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Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 03 E 03 The House Of Quark

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Quark gets married like a warrior.
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.


  • Amicably Divorced: Grilka ritualistically slaps Quark and spits on him to signal the divorce. But then they part amicably.
  • Batman Gambit: How Quark gets out of having to fight a duel with D'Ghor. Instead of attempting to put up a fight, he throws away his weapon, pointing out that him against D'Ghor is basically an execution anyway. By refusing to fight, he removes all pretense of D'Ghor defeating him in 'honorable combat'. When D'Ghor attempts to kill him anyways, Gowron summarily rules against him.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Mostly one-sided, as Grilka has no love for this weak Ferengi she has to marry in order to keep her House safe from D'Ghor's treachery. But by the episode's end, Grilka is genuinely grateful for what Quark did and recognizes Quark's bravery in coming back to fight for her (House's) honor.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: For a split second, it almost appears as if D'Ghor will kill Quark before Gowron intervenes.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Grilka has some downright impressive eyebrows.
  • Book Dumb: 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: What is expected to happen between a Ferengi who barely passes the chest of a Klingon warrior. Quark, knowing this, takes a third option.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Standing up to a drunken Klingon and telling him to leave was not a smart move, Quark.
    • Attempting to execute an unarmed Ferengi in plain view of the Klingon High Council was also not a smart move, D'Ghor.
  • Dirty Coward: D'Ghor. No respectable Klingon uses money to defeat his opponents. And no respectable Klingon would be so eager to perform an execution of an unarmed Ferengi in what was supposed to be an honorable duel.
    • Initially played straight and then averted with Quark- when he is confronted with a duel with D'Ghor, he initially decides to cut his losses and run. He later changes his mind: despite his reputation as a Ferengi, and thus as people who would rather wheel and deal, or outright run- Quark uses this reputation to stand up to D'Ghor and deliver one of the best "The Reason You Suck Speeches" in Star Trek.
  • Even Klingons Have Standards: Dueling is perfectly fine, but using money to achieve one's aims is a step too far for the Klingons.
    • Bluntly pointed out from Gowron to D'Ghor when the latter is ready to execute an unarmed Quark. Honor really is paramount in Klingon society.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: More like "D'Ghor was so busy acting like a Ferengi he forgot about Klingon codes of honor."
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Good with Numbers: Quark's business mind is able to piece together how D'Ghor has been attacking Grilka's lands by financial means.
    • Averted with the Klingons- well, most of them (D'Ghor obviously an exception). Watching Quark attempting to explain profits to them is hilarious. At least one turns the Ferengi PADD sideways in an attempt to understand it.
  • Honor Before Reason: Played VERY straight with Klingon Honor this episode. Any like minded Ferengi would have pulled Screw This, I'm Outta Here! And Quark nearly did so.
    • It's also made VERY clear that Klingon honor is not like what the modern viewer thinks of as honor. It's very much in the medieval knight/Samurai vein of reputation and Might Makes Right, 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.
  • I Am X, Son of Y: "I am Quark, son of Keldar and I am come to answer the challenge of D'Ghor, son of...whatever."
  • Irony: Quark - A Ferengi - outwits and bests D'Ghor - A Klingon who had become as Greedy as Ferengis are known to be - by being better at having a Klingon sense of Honor.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Quark realizes he goofed up bad when he finds Kozak dead, then once more when his widow comes to marry him.
    • This is D'Ghor's reaction when Gowron has him discommendated.
  • Out-Gambitted: D'Ghor plots to use Quark's embellished tale of Kozak's death as justification he died in honorable combat. This would deny Grilka's claim for special dispensation that would allow her to rule the house despite being a woman. Grilka then uses that fact to marry Quark under a ritual that would keep her house from becoming dead.
    Grilka: All I have done is follow the brek'tal ritual. If the leader of a House is slain in honourable combat, the victor may be invited to take his place and his wife. You're the one who made this possible, D'Ghor. You certified before the Council that Kozak died an honourable death at the hands of this man. I am simply exercising my rights as an honoured widow.
    • 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.
  • Planet of Hats: Very interesting subversion/deconstruction. Quark (a Ferengi) and D'Ghor (a Klingon) both take off their race's hat. D'Ghor acts like a typical Ferengi (using MONEY to try to bring down a Klingon house), while Quark shows Klingon honor and stands up to a challenge with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech that is so good even Gowron (the Klingon chancellor) commends him. "A brave Ferengi, who would have thought that possible?"
  • Put On A Runabout: Keiko is forced to close the school as all the other families have relocated to Bajor due to the Dominion threat. O'Brien is able to pull strings to get her assigned to an agrobiology expedition.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Gowron shows his good side by listening to Quark's claim, seeing D'Ghor's murder of a defenseless man for the cowardice it is, and will grant Grilka the special dispensation she sought.
    • His facial expression also suggests even he knows this whole incident is crazy and best left hand-waved off.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Two of them.
    Grilka: I thought you were different. I thought you had something in here (points to chest). But all you have in there is a piece of Latinum. And it is a pretty small piece at that.
    • Quark gives a grilling one to his would-be executioner:
    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 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.
    • Not just D'Ghor- Gowron and the High Council are perfectly willing to let D'Ghor steal Grilka's house, despite Grilka and Quark exposing the plot- as long as the letter of the law is followed. Quark is calling them out by removing any pretenses of honor.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: 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 Batman Gambit.
  • Shipper on Deck: 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.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Grilka is affectionately grateful to Quark for his defense of her House.
  • Soap Punishment: When Rom says that latinum isn't everything, Quark replies that their father would've used the Ferengi equivalent on him.
  • So Proud of You: Grilka says this about Quark before the duel begins.
    • Hell, even Gowron basically says this to Quark, a Ferengi, while summarily dismissing a fellow Klingon.
  • Swapped Roles: 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.
  • Take a Third Option: Quark is forced into a duel of honor with D'Ghor, which would end either with him killing D'Ghor (very unlikely), or with D'Ghor killing him (quite likely). However, Quark comes up with a solution where he manages to point out the hypocrisy of the Klingon honor code without needing to fight at all.
  • Title Drop: Played for Laughs when Gowron has trouble saying "Quark" properly.
  • You Got Guts:
    Gowron: A brave Ferengi. Who'd have thought it possible?
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: 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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