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Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places 

While Worf helps Quark to pursue his former wife Grilka, O'Brien and Kira grow uncomfortably close to each other.


Andrew Robinson (as Andrew J. Robinson)


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Captain Sisko
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Commander Worf
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Commander Dax
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko (credit only)
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien
Armin Shimerman ... Quark
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Mary Kay Adams ... Grilka
Joseph Ruskin ... Tumek
Phil Morris ... Thopok


Smitten by Quark's Klingon ex-wife but forbidden to court her, Worf reluctantly assists Quark in winning back her favor, unaware that he has an admirer of his own. Meanwhile, Major Kira grows uncomfortably close to Chief O'Brien in her role as surrogate mother to his unborn child. Written by Mark Cabot

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14 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Phil Morris (Thopok) had previously appeared as an unnamed child in TOS: "Miri", and as Cadet Foster in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. He was subsequently seen as Remata'Klan in DS9: "Rocks and Shoals", and as John Kelly in VOY: "One Small Step". According to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, Morris auditioned for the role of Benjamin Sisko but was turned down because he was too young. See more »


When asked by Tumek, Worf says that he has never pursued a Klingon woman. However, he was once involved with K'Ehleyr, the mother of his son, Alexander. Before his family was dishonored, Worf attempted to marry her. As half-human, half-Klingon, K'Ehleyr was not fond of Klingon tradition, so Worf likely did not court her per Klingon custom. Though, they did engage in the Klingon mating ritual. See more »


Grilka: Why do you pursue me?
Quark: I only pursue those things I wish to acquire.
Grilka: "Acquire"? Now you sound like a Ferengi again.
Quark: I *am* a Ferengi. That means I have a talent for appreciating objects of great value. And I believe... you may be worth more than all the latinum in the quadrant.
Grilka: My Kahless.
Quark: My Lukara.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The House of Quark (1994) See more »


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Happiness is a Worf Gorch
4 May 2015 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

With a possible Treaty with the Klingons on the Horizon, Klingons are now coming back to The Station... Namely Grillka, who comes to visit her ex-husband Quark.

Unless you had seen "House of Quark", this episode will make not a whit of sense. But in fact, circumstances had already brought Quark to Qonos and to the former "House of Kozak", which would have been the "House of D'Ghor" had not Quark discovered, D'Ghor had brought down the House of Kozak- By using Filthy Money! And thanks to Quark, it is now the "House of Grillka".

But Worf gets one good look at Grillka and almost develops a Gorch (Or some other adolescent "growth"!). He thinks just because he's a Klingon, he can use Klingon Methods to attract her. Nope! Sorry, Worf.

His advances are doomed before he even tried them. Mainly we can say "Poor Worf"- Here is one really magnificent Klingon Woman, but she's not on the Station to have Worf dribble and drool and deliver a fresh Lingta.

There is one man on DS9 who can Bring Home the Lingta - Quark. But he doesn't know a groat's worth of Klingon Mating Rituals. So who do you think he has to ask? Of all the... We know Worf, although denied any romantic involvement with Grillka, he has no reason to do what he does next- He gives Quark every detail he needs to have a romantic, candle lit evening of listening to Klingon Opera over the Lingta Haunch.

While Worf is demeaning himself to help Quark get a date, who is stewing in the background other than Jadzia Dax? It's up to Worf to realize as magnificent as Grillka is, there is someone on the station even now, who is more suitable for him. It's a match made in Sto'Vo'Kor! Will Worf figure it out?

But during Quark's Advances, he is Challenged once again, a fight to the death using Battehl's- He can't simply get out if it the same way he did on the Klingon Homeworld- Sometimes, you can't just Ferengi your Way out of a Fight!

One thing I had forgot to mention, this episode has the first ever real musical sample of any Klingon Opera.

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