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Recap / Star Trek Deep Space Nine S 06 E 12 Who Mourns For Morn

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Quark's: a place where everybody knows your name.
The Federation is forced to deal with the greatest setback yet in the Dominion War: the death of silent barfly Morn! Even more shocking is Morn's will, which leaves all of his belongings to Quark. The shifty bartender is less than thrilled to inherit some bad art and rotting beets, but he is understandably more excited about Morn's hidden fortune of gold-pressed latinum. As more and more shady characters come out of the woodwork to claim their share of the latinum, the legend of Morn grows to insane proportions.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Artistic License – Gun Safety: Hain repeatedly scratches his head with the barrel of his phaser while he's thinking with his finger on the trigger. One slip of said finger and he'll never think again.
  • Caper Crew: Morn used to be part of one.
  • Call-Back: The matador painting that Morn hid the isolinear rod in was purchased by him in "In The Cards."
  • Casting Gag: The Bajoran who Quark takes aside to keep Morn's barstool warm? That's Morn's actor.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Played with. This is THE Morn episode, but as usual he barely shows up. It plays as more of a standard "Quark gets in trouble" episode.
  • Due to the Dead: In addition to the memorial service, Quark declares that Morn's stool will never be empty. Later in the episode, we see O'Brien and Bashir taking their turns keeping it warm.
  • Eat the Evidence: Old Morn knew his associates would be coming for him. So he hid the liquid latinum in the most secure place he could: his second stomach.
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  • Empty Chair Memorial: Inverted — Quark declares that from now on, there will always be someone keeping Morn's bar stool warm (starting with Morn's actor, sans the rubber forehead). Later on, O'Brien is in the stool until Bashir relieves him.
  • Expansion Pack Past: Morn, to a certain extent.
  • Faking the Dead: Morn faked his own death to draw out his old associates.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The two brothers are creepily polite while threatening Quark.
  • Informed Ability: Played for Laughs when the crew talk on and on about Morn and his many talents, which naturally the viewer never gets to see. Worf passingly mentions that Morn was often his sparring partner. Probably the only one that has proof outside this episode is Morn being a ladies' man.
  • Kavorka Man: Dax admits to Worf that she crushed on Morn at one point - and he turned her down.
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  • King Incognito: Hain tells Quark that Morn is a prince on his homeworld. Of course, it's BS.
  • Mexican Standoff: As a Funny Background Event behind Quark's head. Until he stands up.
  • Pet the Dog: To make up for Quark nearly getting killed (again), Morn coughs up a little liquid latinum for him.
  • Prematurely Bald: Apparently, hiding the latinum in his stomach caused Morn's hair to fall out.
  • Retcon: The whole Worthless Yellow Rocks gag, which flies in the face of several times in the franchise that the Ferengi have been interested in gold. Hand Waved by Quark saying that while gold is infinitely less valuable than latinum, a skilled merchant can still make money with it on less advanced planets.
  • Shout-Out: The title is a reference to the TOS episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?"
  • Super Strength: Quark breaks open several (admittedly hollow) gold bricks with his bare hands.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Morn's ex-wife is smoking hot. Subverted in that she's not actually his wife, it was just her story to ingratiate herself with Quark.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Provides the page quote.
    Quark: Someone's extracted all the latinum! There's nothing here but worthless gold!
    Odo: [completely savoring the schadenfreude] And it's all yours.
    Quark: No! Nooooo! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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