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A drunken Klingon attacks Quark but is accidentally killed with his own knife. Quark plays up the story to imply that he defeated the Klingon in battle, but when members of the Klingon's family show up, he finds himself abducted and married to the man's widow.

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It's a slow night at Quark's, and a
drunken Klingon attacks who is close to passing out is making matters worse by not paying for his drinks. When Quark but is accidentally killed with his own knife. Quark plays up the story tries to imply that he defeated talk to the Klingon in battle, but when members of about his tab, the mean drunk suddenly draws his dagger and lunges at him, only to fall over and stab himself by accident.\\
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Klingon's family show up, death draws a large crowd to the bar, people curious as to what exactly happened. Seeing an opportunity to drum up business, Quark weaves an elaborate lie of how he fought the Klingon and killed him in self-defense. It's enough to get the bar buzzing with customers once more. Odo warns Quark, however, that it wasn't just any Klingon who died in his bar, but Kozak, a Klingon of considerable power and influence. Quark, however, sticks to his story. When Rom asks why he would continue to commit to the falsehood after turning a profit, Quark explains that it's no longer just about making money, but having respect and prestige as a Ferengi who managed to slay a Klingon in mortal combat.\\
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Later on, however, Quark
finds himself abducted confronted by another Klingon: D'Ghor, who claims that Kozak was his brother. He is enraged that Kozak was dead and married demands to know the man's widow.circumstances behind his death. Fearful, Quark tells the truth. D'Ghor expresses further rage at the idea of Kozak dying in a drunken accident, as there was no honor in such a death...but if he had died in combat, it ''would'' be honorable, and he could accept that. Quark recommits to his lie and claims once more to have defeated Kozak in battle, placating D'Ghor.\\
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Later in the evening, while Quark is counting his earnings, he is approached by another Klingon: Grilka, Kozak's widow. When she draws her dagger, Quark instinctively runs for cover. Grilka is displeased to learn that the man who allegedly killed her husband in battle was a cowardly Ferengi with a gift for lying...but that gift would be a great boon to her. Thus, she sedates and abducts Quark.\\
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Quark awakens on the Klingon homeworld of Qo'nos in the company of Tumek, Grilka's advisor. Tumek explains that D'Ghor was no brother of Kozak, but a hated enemy who had long sought to conquer the House of Kozak and seize its power and property. D'Ghor had gained considerable influence over the years, and with Kozak dying without a male heir, the house was doomed to being taken over by D'Ghor. Had Kozak died in an accident, the Klingon High Council might have seen fit to grant special dispensation to Grilka and grant her control of the house, even though she would normally not have that right under Klingon tradition. Grilka, however, has a contingency plan: she forces Quark to wear a ceremonial robe and recite Klingonese chants, then very reluctantly kisses him. A very confused Quark learns that he and Grilka are now officially wed!\\
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When D'Ghor makes his petition to take over the House of Kozak, Grilka interrupts the meeting to announce that she had completed the ''brek'tal'' ritual, wherein a warrior who slays the leader of a house is granted the right to marry the widow. Because D'Ghor claimed Kozak died in honorable combat, he had opened the door for the ritual to be conducted. The council, and D'Ghor in particular, are shocked to find that this warrior is actually a Ferengi. Chancellor Gowron, in particular, is flabbergasted by these developments and announces that he would need time to consider how to proceed. For the time being, the House of Kozak would be rechristened as the House of Quark.\\
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Things are not panning out quite the way that Grilka hoped. When Grilka admits that she hadn't planned this far ahead, Quark asks what exactly was happening. Grilka explains that D'Ghor is seeking to claim a position in the High Council, increasing his influence and political clout at the expense of Kozak's. Intrigued, Quark proposes a new strategy: look through the financial records of the house for evidence of D'Ghor's acts of financial sabotage. Grilka is less than pleased with looking through some "filthy ledgers", but at a loss of any other recourse, agrees to Quark's proposal.\\
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Quark's idea bears fruit as a look through the ledgers reveals over five years of plots and schemes to devalue the House of Kozak's property and take on Kozak's debts for his own. Grilka is outraged: D'Ghor was sabotaging her house ''like a Ferengi'', instead of challenging her for the house's property. Quark thinks the idea ingenious, however: challenging Grilka would risk destroying the prize that he sought. With this evidence, Quark convenes with the High Council. When Gowron demands D'Ghor answer for these allegations, D'Ghor counters that Quark is lying, explaining that Kozak died in an accident and having an eyewitness to verify this: Quark's bumbling brother, Rom. Claiming his honor was insulted by Quark's "lies", D'Ghor challenges Quark to a duel.\\
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With everything unraveling, Quark and Rom prepare to make a hasty escape. They are confronted by Grilka, who demands Quark answer D'Ghor's challenge, as it was the honorable thing to do. Quark shirks at accepting the duel, disgusting Grilka with his cowardice. She dismisses him, granting Quark an opportunity to escape...\\
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As Gowron prepares to rule in favor of D'Ghor and permit him to take over the fallen House of Kozak, Quark suddenly returns to accept D'Ghor's challenge. The two take up a ''bat'leth'' and prepare to fight, but then suddenly, Quark throws his blade aside and launches into an impassioned speech about how this duel was a sham. He never had any hope of winning against D'Ghor, and forcing him to fight was nothing more than an execution. As such, he would not participate in this farce, and would leave himself to D'Ghor's mercy, daring him to kill an unarmed Ferengi who couldn't fight back. D'Ghor happily accepts Quark's offer, but Gowron stops him: disgusted at D'Ghor's willingness to kill a weak and unarmed Ferengi and realizing how truly cowardly he was, Gowron announces that D'Ghor has no honor and no place in the High Council. He crosses his arms across his chest and turns his back, the other Klingons in the High Council following suit: D'Ghor is summarily discommendated and ejected from the premises.\\
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Impressed at Quark's bravery and recognizing that the circumstances are indeed peculiar, Gowron rules that special dispensation would be granted to Grilka, allowing her to lead her own house. Grilka, genuinely grateful to Quark, asks if there is anything she could do for him. When Quark suggests a divorce, Grilka grants it, slapping him across the face and loudly declaring their marriage dissolved in Klingonese. Afterwards, she gives Quark a kiss as thanks for his invaluable help.\\
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Life returns to normal for Quark and Rom as business hits another slump. While Quark would prefer to have some more latinum, Rom assures him that at the very least, he has respect - ''genuine'' respect from the Klingon High Council and Grilka. Afterwards, at Rom's request, Quark regails his brother with a (heavily embellished) retelling of his adventures on Qo'nos.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Gowron gets tired of trying to follow Quark's explanation of D'Ghor's financial trickery, he tosses the padd off to the side somewhere.

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* KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect: They don't much care for accountants, either.


* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Rom and Quark attempt this after D'Ghor's challenge but Grilka initially stops them both and chews them out for trying to do so. This leads Quark to his BatmanGambit.
* ShipperOnDeck: After D'Ghor is discommendated, Gowron gives special dispensation to Grilka and tells her she can be head of house. Then adds "If that is what you want", while nodding at Quark.
* SwappedRoles: Quark, a Ferengi, behaves honourably like a Klingon. Meanwhile, D'Ghor, a Klingon, goes through shady dealings like a Ferengi, and is later found to have zero honour.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Rom and Quark attempt this after D'Ghor's challenge but Grilka initially stops them both and chews them out for trying to do so. This leads Quark to his BatmanGambit.
* ShipperOnDeck: After D'Ghor is discommendated, Gowron gives special dispensation to Grilka and tells her she can be head of house. Then adds "If that is what you want", while nodding at Quark.


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* SwappedRoles: Quark, a Ferengi, behaves honourably like a Klingon. Meanwhile, D'Ghor, a Klingon, goes through shady dealings like a Ferengi, and is later found to have zero honour.


* BigDamnKiss: Grilka gives one to Quark after her house is saved and the divorce finalized.

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* BigDamnKiss: Grilka gives one to Quark after her house is saved and the divorce finalized.


* BigDamnHeroes: For a split second, it almost appears as if D'Ghor will kill Quark before Gowron intervenes.



* SwappedRoles: Quark, a Ferengi, behaves honourably like a Klingon. Meanwhile, D'Ghor, a Klingon, goes through shady dealings like a Ferengi, and is later found to have zero honour.



* YouWouldntShootMe: Quark evokes this when forced to duel D'Ghor, stating that this fight was little more than D'Ghor executing a Ferengi that couldn't defend himself. D'Ghor was willing to carry through, but Gowron decides that he couldn't abide this and has D'Ghor discommendated for attempting to murder Quark.

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* YouWouldntShootMe: Quark evokes this when forced to duel D'Ghor, stating that this fight was little more than D'Ghor executing a Ferengi that couldn't defend himself. D'Ghor was willing to carry through, but Gowron decides that he couldn't abide this and has D'Ghor discommendated for his (dishonourable) financial dealings and attempting to murder Quark.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: A fairly meta one. Coming off three episodes where the Dominion showed their clear military superiority, Quark's comment about D'Ghor wanting Kozak's land and property [[ValuesResonance without destroying it in combat serves as a hint as to the Dominion's first choice of how to get the Alpha Quadrant]], which will be how they get their foothold in season 5.

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** It's also made VERY clear that Klingon honor [[DeliberateValuesDissonance is not like what the modern viewer thinks of as honor]]. It's very much in the medieval knight/Samurai vein of reputation and MightMakesRight, with no value placed on fairness or good sportsmanship. Thus the fact that another house challenged D'Ghor's honor with its accusations is what mattered, not whether the evidence Quark provided is ''true''.

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* BookDumb: Judging from the reactions to Quark's explanation, a knowledge of mathematics and economics is ''not'' one of the requirements for serving on the Klingon High Council. Subverted by Gowron, who seems to understand enough to realize Quark is telling the truth about D'Ghor.

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* ShipperOnDeck: After D'Ghor is discommendated, Gowron gives special dispensation to Grilka and tells her she can be head of house. Then adds "If that is what you want", while nodding at Quark.

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** Attempting to execute an unarmed Ferengi in plain view of the Klingon High Council was also not a smart move, D'Ghor.

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** D'Ghor later suffers from this again at the hands of Quark when the latter throws the fight to show there is no honor in what the former is doing.


-->'''Quark''': Go ahead, kill me. That's why I'm here, isn't it, to be killed? Well, here I am, so go ahead and do it. You all want me to pick up that sword and try to fight him, don't you? But I don't have a chance and you know it. You only want me to put up a fight so your precious honour will be satisfied. Well, I'm not going to make it so easy for you. Having me fight D'Ghor is nothing more than an execution, so, if that's what you want, that's what you'll get. An execution. No honour, no glory. And when you tell your children and your grandchildren the glorious story of how you rose to power and took Grilka's House from her, I hope you remember to tell them how you heroically killed an unarmed Ferengi... ''half your size''.

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-->'''Quark''': Go ahead, kill me. That's why I'm here, isn't it, to be killed? Well, here I am, so go ahead and do it. You all want me to pick up that sword and try to fight him, don't you? But I don't have a chance and you know it. You only want me to put up a fight so that your precious honour will be satisfied. Well, I'm not going to make it so easy for you. Having me fight D'Ghor is nothing more than an execution, so, if that's what you want, that's what you'll get. An execution. No honour, no glory. And when you tell your children and your grandchildren the glorious story of how you rose to power and took Grilka's House from her, I hope you remember to tell them how you heroically killed an unarmed Ferengi... ''half your size''.

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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: Quark is confused when D'Ghor claims to have a witness to what really happened to Kozak. After all...
--> '''Quark:''' The only other person who was there was--\\
''(Rom gets shoved into the Great Hall)''\\
'''Rom:''' Hello, brother.

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