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Profit and Loss 

A Cardassian woman named Natima Lang, who was once a flame of Quark's, visits the station under dubious circumstances.


Robert Wiemer


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Avery Brooks ... Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Mary Crosby ... Natima Lang
Andrew Robinson ... Garak
Michael Reilly Burke ... Hogue
Heidi Swedberg ... Rekelen
Edward Wiley Edward Wiley ... Gul Toran


A heavily damaged Cardassian ship approaches the DS9. On board's professor Natima Lang, and 2 of her students. She wants to leave as soon as possible, and to avoid problems with the Bajorans, When Lang enters Quark's bar, he seems very happy to see her. The feeling's not mutual; rhe 2 had once been in a relationship, and now, Quark tries everything to get back into her favour. When the 3 Cardassians see Garak they turn to leave. In the meantime, the crew of Deep Space Nine find out Natima's shuttle wasn't damaged in a meteor storm as she had told them, but was hit by Cardassian weapons. Natima tells the DS9 crew they're part of a movement which wants to remove the military from the government, and they're now fugitives, and on the run. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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20 March 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ira Steven Behr dislikes this episode because he feels that Quark comes across as too heroic. See more »


After Quark says that Odo means as much to him as his own brother, we see Odo holding his pad, with the Mickey Spillane book on it, in his left hand. When the camera angle changes to his right side, the book is in his right hand. See more »


Elim Garak: All you really need to know right now is that the return of Hogue and Rekelen is in the best interest of the Cardassian Empire.
Commander Sisko: Or at least in the best interest of the Cardassian military.
Elim Garak: Is there a difference?
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Quark's old flame
31 December 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Ferengi aren't the most romantic of aliens and the position of women in their society is about the same as in the strictest of Islamic cultures. So in this DS9 story we learn that Quark has a lost love.

And a Cardassian woman to boot. Played here by Mary Crosby who arrives here with two students. She's an academic dissident against the Cardassian military and said military want her and her two students badly.

Andrew Robinson as Garak the tailor gives us the first of many surprises in this series. And who suspected that there beat the heart of a poet in Armin Shimmerman.

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