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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite the social upheaval around women's rights on Ferenginar that would take place in later seasons of the show, Pel never appeared again- the showrunners thought her character had great potential be a recurring one, but her actress Hélène Udy seriously struggled with the heavy prosthetics, to the extent that they caused her to realise she was actually claustrophobic (she struggled with a manic urge to tear off her face while wearing them for long periods) so it would be impractical to expect her to return. (Of course, they did end up recasting Ishka once and Ziyal ''twice.''
** Pel did eventually reappear in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', having become a Gamma Quadrant adventuring businesswoman... and severely screwing over the player character in one questline. She's something of a one-shot character as, at the end of the storyline, the player character is urged by the Dominion to destroy her ship, and there's the option to either do so or let her flee.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite the social upheaval around women's rights on Ferenginar that would take place in later seasons of the show, Pel WhatHappenedToTheMouse:Pel never appeared again- the showrunners thought her character had great potential be a recurring one, but her actress Hélène Udy seriously struggled with the heavy prosthetics, to the extent that they caused her to realise she was actually claustrophobic (she struggled with a manic urge to tear off her face while wearing them for long periods) so it would be impractical to expect her to return. (Of course, they did end up recasting Ishka once and Ziyal ''twice.''
** Pel did eventually reappear in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', having become a Gamma Quadrant adventuring businesswoman... and severely screwing over the player character in one questline. She's something of businesswoman, though even there, she's a one-shot character as, at the end of the storyline, the player character is urged by the Dominion to destroy her ship, and there's the option to either do so or let her flee.character.


* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: This episode has the first mention of the Dominion, and the writers deliberately put it into a goofy Ferengi episode so the audience would not expect it to become a serious threat.
** It also sets up the social revolution on Ferenginar that begins [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E23FamilyBusiness the following season.]]

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* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode: This episode has Not only will the first mention of Dominion play a bigger role during the Dominion, and the writers deliberately put it into a goofy Ferengi episode series, so the audience would not expect it to become a serious threat.
** It also sets up the
will Ferengi's social revolution on Ferenginar that begins [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E23FamilyBusiness the following season.]]attitudes.


* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite the social upheaval around women's rights on Ferenginar that would take place in later seasons of the show, Pel never appeared again- the showrunners thought her character had great potential be a recurring one, but her actress Hélène Udy seriously struggled with the heavy prosthetics, to the extent that they caused her to realise she was actually claustrophobic (she struggled with a manic urge to tear off her face while wearing them for long periods) so it would be impractical to expect her to return.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite the social upheaval around women's rights on Ferenginar that would take place in later seasons of the show, Pel never appeared again- the showrunners thought her character had great potential be a recurring one, but her actress Hélène Udy seriously struggled with the heavy prosthetics, to the extent that they caused her to realise she was actually claustrophobic (she struggled with a manic urge to tear off her face while wearing them for long periods) so it would be impractical to expect her to return. (Of course, they did end up recasting Ishka once and Ziyal ''twice.''

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Quark is a mean and greedy businessman who follows the strict and sexist rules of his people. However, hes quick to protect Pel, a female Ferengi who disguised herself as a man, once she reveals her true identity to the Grand Nagus and he ensures Pel safety from a severe punishment by getting Zek to agree to let the incident slide at a financial cost.


* SuppressedMammaries: Pel conceals her breasts under a form-fitting vest. In fact, the director insisted on Pel having visible breasts as part of her gender reveal because he didn't think just removing the synthetic lobes was enough of a signifier, and later mentioned talking to people who still didn't realise Pel was female until she took off the vest.

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* SuppressedMammaries: Pel InUniverse-Pel conceals her breasts under a form-fitting vest. In fact, the director insisted on Pel having visible breasts as part of her gender reveal because he didn't think just removing the synthetic lobes was enough of a signifier, and later mentioned talking to people who still didn't realise Pel was female until she took off the vest.

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* StayInTheKitchen: This episode fleshes out the Ferengis' deeply-engrained misogyny. We already knew they preferred their women naked and kept home; now we find out that women earning profit, being literate, reciting the rules of acquisition, and even ''advising'' males on financial matters are all illegal on Ferenginar.


* MistakenForGay: A subtle moment, but Jadzia figures out Pel is in love with Quark before Pel tells Jadzia she's a woman. Jadzia expresses surprise when she finds out Pel is a woman, which strongly implies she thought Pel was gay.

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* MistakenForGay: A subtle moment, but Jadzia figures out Pel is in love with Quark before Pel tells Jadzia she's a woman. Jadzia expresses surprise when she finds out Pel is a woman, which strongly implies she thought Pel was gay. Quark also assumes Pel is gay after she kisses him, not finding out that she's female for hours (possibly more than a day) afterward. In contrast to Jadzia, Quark takes the experience very badly, denying it happened and getting visibly uncomfortable when Pel wants to talk about it. It's not clear if this mild-to-moderate homophobia is unique to Quark or common among Ferengi.


* NotHelpingYourCase: Zek continues to claim that the Ferengi reputation as lying, cheating backstabbers is unearned. This is after he offers to give Bajor a large amount of fertilizer, then discusses the price, misleading them into thinking it was free.



** Pel did eventually reappear in ''StarTrekOnline'', having become a Gamma Quadrant adventuring businesswoman... and severely screwing over the player character in one questline. She's something of a one-shot character as, at the end of the storyline, the player character is urged by the Dominion to destroy her ship, and there's the option to either do so or let her flee.

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** Pel did eventually reappear in ''StarTrekOnline'', ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', having become a Gamma Quadrant adventuring businesswoman... and severely screwing over the player character in one questline. She's something of a one-shot character as, at the end of the storyline, the player character is urged by the Dominion to destroy her ship, and there's the option to either do so or let her flee.flee.
* WorthyOpponent: Zek offers to give fertilizer to Bajor, but despite his earlier offer still insists on charging for it. Sisko threatens to forbid him from doing business on the [=DS9=]. [[GracefulLoser Zek smiles and happily]] [[YouAreACreditToYourRace compliments Sisko on his negotiation skills]].
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: In response to Sisko forcing him to give a shipment of free fertilizer to Bajor, Zek states his negotiation skills are very impressive for a human.

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** Pel did eventually reappear in ''StarTrekOnline'', having become a Gamma Quadrant adventuring businesswoman... and severely screwing over the player character in one questline. She's something of a one-shot character as, at the end of the storyline, the player character is urged by the Dominion to destroy her ship, and there's the option to either do so or let her flee.



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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Kira doesn't appreciate Zek's attraction to her.



* SweetOnPollyOliver: Quark denies it, but he's obviously holding a torch for Pel after she leaves.



* SweetOnPollyOliver: Quark denies it, but he's obviously holding a torch for Pel after she leaves.


->'''Zyree''': [...]like the Ferengi, the Dosi are very serious when it comes to profit.\\

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->'''Zyree''': -->'''Zyree''': [...]like the Ferengi, the Dosi are very serious when it comes to profit.\\



* SuppressedMammaries: Pel conceals her breasts under a form-fitting vest. In fact, the director insisted on Pel having visible breasts as part of her gender reveal because he didn't think just removing the synthetic lobes was enough of a signifier, and later mentioned talking to people who still didn't realise Pel was female until she took off the vest.




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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite the social upheaval around women's rights on Ferenginar that would take place in later seasons of the show, Pel never appeared again- the showrunners thought her character had great potential be a recurring one, but her actress Hélène Udy seriously struggled with the heavy prosthetics, to the extent that they caused her to realise she was actually claustrophobic (she struggled with a manic urge to tear off her face while wearing them for long periods) so it would be impractical to expect her to return.

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** It also sets up the social revolution on Ferenginar that begins [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E23FamilyBusiness the following season.]]

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* GreenEyedMonster: Rom doesn't take kindly to Pel winning his brother's favor.

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->'''Zyree''': [...]like the Ferengi, the Dosi are very serious when it comes to profit.\\
(''another Dosi is shot dead a few feet away'')\\
'''Zyree''': ''...very serious.''


* SeriousBusiness: If you thought the Ferengi take business seriously, the Dosi have them beat. They're willing to ''kill'' to get a good deal!

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* SeriousBusiness: ''Literally!'' If you thought the Ferengi take business seriously, the Dosi have them beat. They're willing to ''kill'' to get a good deal!

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