Family Business (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Family Business (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

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Family Business (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

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"'Family Business" is an episode of Deep Space Nine, the 23<sup>rd</sup> episode of the third season. It marks the first appearances of three recurring characters: Quark's mother Ishka, Captain Kasidy Yates, and Liquidator Brunt, F.C.A. A Ferengi-type stock ticker appears in the episode; like much about Ferengi language, it is hexagonal in design.


In Quark's, an agent named Brunt from the Ferengi Commerce Authority (FCA) — their version of the IRS — serves Quark with a Writ of Accountability for improper supervision of a family member. Quark and Rom's mother, Ishka, is charged with earning a profit — an illegal activity for Ferengi women. As the family's eldest male, Quark is held responsible. He and Rom return to their homeworld, Ferenginar, where Quark must convince Ishka to confess, as required by Ferengi law.The brothers arrive at their childhood home with Brunt, but Quark is not comfortable with seeing his mother again. They are surprised to find Ishka wearing clothes, which is also illegal for Ferengi women. Brunt tells Quark he has three days to get his mother to sign a confession, then leaves. Later, Ishka confirms over dinner that she broke Ferengi law by investing a portion of her monthly stipend from Quark, earning a meager three bars of latinum in the process. Still, she refuses to confess, which angers her oldest son.

In her room, Ishka reveals to Rom that she will not admit to being wrong — this is a matter of pride, and...
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