he still doesn't like to be cheated.
  • Smug Snake: Brunt's in rare form, dismissing each member of Quark's team when he doesn't even currently have a job.
  • So Proud of You
    Rom: My son the soldier.
    • And Ishka is proud of her sons.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: After all their rescue simulations have ended in complete disaster, Rom asks why they don't just ransom Ishka.
  • The Strategist: Nog.
    Nog: I'm a Starfleet officer. I can't go running off with you on some half baked rescue mission. I have duties to perform.
    Rom: But you know how to fire a phaser.
    Quark: Forget it, Rom. Don't beg. Too bad, though. We were going to make you Strategic Operations Officer.
    Nog: (suddenly interested) You mean like Commander Worf?
    Quark: Exactly like Commander Worf. Think of it, Nog. You'll devise the tactics, come up with a plan of action...
  • The Triple: Rom saying "No" in surprise to what Quark tells him about Ishka and the Nagus (and rising in pitch each time):
    Quark: They're lovers.
    Rom: No...
    Quark: It's been going on for over a year now.
    Rom: No...
    Quark: She's his secret financial advisor. She helps him run the entire Ferengi Alliance.
    Rom: No...
    Quark: Would you quit saying that?
  • Worthy Opponent: Yelgrun genuinely respects Ferengi cunning, and hopes that they can one day join the Dominion.
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