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"Prophet Motive" was the 62nd episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the 16th episode of the show's third season, first aired during the week of 20 February 1995. The episode was written by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe and directed by Rene Auberjonois.


After the Grand Nagus rewrites the Rules of Acquisition, Quark and Rom attempt to find the reason for Zek's odd behaviour before Zek's changes upend Ferengi society.



Julian BashirBroikJadzia DaxEmiKira NerysMaihar'duMornMiles O'BrienOdoQuarkRomBenjamin SiskoZekBashir ProphetDax ProphetEmi ProphetKira ProphetMaihar'du ProphetRom ProphetSisko Prophet"Medical Bigshot" of the Federation Medical Council
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Curzon DaxIshkaKeldarNogKeiko O'BrienGhee P'TrellHenri RogetSenvaApril Wade


Bajoran wormholeCelestial TempleDeep Space 9docking ringhabitat ringinfirmaryoperations centerPromenadeQuark'sstation commander's officewardroom
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Altair IVAndoriaBajorCardassia IIIFerenginarSacred MarketplaceTower of CommerceNairobiVulcan

Starships and vehicles

Aurulent (Na'Far-class)

Races and cultures

BajoranBolianChangelingEmi's speciesFerengiHumanHupyrianLurianProphetsTrill
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States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaFerengi AllianceStarfleetStarfleet MedicalUnited Federation of Planets
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Central Hospital of Altair IVFederation Medical CouncilStarfleet IntelligenceUniversity of Nairobi

Other references

agricultureAldebaran whiskeybarleyCarrington Awardcargo baychampagnechirurgeondartsdevolutiondoctorFerengi Rules of AcquisitionGrand Nagus of the Ferengi AlliancehealerHupyrian beetle snuffKohlanese barleylatinummillipede juicenon-corporeal lifeformoo-moxorbOrb of WisdomPADDracquetballreplicatorreverse-ratcheting routing planerSaurian brandyself-sealing stemboltsolar flarestarbasestasissubspacetongotooth sharpenerTrixian bubble juice


Related media

  • The 34th Rule depicts the events leading up to the return of the Orb of Wisdom to the Bajorans.
  • The Carrington Award has since been mentioned in other stories, with Chris Pike and Leonard McCoy among those who have received it.
  • ST reference: The Star Trek Encyclopedia
    • Information about this episode is presented consistently in the third and fourth volumes.


Notable cast and crew

Jadzia Dax.




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