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YMMV / Star Trek: Deep Space Nine S06 E23 "Profit and Lace"

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  • Bizarro Episode: The idea of Zek being deposed and Brunt being his temporary replacement, and even an episode dedicated to a feminist revolution in the notoriously sexist Ferengi culture, are interesting enough premises on their own, but most of the episode's focus is on the spectacle of Quark pretending to be a woman to win the support of a major businessman.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The episode has proven to be fairly unpopular with many fans, some of whom prefer to pretend it doesn't even exist.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Slug-o-cola" could be considered a reference to "Slurm" from Futurama...but Futurama didn't debut until a year after this episode first aired.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is widely and rightfully acclaimed for being one of the darkest and most morally complex Star Trek series ever. This episode is about a Ferengi sex change.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Quark's seeming befuddled by the financial figures that Zek hands him shortly after his sex change has been pointed out by SF Debris to make it sound like being turned into a woman made him stupider. Ironically, the scene was likely intended to imply the opposite — that Ishka is such a genius that the figures she typically deals with are far above the understanding of even an experienced businessman like Quark — but the poor wording and placement of the lines completely undermines that intention.
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  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Quark. Even though he's a Jerkass, he goes out of his way trying to help Zek and Ishka, and he's still treated as being unhelpful.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Ishka. Until she has her heart attack, she spends the entire episode being incredibly ungrateful to Quark about everything.