Monday, June 17, 2019

Necessary Evil

DS9 Season 2 Episode 8
Air Date: November 14th, 1993

Quark is almost killed for a list of names he found that dates back to a murder from 5 years ago. Quark was hired by a Bajoran woman to get the list, but what is not known is the list contains the names of of suspected Cardassian collaborators. The episode bounces back and forth between a time when the Cardassians were in control of DS9 where Const. Odo was investigating the Bajoran woman's husbands death. In the end Odo realizes that it was actually Kira who committed the murder.

The episode plays a side story about Rom and all the things he does to help Quark with the bar that violates Quark's trust. Things like cracking the combination to his safe, or picking the lock to the store room. Rom realizes that he could inherit the bar if Quark dies but somehow Quark survives.

Rules of Acquisition

Rule 139: Wives serve, brothers inherit.


"Commence station security log, stardate 47282.5. At the request of Commander Sisko, I will hereafter be recording a daily log of law enforcement affairs. The reason for this exercise is beyond my comprehension, except perhaps that Humans have a compulsion to keep records and lists and files. So many in fact, that they have to invent new ways to store them microscopically. Otherwise their records would overrun all known civilization. My own very adequate memory not being good enough for Starfleet, I am pleased to put my voice to this official record of this day. Everything's under control. End log."

"Now, when we get to the entrance, you stay flat against the wall. It's a pulsatel lockseal. I can get it to release in twenty five seconds." - Quark
"Twenty five seconds? But somebody will see us. Let me do it." - Rom
"You? We'd be at it all night." - Quark
"All night? No, only about ten seconds." - Rom
"How would you get a pulsatel lockseal to release in ten seconds?" - Quark
"You have one on the storeroom door." - Rom
"So?" - Quark
"Sometimes, when you forget to leave me the desealer, I have to get the storeroom open." - Rom
"You've unsealed the storeroom without my knowledge?" - Quark
"Only to serve a customer's needs." - Rom
"In ten seconds?" - Quark
"You forget fairly often." - Rom
"Ten seconds. We'll see how you handle the desealing rod." - Quark
"That's all right. I have my own." - Rom
"What?" - Quark
"Nog made it for me. The boy's always been clever with his hands." - Rom
"My storeroom." - Quark
"Time this, Brother. You'll be very proud. There, you see?" - Rom
"Thief. Don't deny it. You've been stealing from me." - Quark
"Brother, I'd never" - Rom
"Tomorrow morning, I'm changing my entire lock system. Four in, five up. Here. It's behind this one. Keep an eye on the Promenade while I burn off the panel." - Quark
"The glare could attract attention. I have a better idea." - Rom
"A better idea?" - Quark
"I took the liberty of bringing along a small vial of magnasite drops." - Rom
"Magnasite drops? What are magnasite drops?" - Quark
"A compound that will eat through duranium one on each corner and the panel will fall off." - Rom
"How do you know that?" - Quark
"When you were in the Gamma Quadrant overnight we did very good business. Naturally, I had to keep your profits safe, but you had the only key to the latinum floor vault." - Rom
"You got into my latinum floor vault with that?" - Quark
"I didn't want to tell you because then you'd know I'd burned off your floor plates, but I replaced them out of my own salary, brother." - Rom
"My floor vault." - Quark
"Should I take it out for you?" - Rom
"Don't touch it. Don't you touch anything ever, ever, again." - Quark

"He's dying, isn't he? He's dying! What am I gonna do if my brother dies?" - Rom
"Do? Oh, you'll have a lot to do once this place is yours." - Const. Odo
"But if he dies. Mine?" - Rom
"Wives serve, brothers inherit. Rule of Acquisition number 139, if I'm not mistaken." - Const. Odo
"I hadn't thought of that." - Rom
"Really? I had. Because it's a solid motive for murder." - Const. Odo
"Yes, actually. I have heard of a few untimely deaths, that seemed, wait a minute. You're not suggesting that I" - Rom
"I've had my eye on you for a long time, Rom. You're not as stupid as you look." - Const. Odo
"I am, too!" - Rom

"They're not keeping him alive by artificial means, are they? My brother wouldn't want that." - Rom
"No, he's clinging to life all on his own." - Const. Odo
"Typical." - Rom

"I'm looking for the proprietor of this establishment." - Const. Odo
"Does he owe you money?" - Quark
"No." - Const. Odo
"Are you here to arrest him?" - Quark
"No." - Const. Odo
"Then you've found him. Quark, at your service." - Quark

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